Christopher Hitchens Rebuts The Atheist Atrocities Charge

Convincing? Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

“Hell’s Angel” (Christopher Hitchens’s Documentary On Mother Theresa)

I went looking for this documentary on the site just now thinking for sure I must have it here, but alas I was aghast not to find it. I may never have posted it. This must be rectified post haste. An oldie but a goodie from Hitch: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Just How Much Control Over Their Children’s Thought Are Parents Entitled To?

In reply to yesterday’s open philosophical question whether a Swedish law banning any school, even private ones, from indoctrinating students by teaching their religious tenets as truths (with the ulterior motive of undermining Islamic schools’ abilities to radicalize their students), Mary Young makes a rigorous and eloquent case against such bans well worth highlighting (and [Read More...]

The Pope’s Weaselly Excuses For Church Child Abuse In The ’70s

On Christmas, the Pope Benedict XVI tried, pathetically, to minimize the Church’s responsibility for the pedophilia scandals: Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict’s claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn’t considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s. In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, [Read More...]

Being Personally Moral Is Not Enough, Atheists Need A Coherent Metaethics

Atheists can be as moral as anyone else.  When theists imply that atheism by itself entails that people will either likely or necessarily be less moral, they trade in oblivious, self-satisfied, prejudicial thinking which besmirches atheists unfairly. But it is not mere prejudice for theists to demand atheists give an account of their metaethical positions. [Read More...]

This Could Actually Turn Me Catholic

As any one who knows me knows I find the idea that there is something supernaturally powerful and life saving, even god-incarnating, about Doritos pretty freaking compelling. Based on my experience with Doritos and my experience with communion wafers, only the former make any sense as a possible conduit in which Jesus comes back to [Read More...]

Blaming The Victims Of Anti-Gay Violence

Andrew Sullivan quotes Joseph Cardinal Ratzinberger’s 1986 “Letter On The Pastoral Care Of Homosexual Persons”: The proper reaction to crimes committed against homosexual persons should not be to claim that the homosexual condition is not disordered. When such a claim is made and when homosexual activity is consequently condoned, or when civil legislation is introduced [Read More...]

Calling The Conservative Catholic’s Bluff On Gay Suffering

Michael Voris, who explicitly and unapologetically argued that our democracy should be replaced by a benevolent dictatorship in the form of a Catholic theocracy, recently made another video, advancing a familiar line of reasoning from conservative Catholic theology that homosexuals have been specially chosen by God for their suffering and that they can be a [Read More...]

What Does It Mean To Be “Pro-Catholic”?

Johann Hari makes the case that the most pro-Catholic thing to do is to arrest the pope: [Read more...]


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