Some Preliminary Conceptual Distinctions Related To Belief And (Dis)Belief

Spootmeister, a Camels With Hammers reader whose advice on videos has led to many a great find that we have been able to feature here, has finally produced his first video on atheism and theism.  It’s an interesting video in which he tries to make several key distinctions between types of beliefs and types of [Read More...]

Do True Christians Ever Leave The Faith?

Writerdd makes an astute observation: I’ve been reading the comments here lately and I have noticed that a lot of Christian readers say the same things over and over again: “If you REALLY had been a Christian you would have never de-converted.” I’ve been struck by another thing recently as well: noticing that many de-converts [Read More...]

Staccato Makes My Heart Flutter

Quite possibly nothing blows me away musically like staccato vocalization. Here are a few songs which utilize the technique extremely excitingly: And then there’s Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” video in which she pulsates her booty to staccato rhythms and vocals to incredibly sexy effect. Finally, there was the song that first turned me on to [Read More...]

Navy Chaplain Prays Imprecatory Prayers Against Critic Of Military Proselytization, Provokes Harrassment

Here is the creepy and malicious prayer: Mikey Weinstein, the target of that mean-spirited prayer is the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. He is suing over such actions from Klingenschmitt and Jim Ammerman to stop them from “encouraging, soliciting, directing, abetting or attempting to induce others to engage in similar conduct.” Weinstein, who [Read More...]

Learning To Love The Bomb (And Other Advice To Live By From Stephen Colbert)

I identify with Colbert so much in these paragraphs: “The first director I had at Second City said, ‘You have to learn to love the bomb,’ and I didn’t know what he meant for a very long time,” Colbert says. “But there’s something nice about getting to the point where you enjoy the feeling that [Read More...]

More Of New Hitchens From Australia

On Friday he went on the radio: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Facebook Monitoring User Moods

uhhhh…. The company’s data team on Monday launched a trippy new application called the “Gross National Happiness Index.” Taking a similar format to its “Lexicon” trend-tracking product, the “GNH” currently displays a graph of data tabulated over the course of the past few years to track the “happiness” of Facebook users based on words picked up [Read More...]

‘Nuff Said Award Winner: An Andrew Sullivan Reader On A Darwinist Response To Evil

Just great stuff (from a very long e-mail you should read in full): You want a secular account of evil?  Here it is.  Evil does exist, like most other phenomena granted a label by human culture.  It is what we’ve semantically converged on:  a universally-understood though fuzzily-bounded descriptor of that which goes against our current [Read More...]

Personal Tales Of Iraqi Persecution Of Gays

As we’ve highlighted before, in Iraq gays are suffering intense persecution.  New York Magazine has an important 7 page piece.  Here are just some of the key portions: The eruption of violence in February appears to have been an unintended consequence of the country’s broader peace. In the wake of the surge in American troops [Read More...]


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