Yeah, About That “Atheism as Intellectual Luxury” Thing

rich

So ... THIS got written: Atheism is an intellectual luxury for the wealthyIt starts with the writer's Reasoning Guy bona fides. An atheist at 16, Chris Arnade sneered at religion, even later becoming an actual scientist. Three years later I did escape my town, eventually receiving a PhD in physics, and then working on Wall Street for 20 years. A life devoted to rational thought, a life devoted to numbers and clever arguments.During that time I counted myself an atheist and nodded in … [Read more...]

Atheist Christmas Present from William Lane Craig

Fox Snooze

Eye roll. Fox Snooze gives us William Lane Craig writing A Christmas gift for atheists – five reasons why God exists. He starts out, annoyingly enough, with this: For atheists, Christmas is a religious sham. For if God does not exist, then obviously Jesus’ birth cannot represent the incarnation of God in human history, which Christians celebrate at this time of year.However, most atheists, in my experience, have no good reasons for their disbelief. Rather they’ve learned to simply repeat th … [Read more...]

God Crashes Train, Kills Four. Oh, wait …

rail crash

This story caught my eye because it happened fairly close to a place in the Bronx I drive to every weekday.New York's subway system covers the city itself, but also extends itself about 75 miles north to Poughkeepsie. This part of it is called "Metro North," and is a particular convenience to people who work in the city but choose to live a hour or so away in cheaper, safer towns.That train derailed Sunday morning, injuring scores of people and killing four. Taking a 30-mph curve at 80 … [Read more...]

Dying to Escape Hasidic Judaism

tambor

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...]

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?

Jesus and Mo

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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