Some residents report in.… Read the rest
Archive for November 2008
‘It is vital that we help defend our rational, secular society against the rising tide of irrationalism and ignorance.’… Read the rest
‘Straightforward good judgment’ better than science or reason. But what is straightforward good judgment?… Read the rest
We need both: sound basic knowledge and the ability to discuss complex ideas that have a global impact.… Read the rest
How will the NY Times celebrate this year? With a study that reveals – sit down – that bullies like to bully.… Read the rest
Equality and Human Rights Commission gave a £35,000 grant to BHA; also funds many religious groups.… Read the rest
‘Canada rejects the basic premise that religions have rights; human rights belong to human beings.’… Read the rest
The British Humanist Association got a grant from the Equality and Human Rights Commission to hold a series of debates about the place of religion in public life.
The four events will include speakers from faith groups but one of the keynote addresses is being delivered by the prominent atheist Professor AC Grayling…
But? Why but? What do they mean ‘but’? That a series of debates about the place of religion in public life should include nothing but ‘speakers from faith groups’? But that would be kind of a stupid ‘debate,’ wouldn’t it? More like a prayer meeting, or a preaching to the choir session? More like a complete waste of time in fact? Why would a series of debates … Read the rest
Bangladesh began sliding slowly towards Islamism following the assassination of Rahman in 1975. In 1977, references to secularism were deleted from the constitution and the phrase “Bismillah-Ar-Rahiman-Ar Rahim” (“In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful”) was inserted. Five years later, General Ershad…introduced the Eighth Amendment, making Islam the state religion. The constitution now states that “absolute trust and faith in the Almighty Allah shall be the basis of all actions.”
Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful, who (according to them) wants men to treat women like dirt, and treacherous disobedient dirt at that.
I was on a bus yesterday that had an ad inside with that saying on it, along with an injunction to … Read the rest
Has never met a cheerful atheist, therefore all atheists are miserable and dreary. Theism plays hell with logic.… Read the rest
Court injunctions will forbid families to take people abroad for marriage, seize passports, intimidate victims… Read the rest
In Kenya half of women experience domestic violence; in Iraq women’s rights have eroded in all areas of life.… Read the rest
A proposal for the criminalisation of speech that would allow clerics to decide what is an ‘insult to religion.’… Read the rest
Ooh, yes, could be, think some whack jobs in the Rapture Ready community.… Read the rest
Spiteful hacks admit intent to complete changes quickly so that Obama can’t overturn them quickly.… Read the rest
Theists voted to revoke the legal right for gays to marry for theological reasons: God doesn’t like it.… Read the rest
Deafening silence.… Read the rest
Draft resolution tells all countries to alter their legal and constitutional systems to criminalize ‘defamation of religions.’… Read the rest
In an ideal world people would perhaps live such healthy lives that medicine would wither away. In this spirit, utopias are portrayed as realms where the ills of the world at large are ruled out both in principle and in practice.
Among the first genuinely preventive medical measures was the control of traffic into and out of municipalities hit by the plague, a policy that may have contributed to the eventual disappearance of that scourge from Europe. In some cases visitors from plague-infected regions were temporarily confined on an island. A utopia might be envisioned as such an island writ large, except that in this case the quarantine secures against infection from the surrounding world instead of the other way … Read the rest
Mary Kenny must be somewhat impervious to criticism – she’s saying the same absurd things she said last time we took this ride – minus the hilarious gripe about gloomy atheist funerals, to be sure.
‘Atheist bus’* – blah blah -
I found the atheists’ coda “so relax and enjoy life” ludicrously implausible. I’ve never yet met an atheist with a sense of joie-de-vivre (unless, in the case of one well-known public atheist, a certain drunken cordiality) most of them seem to be miserable blighters. Read GK Chesterton’s great poem ‘The Ballad of the Sad Athiest’. It perfectly describes this kind of dreary and austere puritan.
I think I said this last time, but ho hum, I know my duty, … Read the rest