The Forcing of Bad Choices on Innocent Bystanders

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I have a limited amount of respect for devout Muslims. Honestly, for any really religious people.Probably pure arrogance on my part. If I peeled the attitude apart, somewhere inside there would be something like "Hey, I made it out of that hole. Why can't they?"Yet the emerging ethic in the atheist community seems to be that you don't dislike the PEOPLE, you dislike the RELIGION. We want to see religion as a distinctly two-categoried thing, with victims in the pews and victimizers at the … [Read more...]

Religion is Weird. That is All.

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Stumbled across a new word today: Tauroctony.Wikipedia defines it: The tauroctony scene is the [central icon] of the Mithraic Mysteries. It depicts Mithras killing a bull, hence the name 'tauroctony', given to the scene in modern times, probably after the Greek word tauroktonos (ταυροκτόνος) "slaughtering bulls." The Mithraic Mysteries, now referred to as Mithraism, was a mystery religion practiced in the Roman Empire from about the 1st to 4th centuries AD. The name of the Persian god Mith … [Read more...]

Dying to Escape Hasidic Judaism

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Generally I aim my verbal volleys at the Christian world, with the occasional whack at Islam. But this caught my attention after my recent riff on Hasidic Jews in Beta Culture: To Not Be Owned:Outcast Mother’s Death, and Questions About Jewish Sect’s Sway Over ChildrenA women who left an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect committed suicide in September. Ms. Tambor, 33, had forsaken the Hasidic Jewish world in which she was raised and married, a decision that undermined her relationship with her … [Read more...]

Christianity Facing Extinction? Wow. Cool.

An article in The Telegraph warns:Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation, warns Lord CareyI know this is disturbing and serious from the point of view of Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, but from mine, it's heartening and funny.Christianity is just a “generation away from extinction” in Britain unless churches make a dramatic breakthrough in attracting young people back to the faith, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has warned.Clergy are … [Read more...]

Is Handling Poisonous Snakes a Constitutional Right?

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Pentecostal Pastors Argue 'Snake Handling' Is Their Religious RightIs it? I'm going to say yes, with certain reservations.1) The snakes should be protected.2) Anyone handling them should be experts licensed by the state in which the church exists.3) The church offering the activity has to have insurance that covers accidents and liability — just as fireworks displays and rodeos have to have insurance — so that if the snakes escape, or if someone is injured or killed during the ser … [Read more...]

Do Atheists Have the Right to Offend Muslims?

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The question was posed in an article from The Muslim Times (which features such articles as A challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from? and Conversion of Mr. Bean to Islam?) Recently some atheists at the LSE Freshers day were asked by university authorities to remove T-shirts depicting the Prophets Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them both) sharing a beer together. Well, to be more exact, they were asked to remove “Jesus and Mo” cartoon t-shirts, where “Jesus” is depicted as a cartoon … [Read more...]


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