Writings of J. Todd Ring: Empiricism and Dogmatism

Or, Evidence-based opinion versus ideological fundamentalism There is a major difference between evidence-based opinion and opinion-based evidence. The former is empirical, and sane, the latter, dogmatic, and either insane or dishonest. There are always a few people, many in fact, who adopt an ideology first, then mold the facts to fit their ideology. This is ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Empiricism and Dogmatism

Or, Evidence-based opinion versus ideological fundamentalism There is a major difference between evidence-based opinion and opinion-based evidence. The former is empirical, and sane, the latter, dogmatic, and either insane or dishonest. There are always a few people, many in fact, who adopt an ideology first, then mold the facts to fit their ideology. This is ...

Left Over: The Fundamental(ist) Reasons for It All…..

Rise of the ‘precariat,’ the global scourge of precarious jobs Barely one in four of the global workforce has a stable job, UN reports By Brian Stewart, CBC News Posted: Jun 01, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 01, 2015 8:36 AM ET Back in the 7-‘s, when i was a young thing just learning ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Generation Jihad on the BBC

Religious fundamentalism of any creed, is a threat to peace, secular societies and evidence based decision making.  Lets take a closer look at one strain of the radical fundamentalism – radical Islam with the BBC as our guide. Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: BBC, Fundamentalism, Radical Islam, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

The Disaffected Lib: Religion’s Twelve Deadly Sins

Alternet’s Valerie Tarico has written an insightful piece about 12-concepts, integral to organized religions, that “promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace.” First up is the concept of “chosen people” – that separates believers from non-believers, the believers alone linked to God.   Then there’s the companion concept of “heretics.”  Again, ...

Left Over: The New (Old) Victim Shame Game…

Whistler rape posters pulled after making bar patrons uncomfortable Howe Sound Women’s Centre has agreed to change its campaign after complaints from bar owners By Jesara Sinclair, CBC News Posted: Nov 26, 2014 10:59 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 26, 2014 10:59 AM PT The article itself was a bit of a nonentity, but  reading the ...

My journey with AIDS...and more!: On “The God Article” with Mark Sandlin: I Want My Religion Back – You Can Keep the Ugly Baggage

This post is a work in progress. Please join in with your comments!   Please read this article first: I Want My Religion Back – You Can Keep the Ugly Baggage.   When my friend and, to the point, Facebook friend, Lori Knight-Whitehouse posted this I replied: Kenn George Chaplin Let me know when it’s safe… 44 ...

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: Intelligent Design: money and PR instead of science

The book Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for American’s Soul by Kenneth R. Miller mentions this organization – Discovery Institute – which has a 4 million a year budget to promote their “Intelligent Design” nonsense. In 1998, as they were trying to get funding, a document known as the Wedge Document was written. ...

Eclectic Lip: The losers of Superbowl XLVIII will be…

Religious moderates. Here’s my reasoning. After the game, someone on the winning team, exulting ecstatically, will say “God was on our side” or words to that effect. It’s as sure as a post-touchdown two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, if the team is still down by a pair. This will lead humorists and ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Dark Side Of Evangelicalism

While I periodically enjoy making sport of what I sometimes refer to as crazy old evangelicals (a distinction I make out of respect to the sincere and well-intentioned ones) and fundamentalists who espouse views that are an egregious insult to people’s intelligence, I am by and large a person who is of the opinion that ...

Politics and its Discontents: Here There Be Dragons

I take it that metaphors are too subtle a concept for the fundamentalist mind: Recommend this Post

bastard.logic: I’m Not Sayin’ (I’m Just Sayin’)

The following nugget was buried at the bottom of a follow-up CP report on how CIDA helped fund the Ugandan aid work of the virulently anti-gay Crossroads Christian Communications (in full PR damage control mode now that its homobigoted Evangelical slip is showing) to the tune of half a million dollars last year: Francois Audet, director of the Montreal-based Canadian ...

The Scott Ross: Banning Tankers On BC Coast Is Fundamentally Wrong

The good thing with fundamentalism is, it’s non-partisan. Opposition to all oil tankers off the coast of British Columbia has shown that it’s not just conservatives that can give up on moderation and pragmatism, progressives can too. In 2008 the Conservative government passed legislation imposing mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes. Instead of  judges determining ...

The Scott Ross: Rights And Religion Make Us All Fundamentalists

“How dare Islamic fundamentalists kill to protect their religion from such a small and meaningless movie. And though I oppose the hate-filled and misguided film, I would die fighting to protect the studio’s right to release it.” – The irony of fundamentalism. The recent violence in the Middle East over the release of an anti-Islam ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Price of Plualism

There is a price for the privilege of living in a pluralistic society, and that cost, which the majority of people willing pay, is tolerance for the views and beliefs of others. Tolerance, while not requiring the embrace and adoption of the values held by others, does entail respecting those values. That is something that ...

Law is Cool: Islamophobia in Canada: A Primer

by Fathima Cader and Sumayya Kassamali Ten years after September 11, 2001, the term “Islamophobia,” once largely obscure, has become all but inevitable when discussing contemporary politics. As Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden became household names, Western fear of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims has also grown. Canada has been no stranger to this phenomenon. ...

350 or bust: Saturday At the Movies: The Bible Tells Me So

This video is an excerpt from the powerful documentary titled: For the Bible Tells Me So. The movie looks at Biblical literalism, a 20th Century creation that has been used as a weapon against civil rights, female equality, and homosexuality. Unfortunately, Christians have often stood in contradiction to what one would suppose to be the ...

A Simple Statement Of (Rationalist/Atheist) Creed

It is high time to realize that it is not wise to continue indulging irrational, ideology-driven, religious-driven, science-rejecting, mendacious, folks by allowing them to spew their bullshit without being called upon it – for the lame sake of “civility”. Allow me to offer to you my argument why:For too long now, too numerous people out ...

Christian Wolves

A bunch of old white jerks are using God’s name to harrass women outside health clinics. Even here in my own city. It sickens me. Dear Christians who Don’t Get It, If the lot of you actually believed abortion was murder, I’d have a hell of a lot more respect for you. But you don’t. ...

LeDaro: Samosas Banned in Somalia

Samosas have been banned in much of Somalia because they have three corners, supposedly hinting at the Christian Trinity. Will fundamentalists get any more ridiculous and stupid? Especially when there’s such a serious famine in Somalia. I understand samosas originated in the Indian subcontinent, it will look that all the Muslims there are violating Islamic ...

The Disaffected Lib: America’s Fundamentalist Taliban

The dark face of America’s religions fanaticism is finally coming into the light of day.   To get a look at America’s own Taliban, check out this article from al Jazeera.   Also check here and here. Until recently a fringe evangelical movement, warned against as deviant, “spiritual warfare” is rapidly positioning itself within America’s mainstream political ...

The Disaffected Lib: Why Religion Has No Place in Politics

An excellent op-ed in today’s New York Times. What is striking on the current American scene  …is the extent to which people see certain political and economic positions  as required by their religious commitment.  We may understand — even if we do not accept — the thinking of those who condemn abortion on religious grounds. ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Faith in Secularism – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Speaking on TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I make the case that separation of church and state is as much in the interests of the church as it is in the interests of the state. However, upholding the ideal of the secular state often demands more courage than we might expect.