Archive for July 2011

Mustard Seed Secular School in Uganda needs money *

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The main need is for more space for the school to grow. … Read the rest



No skepticism please we’re American *

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Major US publishers say skeptical books don’t sell.… Read the rest



Will Ireland apologize to the Magdalenes? *

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The ten Magdalene laundries were for-profit businesses where women and girls were incarcerated against their will and forced to do unpaid physical labor.… Read the rest



Health minister calls homosexuality “a disease” *

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India’s health minister told a conference on HIV/Aids that homosexuality “is a disease which has come from other countries.”… Read the rest



A priest and a rabbi go into an elevator and…

Jul 4th, 2011 12:16 pm | By

Where were we. Rebecca Watson said about elevator guy, a student said about Watson about elevator guy, Watson said about the student at her CFI talk, lots of people said about Watson saying about the student at her talk, while, meanwhile, Dawkins said about Watson about elevator guy. Dawkins said something sarcastic the point of which was that women living under Islamic laws have things worse than Watson. This did not go down well. Lots of people pointed out, with some heat, that the fact that X is bad is not a reason to be quiet about less-bad Y, and that Dawkins was being clueless about Y, and that he shouldn’t do that because he was never going to … Read the rest



Christians battle witches in Alcester *

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They take each other seriously…… Read the rest



Homophobic imam cites “Islamophobia” *

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He got expelled from Germany for saying “homosexuals should be executed if they are caught in the act.” It’s an outrage!… Read the rest



The risks of being a Somali woman journalist *

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“A gun to your head is not much of an encouragement.”… Read the rest



Vocabulary

Jul 3rd, 2011 4:13 pm | By

There’s been some back and forth about the term “passive-aggressive” and what its exact meaning is. I’ve been using it loosely in what I took to be the vernacular sense, not in what I took to be any kind of technical sense. On being questioned about this, I looked it up; I hadn’t realized it was technical in quite that way, included in the DSM and all. It’s a personality disorder, by gum. I thought it was just a bit of outdated descriptive psychology of the kind that Woody Allen likes to throw around – a bit of pseudo-Freudianism.

What, exactly, is the difference? What’s the difference between an official personality disorder that appears in the DSM and an … Read the rest



Nick Cohen notes the real class divide *

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It’s not between rich and poor but between rich and everyone else.… Read the rest



Europe is less secular than you might think *

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There is the state funding of churches, for example. Marc Alan Di Martino explains.… Read the rest



Oh no, another atheist emergency *

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Atheists are advertising again. That is SO unfair.… Read the rest



Think Atheist podcast *

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I’m on this afternoon.… Read the rest



Francis Collins talks god in public *

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“God’s plan included the mechanism of evolution to achieve that, to create this marvelous diversity of living things on our planet.”… Read the rest



Nominalism

Jul 2nd, 2011 4:09 pm | By

So there are various atheist and skeptical conferences, and Rebecca Watson talks at them and says things about sexism, and at the Dublin one she talks to people afterwards until 4 a.m. at which point she says she’s exhausted and going to bed, and she gets in the hotel elevator to do that and a guy joins her in the elevator (just the two of them, how romantic) and says

Don’t take this the wrong way, but I find you very interesting, would you like to come to my room for coffee?

And she says, mildly, “Guys, don’t do that.”

Quite right. Nobody should do that, really. In the afternoon, fine; in the evening, well, it depends, use your … Read the rest



Terry Glavin on post-pullout Afghanistan *

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The “international community” is falling all over itself to offer the Taliban a surrender, negotiated or otherwise.… Read the rest



Anti-gay speakers at Muslim conference during Pride *

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“We need to learn how to respect one another and live in peace”…with people who think gays should be executed.… Read the rest



Tory gay group: Ken should be banned from Pride *

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He’s too friendly with too many homophobes like al-Qaradawi.… Read the rest



God told man to rape and stab lesbian couple *

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“I was told by my God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to attack my enemies, and I did so.”… Read the rest



Not meekly asking

Jul 1st, 2011 4:26 pm | By

Well exactly.

Many of the millions of Americans who do not believe in the supernatural have had enough of being targeted by unremitting discrimination.

Indeed we have, and this is what we keep saying, and why we keep pushing back against all the people who started squeaking, the instant Sam Harris’s book hit the shelves, “Yes but please be quiet now, you will frighten the moderates and shock the liberals and horrify the agnostics and spook the undecideds and terrify the moderate-liberal agnostic undecideds.”

The “crime” that the nonpious are committing is nothing more than declining to believe in supernatural beings and forces that lack sufficient verification of their reality. There is no excuse for discrimination that is as under

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