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Daily Archives: March 7, 2009
Lest We Forget: In February, 1972, Billy Graham and Richard Nixon Discuss Jews, in a Paranoid and Anti-Semitic Fashion, in the Oval Office
A segment from the Nixon tapes reveals a dark, anti-Semitic and paranoid streak in both Billy Graham and Richard Nixon:
I didn’t know this about Anglican Bishop Rowan Williams, but Christopher Hitchens asserts that Williams believes (presumably in the name of multiculturalism) that Islamic law should supersede, for British Muslims, the courts in England. If so, anything I’ve ever said … Continue reading
Scientific Truth v. Religious Poetry: Rowan Williams Uses Poetic Language with Richard Dawkins—and Gets a Bit Tangled Up for Doing So
In this segment from one of his documentaries, Richard Dawkins goes after the notion that all “truths” are on the same footing, then discusses evolution, the virgin birth, and poetic language with Anglican Bishop, Rowan Williams: Of course, as an agnostic I agree … Continue reading
Whistling in the Dark: How Religion—and Its Not-So Distant Cousins (Irony, Humor, Science, and Being Together With Others)—Works to Make the Horror of Life Almost Tolerable
Most of the claims made by institutional religions are absurd. But here is why religion will always be with us: Religion is an absurd response to the absurd. Only when the world ceases to be absurd will religion cease to be absurd. Christopher Hitchens often … Continue reading
Are We Living in Apocalyptic Economic and Foreign Policy Times? And Where There Are HAPPY FACES Is This Disjuncture Part of the Horror?
David Sirota of Salon.com thinks so: It’s not just the economic turbulence or the corruption that evokes this new darkness — both have been around for a while. It’s the “I feel fine” obliviousness of R.E.M.’s cataclysmic ballad — the … Continue reading