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Archive for January 7th, 2009

First they had the Christian ads. Now the atheists respond.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090106/lf_afp/britainreligionroadoffbeat_newsmlmmd

LONDON (AFP) – About 800 buses bearing the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” set off on Britain’s roads Tuesday in an atheist campaign responding to a set of Christian ads.

The campaign, which will also see slogans plastered across London’s subway system, was paid for by more than 140,000 pounds (200,000 dollars, 150,000 euros) in public donations, the British Humanist Association said.

It was the brainchild of comedy writer Ariane Sherine, 28, who objected to the Christian adverts on some London buses that carried an Internet address warning that people who rejected God would spend eternity in “torment in hell”.

She sought five-pound donations towards a “reassuring” counter-advertisement and won support from the BHA and atheist campaigner Professor Richard Dawkins.

And guess what, it seems that atheist campaigner Professor Richard Dawkins is indeed pushing through with what he calls ‘militant atheism’. See these videos where he talked on the topic earlier.

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Neale Donald Walsch, a know author of the “Conversations with God” book series has admitted that he unwittingly use another writer’s anecdote as his very own.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neale_Donald_Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch (also known as Neale Marshall-Walsch) (b. September 101943 inMilwaukee) is an American author of the series Conversations with God. The books so far in the series are Conversations With God (books 1-3), Friendship with GodCommunion with God,The New RevelationsTomorrow’s GodWhat God WantsHome with God: In a Life That Never Ends, and his newest book, Happier than God.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090107/ap_on_en_ot/author_plagiarism;_ylt=Aott1z3qLVcd4OyUU0cnh8wDW7oF

Walsch had written about what he described as his son’s holiday concert two decades ago in which children were to hold up letters spelling “Christmas Love.” One of the children held the “m” upside down, so the audience got the message “Christwas Love,” according to the retelling.Neale Donald Walsch claims that he talks to God and has been a very well known author with his series of books, more notable the “Conversations with God” series, he now faces a plagiarism claim.

Now, that is quite specific, besides, he has admitted that it was indeed someone elses. You may be wondering his defense, he states in the same webpage:

Walsch wrote on his blog Tuesday he was “truly mystified” about what happened and apologized. He said he had been telling the story for years in public talks and “somewhere along the way, internalized it as my own experience.”

Hmmm. Is that believable? It is such a pity. I have read his first three books and find them very uplifting and reasonable. Reasonable in terms of the ‘morality’ it espouses. A big question arises, if he did plagiarize the book and did an immoral act, are his books really from god? Are they even from a higher spiritual entity or some fictitious character he concocted to make some money?

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The U.S. stockmarket is now on the rise, will it continue? And how long can the U.S. continue to ‘print’ money? Peter Schiff seems to want it over immediately, but others seem to say it is needed for stimulus.

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