On The Conflict Over The Meaning And Cultural Influence of Political Secularism

In this post I just want to jot down some thoughts about a knotty issue. I probably will not make much progress in untangling all its strands but hopefully will stimulate a discussion that straightens things out at least a bit. Is political secularism inherently neutral or antagonistic to religiosity? There are a couple of [Read More...]

“Why Women Should Not Be Allowed To Vote”

As Ellis on Facebook put it, the Bible was “written by and for men like this guy”: It’s not a divinely inspired book any more than this jackass is a prophet. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Trainwreck of the Day

A couple Christian kids with a nauseating, badly performed anti-atheist song set to “My Humps” (via Greg Laden, whose categorizations of the video say it all about the video’s contents): And then there’s “Don’t Cha Wish Your Savior Was Right Like Mine”: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Why Atheists Should Not Give Up Challenging Theism And Theists

GreenGeekGirl advises the atheist community (and she has a nice defense of the existence of an atheist community against those who do not believe one exists) that we should no longer bother arguing with theists, since this is supposedly futile, but should rather accept we have it pretty good in America and focus on protecting [Read More...]

The Religious Conservative’s False Choice: “Big Brother” Or “Heavenly Father”

In an e-mail to me, Caroline proposes thought provoking reasons for non-believers to encourage (or at least to not actively discourage) religious beliefs: It would also be nice if people would carry out actions in good conscience of just being decent human beings rather than in fear of reprisal in the afterlife, but as there [Read More...]

Muslim Cleric Who Led Friday Prayers In Egypt Friday Supports Death For Apostates

Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s show ash-Shariah wal-Hayat has an audience of 40 million.  He is the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, is a trustee of Oxford University, and is considered a leading Muslim Brotherhood intellectual.  He returned to Egypt from exile after the fall of Hosni Mubarak and led Friday prayers on February 18. [Read More...]

Another Middle Eastern Dictator’s Regime Is Threatened

Yahweh is the latest under siege by a young, freedom movement: Speculation has been growing about whether God’s dictatorship will be the next to crumble under the demand for freedom that is sweeping the earth. Yahweh has now ruled without free elections for over 2,000 years. He seized power after the assassination of his son, [Read More...]

Pakistani Governor Murdered For Opposing Blasphemy Laws

Enraging news: Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province was assassinated by his own security guard Tuesday, according to Interior Minister Rehman Malik, apparently because he spoke out against the country’s controversial blasphemy law. The security guard was arrested, Malik said. The shooting occurred at Islamabad’s Kohsar Market, which is frequented by [Read More...]

On Gary Bauer’s Claims That American Muslims Get Better Treatment Than American Christians

Gary Bauer makes the ludicrous case that left wing “elites” and Muslims have a common cause of destroying Judeo-Christian culture and so have conspired together to make America more hospitable to Muslims than to Christians: If Muslims were treated like Christians, Muslims would be mocked by late night TV talk show hosts and lampooned in [Read More...]


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