Global Peace Index Shows Least Religious Countries Among Most Peaceful, Highly Religious Countries Among The Least Peaceful

Canterbury Atheist points out that the world’s top ten peaceful nations on the 2010 Global Peace Index are among the world’s least religious nations. CORRECTION:  I should have written, among the world’s top ten peaceful nations are a high percentage of the world’s least religious countries, measured in terms of personal religiosity metrics (like reports [Read More...]

Irish President Mary McAleese’s 2010 Commencement Speech At Fordham University

This was the commencement speech delivered at my graduation with a doctoral degree this past Saturday, May 22, 2010.  I feel like it belongs on my blog as part of the record of my experience.  The speech was surprisingly rich in reference to Fordham’s history.  This was not a canned political speech. In her May [Read More...]

Sundaily Hilarity: High On Jesus

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Permission To Marry

A well-done video. And it does my heart good as ever to hear the strains of Lisa Hannigan in the background.  The song is called “Ocean and A Rock” and it’s simply gorgeous lyrically, musically, and in her performance.  I got to see her live sitting about two feet away from her (if that much) [Read More...]

Testing The Irish Blasphemy Law

In response to Ireland’s recent decision to outlaw blasphemy, a commenter at jesusandmo.net offers this suggestion for how to test the law’s fair applicability: Stonyground says: July 24, 2009 at 7:47 pm When the bill regarding a ban on promoting religious hatred was being discussed in the UK (a kind of blasphemy law in disguise) [Read More...]

Pat Condell Excoriates The Left For Not Standing Up To Islamism

There is a lot to chew on in this latest rant from Pat Condell on the need for the tolerant to be more intolerant of intolerant religions than they are intolerant of denouncers of intolerant religions.  While Condell’s  attack on multiculturalism is too broad and at times his rhetoric is cringe-inducingly counter-productive, I do share [Read More...]

Ireland Outlaws Blasphemous Libel

From ScienceBlogs’ Ed Brayton. The law states, in part: 36. Publication or utterance of blasphemous matter. (1) A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €100,000. [Amended to €25,000] (2) For the purposes of this section, [Read More...]


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