Bubblegum Pop and Pop Religion

The series on immorality is still ongoing, and the next post will go up this evening.  But now for something completely different...Last night, the pop juggernaut/variety show/karaoke hour that is the TV show Glee decided get religion.  If you don't follow the show, the title of the episode "Grilled Cheesus" may give you a hint about the taste level of the show.In brief, one of the students makes a grilled cheese sandwich that appears to be imprinted with the face of Jesus.   He takes up … [Read more...]

Questions for an apologist?

Logos, a Christian magazine on campus is offering students the option to write in and have questions answered by Dr. Ravi Zacharias, an apologist and preacher.The deadline for sending in questions is tomorrow night, and I'm not sure what I want to ask.  I have plenty of questions about the internal coherence of Christianity, and I'm interested in the answers, but I'm not an atheist because I think some parts of Christianity are in tension with each other.  The internal consistency is only a p … [Read more...]

What Have Stupid People Ever Done to You?

Earlier this week, Bryan Caplan took elites to task for their hatred of the stupid and the ignorant.  He wrote: Out of all the reactions I've heard to Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, the most disturbing are all variations on "Except stupid people. They shouldn't have kids." I could snark, "You mean people like you?," but that would be dishonest. The latter-day proponents of negative eugenics have reasonably high IQs. But their misanthropy is still morally and economically … [Read more...]

What I don’t defend about the Park51 Mosque

This past week, I twice wrote about the Cordoba/Park 51 mosque/community center at the Huffington post, both times hammering home the point that Rauf and his organization have a clear right to build two blocks away from Ground Zero. However, some people seem to have taken my support for property rights and my opposition to fear-mongering as evidence for an affinity for Islam, so I thought I would clarify.Jen, author of BlagHag, was visiting NYC this past week, and she made a point of … [Read more...]

Restricting Rhetoric, Mosques, and Gays

This post is part of a series on the politics and philosophy that underlie the fight over gay marriage.  You can see all the posts in this series at the gay marriage index.As the fight over the proposed Cordoba House mosque near Ground Zero has heated up, conservative Christians across the county are using this story to gin up support to block construction of mosques across the nation, regardless of their proximity to NYC. Anti-mosque activists, struggling to explain why Islam alone should … [Read more...]

Why should atheists get married?

Thanks to everyone who's been commenting on my series on Math and Morality.  I'll be returning to some of the outstanding questions soon (especially those posed by Dylan and Hendy), but I'm finishing work and moving out of DC this week, so I'm focusing this week more on politics than philosophy.  Don't forget, if you'd like to respond to a Monday Call to Arms in longer form as a guest blogger, please email me at leah (dot) libresco (at) yale (dot) edu.A lot of the arguments in the gay … [Read more...]

On what evidence?

This post is part of a series of responses to the comments on my ongoing series on math and morality.  You can check out previous posts in this series here.So having spent one post answering questions using my sight metaphor, I’m going to move away from it in this round of answers. (Remember, as George Box said, “Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.”).Eitan said: [M]orality is clearly quite different than EVERYTHING else we know. If there were objective values, they w … [Read more...]