Unsporting, I suggest you attend an open AA meeting to understand just how these people are balancing on the edge IF they start to believe they can have just one drink.
IMO it seems that your posts lean to support anyone on the god squad and less supportive of those who choose not to believe. Just and observation, by no means fact but my interpretation.
My friend, I hear what you are saying and do not deny the charge.
I was saddened by Dr Hawking's TV special, because it seemed to be a cry of anger on his part. If one rewatches it, early on Hawking makes the statement "ancient people thought disease was a curse from God... well what would they think if they saw ME?" The guy is clearly angry at God.
If you, Mr Means, were to have total creative license to create any TV special you wanted, none of us have any doubt it would be filled with your insightful (and often entertaining) opinions on Mustangs, civil rights, and maybe an expression of reserve regarding overzealous people. I seriously doubt you would spend the entire time God-bashing, as Dr Hawking did.
Actually, the "post 1" thought occurred to me as I was reading up on Alice Cooper at imdb. He is widely known as a very nice guy. A significant number of his quotes are in regards to the afterlife. Granted, that could just be to support his stage persona, but still, they contrast Dr Hawking's statements directly, and given that one guy is really cool and the other is angry at the world, that says something.
Help me out, Dr Hawking is a sub-atomic physicist, isn't he? How did he get this astrophysicist moniker?
... and he's certainly no expert on God. No more so than a bus driver or screwdriver repairman.