Archive for July 2009

John Gray Makes a Huge Concession *

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‘Although they are often intolerant, today’s evangelists for secular humanism do not preach or practise violence.’… Read the rest

John Gray the Apocalypticist Dreamer *

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Why is Gray rebuking Garton Ash for repudiating the term ‘Enlightenment fundamentalist’?… Read the rest

Tageszeitung Talks to Activist Alham Abrahimnejad *

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When women stand up in public and say they want the same rights as men, it is a major protest.… Read the rest

On Communication: a Philosophical Dialogue *

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Shut up he explained.… Read the rest

Joan Smith Reviews ‘Does God Hate Women?’ *

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‘The authors demolish any amount of modern cant.’ Ah, music.… Read the rest

The Rise of Atheist Stand-up *

Jul 30th, 2009 | Filed by

All share an intellectual approach to the world and to comedy itself.… Read the rest

‘Atheist’ Camp Will Disappoint Children *

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Because most people aren’t rational. So children should go to Irrationality Camp?… Read the rest

Former Doctor Helped Pay for Trip to Dignitas *

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‘Arrest me,’ says Michael Irwin to police. Poll shows 3/4 of Britons want assisted suicide made legal.… Read the rest

Texas Curriculum Debate Marred by Ideologues *

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The board appointed a family-values activist and a minister who specializes in ‘Christian heritage.’… Read the rest

Texas: Board of Ed Wants More ‘Faith’ in History *

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Appoints conservative non-historians who want to emphasize the bible and drop Thurgood Marshall.… Read the rest

Khartoum: Lubna Hussein Trousers Trial *

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Lubna Hussein was among 13 women arrested by Sudan’s public order police for wearing trousers.… Read the rest

Scientists Protest Lack of Evolution Teaching *

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Say the new science curriculum for English primary schools should include teaching on natural selection. … Read the rest

Unartistic America Reviewed *

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To improve art literacy in America, neorealists should pretend to respect crap that could be painted by a 5-year-old.… Read the rest

Sleeping Bags and Critical Thinking *

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The camp insists that when it comes to God, it is not telling the children what to think but how to think. … Read the rest

Letters Reply to Sam Harris on Francis Collins *

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‘Science reaches beyond itself to undervalue mythic insight’ etc etc.… Read the rest

Adam Hochschild: Rape of the Congo *

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Almost all the warring factions have used rape as a calculated method of sowing terror.… Read the rest

Waist-deep in the moral slime

Jul 29th, 2009 9:05 am | By

I wasn’t going to inflict any more Mooney-Kirshenbaum nonsense on you, but now Mooney (at least) has taken a couple more steps further into the moral slime, and I feel it My Duty to record the fact. I think it’s time to declare Chris Mooney officially morally bankrupt. He’s not just wrong – he’s doing bad things.

On that post I criticized on Monday, a commenter announced that I was lying.

When Ophelia Benson claims through her “questions” that Chris and Sheril have no evidence she is not telling the truth. It’s one thing for people who haven’t read the book to assert this – she has the book.
So let me say that again and more emphatically:

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Religion is a very public matter

Jul 28th, 2009 12:44 pm | By

Eric MacDonald made a comment that needs to be on the main page:

In their little piece on civility, where Barbara Forrest is quoted as saying “Be nice”, Mooney and Kirshenbaum say this:

Religion is a very private matter, and given that liberal religionists support church-state separation, we really have no business questioning their personal way of making meaning of the world.

This is false. Religion is not a very private matter. It is a very public matter, and it is increasingly more and more public. How people make sense of the world, religiously, almost always seeks to impose itself on others.

Religion does not respect boundaries. For a long time it was thought that religion had retreated to … Read the rest

Jerry Coyne Reviews Robert Wright on God *

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The faithful – the ones who care about science – have tweaked the theory of evolution to make it more congenial. … Read the rest

Quarrel Over ‘Islamic School’ in Sydney *

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Some campaigners say the debate has been laced with racial and religious intolerance.… Read the rest