I suppose this isn't really an atheist topic but I find myself in a dilemma. As an atheist and a 'liberal' (and an apartheid era South African) I define myself as opposing capital punishment. But now, having lived in Australia for the past 30 years, and thus I suppose having an emotional involvement, I find myself fervently wishing and hoping for the execution of the Bali bombers. These little Islamic rats killed over 200 people for religious reasons. Ironically they are desperately trying to get a stay of execution. I would have thought they would welcome death as a means of attaining paradise and however many virgins this entails.
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The ACA Lecture Series continues Sunday, March 8th at 12:15pm at the Austin History Center, 9th and Guadalupe. The building opens at noon. Ryan Bell will talk on "My Year Without God: Now a Permanent Condition."