I’m sick and tired of reading about ‘militant’ atheists. I’ve never heard of atheists trying to advance their goals through violence, but ardent atheists are almost always yoked with this adjective, even when they receive largely favourable press coverage, as in this Economist article. Needless to say, there are plenty of religions out there with [...]
Here’s a smattering of BBC News readers’ opinions about an Indian court’s decision to decriminalise gay sex. For every sensible “good for India” comment there seems to be a comment along the lines of “homosexuality is an abomination forbidden by God”. Defenders of religion are fond of claiming that religious values promote things like treating [...]
I saw this video on Gavin’s blog and I’m reposting it here because I think it’s important that people see it. I felt sick watching it. I’ve never been keen on religion, but I’m genuinely shocked by just how downright evil the people running religious institutions in Ireland were/still are. These swine are worse than [...]
This debate is a little tiresome and legalistic, but in essence the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has proposed making blasphemous libel a criminal offence, punishable by a fine of up to €100,000. This article provides a bit more context, with Ahern explaining that he has to introduce a law like this since it is [...]
Here’s a NYTimes video report from Swat Valley in Pakistan. The Taliban have succeed in shutting down all girls’ schools in the region, and the Pakistani government recently more or less ceded control of the area to the Taliban in exchange for a cease-fire. If the Pakistani state can’t control parts of its territory 100 [...]
Something I stumbled across on YouTube. It’s pretty striking, seeing a camera track a falling body as it flails and spins. I’d forgotten just how wretched the whole event was.
I’ve posted this before, but I think you’ll agree that it bears reposting. It’s probably a little too kind to religion though. I wouldn’t despise it so much if religion was limited to just worshiping imaginary gods, but instead they almost all contain prescriptions (or, more usually, proscriptions) on how to live your life, because [...]
Christopher Hitchens speaking in Toronto in November 2006 on the motion “Be It Resolved: Freedom of Speech Includes the Freedom to Hate.”
These both came from 4chan:
“Fitna” is the name of a rather nasty, polemical film by right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders that equates all Islam with violence and, portrays all Muslims as extremists. Or at least that’s what I gather based on the testimonies of those who have seen it. I can’t watch it myself because LiveLeak, the main channel [...]
On the basis of these highly selective out-of-context clips he really does appear to be a complete douche bag. This video is funny too, especially the last line.
“The Golden Compass” is what Northern Lights was retitled for its release in America. It’s a smashing book, and so I had high hopes when I read that a film was in production. However, it seems that the people at New Line Cinema have opted to bowdlerize Philip Pullman’s story by stripping away all the [...]
A joker/cretin writes: A chara, A letter from Ivana Bacik (September 27th) concludes as follows: “It is time for religion to be left outside the school door”. She need have little fear. The weakening of religious practice inside and outside the school door is a major reason for the spate of shootings, murders, rape, abortions [...]keep looking »