July 14, 2010

I’ve written before about the ongoing schism within the Episcopal church, but those posts only concerned the goings-on in America. Now that battle has spread across the Atlantic and into the heart of Anglicanism, and it’s looking more and more likely that the church will be cloven in two at its roots. As reported by the Telegraph, the Anglican General Synod has rejected a last-ditch compromise brokered by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and nominal head of the Anglican… Read more

July 13, 2010

I’ve posted a new book review on Dangerous Intersection, a review of Barbara Demick’s superb book Nothing to Envy, a mesmerizing account of ordinary life in North Korea. There are some obvious parallels with fundamentalist religion that atheists and freethinkers will probably be interested in. This is an open thread. Read more

July 12, 2010

The Case for a Creator, Closing Thoughts The theory of evolution not only explains and unifies a vast range of scientific observations, it’s given rise to an enormous, fruitful research program by predicting where we should look in order to find all kinds of phenomena of interest. One of the most famous examples is how Charles Darwin predicted that the earliest human ancestors would be found in Africa, which turned out to be 100% correct. Based on observing flowers from… Read more

July 11, 2010

So, let it be known to all that I plan to attend the 2010 annual convention of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which will be in Madison, Wisconsin the weekend of October 29-31. Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be the featured speaker, and since it’s Halloween, I’m sure she’ll have some scary stories to tell us all… If you’re an FFRF member (and if you’re not, why aren’t you?) and you’re also planning to attend the convention, let me know -… Read more

July 10, 2010

I’m saddened to report the passing of David Randolph. He was 95 years old. Mr. Randolph was a renowned conductor and choral director, a fixture in the New York music scene for decades. He was known for hosting a weekly classical music program on WNYC, for teaching music at several local universities, and for a critically praised book, This Is Music. However, he’s best known as the conductor of the secular St. Cecilia Chorus, which he had led since 1965… Read more

July 9, 2010

The Problem: Nearly all the world’s religions teach that we should be generous to the poor and needy, and warn that greed and selfishness are destructive sins. “For the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). But this principle is rarely honored, even by the religious leaders who supposedly believe it. Catholic popes and bishops, as well as many Protestant preachers and televangelists, live in opulence and luxury and possess vast amounts of wealth: ornate… Read more

July 8, 2010

The intertubes are exploding with drama this week! I’m still catching up on a backlog of reading material myself, but I thought I’d post about the more notable news items. • First off, I just have to mention this because it’s such delicious schadenfreude: Chris Mooney, atheist-basher extraordinaire, had a commenter earlier this year named Tom Johnson who claimed to be a scientist and wrote about how rudely and viciously he’d seen atheist professors treat their Christian colleagues. Mooney was… Read more

July 8, 2010

Although I’ve learned not to expect much from the right-leaning Supreme Court, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some of their recent decisions. First was Holy See v. John Doe, in which the court upheld a ruling that the Vatican isn’t immune from lawsuits over its protection of pedophiles. The second was Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, in which a Christian student group sued a California law school to demand – what else? – the legal right to discriminate against gays…. Read more

July 6, 2010

I don’t know if it’s the warm weather here in New York that’s bringing out the crazies, but these past two weeks, I’ve encountered more than the usual number of street preachers handing out loony religious literature. Because I know you wicked, godless atheists need to hear the word of the Lord, I thought I’d share some of the best examples with you. This first one is my favorite. Last week, I was out on my lunch break when I… Read more

July 4, 2010

Editor’s Note: Considering the date, I can’t think of anything more appropriate to post today. I don’t agree with the religious language added as window dressing, just as most people today would disavow the archaic sexist terminology or the unthinking racism against Native Americans. Still, it remains one of the finest pieces of political rhetoric ever written – a stirring defense of the right of free human beings to choose their own system of government, and the ends which that… Read more

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