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Monthly Archive: November 2007

Nov 20 2007

Warren Jeffs sentenced; must serve at least 10 years

Polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs was sentenced today for being an accomplice to rape by running his “Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints” as a sex farm for himself and older male members, forcing teenage girls into marriages with cousins and other men often old enough to be their grandfathers. Good riddance. Now, I wonder …

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Nov 20 2007

The inherent fallacies of Rhology’s presuppositionalism

Matthew Hughes wrote a funny science fiction novel a few years ago, Black Brillion, which contains one the greatest lines of dialogue I’ve ever read: “You have only just begun to gauge the depth of your ignorance yet you use it as the foundation for a towering confidence.” In following Rhology’s attempts to debate us …

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Nov 19 2007

And now, for an example of that superior Christian morality in action, we take you to ORU…

Okay, so we all remember the recent series of scandals that has rocked Oral Roberts University in recent weeks, do we not? You know, where Richard Roberts and his family are accused of all manner of financial improprieties, as well as such sleazy activity as having ORU staff do their daughter’s homework for her? Well, …

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Nov 19 2007

Rhology and Christianity’s misanthropic “morality”

A Christian blogger calling himself Rhology has discovered us, and is currently posting like mad in this comment thread with the usual run of “no morality without a God” canards. It’s interesting to read, mainly for the way in which Rhology argues, which involves telling us what we think (mainly, that we don’t believe in …

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Nov 18 2007

Punishing the Victim

This is a sick, twisted world that clearly needs to change: The 19-year-old victim was sentenced last year to 90 lashes for meeting with an unrelated male, a former friend from whom she was retrieving photographs. The seven rapists, who abducted the pair and raped both, received sentences ranging from 10 months to five years …

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Nov 16 2007

Report on the Dan Barker talk

Tonight, the Atheist Longhorns campus group sponsored a talk by Dan Barker, president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and author of Losing Faith in Faith and several children’s books. Turnout was excellent. The talk was held in a UT lecture hall with a capacity of 250. Somewhere between 75 and 100 people attended. The …

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Nov 16 2007

Studying faith leads to loss of faith — twice

Recently, two, count ‘em, two major religion writers have quit their job, and both for similar reasons. Namely, the more you learn about faith, the less faith you actually have. Stephen Bates, now former religious affairs writer for the London Guardian, writes: “Now I am moving on. It was time to go. What faith I …

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Nov 15 2007

Digg it!

Hi folks. Please allow me to draw your attention to the “Digg this” link in the upper right corner of this post, and all others. If you have a Digg account, you can now conveniently submit recommendations to posts that you enjoyed, which increases our exposure and makes it possible for more atheists to enjoy …

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Nov 15 2007

Yes, the “War on Christmas” is BS, but this came out of the whole herd!

This, apparently, is actually happening. Santas in Australia’s largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas’s traditional “ho ho ho” greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday. Somebody shoot me now.

Nov 13 2007

Liveblogging the PBS Dover trial special, hour 2

Continued from previous post… 8:02 – The Kitzmiller family is getting scary mail and, I assume, death threats. They now mention that eight of the nine school board members (!!!) resigned. 8:05 – Enter the villains! Eight members of the Discovery Institute are shown, all of whom originally wanted to testify. For unknown reasons, five …

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