Archive for October 2009

Simon Singh Wins Ruling in Libel Case *

Oct 14th, 2009 | Filed by

Eady’s decision reversed; had risked swinging the balance of rights too far against free speech.… Read the rest



UK: Madrasas Should Be Regulated *

Oct 14th, 2009 | Filed by

Khalid Mahmood, Birmingham MP, says proper regulations are needed to protect children.… Read the rest



Faith Based Discrimination *

Oct 14th, 2009 | Filed by

2002 presidential directive authorized federally-funded faithy programs to hire and fire on religious grounds. … Read the rest



Science and Religion: Some Conflicts *

Oct 14th, 2009 | Filed by

The Church of England issued a posthumous apology to Darwin last year…… Read the rest



Unsafe Abortions Kill 70,000 Women a Year *

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Almost all the unsafe abortions were in less developed countries with restrictive abortion laws.… Read the rest



How Humans Dispersed from Africa *

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We don’t know for sure, there is dispute, the evidence is incomplete – so far.… Read the rest



Even she doesn’t pray to it

Oct 13th, 2009 4:23 pm | By

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



Christchurch Libraries Blog on Does God H.W. *

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A joy to read it is not! Give it a try, but prepare to be upset.… Read the rest



Conservapedeists Re-write the Bible *

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Have changed ‘Pharisees’ to ‘Liberals.’… Read the rest



Paula Kirby Looks for Evidence *

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Skepticism is not an open-mindedness that says, ‘I can imagine it, therefore it must be possible’. … Read the rest



Susan Jacoby on Karen Armstrong *

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‘In the end, her arguments for the divine always boil down to “it’s a mystery.”‘… Read the rest



Basava Premanand1930-2009 *

Oct 13th, 2009 | Filed by

Publisher of Indian Skeptic magazine; a skeptic and rationalist to the end.… Read the rest



The Cardinal on atheism: he’s against it

Oct 12th, 2009 5:30 pm | By

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



Ben Goldacre on Journalistic Malfeasance *

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He talked to the source. She says she did not say what the Express reported she said.… Read the rest



Xianity Must Become More Like Islam to Prosper *

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Islam is strong because it believes in itself. Christianity should be like that.… Read the rest



50 Voices of Disbelief Published in UK *

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Now for the controversy to begin…… Read the rest



Russell Blackford on Blasphemy and Paul Kurtz *

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The notion of ‘hate speech’ causes a great deal of confusion when applied to ‘hate’ of ideas.… Read the rest



Ibn Warraq on the Egypt-US HRC Resolution *

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How did the US get involved in this denial of the basic principles of free speech and thought? … Read the rest



Jesus and Mo on Pre-emptive Self-censorship *

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By anticipating violence, these publishers brand a whole community as violent. It’s infuriating!… Read the rest



Interview With Russell Blackford and Udo Schüklenk

Oct 12th, 2009 | By Tauriq Moosa

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