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Dogmatism versus homosexuality, in the Bible

What the Bible says: “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Gen 18:19ff); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Ex 32:1-14); “Homosexuality is bad” (Lev 18:22, 20:13); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (2 Chr 30:17-20); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Is 1:10-17); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Ps 50:7-15); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Mic 6:8); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (HosĀ 6:6); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Mt 9:11-13); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Mt 12:1-8); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Mk 2:23-28); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Mk 12:33); “Homosexuality is bad” (Rom 1:25-6); “Homosexuality is bad” (1 Cor 6:9-10); “Homosexuality is bad” (1 Tim 1:8-11).

The only message which some people hear: “Homosexuality is bad”.

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Agnostic verbal skills FTW

On a verbal intelligence (wordsum) test (out of 10):
* people who are certain God exists (5.83)
* people who believe in God part of the time (5.84)
* atheists (6.13)
* people who harbour doubts but still believe (6.29)
* deists (6.82)
* agnostics (7.05)
(W S Bainbridge, ‘Atheism’, Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, pp.321-2)

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The consensus on climate change

The scientific consensus on climate change, via six independent studies:
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048002

More scientists, on the same consensus:
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/094025

Ten different studies of the consensus:
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048001/meta

NASA on the consensus:
https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/

RealClimate on the consensus:
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2016/11/dont-make-a-choice-that-your-children-will-regret/#comments

What conservatives enthusiastically believe: “97% of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires & oil companies.” (https://twitter.com/scottwesterfeld/status/446805144781348865?lang=en)

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Why people leave religion

Some very useful demographic data, including self-expressed reasons for leaving religion.

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Muslims condemning violence

An alphabetical, fully-referenced list of almost 6000 separate condemnations, by Muslims individuals and Muslim groups, of violence, for the next time that you see some muppet saying, “Why don’t Muslims condemn violence, then?”

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