He prayed, he celebrated, he visited. So what?… Read the rest
Archive for April 2008
For some reason I feel like giving you another dose of Chris Hedges. It’s a morbid interest, because really his book (I Don’t Believe in Atheists) is so bad it makes more sense to ignore it than to spend time saying what’s bad about it. Its badness isn’t what you’d call subtle or hidden. But I’m interested in these displays of determined stupidity, for some reason.
Hitchens and Harris describe the Muslim world, where I spent seven years…in language that is as racist, crude and intolerant as that used by Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell.
No they don’t. That’s such an absurd claim that it’s stupid to make it, when it’s so easy to check just … Read the rest
Created by former activists of radical Islamist organizations.… Read the rest
Ahmadiyya believe Ahmad was a prophet; most Muslims believe Mo was last prophet. Solution: a ban.… Read the rest
An Armenian priest forcibly ejected a Greek priest from an area near ‘the tomb of Jesus.’ Amen.… Read the rest
Says Nazi regime ‘banished God and thus became impervious to anything true and good.’… Read the rest
Irish religious schools can continue to refuse to employ atheist teachers.… Read the rest
The Quilliam Foundation, backed by Muslim and non-Muslim scholars, will be launched on Tuesday.… Read the rest
The mediums have been taken by surprise, poor dears.
Today, representatives of British mediums will march up Downing Street to deliver a petition containing some 10,000 signatories demanding that the Government change its decision to repeal the 1951 Fraudulent Mediums Act in favour of a new EU directive…”What we have here is a fundamental attack on our right to practise our religion…,” said David McEntee-Taylor, head of the Spiritual Workers Association (SWA).
Yes…except that ‘fundamental right’ has limits, dalling. It doesn’t have enough limits, but it has some. You can’t kill people and eat them with horseradish and call that practicing your religion and go on your way rejoicing.
However, by treating spiritualism as merely a consumer service, mediums
Anyone who thinks scientists do not question Darwinism has never been to an evolutionary conference.… Read the rest
The greater threat are the morons who present themselves as superficially plausible and sciencey.… Read the rest
Maybe they’ll be too drunk to remember.… Read the rest
Shouldn’t they have started protesting years ago? Since they knew it would happen?… Read the rest
Perhaps there should be a special body for issuing warnings on the rare occasions when scares aren’t bogus.… Read the rest
I can’t help noticing that clerics say odd things sometimes. I suppose it’s their job, but it surprises me anyway. I suppose it surprises me that they don’t try to cover up more.
The Bishop of Oxford (again), for instance. He said something very droll.
I am sure the Roman Catholic bishops are intelligent, rational people, but their starting point on embryo research is mistaken. They believe that the newly fertilised egg, the tiny bundle of multiplying cells smaller than a pin head, has the same right to life as an adult. But more than two-thirds of fertilised eggs are lost in nature anyway. If each of these really is a person, that is, an eternal soul, it would lead
In its extreme and ideological form, this contrarian approach to science can turn into a form of paranoia.… Read the rest
On charges that it offends public morals.… Read the rest
Hedges describes an atheism unknown on land or sea.… Read the rest
Hacks sneer about ‘university elitism’ in the Obama campaign. Because ignorance is preferable?… Read the rest