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Andrew Anthony on David Edgar’s Defective Logic *

Apr 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

Edgar is arguing is that unless you sign up to his vision of the left, you have by definition joined the ranks of the right.… Read the rest

Is Martha Nussbaum too Optimistic? *

Apr 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

Conservative Xians ‘should look more closely at the ethical reasoning of people who are agnostics and atheists.’… Read the rest

Life at Haut de la Garenne *

Apr 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

‘It wasn’t a children’s home, it was a children’s prison.’… Read the rest

Free Speech and Clash of Cultures *

Apr 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

‘On the Media’ talks to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ian Buruma, Flemming Rose, Ibrahim El-Houdaiby.… Read the rest

Manipulation of Medical Research *

Apr 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

Doctors often sign studies in medical journals that were actually written by pharmaceutical companies.… Read the rest

Milk Teeth Found at Haut de la Garenne *

Apr 22nd, 2008 | Filed by

Officers have been searching four cellars referred to as ‘punishment rooms’ by alleged victims. … Read the rest

Hedges on sin

Apr 21st, 2008 12:18 pm | By

One more bit of Hedges, because Eric mentioned that his (Hedges’s) theological training left him befuddled by the idea of ‘original sin,’ and I was planning to quote him on sin anyway if I got the time. Pp 13-14:

We have nothing to fear from those who do or do not believe in God; we have much to fear from those who do not believe in sin. The concept of sin is a stark acknowledgement that we can never be omnipotent, that we are bound and limited by human flaws and self-interest.

Stark, staring bullshit. Could hardly be more wrong. Obviously there is no need whatever to believe in ‘sin’ to be aware that we can never be omnipotent and … Read the rest

Reason Flunks ‘Expelled’ *

Apr 21st, 2008 | Filed by

The Wedge document makes it crystal clear what comes first for IDers, and it isn’t evidence. … Read the rest

Ben Stein’s Way With the Truth *

Apr 21st, 2008 | Filed by

Expelled has some problems of its own with honest, open presentations of the facts about evolution.… Read the rest

Rowntree Survey: Religion as Social Evil *

Apr 21st, 2008 | Filed by

Many said religion divided society, fuelled intolerance and spawned irrational policies. … Read the rest

All Pope All the Time *

Apr 21st, 2008 | Filed by

More sycophantic coverage of Ratzinger. You’d think everyone in the world was a Catholic.… Read the rest

Pope’s Gone Back Home *

Apr 21st, 2008 | Filed by

He prayed, he celebrated, he visited. So what?… Read the rest

Bad book revisited

Apr 20th, 2008 1:20 pm | By

For some reason I feel like giving you another dose of Chris Hedges. It’s a morbid interest, because really his book (I Don’t Believe in Atheists) is so bad it makes more sense to ignore it than to spend time saying what’s bad about it. Its badness isn’t what you’d call subtle or hidden. But I’m interested in these displays of determined stupidity, for some reason.

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Hitchens and Harris describe the Muslim world, where I spent seven years…in language that is as racist, crude and intolerant as that used by Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell.

No they don’t. That’s such an absurd claim that it’s stupid to make it, when it’s so easy to check just … Read the rest

Quilliam Foundation Launches April 22 *

Apr 20th, 2008 | Filed by

Created by former activists of radical Islamist organizations.… Read the rest

Jakarta: Protesters Demand Ban on Ahmadiyya *

Apr 20th, 2008 | Filed by

Ahmadiyya believe Ahmad was a prophet; most Muslims believe Mo was last prophet. Solution: a ban.… Read the rest

Priests Brawl in Jerusalem Church *

Apr 20th, 2008 | Filed by

An Armenian priest forcibly ejected a Greek priest from an area near ‘the tomb of Jesus.’ Amen.… Read the rest

Pope Claims Theist Monopoly on True and Good *

Apr 20th, 2008 | Filed by

Says Nazi regime ‘banished God and thus became impervious to anything true and good.’… Read the rest

EU Backs Down on Equality *

Apr 20th, 2008 | Filed by

Irish religious schools can continue to refuse to employ atheist teachers.… Read the rest

Liberal Muslim Foundation Faces Hate Campaign *

Apr 20th, 2008 | Filed by

The Quilliam Foundation, backed by Muslim and non-Muslim scholars, will be launched on Tuesday.… Read the rest

Give my my spiritual £50

Apr 19th, 2008 4:30 pm | By

The mediums have been taken by surprise, poor dears.

Today, representatives of British mediums will march up Downing Street to deliver a petition containing some 10,000 signatories demanding that the Government change its decision to repeal the 1951 Fraudulent Mediums Act in favour of a new EU directive…”What we have here is a fundamental attack on our right to practise our religion…,” said David McEntee-Taylor, head of the Spiritual Workers Association (SWA).

Yes…except that ‘fundamental right’ has limits, dalling. It doesn’t have enough limits, but it has some. You can’t kill people and eat them with horseradish and call that practicing your religion and go on your way rejoicing.

However, by treating spiritualism as merely a consumer service, mediums

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