Khalid Mahmood, Birmingham MP, says proper regulations are needed to protect children.… Read the rest
Archive for October 2009
2002 presidential directive authorized federally-funded faithy programs to hire and fire on religious grounds. … Read the rest
The Church of England issued a posthumous apology to Darwin last year…… Read the rest
Almost all the unsafe abortions were in less developed countries with restrictive abortion laws.… Read the rest
We don’t know for sure, there is dispute, the evidence is incomplete – so far.… Read the rest
Just what I keep saying – Karen Armstrong’s ‘God’ is all very well but it’s not what most believers mean by ‘God’ – to put it mildly. If a ‘United Church of Christ and American Baptist minister’ (you’re allowed to ride two bicycles like that?) doesn’t buy her version of god, why should anyone else?
[H]er pastiche construct of the divine, intended as a greater god, reduces the divine to an ethereal “it” describable in ethics as compassion and as transcendence in metaphysics, but unrecognizable in any of the world’s living religions as God. Even she doesn’t pray to it.
Just what I keep saying. Yet Armstrong is pretty emphatic that her pastiche is the real ‘God,’ is ‘God’ properly … Read the rest
A joy to read it is not! Give it a try, but prepare to be upset.… Read the rest
Have changed ‘Pharisees’ to ‘Liberals.’… Read the rest
Skepticism is not an open-mindedness that says, ‘I can imagine it, therefore it must be possible’. … Read the rest
‘In the end, her arguments for the divine always boil down to “it’s a mystery.”‘… Read the rest
Publisher of Indian Skeptic magazine; a skeptic and rationalist to the end.… Read the rest
Cardinal Francis George, who is President of the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has noticed that the natives are getting restless. He observes that US secularism is moving from taming religion to rejecting it.
The new atheism has its followers…In Chicago, we now have atheist clubs in high schools. We didn’t have those five years ago. Kids I would have confirmed in the eighth grade, by the time they’re sophomores in high school say they’re atheists. They don’t just stop going to church, they make a statement…I think it’s something of a fad, because of the aggressiveness of this new atheism. It captures people.
Yes? Well what does the Catholic church do? It ‘captures’ people, doesn’t it? At least, if … Read the rest
He talked to the source. She says she did not say what the Express reported she said.… Read the rest
Islam is strong because it believes in itself. Christianity should be like that.… Read the rest
Now for the controversy to begin…… Read the rest
The notion of ‘hate speech’ causes a great deal of confusion when applied to ‘hate’ of ideas.… Read the rest
How did the US get involved in this denial of the basic principles of free speech and thought? … Read the rest
By anticipating violence, these publishers brand a whole community as violent. It’s infuriating!… Read the rest
With atheist best-sellers flying off the book-shelves, people are now finding their beliefs questioned, probed and examined. Lumping all arguments together, many dismiss the new wave of intellectual concern as a crass form of schoolyard bullying, calling all those critical of religion “new atheists”. But what is forgotten in these discussions is the human side, the reasons for not believing and what that means in our lives. Many know the arguments against belief but now the point has come to ask another question: why does that matter? In an effort to do just that, two philosophers, Russell Blackford from Australia and German-born Udo Schüklenk have co-edited a book which seeks to solve recent problems for the modern non-believer. 50 Voices … Read the rest
Obama has an ‘adviser on Muslim affairs,’ Dalia Mogahed; she appeared on a British tv show hosted by a member of Hizb ut Tahrir, Ibtihal Bsis. Mogahed is on ‘the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships,’ which is something the president shouldn’t have in the first place. On this tv show she said, according to the Telegraph, that the Western view of sharia is ‘oversimplified’ and ‘the majority of women around the world associate it with gender justice.’
Well if they do they’re crazy, but I don’t believe they do. The majority of women around the world aren’t Muslim, for a start, and not all Muslims are fond of sharia, so Mogahed’s statistic sounds made up.
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