October 21, 2019

I know I’m a bit late to the game on this one as I meant to post this last week. The Pew Research Center has produced more data concerning the religiosity of Americans, and the trend towards irreligiosity continues, particularly amongst the young. As The Guardian reports: The United States is becoming a less Christian country, and the decline in religious affiliation is particularly rapid among younger Americans, new figures show. The proportion of US adults who describe themselves as… Read more

October 20, 2019

Welfare costs are a major source of disagreement between progressives/liberals and conservatives/libertarians. Those on the left consider helping the poor to be a humanitarian action, while those on the right tend to see it as rewarding lazy people. That is a bit of an oversimplification, as there is a broad spectrum of opinions between those two extremes. Most reasonable people in the middle think that preventing poor people from starving, or resorting to crime in order to survive, is necessary… Read more

October 18, 2019

I know I am obsessed, but I’m obsessed with Trump because he is so unbelievably [insert adjective here that evokes exasperation]. I could bang on at length about any number of aspects of Trump’s last few weeks: his impending impeachment, the Ukraine debacle, Rudy Giuliani, his mental competence, that photo and meeting with Nancy Pelosi, his foreign policy ineptitude, his responsibility in the deaths of countless allies in the Middle East, his disgusting approach to environmental policy, and so on…. Read more

October 18, 2019

As some of you may know, I am presently editing a book by Gunther Laird calls The Unnecessary Science. Natural Law philosophy, about which I have talked a great deal recently, owes an awful lot to Aristotle, Aquinas and other thinkers from a bygone era. One of the cornerstones of this essentialist worldview is the pair of ideas of potentiality and actuality: The concept of potentiality, in this context, generally refers to any “possibility” that a thing can be said to… Read more

October 15, 2019

The Attorney General in the US is a controversial figure for a whole host of reasons. The other day, this devout Catholic raged against militant secularists in a speech he gave to Notre Dame law students. Mother Jones reports: In a speech at University of Notre Dame’s law school Friday, Barr blamed “secularists” and “so-called progressives” for wreaking havoc on American society. Barr’s depiction of a war between the non-religious and people of faith shocked legal experts, who saw Barr’s defense… Read more

October 15, 2019

Another one from the American Humanist Association: Leaders at the American Humanist Association are deeply troubled by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s advancement of Christian leadership in a speech on Saturday, October 12th and the subsequent promotion of that speech on the homepage of the official website of the Department of State. “While today may be a great day to be a Christian nationalist, it’s a terrible day to be a person who cares deeply about the United States of America,… Read more

October 15, 2019

From the American Humanist Association: Attorneys at the American Humanist Association (AHA) sent a letter late Friday to officials at the Cherokee Community School District in Cherokee, Iowa, on behalf of a parent of a local first grade student. The student’s class plans to visit a private Christian school (Northwestern College) in Orange City, Iowa, to attend a performance of “Jonah and the Giant Fish” on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Promoting attendance at a depiction of an explicitly Christian biblical… Read more

October 14, 2019

[This is a repost of an old piece from my previous blog by Andy Schueler – I would love him to still be hanging around these parts! It includes reference to JohnM, a biblical literalist and creationist who has, on occasion, commented here, too.] Psalm 137 is one of the most famous Psalms, it has been set to music by many composers (you have most likely heard the famous interpretation by Boney M), but virtually always, the last verse is… Read more

October 13, 2019

Uganda is one of those countries that has had the unfortunate “privilege” of receiving money and missionaries from the United States. And those missionaries and that money isn’t about making the country a nicer, more cohesive country. It’s not about pulling those communities together. And this has been a long-term strategy. Just imagine going to all of this effort and work, in a different country (the US), just to set the objective, “We need to work hard to get those… Read more

October 12, 2019

Richard Tice is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Brexit is the never-ending sh!tstorm, the gift that keeps on giving. Mehdi Hasan has given some fantastic interviews recently that do not let points lie. He’s great and here he gives Tice, rightfully, a proper hard time. This is not a post about religion, but one about interviews and, by extension, journalists. I have long argued that they do not give their interviewees nearly enough of a hard time, and… Read more

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