A Review of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters: Sympathy for the Witch

It’s an enjoyable ride, an energetic action movie with all the bells and whistles of early-21st-century cinema: Trendy (and pricy) 3-D glasses. Sexy, take-no-prisoners heroes. Monstrous reimaginings of your run-of-the-mill witch. Modern inventions gone medieval (think tasers, machine guns, and insulin injections to treat Hansel’s “sugar sickness”). Wry humour. CGI trolls named Edward.

But it’s also a modern reimagining of an idea straight out of the history books. The hunting and execution of witches was real… and it usually involved targeting older, independent-living women as consorts of Satan. It was a way to punish women for acting in ways the male social leaders deemed inconsistent with the community’s Christian values. [Read more...]

Beyoncé’s Half-Time Show Was Not Nearly Jesus-y Enough!

I have finally found my favorite opening paragraph of anything ever. It’s seriously the “Call me Ishmael” of my generation: [Read more...]

Is This Movie the Next Religulous?

A trailer for the new movie The Unbelievers (Black Chalk Productions, 2013) was released yesterday. The movie features Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss as they travel around the world and speak about the importance of science and why we don’t need religious ideas in a modern world: [Read more...]

An Anthem for Atheists

David Beadle, the Secular Human, has just released a song called “Humanists Agnostics and Atheists” — definitely a unique sound (and I mean that in a good way) and great lyrics. Check it out! [Read more...]

A Review of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained: How Myths Make Matters Worse

There is no reasonable argument for human slavery. In the antebellum South, the institution was propped up by biblical justifications and pseudoscientific just-so stories. Both of these myths underpinning slavery appear as footnotes in Django Unchained — a whip-wielding slave-driver wears Bible pages pinned to his garments, while a plantation owner with a flair for the dramatic delivers a lesson in phrenology to his houseguests as they negotiate a slave sale.

But it’s a different myth at the heart of Django’s story, one that functions in a similar way: to demonstrate the dire consequences when mythic thinking overtakes logic and reason. [Read more...]


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