No Such Thing as Islamophobia?

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There is an unfortunate trope in the Freethought movement which suggests there is no such thing as “Islamophobia”. Rather, those who take this view aver, Islamophobia is merely a term used to shut down criticism of inhumane aspects of Islamic belief and practice, a useful weapon in the hands of the liberal thought police. Such [Read More...]

Daniel Dennett’s Strange Idea – and a More Radical One

Daniel Dennett - philosopher and atheist “horseman” – has been deeply involved with the Clergy Project, an effort to provide religious professionals who are experiencing doubts about their faith a safe space to discuss their changing views and a way to transition away from religious life. It’s a great project: for many it is an extraordinary psychological [Read More...]

We Must Criticize Islam – Responsibly

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On Monday I helped coach a group of leaders from all around the world in the opening session of the Harvard Kennedy School’s “Global Change Agents Executive Education Program“. It was an inspiring day: participants from all continents and numerous nations shared their stories, explaining  what called them to change the world. One story particularly [Read More...]

Leave the Satanists Alone!

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A visit to the website of The Satanic Temple threatens, at first glance, to reaffirm one’s worst prejudices. A rich red background is stamped with a livid symbol of a horned goat superimposed upon a pentagram. Scanning the page reveals an illustration of Paradise Lost by Gustav Dore, showing Lucifer’s expulsion from heaven: the angels, feathered wings unfurled, are [Read More...]

Neil Tyson on Philosophy – Let’s Not Overreact

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Watch this first – it’s my video about this issue which attempts to satirize both Tyson’s views on philosophy and the reaction they have provoked in some quarters: Recently Neil deGrasse Tyson made a stir with some comments about philosophy on the Nerdist podcast. Speaking clearly with a hint of jest, the world-famous science communicator [Read More...]

Neil, We Need to Talk

I have some serious words with Neil deGrasse Tyson about philosophy. The ghost of Carl Sagan looks on. [Read more...]

Secularism is the Best Response to Greece v. Galloway

Yesterday a divided Supreme Court ruled that sectarian prayer – even prayer which promotes one religious faith the vast majority of the time, at the expense of people of other religions or none – can be held prior to legislative sessions of government bodies in the USA. I am not a lawyer or a legal [Read More...]


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