This is why ‘Pragmatism’ isn’t an ethical system [Blogathon 1/12]

This post is number one of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious). Nolan wrote: An objection I've heard often relates to health. Critics will point to health disparities between gay and straight people (higher depression, suicides, std’s among gay people), and say thi … [Read more...]

All the Christian Round Posts are Up!

If you've been waiting to vote in the Ideological Turing Test until all the entries in the round were posted, now's your chance. You can browse all thirteen entries at the index post. Currently, the sample sizes are lower than I'd like, so, by all means, forward the link around to any friends, listservs, or bloggers you think might enjoy the project. This isn't a rigorous scientific poll, so snowball sampling is a-ok.The Atheist Round will stop accepting guesses Saturday night, and the … [Read more...]

All the Atheist Round Posts are Up!

If you've been waiting to vote in the Ideological Turing Test until all the entries in the round were posted, now's your chance. You can browse all thirteen entries at the index post. Currently, the sample sizes are lower than I'd like, so, by all means, forward the link around to any friends, listservs, or bloggers you think might enjoy the project. This isn't a rigorous scientific poll, so snowball sampling is a-ok.The first entries in the Christian round will start going up either Friday … [Read more...]

My Radical Homosexual Agenda for the Military

Mark Shea is in agreement with Rod Dreher that Obama and the Dems are mounting a serious assault on the religious liberty of military chaplains. Quoth Dreher (quoting the news first):The Obama administration “strongly objects” to provisions in a House defense authorization bill that would prohibit the use of military property for same-sex “marriage or marriage-like” ceremonies, and protect military chaplains from negative repercussions for refusing to perform ceremonies that conflict with the … [Read more...]

Two Opportunities (one for each side)

Two interesting opportunities turned up in the "Religion" folder of my RSS reader, and I'd like to pass them on to you:For Atheists:If you're looking for a summer internship (or know some secular youngsters who are still at loose ends), the Foundation Beyond Belief is still accepting applications for their summer internship program.  It looks like it's part time and telecommuting, so anyone could apply.Foundation Beyond Belief helps atheists coordinate charitable giving and has … [Read more...]

A meal plus an extended argument? Seders are the best!

Last night, my housemates and I threw a by-the-seat-of-our-pants Seder.  It's the first one I've ever been to (assuming watching Shari Lewis's on TV didn't count).  And plenty of it was un-orthodox (small o) starting with what we had standing in for a lamb shank on the Seder plate.Our Seder party was about evenly split between Christians and Jews, and the Christians tended to be more theistic than some of the Jews, which prompted the following (paraphrased) exchange between the Seder leader a … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (4/6/12)

--- 1 --- Easter is coming, and I've had a link stored up for a long time that I've been practically bursting to share with you all.io9 has a nice explanation of the physics of this trick.  Once you fill a hollow egg with hydrogen gas and wave a match over the top: It burns like a very ineffective gas lamp for a while, showing little flame, while the hydrogen leaks out the top. The egg, for a while, remains unscathed. The column of hydrogen leaking out the top is exposed to oxygen, … [Read more...]


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