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Old 12th April 2017, 02:37 AM
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Default Re: Should the ABC Religion and Ethics website be closed?

I read the op-ed in the link with interest, and mounting pity: those poor religious broadcasters, so
convinced of the virtues of communicating the wonders of faith, forlornly confronted by fact of their increasing irrelevance. Many must be asking themselves, "Why do I even bother?"

The tone of the piece seemed to imply that religion and, therefore, religious broadcasting was necessary. As one of the comments below the rambling blurb said: "Why? How?" For such a straightforward comment to accrue a considerable number of up-votes suggests (to me anyway) that many people are dumbfounded by religion in secular soceties that have shaken off many of the religious imperatives that were taken for granted only a generation ago. Why do we (society) need religious broadcasting? How is religious broadcasting necessary? What even is the point of religion? That these kinds of questions are being openly asked is a very positive sign imo.
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Old 22nd May 2017, 10:24 AM
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Default Re: Should the ABC Religion and Ethics website be closed?

I would argue strongly for it to be replaced with an ethics and philosophy department. This seems to be one of those cases where religion attempts to appropriate all ethics and thought to itself, as if that's the only way to do it all.
"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government".
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Burden of proof is the obligation on somebody presenting a claim to provide evidence to support its truth (a warrant). Once evidence has been presented, it is up to any opposing "side" to show the evidence presented is not adequate. If claims were accepted without warrants, then every claim could simultaneously be claimed to be true.

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Old 22nd May 2017, 12:34 PM
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It is all part of a greater disease that assumes "normal" people will automatically want to watch sport, so TV, radio, newspapers have plenty of sport, often to saturation level. I suppose we should be grateful that there is more diversity in sport broadcasting, including the brand new idea that women actually play sport!

I don't fucking CARE if a sporting hero has haemorrhoids, nor do I wish to know the latest on the magical sky fairy. Or fans of either.

And while we are on the subject, footy stadiums and cathedrals are not fucking infrastructure. Roads, rail, ports, hospitals energy supply and schools are fucking infrastructure. And the business of government. Mosques and tennis courts are NOT infrastructure, or at least, not infrastructure that should be funded by government.

Jesus fucking Haploid Christ in footy boots, when will these morons learn a bit of manners and get the fuck out of our faces!
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