A persuasive case for the prosecution, so persuasive that the reviewer may join the protests.… Read the rest
Archive for September 2010
Terry gets it right for once; no flattery for the pope or the Vatican.… Read the rest
476 instances, 13 suicides, documented cases of abuse in almost every diocese and in virtually every school run by the church.… Read the rest
219 unmarked graves of infants who died of malnutrition and neglect have now been found.… Read the rest
A guest post by Peter Beattie
Alom Shaha, of Why Science is Important fame, has a new piece in the Guardian, arguing that “angry atheists” are too quick to hurt the feelings of believers by implying they are stupid and should be more aware that they are capable of holding irrational beliefs too. Empathy, and how we say things, may be more important than what we say.
Superficially, it would be very hard to disagree with all this, and in fact none of the usual suspects in the “‘angry atheist’ brigade“–and I won’t even go there, nor into the tired “fanatical atheism can be as ugly as religious fanaticism” bit–to my knowledge ever have disagreed with it. Of course… Read the rest
I lifted this sermon preached at Duke last Sunday from Jerry. I’m always lifting items from Jerry. What can I tell you? He finds interesting stuff. There’s a lot of irritating nonsense in the sermon, so there are leftovers for me to work on.
It’s nice to have an actual sermon, as opposed to something written for a media outlet. It’s nice to get confirmation that clerics really do talk nonsense in their sermons without having to go to church to listen to them do it.
The last six years have witnessed the publication of a series of books, from a variety of authors, attacking religion with a virulence not seen for a long time. This movement has been
The regime wants to fool people into thinking Ashtiani is safe; she is not.… Read the rest
Officially, Egypt has no “honour” killings. Young women may commit suicide, yes, but they are never murdered.… Read the rest
Cardinal acknowledged that damage control often took precedence over concerns for victims in sexual abuse cases involving clergy.… Read the rest
Williams was one of a group of biologists who completely changed the nature of evolutionary theory in the past half century.… Read the rest
BBC does its usual best to make him sound like a very bad man; Merkel notes the value of press freedom.… Read the rest
Bishops told to finger their gold torture-device for the photographer.… Read the rest
Rage boys give their tonsils a good airing.… Read the rest
Paula Kirby says she was, at first, impressed by the pope’s letter to the Irish about the child-rape problem.
How many politicians or corporations have been able to bring themselves to say, ‘You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry’? I was impressed. (On reflection, perhaps more impressed than I should have been, given that statements of contrition trip lightly off the tongues of those who repeat them daily in Mass or in the Confessional, and are told that repentance is all that is required to release them from guilt.)
Exact, as they say in Sweden. The contrition sounded entirely empty and in fact insulting, to me, for that very reason, but then I’ve been soaked in the malfeasance … Read the rest
Let us ask the important questions about problems within Islam instead of weird arithmetic about the distance from Park 51 to Ground Zero.… Read the rest
Ratzinger refuses to let any police officer see the Vatican’s documentation, even now.… Read the rest
What is a crime against a mere child compared with a crime against God?… Read the rest
A law where witches and fortune tellers would have to produce receipts, and would also be held liable for wrong predictions.… Read the rest
As an atheist, I am often told that I shouldn’t criticise religion, as it offers comfort to people in difficult situations. When you suffer every day, the faithful tell me, you need the hope and meaning that religion gives you – the implication of course being that atheism is a luxury, something that only privileged, comfortable, healthy, able-bodied people can indulge in.
These same people are often surprised to learn that I have a debilitating chronic medical condition, and in fact I do suffer every day. And yet, I have still not turned to god. I still do not believe in an afterlife, despite the fact that in my Earthly life, I will probably never feel truly healthy or ‘normal’ … Read the rest