Atheist In Liverpool Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail For Blasphemy

In late 2008 Harry Taylor was arrested for putting anti-religious leaflets in a prayer room in the John Lennon airport in Liverpool.   The specific charge was an Anti-Social Behaviour Order.  Here are a few of the images for which he would be going to jail for 6 months were his sentence not suspended for [Read More...]

Arrest The Pope?

Johann Hari argues that London should do just that. The interesting discussion in which he makes this case takes place in the entire first video and the beginning of the second video: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Ross Douthat Claims Arguments Against Gay Marriage Lose Because They’re Just “Too Abstract”

Ross Douthat half admits to the intellectual bankruptcy of his opposition of to same-sex marriage and then tacitly demonstrates it with his pathetic reply when pushed to address the topic last month at the New School: “I am someone opposed to gay marriage who is deeply uncomfortable arguing the issue in public.” Mr. Douthat indicated [Read More...]

Judge This: Hitchens On Whether Islamist Jihad Is Justifiable Response To Western Imperialism

The question is morally challenging but I think Hitchens’s reply is compelling and impressive.  Your Thoughts? And for a bonus, to add more fuel to the fire of this topic, here is (a hilarious) Bill Maher on why our extremists are not as bad as Muslim ones: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Vatican Snubs Kennedy Over Inconsistent Fielty

One can understand cool feelings and justifiably harsh moral judgments of Ted Kennedy over his behaior at Chappiquiddick.   But the Roman Catholic Church apparently takes more offense at his political independence of itself.  The pope has yet to issue any statement in the wake of Kennedy’s death and when Obama hand delivered a letter [Read More...]

Atheism’s Evil History

via Hollie Pugliares [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins Interviews Jesuit Astronomer Father George Coyne

An utterly fascinating dialogue, Coyne throughout is a novel, deeply scientifically informed, and riveting thinker and Dawkins puts exactly the right questions and brief challenges to him.  Watch all 7 parts, they’re great. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Conservative Christians Coming Around On Harry Potter?

The contrast: Conservative Christian reviews of the new Harry Potter movie are surprisingly positive. “As ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens, we are once again reminded of the characteristics that make him something of a Christ figure,” Connie Neal writes for the evangelical Christianity Today. “It is more likely that at the end of [Read More...]

How Can You Join A Conversation If You Won’t Dialogue?

Business ethicist Chris MacDonald is opting to skip the Pope’s new encylcical despite its high profile attempts to discuss the ethics of how business is done.  The reason? my main reason not to bother with the Pope’s new essay — with all due respect to my friends among the several hundred million Catholics in the [Read More...]


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