Richard Dawkins’s Case Against The Pope

This brilliant, efficient, and so very importantly true speech needs to go viral, do your part to make it happen. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Roman Catholic Adoption Agency In Britain Not Allowed To Refuse To Place Kids With Gays

Great news: LONDON (RNS) A Roman Catholic adoption agency has lost its fight for the right to continue its policy of refusing to place children with same-sex couples based on religious principles. The agency, Catholic Care, saw its battle to limit its adoption services to heterosexual-only parents collapse in a ruling Thursday (August 19) by [Read More...]

Chomsky: America Has Consistently Opposed Secular Arab Nationalism In Favor Of Religious Fundamentalists

If, or to the extent that, this analysis is correct, it’s blood boiling: before 1967, the relationships were not very different from relationships among other powers. There was sympathy and support for Israel, which has many, many sources, including the Christian Zionism, which is a very powerful force that precedes and is numerically far stronger [Read More...]

True Religion?

Many a religious person defending her own religious beliefs will argue that a given politically, morally, or intellectually unflattering interpretation of her faith is simply not a true representation of her faith.  While the question of who has the right or the adequate means to decisively determine with any rational clarity which competing interpretation of any [Read More...]

Dying British Church Prone To Whining

Johann Hari does a little pre-mortem dancing on the foreseeable grave of British Christianity: And now congregation, put your hands together and give thanks, for I come bearing Good News. Britain is now the most irreligious country on earth. This island has shed superstition faster and more completely than anywhere else. Some 63 percent of [Read More...]

George Washington’s Letter To Touro Synagogue

The first president of our secular republic writes: To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport Rhode Island. Gentlemen, While I receive, with much satisfaction, your Address replete with expressions of affection and esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in [Read More...]

Bursting The Chains Of Monkish Ignorance And Superstition

I should, indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there congratulations personally with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies who joined with us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make for our country, between submission or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them [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...]

If I Could Read Only One Atheist Blogger, It Would Be…

…Richard Wade of Friendly Atheist, whose ”Ask Richard” column turns one fantastic year old today.  It is a column by a retired therapist who gives atheists advice about atheistic parenting, the effects of one’s religious past on one’s present life and the way to go forward constructively in the future as an atheist, and, probably most [Read More...]

If Atheists Acted Like Politically Conservative Christians

So well done: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]