Progressive Secular HumanistMuslims insulted by Scottie dogs at Commonwealth Games
Muslims don’t like dogs, and they are outraged and insulted that Scottie dogs were used in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The use of Scottie dogs in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games last week in Glasgow, Scotland, left many Muslims upset because most Muslims consider dogs to be “unclean.” Each [Read More...]
Camels with HammersJohn Oliver On American Prisons
Love, Joy, FeminismWhat If My Children Adopted My Parents’ Beliefs?
I suppose that for me, when I talk about tolerance or acceptance, what I'm really talking about the ability to maintain a healthy relationship with someone in spite of differences in belief or life choices. Having a healthy relationship doesn't mean never disagreeing with someone, or never telling someone when you are concerned for them, but it does mean not treating someone badly or resorting to guilt trips or manipulation when there are disagreements.
What Would JT Do (WWJTD)halp
Does anyone know of a decent, credible online service thing that will essentially take a snapshot (not image, but rather just HTML content) of a website, as a 3rd party? I’d like to have an independent verification I can appeal to, in case a website later decides to scrub their content. I’m thinking Google cache, but [Read More...]
Cross ExaminedGod Loves the Smell of Burning Flesh: Human Sacrifice in the Bible
Christians like to look down on Israel’s Old Testament neighbors. (“Of course God was justified in wiping them out—they were barbaric!”) Let’s see if Israel wasn't just as bad.
Daylight AtheismRichard Dawkins’ Commendable Step on Sexism
Well, this is most welcome news: [W]e have to be able to manage disagreement ethically, like reasonable adults, as opposed to brawling like enraged children who need a nap. It should go without saying, but this means no death threats, rape threats, attacks on people’s appearance, age, race, sex, size, haircut; no photoshopping people into [Read More...]
Friendly AtheistSecular Group Showcase: Lehigh Valley Humanists
Last week, we asked you to tell us about your local secular group in an attempt to encourage the start-up and growth of "good without god" communities. We've received a lot of responses already (Thanks!) and here's just a glimpse at the first group: The Lehigh Valley Humanists in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania:
Temple of the FutureHow the West Really Lost God, by Mary Eberstadt – a Review
This review is part of the Patheos Book Club, which last month was reviewing Mary Eberstadt’s “How the West Really Lost God”. My review is a little late, due to my moving across the country. Other responses can be found here. In How the West Really Lost God sociologist Mary Eberstadt offers a new theory of secularization, [Read More...]