October 5, 2019

As my regular readers will know, I have issued a challenge to a regular “race realist” who has been frequently posting about the IQ differences between blacks and whites and the subsequent (and independent) criminal behaviour differences between these two groups of people. I will put aside the idea that races even exist – this is something that has not actually been established by the commenter. I will even grant him his claims that there are discernible differences after completely… Read more

October 4, 2019

Trump seems to be doing an awfully good job at implicating himself very clearly in impeachable offenses. You really couldn’t write this stuff. When accused of attempting to bribe Ukraine with a quid pro quo involving military hardware and investigating and digging up dirt on Joe Biden and his son, Trump released the transcript of the telephone conversation with the Ukrainian president in an attempt to show his innocence. However, the transcript does the exact opposite. Since that moment, Trump… Read more

October 4, 2019

When Ronald Reagan first ran for governor of California, there was an environmentalist movement to save the redwoods in northern California from loggers who wanted to “harvest” them for their wood. Reagan’s knowledge of environmental issues, except for air pollution, was minimal. Even the geography of the north coast, where trees outnumbered people, eluded him. During the 1966 campaign, a reporter asked Reagan a question about the Eel River (a battleground between those who wanted to dam its middle fork… Read more

October 3, 2019

This is from the American Humanist Association: The American Humanist Association received written assurances yesterday from the Manhattan Beach Unified School District in response to a warning letter sent to district administrators more than two weeks ago. Monica Miller, Legal Director and Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association, warned that Mira Costa High School officials were in violation of the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent as they discouraged students from protesting the Pledge of Allegiance. On September 11, 2019,… Read more

September 29, 2019

I am presently editing a book by Gunther Laird, who has a keen interest in critiquing Thomism and Edward Feser’s defence thereof. The book has a working title of The Unnecessary Science, and is solid and hefty refutation of the core tenets and claims of Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy as often formulated in natural law theory. Here, Laird quotes Feser concerning free will, and I thought the quote was so full of issue, it would be worth posting it here: Dr. Feser might… Read more

September 27, 2019

The political and religious – indeed almost any – landscapes have been polarising for a number of years. Days of nuanced centralism seem to be somewhat distant, now. Recently, FiveThirtyEight published a fascinating article, “The Christian Right Is Helping Drive Liberals Away From Religion”, discussing how liberals are being pushed away from religion, and by extension, into the arms of the Democratic Party. The article starts, referencing the DNC resolution that I reported on a few days ago: A few… Read more

September 25, 2019

“Religiously Unaffiliated” is a bit of a catch-all term that can be used to refer to those who are still religious or believers but who do not adhere to a particular orthodoxy or religious institution or denomination. However, in this case, given the language used, I think we can safely say that it refers at least in large part to those nonbelievers who scatter the country and, more often than not, vote Democrat. The DNC recently (August) produced a resolution… Read more

September 25, 2019

Yup, it’s finally happened. New Zealand is now officially almost a majority nonreligious country, statistically. This has been a result of the stats going both ways – the nonreliguious proportion growing and the Christian proportion shrinking. As TVNZ reports: The number of New Zealanders with ‘no religion’ has officially surpassed the number of people who identify as Christian in New Zealand, with a secular advocacy group calling for fewer concessions to be given to Christians. Newly released data from the… Read more

September 23, 2019

From the American Humanist Association: At the United Nations Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom event today, President Donald Trump announced the formation of a coalition of U.S. business leaders meant to “encourage the private sector to protect people of all faiths in the workplace.” The American Humanist Association’s executive director, Roy Speckhardt, attended at the invitation of the Department of State to represent the interests of humanists and other nontheists. “Given this administration’s relentless attempts to permit religious bigotry… Read more

September 22, 2019

This one is for my long-suffering readers who have had to put up with certain commenters not being banned. As you may know, I am not a fan of censoring people and banning them, that is until they cross an arbitrary line of no return… I prefer to let their words and claims speak for themselves, and if their claims stand, then I need to reassess my own position, no matter how uncomfortable the conclusion might be. One of these… Read more

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