Hitchens On His Gay Side, His “Conservative Marxism”, And His Money Motive

Promoting his new book,Hitch-22: A Memoir, last weekend Christopher Hitchens provided frequently witty replies to frequently dimwitted questions from the New York Times’s Deborah Solomon. Here are a few provocative highlights: What did you mean to suggest by including the detail about your long-ago flings with two men who became part of Margaret Thatcher’s administration? [Read More...]

Bill Maher Teases Andrew Sullivan Over His Sarah Palin Fixation

As a huge Daily Dish fan, I loved this: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Differently Abled Or Simply More Virtuous In One Respect

Earlier today, I made a post comparing the different routes which atheists and those with Asperger’s syndrome take to their naturalistic explanations of causes of events that more religiously inclined people tend to chalk up to supernatural agency.  Whereas religious people would attribute an illness or finding their true love to the purposeful forces, like God’s [Read More...]

Iraq War Veteran Argues Against Moment Of Prayer At Council Meetings

Recently, Greenboro, South Carolina’s mayor, Bill Knight decided city council meetings will open with prayer: “I think this adds a very distinctly America quality and a very necessary element,” he said. “We all believe in something. This is an opportunity to exercise that without infringing on the government-religion prohibition.” In the video below, Phillip Drum [Read More...]

“I Prefer John Locke To Jesus Christ, I Prefer John Stuart Mill To Jesus Christ…I Prefer Jon Stewart To Jesus Christ”

If you missed Ayaan Hirsi Ali on The Colbert Report last night, make time to watch it now: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Ayaan Hirsi Ali www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News And in either case I also recommend from March 15, 2007, in which he hardly knows [Read More...]

On Secular Uses Of Hallowing Halls

Daniel Fincke Academic Robes 2010

  A federal judge has ruled that a public school cannot hold its ceremony in a church building: [Bridgeport-based federal judge Janet] Hall ruled that use of the church for graduation violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, even though some of the symbols were to be covered. Earlier this year, members of the Enfield Board of [Read More...]

American Academy Of Pediatrics Reverses Support For Female Circumcision “Compromise”

The American Academy of Pediatrics had proposed permitting American doctors to ritually “nick” the clitorises of girls whose parents want to maintain their customs in America.  The thinking was that this compromise would prevent such parents from going underground to have a fuller mutilation of the clitoris carried out instead.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues that [Read More...]

The Church’s Blatant Contradictions, Past And Present

Christopher Hitchens is concerned that the majority Catholic and secularist-free Supreme Court may have a conflict of interests when it answers the question of whether the Vatican should have sovereign immunity protections to shield it from lawsuits over the sexual abuse carried out within American parishes.  He also is suspicious of Elena Kagan for her [Read More...]

Atheists In Foxholes

While on this day we Americans honor all those service people who have lost their lives fighting for causes of freedom, here’s a special tribute to those who were, or are, willing to risk their lives without even any belief they could get them back if they lost them: Thanks to ChuckyJesus666. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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