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Archived Since:October 26, 2010

Blog Post Archive

The Battle of the Eruv

Hemant wrote about a story I also wanted to mention: the Freedom from Religion Foundation has written a letter of complaint to the city government of Miami Beach, Florida, demanding the dismantling of Orthodox Jewish eruvin on public property. An eruv is a Jewish ritual boundary made of string or wire, stretched between objects such [Read More...]

The Deceptive Tactics of Christian Evangelism

I like to think of myself as a basically honest person. And you’d think that, given that whole “false-witness” thing, Christians would agree. So why are there so many instances where evangelical Christians misrepresent who they are and what they really want to trick people into giving them an audience? Last week, the Twin Cities [Read More...]

Programming Note

Just a note about what’s coming up: Posting will be as normal this week, but on Friday, the 18th, I’m going to Iceland for a week’s vacation. I’ll schedule some greatest-hits posts while I’m away so things don’t get too quiet around here, and I’ll check in as I’m able to approve comments and answer [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Men With Guns

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter III Entering Rearden’s office, Dr. Floyd Ferris wore the expression of a man so certain of the success of his quest that he could afford a benevolent smile. Rearden asks why he requested an appointment, and Ferris says it’s in regard to the five thousand tons of Rearden Metal that [Read More...]

Why Are LGBT Rights Thriving While Choice Suffers?

This article on the Daily Beast by Jay Michaelson spotlighted a trend that I’ve noticed and wondered about the reasons for: in America these past few years, LGBT rights are making great strides, while women’s rights continue to fall further and further behind. The contrast between the health of these two progressive causes is striking, [Read More...]

When Will We Have an Atheist President?

So far this year, a rightward-leaning Supreme Court has issued two major rulings granting sweeping new privileges to religious belief. Atheists and secularists in America are angry and frustrated, and it’s natural to wonder when we’ll have a government that heeds our wishes. Is there any prospect of an atheist president any time soon, or [Read More...]

SF/F Saturday: The Long Earth

Terry Pratchett is famous for his Discworld fantasy series, but he’s tried his hand at science fiction as well. His most recent effort in this vein, in collaboration with the author Stephen Baxter, is The Long Earth, which is based on an idea that predates the Discworld books and that he’s only now decided to [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Lion’s Share

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter III Now that we’ve seen Lillian’s reaction to her discovery of Hank’s affair, let’s flash back briefly. Earlier in the chapter, while Hank and Dagny were in bed together, she said this to him: “Hank, I want nothing from you except what you wish to give me. Do you remember [Read More...]

The Supreme Court Unleashes Chaos

The Supreme Court handed down its Hobby Lobby decision this week, and it was as bad as many of us had feared. In a 5-4 ruling (of course), five conservative male justices handed down the worst church-state decision in years, possibly even worse than the atrocious Hein decision: that a privately held corporation can impose [Read More...]

The Richard Dawkins Facepalm Watch, Vol. III

I used to admire and look up to Richard Dawkins; I really did. But it’s becoming harder for me to remember why. Over the last few years, my esteem for him has sunk lower and lower in response to a steady stream of callous, ill-thought-out or just plain ignorant remarks he’s made. And last week, [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Cherchez la Femme

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter III After the disastrous ending of Jim Taggart’s wedding party, Hank drops Lillian off at the train station, telling her he has to stay in New York for some more business appointments the next day. Then he goes straight to Dagny’s apartment for that hot capitalist lovin’ he missed out [Read More...]

Sexist Religion Still Isn’t a Democracy

In past eras when ignorance and prejudice were the norm, religious authorities could decree ignorant and prejudiced rules without anyone taking notice. But in the centuries since, the world has changed, while religious morality has largely stayed the same; and to many believers of the modern era, those unchanging doctrines, born in a darker time, [Read More...]

Grief Beyond Belief

I’ve been writing about atheism for some years now, and one of my great joys has been watching the secular community grow and thrive. Once, our main pastimes were debating philosophy on the internet and filing church-state lawsuits. Now we have political lobbying arms, atheist parenting guides, secular student clubs and summer camps, humanist communities [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Pump and Dump

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter II After Francisco’s big speech comes to an end, a suitably impressed Hank Rearden comes over to talk to him: “Before I met you, I used to wonder how you could waste a fortune such as yours. Now it’s worse, because I can’t despise you as I did, as I’d [Read More...]

On the Morality of: Self-Plagiarism

In my last link roundup, I mentioned a damning story that leveled charges of rampant plagiarism against Chris Hedges, a left-wing writer who really loathes New Atheism. According to the story, which was published in the New Republic after other progressive outlets declined to run it, Hedges has lifted ideas, sentences and whole passages without [Read More...]

Outrageous Attacks on Supporters of Church-State Separation: Death Threats, Murdered Pets, and Vandalized Property

This article was originally published on AlterNet. Although the United States is a democracy where the will of the majority is sovereign, our framers knew that being persecuted by a mob is no better than being persecuted by a tyrant. That’s why they designed the Bill of Rights to be a counter-majoritarian document, limiting what [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: June 14

• Chris Hedges, the left-wing firebrand who really, really despises New Atheists, is apparently a serial plagiarist, according to a lengthy and damning article this week in the New Republic. • In the why-all-atheists-are-Hitler department: Part of the SS oath in Nazi Germany was to swear their allegiance to God and say that atheists are [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Three-Fifths Compromise

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter II Let me make one thing clear, to begin with: I don’t think Ayn Rand was an unintelligent person. She was fiercely dogmatic in her opinions, quick to anger, possessed an enormous ego, and rarely if ever forgave. She also had more than a few intellectual blind spots, which I’ve [Read More...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 5

This is part 5 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Andrew, Thanks again for making the trip out to my neck of the woods the other week. I thought the turnout for our second live debate was excellent! I was [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 13

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 13, “Unafraid of the Dark” For their final episode, the authors of a show usually focus on their core message, on the one element that lies at the heart of what they want to say. The new Cosmos is no exception, and for the series finale, what they chose to [Read More...]

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