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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 26 2011

Wangari Maathai

More on Wangari Maathai.

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Sep 26 2011

An ill-afforded loss

Oh, damn. From the New York Times: NAIROBI, Kenya — Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist who started out by paying poor women a few shillings to plant trees and went on to become the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, died late on Sunday. She’s a hero of mine.

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Sep 25 2011

Their dominion mandate

Update: Vyckie said this link is better: a little longer and more pics. Hey lookit – The Herald Scotland talked to Vyckie Garrison and Libby Anne. The rebellion against Quiverfull is getting out there. “There’s a lot of fear among evangelicals right now,” says Garrison. “The more fearful evangelicals become, the more they retreat and start …

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Sep 25 2011

Nonconformist in a generally acceptable way

Aha – just exactly what I said yesterday. It’s as if I’d stolen it from Jenny Diski, but I didn’t. (Nor she didn’t steal it from me, neither.) As a rule people look for positive authority or referents to back up their essential beliefs about themselves in relation to the world: the priest, imam, Delia …

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Sep 25 2011

Get a whole suite

Libby Anne on father-daughter “purity balls.” You what? Yes that’s right: father-daughter big fancy parties (not testicles) to celebrate female virginity. Yes that’s right: Daddy takes Princess to a ball. Really. They’re on a date. Dudes – get a room.

Sep 25 2011

Only two options

Andrew Brown can be such a goon. (I’m not going to say he is a goon – he’s had the eminent good sense to commission a few articles from me, after all.) I know this is not a news flash, and I know other people have said things about his creationism piece, but…too much is …

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Sep 24 2011

Tudge said the thing which is not

One more thing about Colin Tudge, because it makes me angry. He wrote in that non-review “review” (and I quoted him yesterday): Thus he tells us that “reality is everything that exists” – and “exists”, he makes clear, means whatever we can see or stub our toes on, albeit with the aid of telescopes and …

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Sep 24 2011

If they retain their appearance

And another thing. This transubstantiation nonsense – another thing about it is that it’s a teaching. Transubstantiation is the teaching that during the Mass, at the consecration in the Lord’s Supper (Communion), the elements of the Eucharist, bread and wine, are transformed into the actual body and blood of Jesus and that they are no …

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Sep 24 2011

Many people of faith are filled with doubts

An amusing passage in the conversation between Dawkins and Odone in the Guardian: CO: I’m a Catholic and my husband is an Anglican, and transubstantiation is an issue between us. Do I want my daughter to take up my Catholic beliefs? Yes I do. Do I believe my beliefs are superior in any way to …

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Sep 24 2011

Love is only real to them if it’s a thing

Sastra has a very illuminating comment* on PZ’s The magic of denying reality. She quotes Colin Tudge’s bad-faith misreading of Dawkins: Everything else – including things we might think exist, like jealousy and love – derive from that material base and are to a large extent illusory. And comments Supernaturalists seem to have a lot …

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