The most Americans to identify the president as a water- retaining desert plant since he took office.… Read the rest
Archive for September 2010
Archbishop of Westminster says Catholics should be more ready to make the sign of the cross and say “God bless you” to people.… Read the rest
The world’s most absolute dictator presumes to lecture our present leaders on the sins of democratic society.… Read the rest
“It was precisely the refusal of the other parties, from left and right, to debate with the SD that allowed them to grow from nothing to 6% of the vote.”… Read the rest
Larry King’s overly cordial interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad failed to press the head of a repressive Islamic Republic of Iran on many issues raised, including on the Iran stoning case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.
When asked about the stoning case, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad replied: ‘This lady’s case has not been completely examined yet. No verdict has been issued yet. She is accused of being — of murdering her husband. And I don’t think in the world if someone is accused of murdering their husband, people would pour on the streets and rally in support of her.’ Without correcting the facts on the case, King then went on to say: ‘If they were going to stone her, they would.’ Ahmadinejad then said:… Read the rest
The headmaster of St. John’s School for the Deaf raped and molested as many as 200 deaf boys, according to court and church documents.… Read the rest
They twitch nervously as they mouth supportive platitudes about Cameron’s planned cuts.… Read the rest
Kenan Malik notes, “There are two notions of incitement that all too often get conflated.”… Read the rest
They were arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred and released on bail pending further inquiries.… Read the rest
Don’t mention the e-word.… Read the rest
Mark Vernon went to the ”let’s pretend we get to tell atheists what to do next” debate (debate? it doesn’t sound like a debate – more like a self-congratulatory chat) and explains about it for CisF Belief. It is, predictably, very smug predictable stuff. It assumes from the outset that gnu atheism is obviously stupid and bad and wrong and laughable, and proceeds from there.
Marilynne Robinson was articulate on how the New Atheism erases the human by treating us as crudely material entities…She had a great quip. The theist looks at phenomena like the fine tuning and thinks, amazing. The (old) atheist looks at phenomena like the fine tuning and thinks, amazing. The New Atheist looks at phenomena like
It gets better. The despair of high school does not go on forever.… Read the rest
Caspar Melville says on the New Humanist blog that the “‘Beyond New Atheism” debate was
a genuine attempt to see if we could have a different tone for discussion about belief, non-belief, human nature and God.
Well I could have saved them the bother by just answering the question: sure we could. Of course we could. In fact we could find such a discussion, with its different tone, any time we wanted one – we could read Comment is Free Belief or the New Statesman, we could browse the BBC’s “Religion and Ethics” pages, we could stroll into a church or mosque. It is not the least bit difficult either to have or to find “a different tone for … Read the rest
The burqa is a blank; a deliberate erasure not only of public face, but of one’s entire public existence. Not new self but un-self.… Read the rest
The curious case of the royal financial memorandum is a headline disguised as a footnote.… Read the rest
“Someone appears to have gone to extraordinary lengths to protect the Royal family from public scrutiny.”… Read the rest
Marilynne Robinson was subtle, Roger Scruton was mischievous, Jonathan Rée was disturbed by the “new” atheist Tone.… Read the rest
…there is no known maker.… Read the rest
Here is another…can we say quisling? If they call us aggressive new atheists, can we call them quislings? Here is another quisling atheist moaning about how boring and boring the gnu* atheists are. It’s Caspar Melville of the New Humanist, I’m sorry to say – I like the NH.
He doesn’t say anything of substance - just offers a strawman version of gnu atheism and says it’s bad, even though it did some good, but now let’s move on. It’s lazy, tiresome stuff, which is particularly annoying coming from someone who is, as far as I know, an atheist himself.
It is disappointing when someone who is meant to be on