January 16, 2006

I was trying out the Center for Inquiry’s new podcast, Point of Inquiry. Pretty decent programs, actually. Well worth listening to. One thing, however, rubbed me the wrong way. They used this by now infamous “according to blah blah poll, 16% of Americans are nonreligious” statement, with the implication that this 16% were nonbelievers, almost-humanists, whatever. No. That poll is pretty well known, and it doesn’t show this at all. Most of these 16% have strong supernatural beliefs, either of… Read more

January 16, 2006

“Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it’s destroyed and put stress on this country,” says New Orleans mayor. That’s one theory. Another, as studied by the scientists at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, is that global warming is to blame. Perhaps this is a good time to remind ourselves of Occam’s Razor? Read more

January 16, 2006

Ed Brayton has written an interesting piece that contains links to several summaries of the ACLU’s efforts to defend the religious freedom of Christians. Read more

January 16, 2006

Lya Kahlo did an informal study of Christian forums, visiting them and openly announcing her atheism to see what would happen. She visited 35 different forums. 7 banned her because she was an atheist, 28 continued to welcome her. She was accused of trying to corrupt the young and repeatedly asked “if you don’t believe in God, why care about anything?” (17 times).She lists the ten most common misconceptions about atheists at the forums she visited:1. Atheists hate god/are jealous… Read more

January 14, 2006

What is that God is handing to Adam? Condom-holding key fob with picture of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam is example of “depraved morals” says Catholic Action League! Planned Parenthood is selling them on their website and thanks to the League’s outrage they’re selling like hotcakes. Read more

January 13, 2006

Steve at Triablogue has a rejoinder to my earlier post on intelligent design and he makes some great points. Just to clarify my position, I am certainly not saying that Dembski is engaging in a sleight of hand by calling ID “science” when he really means “religion.” I definitely give the Discovery Institute the benefit of the doubt and I’m quite sure that he considers ID science. Of course, the same cannot be said of the ID proponents in Dover,… Read more

January 12, 2006

A friend just pointed me to a site entitled, “An Atheist Manifesto.” Read more

January 12, 2006

Well it’s old news now. Parents have filed a lawsuit against the El Tejon Unified School District because the Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec, California, is slipping an intelligent design course into its curriculum. Entitled “Philosophy of Design,” the district’s attorneys told the school board that “as the course was called ‘philosophy,’ it could pass legal muster.” ID proponents are trying to frame this maneuver as perfectly legal because it’s a philosophy course and not a science course. For… Read more

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