When we Fear Creeping Shariah Law, Remember this

Around half of us Brits think that religion does more harm than good. Nearly 25% of us think faith is a good thing according to a study on the Independent.

And more interestingly? 20% of Brits who claimed to be very religious, stated that religion could be harmful to society while a quarter said that atheists were as likely to be moral individuals as the religious.  [Read more…]

A Wizard Did It

This is the basic battle cry of creationists and none are as creationy as the Discovery Institute!

We live in a world where the Creationists have had to lick their wounds. The world’s changed, gone are the court room battles, but the creationists still tap away at education. Science progresses in leaps and bounds while Creationists struggle to even produce junk science.

So they turn to attack pop science. The conversion of science into an easy to consume format. Many bemoan pop-science as harming science. I disagree.

We are a generation of pop scientists. From Bill Nye to even simple stuff like Blue Peter we grew up with pop science and that easy to consume science made us delve into science as a whole. The best Pop-Science attempts from the creationists include “Kinds”, a concept so convoluted that most creationists themselves can’t explain it properly. In which dog breeds are treated the same as whale species which are the same as all fungi. Hell we all remember the ID argument of the Croco-duck and the perfect banana.

So they are forced to look at pop science and go “pfft. That’s clearly wrong! The Bible says x, y and z and reality cannot work that way!” [Read more…]

A Gay Plague

You were thinking about AIDS right? When you saw the title?

The truth is? HIV and AIDS ravage the MSM community. Many progressives don’t like the statistics but medically speaking? 5% of the population should not be around 50% of the cases. Now the argument is quite simple. Each gay man is a bigger part of the population due to their small numbers. Secondly? Gay men never had much reason for condoms before HIV so the disease had time to spread. And early hook up culture among MSM was quite promiscuous so the disease spread quickly during it’s latency period. So much so that being gay is still a big risk for HIV infection.

And HIV killed the female condom and other barrier methods of contraception. The male condom is less prone to failing and things like the cervical cap didn’t stop the spread of the disease.

But there is another disease with a rising association (falsely) with homosexuality. [Read more…]

Anti-Atheist Bigotry in Providence’s Mayoral Election

This is a letter from the Bishop of the Providence Diocese demonstrating the reason for a separation of Church and State. By weighing in he has brought the spectre of anti-atheist discrimination into the city of Providence’s mayoral election.

This adds another problem for Jorge Elorza as many people do vote along religious lines. And the Catholic Church’s influence among the Latino community can affect voting politics.  [Read more…]