The Case Against Literature As Moral Education

The other day, Corey Robin, author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism From Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin, eviscerated Christopher Hitchens over two morally dubious comments he made. Robin concluded from them that, contrary to his reputation, Hitchens was not at all an internationalist but rather “a narcissist, the most provincial spirit of all”. Robin ended his post quoting [Read More...]

Criticizing Wicca: Energy

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. On the basis of my reading of a few Wiccan texts, I said that Wiccans believe that their ultimate deity is the ultimate immanent creative power of being.  This is an old Platonic idea.  The existence of such a power [Read More...]

Feministing Calvin

Sinfest: When I was a kid I was a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan and I adored Susie. I always thought she was clearly the one we were supposed to be sympathizing with in her exchanges with Calvin. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Jon Stewart Considers "In God We Trust" Debate Just A Waste of Time Distraction. Is It?

After watching that clip from The Daily Show, I think I can finally crystalize what I hear from the average secular progressive voting in Congress, writing for The Daily Show, or watching at home when a topic like whether we should have “In God We Trust” on our money or “Under God” in the pledge of [Read More...]

"Jar Jar Binks is George Lucas’s critique of democracy." Discuss.

Okay, so I posed that thesis to my Facebook friends and now I pose it to you, my Camels With Hammers readers: Jar Jar Binks is George Lucas’s critique of democracy. Discuss. To kick off the discussion, here is the hilarious Stevarious’s reply from Facebook: Every instance of democracy presented in Star Wars is rife [Read More...]

Your Thoughts On How Best To Remember 9/11?

What are your thoughts on all the 9/11 coverage? What do you think are the most important things for remembrances of the day and analyses of the last decade to do or not do in relation to this anniversary? Tomorrow I hope to have the time to write a few posts on a few major [Read More...]

NYPD Blue Moons The FCC With Court Approval

A good day for freedom of speech as the censorious FCC loses its case trying to levy a fine for a naked butt on NYPD Blue: NEW YORK – The Federal Communications Commission cannot fine broadcasters for showing a woman’s nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of “NYPD Blue,” a federal court ruled Tuesday, citing [Read More...]

Penn Jillette On Magic, Atheism, And Libertarianism

A really enjoyable video, especially for his remarks on magic, other magicians, and why magic on TV isn’t real magic. And I really appreciated his stress on the importance of having “out” atheists to identify with. In his case he discusses being joyed, inspired, loved, and comforted by having famous atheists like Martin Mull, Randy [Read More...]

A Dictatorship Of Relativism?

BBC Radio 4 analyzes the pope’s catchphrase, “a dictatorship of relativism”, used for describing the secular West.  Here’s the program description: The idea that no one has a monopoly on the truth seems to be fixed in the modern Western psyche. But it’s an idea that is under attack. Pope Benedict claims that we are [Read More...]


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