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Trade Your Bible For Porn 227

Posted by samzenpus
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An anonymous reader writes "Atheist students at the University of Texas at San Antonio announced that any student over the age of 18 will receive pornographic materials if they trade in religious materials. From the article: 'Leaders of this atheist campaign allege that porn is no worse than what's written in religious texts. A university spokesman says that this controversial cause is completely legal, though he admits a majority of the students on campus do not agree with it.'"

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  • Stunts (Score:3, Insightful)

    by pudge (3605) * Works for Slashdot <<ten.egdup> <ta> <todhsals>> on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @11:52AM (#31331402) Homepage Journal

    I find that people who feel the need to perform stunts like this to make a point usually have trouble making a point in any other way, and a need for attention for themselves and their "cause." Yes, we get it, you hate the Bible. But you have no actual arguments against it beyond your dislike, and you're boring.

    • Re:Stunts (Score:4, Insightful)

      by ElectricTurtle (1171201) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @12:09PM (#31331660)
      Well, you're right, they probably do have "trouble making a point in any other way" since religious people are dogmatic by design. It's like Dr. House said, "If religious people could be reasoned with there would be no religious people."

      So when rational argument is ignored or avoided, I wholly support doing high profile things that provoke a response.
      • What bothers me is the term 'religion' becoming synonymous with the term 'confession'.

        I can be a perfectly reasonable person, even an atheist or agnostic, and still be religious, accepting the concept of religion as an optimised means of using formalised liturgy as a method for mental and spiritual advancement. And I can even choose a stronger formalised confession as my means of exercising my chosen religion. However, the problems start when I try to superimpose my confession upon others. That's when thing

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by ffreeloader (1105115)

        Well, you're right, they probably do have "trouble making a point in any other way" since religious people are dogmatic by design. It's like Dr. House said, "If religious people could be reasoned with there would be no religious people."

        So when rational argument is ignored or avoided, I wholly support doing high profile things that provoke a response.

        I'd just like to point out something about your post. You are assuming everyone starts with the same underlying assumptions that you do. Thus anyone who disagrees with you is irrational, according to your logic.

        The point is that people with your beliefs often refuse to acknowledge much of what you believe to be true is taken on faith. You have faith that everything you believe about evolution is true. Why do I say faith? Because evolution and things such as the non-existence of God have never been conc

        • You make assumptions as well, including the very common one that atheism is a belief or faith, whereas it is the lack of such, and secondly that atheists are absolute (which would require belief/faith or insanity). Most intelligent 'atheists' aren't going to say "I know for a fact that there is no god." Even Richard Dawkins says that is further than he is willing to go. I and many others will simply say (in different ways) "I have seen no credible evidence for the existence of god, so even if a god or gods
      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by denobug (753200)

        It's like Dr. House said, "If religious people could be reasoned with there would be no religious people."

        Same can be said about atheist proponent. Some of of them could not be reasoned with to share with the "why" people choose to believe there is a God. They don't respect your stance on believing in God. They just want to make a point and show their positions are superior than others. They are no better or no worse than the religious zealot in any religion, be Christianity, Muslim, Buddhist, or even Hindoism.

        I need to make it clear that I am a Christian and I SUPPORT the use of any scientific tools for

        • The key phrase in all of this is just what you say, "Some of them". Being a jerk does not proceed (in most cases) from a chosen faith or non-faith, and only a jerk would refuse to give somebody enough respect to at least hear what they have to say. That does not mean that anybody is obligated to accept anything they do not wish to accept.

          In fact we were not won over by clever arguments.

          Because you exclude contradictory evidence, which makes you unreasonable. Conversely, a non-religious person MUST accept, integrate, and adapt to contradictory evidence or

      • by RockDoctor (15477)

        It's like Dr. House said, "If religious people could be reasoned with there would be no religious people."

        I don't know who Dr house is, but the way I've heard it expressed before is "you can't reason someone out of a position that they did not arrive at by reasoning."
        I don't have a citation for that though.
        Edit : WikiQuote [wikiquote.org] hints that it's Dean Swift, but they don't have a source for it. It does have the sound of a Swift-ism.

      • Agreed. If you can read http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/ [skepticsan...dbible.com] and still believe in the Bible, you are beyond reason. There is more logic and especially more mercy and internal consistency in stories of Santa Claus than the intolerant, slavery-promoting, sexist, inconsistent, genocidal torturer worshiped by the Jews and the Christians. If you can read, say, the Book of Genesis, the Book of Joshua, and the Book of Revelations and not conclude your deity is a vicious maniac, you lack the ability to reason.
    • by sznupi (719324)

      Duh, religions revolve around stunts. For example "look, I'll be sooo alive after I'm dead, promise" or "there's totally a hand of %INSERT CHOSEN DEITY% here"

      That's just a - clumsy, I give you that - effort to work on the level of religions; perhaps exploit unsecurity of few people in the way religions do.

  • Makes me wish I hadn't discarded all my extra Bibles...

    I wonder if they would do this mail-order style?

    In any case, I wholly support this awesome idea.
    • Makes me wish I hadn't discarded all my extra Bibles...

      Contact the Gideon society. Offer to distribute a crate load of bibles to help convert the heathens at the university...

  • I guess sex sells (Score:2, Insightful)

    by smadasam (831582)
    As a University of Texas - San Antonio graduate, this makes me sad we people try to tare down others beliefs.
    • It makes me sad that an alleged university graduate cannot construct even one grammatically correct or properly spelled sentence. You're a disgrace.

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