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Let Freedom Sing: Feminism Under Fire in Israel

The intellectual and cultural rot of religious fundamentalism continues its 21st century spread. This is in Haaretz today: Secular and religious cabinet members engaged in a heated discussion over the issue of women’s rights in Israel on Sunday, forcing Prime … Continue reading

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Incivility Watch: Ted the Atheist Debates a Beach Preacher I’ll Call “The Proclaimer”

In the below video, I love Ted the Atheist’s rational take-down of The Proclaimer. And Ted the Atheist was right to decline a handshake with The Proclaimer. When you hunker down, as The Proclaimer did, and refuse to offer reasons for what you believe, that’s … Continue reading

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Paul Wallace Claims Fundamentalism, Gnu Atheism, and Modernism Are All Doomed

In a blog post at RD Magazine titled, “Atheism is Doomed,” Paul Wallace draws a curious equivalence between fundamentalism and atheism for which he provides no evidence: [T]he sound and fury of contemporary religious fundamentalism is the last desperation of a dying worldview. It … Continue reading

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Michelle Bachmann Defines a Submissive and Subservient Woman

Here’s a stunner from CBS News: In 2006, [Michelle] Bachmann said her husband had told her to get a post-doctorate degree in tax law. “Tax law? I hate taxes,” she continued. “Why should I go into something like that? But the … Continue reading

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Michelle Bachmann’s End Times Prayer

Ladies and gentlemen, the likely Republican nominee to be the next President of the United States:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      . At Salon, Alex Pareene asks a good question: If Michele Bachmann is a true Christian, she should rise bodily to Heaven during … Continue reading

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Right Ring: Perry-Bachmann 2012?

The Herderian religious conservative governor of Texas, Rick Perry, at the recent Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, appears to have wowed the Christian fundamentalist dominated crowd. This is from NBC News: Of all the speakers of the three-day confab, Perry was … Continue reading

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Harold Camping Rapture Fiasco Watch: A Wry Asian’s Take

A pretty good summing up of American fundamentalist inanity, and, at the end, a refreshing solution to the question of why there is so much ridiculous suffering (and stupidity) in the world:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   . The ending, in its eccentric way, echoes … Continue reading

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I Have a Conspiracy Theory about the Discovery of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan

What does it mean, exactly, for Osama bin Laden to have been discovered so close to Islamabad (just 80 miles away)? I have a conspiracy theory. I think it means that there were at least some elements within the Pakistani military … Continue reading

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The Florida Quran Burning Incident and the Clash of Fundamentalisms

The mixing of fundamentalist religion and right-wing politics is where we’re at today in America; it’s our cultural Zeitgeist. And this 30-year-old documentary foreshadowed it all. Hosted by Burt Lancaster and produced by the liberal group, People for the American Way, it’s … Continue reading

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Bart Ehrman: Liars Wrote Parts of the Bible

Bart Ehrman has a new book out and it’s got a rather attention grabbing title: ‘Forged: Writing in the Name of God — Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are’ (HarperOne 2011). And in a recent piece for HuffPo, … Continue reading

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End Times Hysteria Watch: Lyn Benedetto Allegedly Tried to Kill Her Daughters to Save Them from The Tribulation

The Antelope Valley Press, a northern Los Angeles County newspaper, had the following disturbing headline on Sunday, March 20, 2011: Mom feared ‘The Tribulation,’ cops say: Cut daughters’ throats, then her own. And the opening paragraph to the story was … Continue reading

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Hell Apologists Watch: Albert Mohler wants people to awake “in the morning” and go “to sleep at night with the fear of hell never far from consciousness”

Here’s Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and evangelicalism’s leading “intellectual” (at least according to Time magazine), lamenting at his blog the fact that literal hell belief no long terrorizes the psyches of most people living in western countries: … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges the Prophet

Former New York Times war correspondent, Chris Hedges, has, over the past couple of years, taken on the mantle of a secular prophet—an emperor has no clothes truthteller—writing scathing (and I think powerful) books and essays documenting the messes that we find ourselves … Continue reading

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Rick Santorum Cheers the Crusades

Politico reports this week that, in a recent speech, Rick Santorum, a Republican presidential hopeful, defended the Crusades. Yep, those Crusades. Seriously. Here’s Politico: “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part … Continue reading

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YEC Watch: Are Albert Mohler’s YEC Views “Thought Crimes” Or Crimes Against Thought?

Albert Mohler, the man Time magazine once (weirdly) called America’s “reigning intellectual in the evangelical movement”, is a young earth creationist. And in a recent blog post he offered the following complaint against those who have concluded that the earth is old and plants and … Continue reading

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The Berlin-Auschwitz Question: Could You Be Happy in Heaven if You Knew What was Going on in Hell?

I don’t think I could. (Or at least I’d like to think that I couldn’t.) But there are a lot of people who say they believe in hell—that it exists—and yet they are also happy to imagine themselves enjoying heaven. How … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking Tip #5: Distinguish Between Conscious and Unconscious Rationality in Yourself and Others

The following are the opening five sentences to Bertrand Russell’s essay, “An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish”, which was first published in the midst of World War II, in 1943, but then broadly distributed after the war: Man is a rational animal—so at … Continue reading

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Young Earth Creationism Watch: Intellectual Albert Mohler Drinks the Kool-Aid

Darrel Falk, President of BioLogos, calls Albert Mohler “among the most important evangelicals in the world” and a “giant” in evangelical and fundamentalist circles. In April of 2003, Time magazine preposterously referred to Mohler as America’s “reigning intellectual in the evangelical movement . … Continue reading

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“Jews Look Like Monkeys and Pigs”: Medieval Cultism and Antisemitism in British Islamic Schools

Out of 30,000 schools in Great Britain, 160 are Muslim faith schools. Below is a deeply troubling BBC report on what some of these schools are teaching: So this is what happens when you set out to live a segregated and parallel … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin: No Experts Need Apply; Joshua Livestro Has the Whole Economics Thing Covered for Me, Thanks

If you’re wondering how irrational, unpredictable, and volatile a Sarah Palin presidency would be, look no further. News is that she has retained, not an academically trained economist or financial expert, but a right-wing Dutch newspaper columnist (his name is Joshua … Continue reading

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