Students who don’t want to study scripture must not be allowed to study anything else instead!… Read the rest
Archive for October 2009
Scientists couldn’t explain how the image was left on the cloth; now the trick has been duplicated.… Read the rest
Child witchcraft stands for the claim that children can be witches and wizards or that infants can or do engage in witchcraft activities like turning themselves into birds or insects – at night – to suck blood or mysteriously inflict harm on someone. It is the belief that children have evil powers which they use or can use to destory people particularly their family or community members. As I have pointed out here, child witchcraft is a claim, a belief – a superstitious belief. Child witchcraft is manifested in different forms: accusation, confession and persecution.
Children are accused of being witches and wizards. Somtimes children who talk in their dreams or sleep walk are said to be witches. They are … Read the rest
To most observers, Dawkins is the textbook aggressive champion of evolutionary theory…In person, Dawkins fails to live up to the “aggressive” label…So he is genuinely puzzled by people calling him aggressive. “Well, I’m nothing like as aggressive as I’m portrayed. And I’m always being labelled ‘strident’. In the bestseller lists it always has a little one-line summary of the book, and for my new one it says ‘strident academic Richard Dawkins’. I’m forever saddled with this wretched adjective. I think I’m one of the most unstrident people in the world.”
Well don’t I know the feeling – though of course on a much smaller … Read the rest
Atheists squirm in agony.… Read the rest
Experts suggested his track record for hate-filled attacks on Jews could be a ploy to hide his past. … Read the rest
‘Until women find a little bit more of their place in the church, and until we get rid of the men’s club, we’re in trouble.’… Read the rest
There are lots of people who think they are creationists who are just beginning to question what they were taught. … Read the rest
Jerry Coyne took a few minutes from all the fun he was having at the Boys’ Atheists jamboree to do a quick post on Dawkins and accommodationism.
An alert reader called my attention to two blog posts by Josh Rosenau and Chris Mooney/Sheril Kirshenbaum, both claiming that Richard Dawkins explicitly voiced accommodationist views in a Newsweek interview. “He’s changed!” they say.
Has not, Jerry says.
Well, I know Richard Dawkins. I am at a meeting with Richard Dawkins. I just discussed these accusations of accommodationism with Richard Dawkins. And I can tell you, Chris, Sheril, and Josh, that Richard is not one of you.
And, satisfyingly, he includes Richard’s written confirmation that he is no accommodationist:
Researchers can mischievously change their stated goal, or ‘primary outcome,’ after their trial has finished… Read the rest
Not on the grounds of race, disability, etc, but on the grounds of sex, marital status or sexuality.… Read the rest
Dan Dennett talked about ‘deepities’ such as Karen Armstrong’s ‘God behind God.’… Read the rest
And the Attorney-General says go right ahead.… Read the rest
A German publisher has cancelled plans to publish a mass-market novel for fear it might face violent protests.… Read the rest
Took in Richard Dawkins doing a reading, question-answering, and book-signing for his most-recent publication tonight, in a sold-out theater at the U of Toronto…The theater contains around 600 seats, and of the 80 people I counted, about two dozen were women. That’s approximately 30%. By comparison, Ophelia Benson was carping yesterday about women only comprising 20% (i.e., 4 out of 21) of the speakers at the Atheist Alliance conference. I say that the latter figure is within engineering/experimental accuracy (or whatever confidence interval), especially since the speakers at any conference should be from at least the top 20% of the professionals in it; and unless the conference is a Celebration of Womynstruation, you’ll already be “scraping the bottom
The Executive Branch’s endorsement of speech-restrictive norms could affect how the courts interpret the First Amendment.… Read the rest
The speech also drew attention to the Vatican’s failure to comply with its obligations under International Law.… Read the rest
The church ‘has been given a free ride by the international community because of its presumed moral leadership.’… Read the rest
We’re bad but they are worse, says Catholic church sullenly.… Read the rest