You Have No Basis to Say that Slavery is Bad!

You’ve got no basis to say slavery is bad. Evolutionarily speaking, isn’t it a moral imperative to enslave the lesser evolved humans and other beasts for the greater good of us more evolved ones? Now that we know evolution is happening, should we allow the lesser humans to reproduce with us and drag down the gene pool? All kinds of great moral imperatives come out of evolution!!

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Sam Harris – Irony is Going to War for Olive Branches

I wrote a response to Sam Harris. It made the rounds as one of the few people who were atheist who were willing to speak out against a “Horseman” of atheism. I faced down everything, from the accusations of “drama blogging” and being contrary for the sake of it. To siding with terrorists. And the ever popular claim of “Secret Muslim” made a showing.

But at the core of my argument was me pointing out that the heart of the conflict was entirely based on ownership of land. And that in the grand scheme of things, Sam Harris has forgotten that the Palestinians are indeed the defenders and have suffered abuse upon abuse and attacks on their secular notions giving power to the only untouched institution that is religion. The secular PLO got sidelined and the hard-line Hamas came to greater power until it became what everyone feared. The elected representatives of the Palestinians.  [Read more...]

Atheism as a Religion – Mike Dobbins and Atheist Symbols

This is an excerpt from Mike Dobbins’ book on atheism. Atheism as a religion is an attempt to try and denounce atheism and indeed a secular view.

Think of it simply. The main reason people want atheism to be classified as a religion is so that anything associated with atheism and atheist values can similarly be excluded from the public sphere.

It’s a pretty useful list of things to exclude. [Read more...]

IS and James Foley – Why War Journalism has gotten more unsafe

I noticed general upswings in the number of readers due to the new front page format, so I need to do this from the beginning!

I am a big fan of photography. I got my first SLR from my dad, his old one. I learnt to shoot on film as a kid. I loved war photographers for what they did in telling the story of those who suffered. [TW - About the murder of James Foley and the transcript of his execution] [Read more...]