Islam Is Not A Race–But Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Still Very Often Racist

As a particular sociocultural phenomenon, “New Atheism” is usually traced back to the anti-faith backlash many Westerners were prone towards in the wake of 9/11. For Christopher Hitchens, it was 9/11 that crystallized his years of criticism of religion and focused his energies more centrally on opposing religion than he ever had before, turning him in [Read More...]

Is it Too Risky to Debate Morality’s Foundations in the Public Square?

Jean Kazez argues that the public square is not the place for atheists to be arguing that science and religion are incompatible. I strongly reject her position on this point because not only do I believe that ordinary people are quite capable of handling a vigorous, no-holds-barred debate about religion but because I believe the [Read More...]

The Four Horsemen Of Atheism In Comic Book Form

There are many similarly amusing comics at Virus Comix. And to compare with real life, here’s their full 2 hour video together from a couple years back: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

“Dawkins Is Not A Priest”: A Heated Facebook Exchange

Last spring a friend asked me to come over to her Facebook wall where she had posted a Sam Harris video (on his views on science’s ability to answer moral questions, which I will get around to analyzing here some day).  Though not an outspoken atheist herself, she had received a lot of anti-atheist fervor from [Read More...]

Chomsky Argues Islamic Fundamentalist Political Power Is Result Of US Support Against Mideast Secular Nationalism

Chomsky is asked whether New Atheists like Sam Harris are correct that religious fundamentalism is the actual primary motive for Middle Eastern fundamentalist violence.  The argument he winds up making is that, contra-Harris, the issue is that the US and Israel have made concerted efforts to destroy all secular nationalist endeavors by promoting religious fundamentalists [Read More...]

What It’s Like To Be An Atheist

Smoke had a great line last night on what it’s like being in a world where not only is religion dominant but where even most of the secularists (in Smoke’s specific case, this means his secular wife) cling to vague “spiritual” notions: I feel like Jimmy Stewart’s character in Harvey, in reverse; everyone but me sees the [Read More...]

Arguing Through Sarcasm And Strawmen

A couple years ago the Christian apologists at American Vision put up this ugly bit of fear mongering: To which Laci Green more recently retorted with this satire: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

On Unjustifiably Leveraging One’s Credibility

WIC writes this reply to recent remarks I made to him.  I am only quoting here the portion I specifically address, to read his counter to me in its entirety, click here. The question then becomes whether or not Collins is truly ‘sloppy’ outside the lab in regards to religion. You, Harris, Myers, and other [Read More...]

When Should A Scientist’s Faith Disqualify Him From Scientific Institutional Authority?

In reply to this post addressing previous objections that Wandering Internet Commentator made to me, WIC returns volley (sentences in italics are quotes he has taken from my previous post to him): I anticipated creationists figuring in your reply. The problem is, though, I’m not really sure they’re the best example of religion ‘polluting’ the [Read More...]


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