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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Extraordinary Claims Campaign

The Center for Inquiry here in Toronto has kicked off its Extraordinary Claims campaign, a follow-up to the Atheist bus ads two years back. The goal is to point out the need for fact-based evidence for, well, just about anything. Is believing in Bigfoot really any different from believing in Allah or Yahweh? If you think it is then why?

They're hoping to run a new bus ad in the spring, and I'm taking bets on who will be the most pissed-offed about it.

As you might expect I'm a big supporter of the campaign. They need a few more bucks to really get going with it, so I ask anyone who's interested to go to their website above and make a donation.

The Toronto Star just ran an article on the campaign (available here), and the comments are more positive so far then I figured they would be, aside from the "I don't understand why people would waste there time with something like this" kind ("Because religious and pseudo-science claims have a large impact on our society and we need to push back and ask if those claims are actually doing more harm then good" is the short answer).

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I would like to see religion follow the same guidelines as, say, medicine... "first do no harm."

Any thoughts on whther it's possible to be a christian agnostic? As in "freely admit I have no evidence, but that's ok because I believe God would rather I focus on being decent to other humans?"

Fifteen or so years of self-examination have convinced me that that's where my instincts are.

Hey, you're thinking seriously about it and not trying to impose it on others. That works for me!

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