HRW draws on interviews with Saudi women to document the effects of these discriminatory policies.… Read the rest
Archive for April 2008
Women forced to live as children, denied basic rights and confined to a suffocating dependency on men.… Read the rest
Do atheists crave a replacement for church?
Atheism’s great awakening is in need of a doctrine. “People perceive us as only rejecting things,” says Ken Bronstein, the president of a local group called New York City Atheists. “Everybody wants to know, ‘Okay, you’re an atheist, now what?'”
Nah, thanks – I’m not in need of a doctrine. In fact the very idea is kind of…how shall I say…idiotic? Part of the point of being an atheist is not having to sign up to a ‘doctrine.’ It’s not a matter of thinking those other doctrines are no fun but our doctrine is just the ticket. It’s a matter of not liking doctrines in the first place.
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The most successful movements
In the larger war against supernaturalism, it doesn’t help to fraternize with the enemy.… Read the rest
Imperviousness to reason is the property that we should most fear in religion.… Read the rest
It is essential to hold on to the fact that in this country we are not a theocracy, but a democracy.… Read the rest
The meeting in Qatar is part of a popular trend of seeking Koranic precedents for modern science. … Read the rest
His version of it anyway, which of course is the only orthodox one.… Read the rest
Martha Nussbaum talks to Bill Moyers.
[I]f you look into the religions, they have this deep idea of human dignity and the source of dignity being conscience. This capacity for searching for the meaning of life. And that leads us directly to the idea of respect. Because if conscience is this deep and valuable source of searching for meaning, then we all have it whether we’re agreeing or disagreeing. And we all ought to respect it and respect it equally in one another.
Hmm. I would say, as usual, it depends what kind of ‘respect’ is meant. There are, as usual, different possible levels of respect – recognition respect, substantive respect, and so on. In one way I agree … Read the rest
Edgar is arguing is that unless you sign up to his vision of the left, you have by definition joined the ranks of the right.… Read the rest
Conservative Xians ‘should look more closely at the ethical reasoning of people who are agnostics and atheists.’… Read the rest
‘It wasn’t a children’s home, it was a children’s prison.’… Read the rest
‘On the Media’ talks to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ian Buruma, Flemming Rose, Ibrahim El-Houdaiby.… Read the rest
Doctors often sign studies in medical journals that were actually written by pharmaceutical companies.… Read the rest
Officers have been searching four cellars referred to as ‘punishment rooms’ by alleged victims. … Read the rest
One more bit of Hedges, because Eric mentioned that his (Hedges’s) theological training left him befuddled by the idea of ‘original sin,’ and I was planning to quote him on sin anyway if I got the time. Pp 13-14:
We have nothing to fear from those who do or do not believe in God; we have much to fear from those who do not believe in sin. The concept of sin is a stark acknowledgement that we can never be omnipotent, that we are bound and limited by human flaws and self-interest.
Stark, staring bullshit. Could hardly be more wrong. Obviously there is no need whatever to believe in ‘sin’ to be aware that we can never be omnipotent and … Read the rest
The Wedge document makes it crystal clear what comes first for IDers, and it isn’t evidence. … Read the rest
Expelled has some problems of its own with honest, open presentations of the facts about evolution.… Read the rest
Many said religion divided society, fuelled intolerance and spawned irrational policies. … Read the rest