Cite their religious beliefs.… Read the rest
Archive for March 2008
Listen, paedophilia was cool in those days.… Read the rest
UK libel law gets books withdrawn at the mere threat of a suit.… Read the rest
Think of all the time we could save.… Read the rest
Points censoriously at Kurt Westergaard for dissing ‘Islam’s holiest prophet.’… Read the rest
Genocide is alive and well in the world—but of secondary interest to the nations that might actually stop it.… Read the rest
Jesus’ disciples were convinced they had seen the resurrected Jesus. That’s the evidence.… Read the rest
Flew will join Bishop of Durham in ‘giving evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.’… Read the rest
Does the BBC call in someone from the MCB to write some of its news articles, or what?
The Danish cartoonist behind drawings satirising the Prophet Muhammad has urged a Dutch lawmaker to air an anti-Islam film despite Muslim outrage…Mr Westergaard’s cartoons in a Danish paper triggered riots by Muslims in many countries in 2006.
Where to begin? Kurt Westergaard wasn’t ‘behind’ all the Motoons; he drew one of them, that’s all. And there’s the unqualifed censoriousness of ‘anti-Islam film’ – the silent but obtrusive assumption that Islam should be immune from opposition. And then the usual, indeed obligatory, distortion in which the cartoons ‘triggered riots’ as if the cartoons were to blame, along with the repetition of the claim … Read the rest
Christian Jago (potentilla) died this morning. I’ve been missing her steadily since she got too ill to talk with us any more. Her brisk clarity and bluntness were a regular tonic (as the saying goes). Jean has a post at Talking Philosophy with several quotes. Here’s one that I found over here. (The database has 139, which seems like a kind of wealth.)
Connections between Rod Liddle’s opinions and logically defensible positions are largely random, IMHO. So saying he got this one right is very charitable of you, Ophelia! As TG points out above, he is a kind of auto-contrarian. (Also a churchgoer, if that’s relevant).
The Vatican is a nasty piece of work. Let’s not ever lose sight of that fact.
A senior member of the Vatican has drawn up a new list of mortal sins…Along with drug use and social injustice he listed genetic manipulation and experiments on humans.
First of all, how does he know? How do they know? How does anyone know? Do they have a private phone line to the deity so that they can get updates on what sins are mortal and what are venial? Who the hell are they to decide which ‘sins’ are relatively minor and which ones deserve eternal torture by way of punishment? But second, what hateful sadistic shits they are, threatening people with eternal … Read the rest
Makes certain kinds of research mortal rather than venial sin. Why mess around? … Read the rest
What if your boss tells you to take speed?… Read the rest
Adds seven new ‘mortal sins,’ for which hell is the punishment; scientific research among the seven.… Read the rest
The failure not to believe in miracles has had consequences that are not merely theological or philosophical.… Read the rest
It is the fact that string theory makes no testable predictions that gives Smolin his greatest concern.… Read the rest
Liberal reformists cannot escape the fact that Orthodox Islam is incompatible with human rights.… Read the rest
I have a question for you, basically about terminology. Here is a quoted passage, which I have never understood.
Should religious organizations and their members be treated as unequal under the law for certain purposes connected with gender? US constitutional law has standardly granted special latitude to religion, by contrast with other forms of commitment and affiliation. Religious reasons for exemption from military service, or for refusing to work on a particular day, are granted a latitude that is not granted to other forms of conscientious commitment, such as the familial or the artistic or even the ethical. This remains controversial for the way it appears to privilege religion over nonreligion and thus, it might seem, to violate the Establishment
APA ignored evidence that psychologists designed and provided training for ‘enhanced’ interrogation.… Read the rest