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Skepchick Quickies 12.16

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. I completely misread the “free will” headline in a way that made no sense at all. If one does not recognize “free will” as a noun, but instead takes “free” as the sentence’s subject and “will” as a future tense modifier of similar, then the whole thing falls apart.

    Clearly I need more coffee.

  2. – “Loudoun also offers a local example of an intriguing phenomenon, evident elsewhere in the nation, in which atheists have become increasingly bold and outspoken.”

    Interesting that “hey, we’re here” means outspoken. And does that mean all the spammy religious groups in my area are “bold and outspoken” ?

    – On the mercury fillings story – when I read it my first thought was “boy, these arguments sound familiar…”

    – Yoda bat rocks! :) That larvabot is freeeeeeeaky.

  3. Re: the Leesburg courthouse lawn. It would be better to have a lottery system than first come, first served. All it would take for some christian group to game the system would be for some insider to insert their (10 or 12) requests at the front of the queue when it opens. It would be much fairer to pick randomly from all requests received before a certain date, and to limit it to one display per person or group, to keep some group from flooding the pool with requests. Best of all would be to just prohibit religious displays on public property, as they apparently did last year. It isn’t as if there aren’t hundreds of locations on private property where they can put up nativities and other displays.

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