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A Puff of Absurdity: The Religious Extremism of New Atheists

I wrote a tiny blurb about this over a month ago.  This one is much longer and leans heavily on solid arguments from many critics – letting their words speak for themselves. The issue has become serious enough to warrant a lengthy rebuttal.

THE DANGERS OF SIMPLISTIC, BIGOTED IDEOLOGY: 

My concern with the New Atheists is born of classroom conversations.  In most of my classes there are a few students who are Muslim and, recently, a few who are followers of the New Atheists’ leaders: particularly Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins, and Maher.  I’ve had students of different races and religions in (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Meet Our Lord, Terence the Honey Badger

Like all of our imaginary friends gods, Terence deserves a little respect as his way – the way of the honey-badger – can be the only true way to heaven. Cool Hard Logic examines the toxicity of religion and the spurious arguments that are used to defend adult’s imaginary friends.

 

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Cool Hard Logic, Imaginary Friends for Adults!, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Canadian Ambivalence Towards Religion

A new Angus Reid poll underscores the changing, ambivalent nature of Canadian attitudes towards religion, but there are many things about the poll that concern me and make me question its methodology and whether an inherent bias influenced the results. First of all, what is “religion”? That may seem obvious, but there are conflicting definitions, […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fisk On Harper

It’s articles like this one that make you wonder if the Canadian media is telling you everything you need to know. (Seriously though, that’s plainly obvious.)

If Stephen Harper is serious about criminalising ‘barbaric cultural practices’, then he should arrest himself for even suggesting it

And while he’s at it, he can lock up all the other Western leaders who have savaged the Muslim world too.

Harper […] is about to push a truly eccentric piece of legislation through parliament in Ottawa. It’s called – and I urge readers to repeat the words lest they think it’s already April (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Conrad Black: Off the Rails

I generally read Conrad Black‘s columns for their entertainment value, but I also read them for the language. Black is the best tosser of pithy epithets since Spiro Agnew*. And like the former US VP, he’s a pompous git who puffs up his intellectual feathers like a pigeon in heat – that puffery of sound […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Ode to Yahweh

I’m glad to report that NonStampCollector is at it again. This collaborative effort with 43Alley is a wonderful return to his old form. Enjoy all the benefits that “An instant, fruit-based moral education” has to offer.

Filed under: Atheism, Humour, Religion Tagged: Fruit based moral education, NonStampCollector, Ode to Yahweh, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Montreal Simon: The Homophobe and the Homeless

You might think that a church might be a safe place for homeless people to sleep. Considering how hard their lives are, and how little they have, and everything Jesus said about that.But not at this church in San Francisco. Read more »

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Don’t Be A Scared Tool

Here’s a song for radicalized Canadians to sing.

I’m white and scared (clap clap) They want my guns (clap clap) And veils are wrong (clap clap) Except on nuns! (clap clap)

“I’m white and scared (clap clap) you know it’s true (clap clap) I’m scared of terror (clap clap) Because I’m a tool (clap clap).”

— Hat tip to Jay Bird

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Why Do Catholic Schools Get Public Funding?

 

Let’s keep the magical thinking out of schools.

Let’s be upfront. The demographic situation in Alberta in the days gone past dictated that we have two school boards. Keeping the religious happy was much higher on up on the agenda in the 20th century. I get that.

It is, however, the 21st century. Religious cotton-brained ideas and the accompanying adherence to magical thinking should have no place in a secular society.

As a teacher I find it distasteful that fellow members of my profession are actively teaching ‘magic-as-reality’ to naive children who look to teachers (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Another Sterling Example of Egregious Religious Behaviour

When you believe in magic you can just stow your moral and ethical compass in your back pocket and whistle while you do God’s work.

“Estimates suggest that anywhere between 60 and 80 percent of migrant women and girls are raped on their journey as they travel across the southern United States border. But many of the organizations that provide medical care to these migrants are refusing to provide emergency contraception or make pregnancy-related referrals to girls who have been raped. What’s more, the religious organizations that operate these groups are opposing a move by the Obama administration to address (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Judge and the Hijab

I’m always impressed with La Belle Province and her ability to serve up controversy. Recently a judge in Quebec decided that a hijab was considered not to be suitable attire for her courtroom and dismissed a case when the litigant refused to comply with her request. The judge’s words courtesy of the CBC:

“Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed. And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either,” Marengo says in the recording.

“The same rules need to be applied to everyone. I will therefore not hear you if you are wearing (Read more…)

Terahertz: Republished: Religion poll is a waste of paper

My second (and last) editorial in The Gateway while at the University of Alberta, salvaged via the Web Archive. The paper had a policy where writers were forbidden from submitting letters or opinion pieces if they were the subject of the news due to perceived conflicts of interest. I called them out at the time for the absurdity of such a policy.

Religion poll a waste of paper

Originally published in The Gateway, 9th October 2008

There’s an election going on at the moment. No—not the Obama/McCain one, and not even the Canadian one that you probably know less about, (Read more…)

Terahertz: Republished: The Christians are coming!

Another old article, this one a review of Marci McDonald’s 2010 expose on the influence of the Christian Right in Canadian politics. Still relevant given that Harper has since gained his majority government and faces another election in October.

The Christians are coming!

Originally published in The Peak, 31st May 2010

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth. Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, And His enemies will lick the dust.

Psalm 72: 8-9

From this passage, Marci McDonald begins her argument in The (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Literally Genesis 2

When christian’s ask you to go read teh bible, it should go something like this:

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: Bill Nye – He Does Think of the Children

 

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Nye, Religion, Science, The Children

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Literally Genesis

Just read teh Bible, and seek the answers… What happens when you literally read the Bible.

Man, that herb was good.

 

 

 

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Literally Genesis, The DWR Religious Disservice

Politics, Re-Spun: Stephen Harper: Racist AND a Hypocrite!

Just WHO should be covering up?

I recall once that Stephen Harper believed in championing religious freedom. Except for people he doesn’t like.

Now he’s appealing a federal court ruling allowing people to exercise their religious freedom by becoming citizens while not publicly removing their niqab.

But why, you ask?

Because Canada is transparent, open, equal and just. And Stephen Harper is our leader, so he too is transparent, open, equal and just.

Except he’s not. At all. He’s a racist and a hypocrite. Read on!

“I believe, and I think most Canadians believe that it is — it is (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – If Jesus Returned – darkmatter2525

Darkmatter2525 is at it again, placing the Jebus back on earth – but of course in this new security conscious era things might not turn out for the best.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, DarkMatter2525, Jesus, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Dead Wild Roses: A look into Sam Harris and Islam – Liberal Viewer

Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them. – Sam Harris.

This is a dangerous quote from Mr.Harris because it muddles the line between action and intent. How can there be any sort of dialogue when one faction can be singled out for death for nothing that they have done, but their beliefs.

Consider how easy it would be for opponents of US policy to follow this same doctrine – would they too be taking ethical action?

Harris, in this context, is not adding clarity to the complex (Read more…)

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, non-believers.  Call for the headsman!

Religions have also introduced us to the notion of Holy War.  Gott Mit Uns, that sort of thing.  When Muslims do it we call it Jihad.  When we do it, it’s just getting (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Religion’s Twelve Deadly Sins

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Eloquence

‘Nuff said.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Bible, Christianity, DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, Science

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – MisterDeity responds to the Pope.

Sometimes the Pope makes a error when speaking. We all do. But this was not one of those times and Mr.Deity unabashedly and quite colourfully rips into the perfidious pontiff over his comments about the recent murders in France.

*Strong Language Warning*

I’m not sure what the pope was thinking on this one, but I think rightly he deserves the chastisement Mr.D brings to the table.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: France, Mr.Deity, Pope Francis

Dead Wild Roses: Logic: How to PWN an argument, without getting the RPOJ

If you want to take down somebody else’s argument, a certain familiarity with the nature of intellectual or philosophical (as opposed to playground) argument is required, so that you can construct your own counter-argument. In an intellectual argument, the person putting forth an argument sets out a number of premises (statements of facts), which, when you add them together, at best makes it impossible for their conclusion to be false (deductive argument), or at least makes it much more likely that their conclusion is true (inductive argument).

If you want to show that somebody’s argument is wrongity wrong, there (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On Words and Virtue

Scott Long wrote an excellent article separating the act of supporting free speech from the act of supporting the words and images created by Charlie Hebdo.  But I disagree with this one bit:

“Words don’t kill…”

As I said in a comment there, too many young people have lost lives as a direct results of malicious words and images.  We can’t ignore that reality.  In my lifetime, I’ve seen a change in the way we talk that developed through punishments for transgressions of the new rules.  We use gender-inclusive language in scholarly writing, and professionals and politicians can no (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Charlie Hebdo

Oh, those wacky religious Muslim terrorists are at it again going all murder happy on people who dare to make fun of their religion.

This event is completely ludicrous and, in 2015, should not be happening, some reasons off the top of my head:

1. Mohammad, Jebus, Krishna, Sif – pick your imaginary friend – they all don’t fucking exist.

2. If they did exist wouldn’t there be some godly smiting going on, like all the time? Being immortal and all powerful and all that shite, you would think that they could take care of business without (Read more…)