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Category Archive: Secularism

Jan 26 2014

The believer’s despair

Our friend AJ has tried a few times to respond to my post, though without much success, and has now begun resorting to just posting links to blog posts (authored by himself) that repeat the things he wants to hear. Since they’re largely tangential if not completely irrelevant, I’ve had to warn him that the …

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Dec 19 2013

The Anti-Golden Rule

Possibly the best, most elegant summary of morality is the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have others do unto you. It’s short, easy to understand, and easy to apply. And likewise, we can summarize immorality handily as the opposite of the Golden Rule: immorality is when you do harm to others who …

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Nov 24 2013

Public schools “terrified” of creationism

Writing for the “Communities” section of the Washington Times, one Frank Kacer asks, Why are public schools terrified of examining evolution & creation? If evolution is true, there’s a simple way for public schools to destroy any student’s belief in creation. Simply test each theory objectively in science classes using the scientific method. Instead, irrational …

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Jun 30 2013

Opinions

I said it again the other day, but then I had second thoughts. “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” I said, but is that really true? Have you ever thought about the full range of opinions we’re implicitly endorsing by saying everyone is entitled to believe whatever they believe?

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Feb 02 2013

Mayberry Machiavellis

While I’m currently snowed under (literally and figuratively), here’s some interesting reading, from Religion Dispatches, on George W. Bush’s first “faith czar,” and his praise for Obama’s faith-based initiatives. John J. DiIulio, the first director of George W. Bush’s White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, has taken to the Washington Post to laud President Obama’s …

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Jan 25 2013

Religion and gun control

So I was browsing around the Internet (again), and I found this story: Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of over 45 religious leaders and clergy have signed a letter addressed to the members of Congress, urging them to take immediate action to prevent more gun violence. The group is calling for three …

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Jan 17 2013

Bible distribution program in FL

The Christian Post reports that a conservative Christian group has begun a probably-illegal Bible distribution program in local high schools in the area. Volunteers from a Florida-based group have distributed Bibles to the lunchrooms of several high schools in the Sunshine State. World Changers of Florida, a conservative organization, distributed the Bibles on Wednesday, with …

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Jan 15 2013

The greatest common denominator

Thought for the day: Christians think Muslims and Jews and Hindus are wrong about God(s). Muslims think Christians and Jews and Hindus are wrong about God(s). Jews think Christians and Muslims and Hindus are wrong about God(s). Hindus think Christians and Jews and Muslims are wrong about God(s). And we agree with all of the …

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Jan 14 2013

“Don’t treat us like we treat gays!”

Usually I leave the World Net Daily beat to Ed, but this came up in my Google alerts, and I couldn’t resist. The European Court of Human Rights is set to deliver a key verdict early next week in a major case against the United Kingdom surrounding anti-Christian discrimination. I’m not sure exactly how the …

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Dec 06 2012

What a difference an ocean makes

The Christian Institute reports that, unlike their counterparts “across the pond,” British Boy Scouts may soon end discrimination against atheist members. The Scout Association is considering adopting a new “atheist” promise for the first time in its 105-year history. Currently, in order to join the Scouts youngsters must pledge: “On my honour, I promise that …

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