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The Truth? You Can’t Handle the Truth! *

Jun 7th, 2006 | Filed by

Scott McLemee interviews one of the authors of Why Truth Matters.… Read the rest

Censorship About Aids is Deadly *

Jun 7th, 2006 | Filed by

Taboos can kill, whether they are cultural, religious or social.… Read the rest

Religious Groups’ Demands for Censorship *

Jun 7th, 2006 | Filed by

Resist intimidation and threats.… Read the rest

ABA to Review Bush’s Legal Challenges *

Jun 7th, 2006 | Filed by

Can he reserve the right to ignore more than 750 laws enacted since he took office?… Read the rest

Guy Invokes God, Visits Lions *

Jun 6th, 2006 | Filed by

God will save me if he exists, guy said. Guess what.… Read the rest

Ofcom Rules on Dawkins on Religion [pdf - p. 10] *

Jun 6th, 2006 | Filed by

Not in breach. He said it was a polemic, and there was plenty of debate.… Read the rest

Marjane Satrapi

Jun 6th, 2006 1:37 am | By

Wow, that was a shock. I was at the county library today – at a branch of the county library system, that is – and on my way out I passed a catalogue terminal and had a wild and crazy impulse to look up Why Truth Matters. I didn’t think they’d have it of course, just thought I’d make sure. But what a shock I got – they’ve ordered three copies. That’s a lot of copies.

One is for Redmond. Maybe that’s Bill Gates’s copy.

Speaking of libraries – last Saturday I went to a talk-book signing thing at a local branch (of the city library this time) with Marjane Satrapi, who wrote and drew Persepolis and Persepolis 2. … Read the rest

Extreme Prejudice

Jun 5th, 2006 7:02 pm | By

Update: outeast pointed out in comments that the article linked is, shall we say, long on rhetoric and short on evidence; or perhaps a joke; anyway that it seems to misrepresent what the game is actually like. Somebody play it for me and find out, okay? I certainly don’t want to play it.

Did you look at the Christian dominionist video game items? Exciting, aren’t they? Thrilling to know there are people with views like that out there, planning, planning, planning…

Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a paramilitary group whose purpose is to remake America as a Christian theocracy, and establish its worldly vision of the dominion of Christ over all aspects of life. You are issued

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Your Mileage May Differ

Jun 5th, 2006 6:43 pm | By

Someone told me the other day that argument isn’t, shall we say, my strong suit – by which I think was meant I’m terrible at it. Oh, I thought, and picked up the classifieds to look for another job. This time I might even try to find one that pays money, however little. That’s what I get for leaving school in the seventh grade. Not that I regret it – those years on the streets were the making of my character.

But so I was amused to see this entry on a philosophy-type blog (a transgendered one at that) that’s full of recommendations of good skeptical, philosophical, scientific and similar sites, and says in a paragraph on logic-oriented sites -… Read the rest

Shalom Lappin on the Boycott *

Jun 5th, 2006 | Filed by

Little point in debating boycotters who don’t accept basic principles of non-discrimination.… Read the rest

Norm on the Sublime *

Jun 5th, 2006 | Filed by

Can a dislocated, not to say broken-down, subjectivity create her subjectivity anew?… Read the rest

Hemming on Upliftment *

Jun 5th, 2006 | Filed by

How does postmodernism conceive of the sublime? … Read the rest

Australia’s Wackiest Postmodernists *

Jun 5th, 2006 | Filed by

Not so much a theory as an attitude. … Read the rest

More Video Game ‘Spiritual Experiences’ *

Jun 4th, 2006 | Filed by

You are on a mission to convert or kill Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, gays, secularists.… Read the rest

Video Games That Offer a ‘Spiritual Experience’ *

Jun 4th, 2006 | Filed by

Like Eternal Forces, set in New York where soldiers fight ‘demons’…… Read the rest

Ages of Experience Have Taught Us

Jun 3rd, 2006 6:55 pm | By

Next up. Bush’s bizarro non sequitur.

Mr Bush said: “Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and a wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society.”

Okay – and? So what? What’s your point? What follows from that? How, exactly, do you get from that to a need to forbid gay marriage? What’s the deal? Are you thinking that the existence of gay marriages will exert some kind of sucking effect on straight marriages, causing them gradually but surely to – um – become something other than straight marriages? To turn into poker dens, or iron smelters, or Manolo Blahnik shoes? But how? How … Read the rest

Who Gets to Bully Whom?

Jun 3rd, 2006 6:41 pm | By

People do keep trampling on the rights of religious believers, don’t they. Have you noticed that? Exhibiting paintings that some Hindus don’t like, putting on plays that some Sikhs don’t like, drawing cartoons that some Muslims don’t like, refusing to give arbitrary unequal treatment to people that some Christians would prefer to see getting arbitrary unequal treatment – there’s just no end to it. So naturally the religious believers are speaking up. Wouldn’t you?

Consider for instance these UK proposals to ‘protect gays and lesbians from being denied “goods, facilities and services” because of their sexual orientation.’

Lord Mackay of Clashfern and the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, said in a statement issued by the Lawyers’

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Eve Garrard Answers Catherine Bennett *

Jun 3rd, 2006 | Filed by

Who paints a picture of women in politics as passive little girls.… Read the rest

Bush Tries the ‘Defend Marriage’ Tactic Again *

Jun 3rd, 2006 | Filed by

Constitutional amendment necessary because of activist judges and slumping popularity.… Read the rest

Pro-test March Taking Place in Oxford *

Jun 3rd, 2006 | Filed by

Supporters of the new Oxford Biomedical Research Facility rally; B&W webmaster is there.… Read the rest