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Monthly Archive: May 2008

May 10 2008

News good and bad from the British Isles

Via Dawkins’ site, I caught this article from the London Times, and its headline is a thing of such beauty it practically made me weep for joy: Churchgoing on its knees as Christianity falls out of favour. The article’s lead practically has you grabbing the phone to hire a marching band and sending out eVites …

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May 10 2008

A nice bit of snark from Ebert

I’m a big fan of Roger Ebert, the famed movie critic who’s been out sick for most of the last year or so undergoing various surgeries. He’s back in the saddle now, while during his absense, most of the reviewing was done by his website editor Jim Emerson, himself a very astute critic. Anyway, in …

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May 09 2008

Why abandoning reason is, like, bad

In the news today: Two children and their mother lived for about two months with the decaying body of a 90-year-old woman on the toilet of their home’s only bathroom, on the advice of a religious “superior” who claimed the corpse would come back to life, authorities said Friday… She said she propped Middlesworth on …

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May 09 2008

The Colson thing already getting amusing

Kazim and I have heard back from Mike Pritchard, who told us he’s sending us Colson’s book and all that. Kazim then set out a few parameters for how we would like any dialogue to go, mindful of the fact that our usual dealings with apologists reveal them to be, oh, less than scrupulously honest, …

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May 08 2008

Ken Follett on secular ethics

On page 426 of Ken Follett’s latest novel, World Without End, I came across a neat quote. The story, which is a sequel to Pillars of the Earth, takes place in 14th century England, in a town that is mostly managed by monks from the local cathedral. A monk named Godwyn has devised a scheme …

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May 07 2008

Email from Chuck Colson’s group

An emailer named Mike, who bears the superfluously fancy title of “Consumer Engagement Manager, Internet Marketing and Social Networks,” privately emailed the following to me: Hi Russell – I came across your blog at http://atheistexperience.blogspot.com/ and am writing with a unique opportunity for you. Chuck Colson, former Counsel to President Richard Nixon, who converted to …

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May 06 2008

Quite possibly the best Ben Stein beatdown I’ve yet read

If it weren’t enough for this moon-faced git to have ended up one of Olbermann’s Worst People in the World, try this on for size. No one has quite dissected what a deeply immoral, cretinous piece of lying filth Ben Stein is like Jeff Dorchen. Beauty. That a man, let alone a Jew, could, without …

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May 04 2008

From the “Life Imitates Twilight Zone” file

Yahoo News reports: Man asks court to change his name to ‘In God We Trust’ ZION, Ill. – Steve Kreuscher wants a judge to allow him to legally change his name. He wants to be known as “In God We Trust.” Kreuscher (CROY’-shir) says the new name would symbolize the help God gave him through …

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May 04 2008

Federal injunction against Expelled?

Via Ed Brayton. He does not, for some reason, link to a source. We’ll see if this is real. Addendum: Ed mentions that the ruling is only available online via a pay service, which he why he did not include a link in his article. In his comments section, however, someone has cutpasted it.

May 04 2008

The ICR gets even more sleazy and desperate

Following in the morally bankrupt footsteps of Ben Stein and Expelled, the ICR is responding to its snub by the state with a PR campaign designed (and not intelligently) to paint themselves as heroic champions and martyrs to “free inquiry” whose work is being “stifled” by a hostile scientific mainstream. Those of you who opened …

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