What’s the harm?

What's the harm? is a fascinating website collecting news stories concerning people who have come to some harm due to paranormal and supernatural beliefs. It's intended to counter the common "well, what's the harm in believing that?" response that critics of paranormal and supernatural convictions often face. It's not a detailed case including statistical assessments of harm and so forth, so its evidential value is limited. But at least it might get people thinking that some of this may well, in … [Read more...]

The “heart” of a religion

Quotation from John L. Esposito's The Future of Islam, page 6:If a group of Jews or Christians had been responsible for the bombing of the World Trade Center, few would have attributed it to the beliefs of mainstream Judaism or Christianity. The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin by a Jewish fundamentalist was not attributed to something in mainstream Judaism; nor was the clergy sex abuse scandal attributed to the heart of Catholicism.The most heinous crimes committed by Jewish or … [Read more...]

Christian vandalism

I've written occasionally about how atheist billboards in the US have a way of attracting vandalism. Some conservative Christians have noticed as well. Recently I've run into two examples of justifying such vandalism. One, which has already been well-savaged by PZ Myers, is a WorldNetDaily piece by one Chrissy Satterfield.Mind you, WorldNetDaily is a seriously insane web site. (I often visit it for entertainment.) It's a good place for birther conspiracies and the likes.But since we're looking … [Read more...]

New Chick Tracts

Some End-times obsession:And a nice right wing paranoia-story: … [Read more...]


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