Richard Dawkins: “Faith School Menace?”

Jerry Coyne relays this truly eye-opening new documentary from Richard Dawkins which aired in the UK last week: Here’s a link (thanks to Johann Hari) for donating to the cause of abolishing state funding of faith schools in the UK. Your Thoughts? [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...]

Multicultural Human Rights

Johann Hari makes the argument that we have the right to stand up for the rights of those in other cultures without fear that we are not “multicultural” enough: Should you shut up about human rights abuses because they are happening far away, to people you don’t know, who have a different culture or colour [Read More...]

Heaven As Weapon

Johann Hari details some of the pernicious ways religions exploit the desire for heaven: Even some atheists regard heaven as one of the least-harmful religious ideas: a soothing blanket to press onto the brow of the bereaved. But its primary function for centuries was as a tool of control and intimidation. The Vatican, for example, [Read More...]

Arrest The Pope?

Johann Hari argues that London should do just that. The interesting discussion in which he makes this case takes place in the entire first video and the beginning of the second video: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Understanding British Jihadis

Johann Hari has a fascinating article trying to understand homegrown British Islamists: Yet they felt equally shut out of British or democratic identity. From the right, there was the brutal nativist cry of “Go back where you came from!” But from the left, there was its mirror-image: a gooey multicultural sense that immigrants didn’t want [Read More...]

Johann Hari On Ayn Rand

Johann Hari has two exquisitely written and detailed pieces on Rand, one from 2005 and one from this past week.  I have to admit that she is held with so much contempt by philosophers that I have never bothered to read her, even if only to understand the influence of her infamously crude appropriation of [Read More...]

Gore Vidal On America, Obama, Homosexuality, and Timothy McVeigh

Johann Hari has an interview with Gore Vidal, in which Vidal expresses some wild opinions. First Hari’s rundown of Vidal’s one of a kind biography: At 83, he has lived through one third of the lifespan of the United States. If anyone incarnates the American century that has ended, it is him. He was America’s [Read More...]

Jamaica’s Violent Homophobia

In reply to this brutal story about the murder of the honorary consul to the British High Commission in Jamaica which involved a note threatening the same fate for all other gays, “Sendai Anonymous” points me to a must-read article by the invaluable Johann Hari about the extent of the homophobia in Jamaica. Key excerpts: [Read More...]


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