We want more freedom, but we fear it.… Read the rest
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Ethiopian government arrested Nega and six others after protest over election irregularities.… Read the rest
No matter how bogus the conflict may be.… Read the rest
Time for some heavy-duty mocking and sneering. At the Guardian’s ‘Islam Awareness Week’, for a start.
Religious hate crime is on the increase in the UK, according to the latest Crown Prosecution Service statistics – a worrying trend that the government is attempting to tackle in its Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, which creates the new offence of incitement to religious hatred…Much of the Islamophobia experienced by young British Muslims is the result of a legacy of ignorance about the beliefs and practices of Islam.
No doubt. But, sadly, some of it – depending on how the Guardian is defining ‘Islamophobia,’ of course – could also be the result of knowledge about some of the beliefs and practices of … Read the rest
Hey, happy anniversary, Origin of Species. It was published on this date in 1859.
Susan Jacoby writes in Mother Jones:
When the Supreme Court…ordered two Kentucky counties to dismantle courthouse displays of the Ten Commandments, Justice Antonin Scalia declared that the Court majority was wrong because the nation’s historical practices clearly indicate that the Constitution permits “disregard of polytheists and believers in unconcerned deities, just as it permits the disregard of devout atheists.” The Constitution permits no such thing: It has nothing to say about God, gods, or any form of belief or nonbelief – apart from its absolute prohibition, in Article 6, against any religious test for public office and the First Amendment’s familiar declaration that “Congress shall
What was that about self-censorship again?… Read the rest
Unofficial translation of full text.… Read the rest
It is usual for the men to meet at cafes and women to meet at home. Isn’t that lovely, children?… Read the rest
‘The Muslim Council of Britain is an excellent first port of call.’… Read the rest
‘Diverse’ accounts of origin of species don’t belong in science class, for instance.… Read the rest
A key tenet of postmodernism is that both internal and external reality are social constructions, reflecting (among other things) an individual’s cultural background, his language and his past and present experience. In the empirical setting, postmodernism has led to a resurgence of constructivist research and an emphasis on cultural relativism in any discourse.
Tenet. A key tenet. What is a tenet, anyway? Just kind of like an attitude? A hunch? A wild surmise? An ‘as if’? A sillybuggers idea that you know isn’t true but like to mess around with anyway? Something you like to say to make people roll their eyes … Read the rest
UN report says hundreds of Turkish women killed in ‘honour killings’ every year.… Read the rest
Bono, Sir Bob and Jamie do not have to worry about re-election. … Read the rest
Not a religion, A C Grayling says.… Read the rest
What is the upside again?… Read the rest
‘What is freedom? We have a choice between buying one car or buying another car?’… Read the rest
Christian Reconstruction thinks Christian crusaders must conquer and convert the world.… Read the rest
Tortuous historical fictions that include both subtle prevarication and bald-faced lies.… Read the rest
I’m going to begin by taking you on a personal tour of my own
thinking about intelligent design over the past 60 years.
It began in 1945 when I was a 14 year old at Mt Albert Grammar.
Our Fourth Form English teacher decided we should learn the skills of
debating. The topic chosen was “Creation versus Evolution”. And I, as an
ardent young Baptist, volunteered, along with a Seventh Day Adventist,
to take up the cudgels on behalf of Creation.
But even before the debate began, I found myself cast in the role of
While preparing, it dawned on me that the case against evolution
foundered on an ambiguity between two meanings of the simple word
“creation”: … Read the rest
Just one more thing. The first three paragraphs of this review of biographies of Rousseau and Voltaire in the Nation. They’re good.
After all, the great battles of the Enlightenment had burned out long before. Religious intolerance and fanaticism were no longer matters of major concern. Indeed, for many of my French fellow students, the great enemy was the Enlightenment itself. Every week they would cram into a crowded lecture hall at the Collège de France to hear Michel Foucault, then in the last year of his life, explain how the eighteenth century saw the imprisoning of the Western world in a straitjacket of mental discipline. They struggled to grasp the quicksilver sentences in which Jacques Derrida deconstructed the