Archive for July 2009

Atheism is so Totally Fashionable *

Jul 25th, 2009 | Filed by

‘Everyone claims to be one. Like in the 90s, everyone was a Buddhist, then doing Kabbalah.’… Read the rest

‘Fundamentalist Atheist’ Trope Must Go *

Jul 25th, 2009 | Filed by

There is a difference – call it a fundamental one – between being certain and wrong and being certain and right. … Read the rest

Support Offered for Rejected Child *

Jul 25th, 2009 | Filed by

Her father said he no longer wanted her in the home because she brought shame to the family.… Read the rest

Child Raped, Then Rejected by Her Family *

Jul 25th, 2009 | Filed by

Allegedly raped by four boys, an 8-year-old Liberian girl is now in foster care after being shunned by her family.… Read the rest

A Discussion of the Ethics of Book Reviewing *

Jul 24th, 2009 | Filed by

Alain de Botton makes an energetic contribution.… Read the rest

Possible ‘Honour’ Killings of Four Women *

Jul 24th, 2009 | Filed by

Montreal couple and son suspected of killing three daughters and husband’s first wife.… Read the rest

Possible ‘Honour’ Acid Attack in Leytonstone *

Jul 24th, 2009 | Filed by

Victim reportedly suspected of having an affair with a married Muslim woman; she has been told her life is in danger.… Read the rest

Jesus and Mo Toast Ireland’s Blasphemy Law *

Jul 24th, 2009 | Filed by

The more seriously we take our beliefs, the bigger fools we feel we are being called.… Read the rest

To Serve God and Wal-Mart *

Jul 24th, 2009 | Filed by

New book chronicles Wal-Mart’s role in mainstreaming evangelical and free market values.… Read the rest

Obama is a Furriner! From Hawaii! *

Jul 24th, 2009 | Filed by

Everbody kno this and it is being cuvvered up by the libruls. It is a skandle!… Read the rest

Alabama Freethought Association Meets *

Jul 24th, 2009 | Filed by

AFA attracts people from communities where strong religious norms treat atheism as unthinkable and despicable.… Read the rest

Those god-damn atheists are at the door again, with their pamphlets

Jul 23rd, 2009 5:34 pm | By

About this meta-discussion. H E Baber sees things differently.

But then there’s the meta-disussion–when self-appointed referees (particularly when they’re also players) complain that all that bashing is too, too nasty or that this rough play is hurtful to “despised minorities.” Of course I think it’s perfectly ok for atheists to proselytize, irritating as it is, just as I think it’s perfectly ok for Mormans to come knocking on my door, which I find equally irritating.

I don’t normally say things like “all that bashing is too, too nasty” or “this rough play is hurtful to ‘despised minorities’.” I didn’t say it this time, either. I said something a little different. I agreed with Russell Blackford that Dennett and Dawkins … Read the rest

Amnesty International Accuses Saudis of Torture *

Jul 23rd, 2009 | Filed by

AI said said torture methods include ‘severe beatings with sticks, punching, suspension from the ceiling,’… Read the rest

150 Women to be Flogged for Having Sex *

Jul 23rd, 2009 | Filed by

The men are acquitted, because they say they didn’t do it.… Read the rest

The Six Lives of Malalai Joya *

Jul 23rd, 2009 | Filed by

‘is the responsibility of our own people to fight for their rights, to achieve values like democracy and women’s rights.’… Read the rest

Islam, Women, Double Standards, the West *

Jul 23rd, 2009 | Filed by

The argument about chastity in Christianity and Islam is undermined by the difference in outcomes for women.… Read the rest

Malaysian Court Sentences Woman to Whipping *

Jul 23rd, 2009 | Filed by

She drank beer in a nightclub. Six strokes of the cane and a $1400 fine.… Read the rest

Mirror mirror on the wall

Jul 22nd, 2009 12:03 pm | By

Russell Blackford said in More on H.E. Baber’s piece in The Guardian that yes there are such people as knee-jerk atheists, who are far less nuanced and thoughtful than Dennett and Dawkins and so on, but –

But that is inevitable. What movement doesn’t attract a lot of people who adopt a relatively crude version of its ideas? It’s very unfair to write in a way that perpetuates the myth that Dennett, Dawkins, etc., themselves are unnuanced and dogmatic. Any fair reading of their work shows the opposite. If anything, there is now some urgency in dispelling that myth, which is not only unfair but also making it more difficult for the individuals concerned to get a decent hearing, i.e.

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Historians Misrepresented by Creationists *

Jul 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

Phil Bell, CEO of Creationist Ministries UK, acknowledged that Fathom Media was established as a front company.… Read the rest

Creationist Film Company Tricks 3 Historians *

Jul 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

Fathom Media was revealed to be a subsidiary of Creation Ministries International.… Read the rest