Eliminationists on the March

After the horrific Arizona shooting in which six people were killed and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was gravely wounded, we came close to civility in American politics, at least for a few days. Unfortunately, our public discourse is already returning to normal, as you can tell from reading this front-page post on the leading conservative blog RedState (HT: Pandagon).Here at RedState, we too have drawn a line. We will not endorse any candidate who will not reject the judicial usurpation of Roe v. … [Read more...]

The Language of God: Clarke’s Goalposts

The Language of God, Chapter 5By B.J. Marshall At this point, Collins mentions, "godless materialists might be cheering. If humans evolved strictly by mutation and natural selection, who needs God to explain us? To this, I reply: I do" (p.140).In my view, DNA sequence alone, even if accompanied by a vast trove of data on biological function, will never explain special human attributes such as knowledge of the Moral Law and the … [Read more...]

Doubting the Bible on a Christian Forum

A helpful Daylight Atheism reader (thanks, Rowan!) pointed me to this thread on Christian Forums, about a believer who's losing his faith after reading the Bible. From past experience, these threads tend to have the same lifespan as posts on Chinese web forums criticizing the government (and for the same reason), so I advise checking it out while you can. I've also saved a snapshot in case the site's administrators flush it down the memory hole.The user who started the thread claimed to be a … [Read more...]

The Guardians of Tone

Image via.I was tipped off to this excellent essay by a reader (thanks, bbk, even if it was unintentional!) and since it got buried in the comments on the other thread, I wanted to call special attention to it. It's about the virtues of anger, specifically with reference to the feminist movement, but it contains some valuable lessons that are applicable to atheism and other progressive social causes as well.The one thing that absolutely terrifies a prejudiced majority is anger, no matter … [Read more...]

Weekend Leftovers: November 26

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and if your family is like mine, you've got leftovers enough for days. And speaking of leftovers, here are some links that I didn't have more time to write about this week, but wanted to share: • At Skepticon last weekend, the Dallas Fellowship of Freethought asked people - both speakers and ordinary convention attendees - what they, as atheists, were thankful for. The result is this excellent video compilation, with more than a few faces you may … [Read more...]

The Religious Denial of Aid and Charity

I wrote recently about the denial of emergency reproductive health care at Catholic hospitals, and I'm glad to see that this extremely important issue is getting media traction. There are two articles in the Washington Post this week calling attention to these clashes across the country (HT: The Wall of Separation).As AU says:The Maryland Health Care Commission voted unanimously to allow a Catholic hospital called Holy Cross to build a new facility in northern Montgomery County. The … [Read more...]

New Translation on Ebon Musings

Several of the major essays on Ebon Musings have been translated into French and Spanish by much-appreciated volunteers, but I'm really pleased to announce this new one: a Greek translation of "A Ghost in the Machine", contributed by EvanT of On the Way to Ithaca. Thanks, Evan, for your dedication and hard work!Evan also informs me that he's translating Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason into Greek; you can see the results of that effort here. We have reason to believe that this is the first … [Read more...]

Little-Known Bible Verses: Let God Plead His Own Cause

It's indisputable that Christianity is the dominant religion in America, and there are those who'd like to keep it that way. Right-wing legal groups like the Liberty Counsel and the Thomas More Law Center exist solely to maintain Christian superiority, arguing in court that Christian believers should be afforded more rights and privileges than everyone else. But the Bible itself ridicules this effort as unnecessary, as we can see from a little-known Bible verse. (HT: Better than Esdras, a … [Read more...]

The Language of God: Deeper DNA Comparisons

The Language of God, Chapter 5By B.J. MarshallIn the last post, we saw Collins give a foothold to Creationists who want to deny macroevolution. Even granted that he should have never allowed this foothold in the first place, he makes a valiant effort to tear the false micro-v-macro wall down by comparing our genome to those of other animals. It is here that Collins asserts that "[t]he study of genomes leads inexorably to the conclusion that we humans share a common ancestor with other living … [Read more...]

The Smoking Gun of Catholic Culpability

The steady drip, drip, drip of documents showing the Vatican's complicity in a worldwide child-rape scandal is ongoing. And the most recent drop to fall was a huge one:By 1996, an advisory committee of Irish bishops had drawn up a new policy that included "mandatory reporting" of suspected abusers to civil authorities. The letter, signed by Archbishop Luciano Storero, then the Vatican's apostolic nuncio — or chief representative — in Ireland, told the Irish bishops that the Vatican had res … [Read more...]


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