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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 23 2012

Humbly lovingly thoughtfully crashing the party

Here’s something I hadn’t seen before. I probably could have predicted it if I’d thought about it, but I didn’t, so I didn’t. It’s a website called True Reason, set up to rally Christians to go to the Reason Rally in D.C. next month in order to pester it, because religion doesn’t get to pester us enough …

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Feb 22 2012

Narcissus leaves the pool

Some goon was sniping at FTB on Twitter the other day – stupid snipey generalizations that have nothing to do with reality. Why would anyone even bother sniping at FTB in general? We’re not all the same, so what can one say that will be true? We all post in English, mostly. Anything else? We …

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Feb 22 2012

About us – except for who we are

Ben Goldacre wondered aloud on Twitter why it’s impossible to find out who is behind “Coalition for Marriage.” Why is it a secret? Good question. What’s up with that? If you have a cause, why be secretive about it? It’s a stupid “cause,” I must say. The Coalition draws upon a substantial body of evidence …

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Feb 21 2012

What we talk about when we talk about blogging

A conversation among FTBers has (by a circuitous route, as is often the case) ended up in a discussion of the weirdness of the interpersonal dynamics of blogging – of the kinds and degrees of intimacy that can be created, and whether they’re an illusion or not. I think the usual view is a brisk, …

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Feb 21 2012

Former archbishop (ret’d) in Daily Mail

The former archbishop of Canterbury George Carey said, in an article for the Daily Mail, that the proposal to change the status of marriage ”constitutes one of the greatest political power grabs in history.” The state does not ‘own’ the institution of marriage. Nor does the church. The honourable estate of matrimony precedes both the state and …

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Feb 21 2012

Because Afghans have nothing more important to fret about

Because Afghanistan is so peaceful and safe and prosperous, such a paradise of equality and freedom and happiness, people there have leisure to get wildly upset and furious when some books are accidentally sent to the incinerator in a consignment of waste paper. US and Nato forces have rushed  to apologise for discarding and possibly …

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Feb 20 2012

Justin finds another consignment of atheist-bashing

One Reverend Bryan Griem, writing to the Pasadena Sun: Look, you just read the stats: “Researchers have found that spiritual people have decreased odds of attempting suicide, and that spiritual fitness has a positive impact on quality of life, on coping and on mental health.” Atheists be damned. They will be. So I really don’t …

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Feb 20 2012

It’s only 50 thousand pounds

Those times when news stories read like stories from The Onion… Like the BBC’s report of the MP who said “sorry” for not mentioning a financial interest while arguing for something that would do that financial interest a lot of good. Conservative MP and ministerial aide Mark Simmonds has apologised for failing to make clear …

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Feb 20 2012

Up for a prize

Good morning girls and boys, it’s time for Monday’s entries in the “What Week-old Dead Fish Can We Throw at Richard Dawkins Today?” contest. A big round of applause for Mary Ann Sieghart at The Independent, who wastes no time but gets to the vulgar abuse right out of the gate. The Church of England couldn’t …

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Feb 19 2012

In a couple of weeks

Meanwhile…see that top banner in the right margin, the one above Rock Beyond Belief? Moving Secularism Forward? I’m a speaker at that. Orlando is kind of far away from everything except Florida, but I’m hoping some people will turn up anyway. It’s a great lineup. Daniel C. Dennett, Sir Harold Kroto, PZ Myers, Russell Blackford, …

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