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...]

Jimmy Stewart and Stephen Hawking Reenact Goodfellas

Brandon Hardesty reenacts classic scenes from dozens of films.  Below is a full list of links for your convenience (and here’s his YouTube link with all the reenactments and more): #1 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (reenacted by Christopher Walken and Jack Nicholson) #2 As Good As It Gets #3 Silence of the Lambs (reenacted [Read More...]

Should Freethinkers Give Up On Replacing Religious Rituals With Their Own?

In reply to a reader of The Daily Dish on the pitfalls of “freethinkers’ groups” that try to replace religious rituals with their own (about which I commented here), comes these two remarks on The Daily Dish: Your reader’s comment about “atheist Sunday school” is phenomenal, and gets right at one of the most important [Read More...]


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