Politics and its Discontents: Richard Dawkins Says "Mild Pedophilia" Does No Harm

Scientist and atheist campaigner, Richard Dawkins, says it was “no harm, no foul” when a school master pulled young Dawkins onto his lap, shoved his hands down the boy’s pants and fondled him. “Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called ‘mild pedophilia,’ which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does ...

Eclectic Lip: How Trinity Western University (unintentionally) promotes divorce

Trinity Western University has been in the news recently, as law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia voted to not recognize lawyers trained at the religious university’s soon-to-open law school. These two law societies – like your blogger and the vast majority of Canadians – recoiled in horror at the university’s community covenant (“covenant” is ...

drive-by planet: Some Islamophobic new atheists as bad as Fox News on steroids

Atheist “fundamentalists” whose very existence seems predicated on their non-belief in God can be as extremist and narrow minded as the worst religious prig. They’re fixated, the way many extremists are, targeting any trace of faith with the blade of their remorseless skepticism. It’s one thing to have doubts about the existence of “God” as ...

Dead Wild Roses: Richard Dawkins and Cardinal Pell – Q&A – Watch Religion Fail Mightily

The good cardinal is out gunned, out classed and out argued on this episode of Q&A.  He ends up calling Jesus and ignorant sheep-herder.  A great debate, well worth your time. Filed under: Atheism, Religion, Science Tagged: Pell, Q&A, Religion, Richard Dawkins, Science and Religion

Red Tory v.3.0.3: “This Will Always Be So” (Or Not)

Some readers may recall a post from a little while back featuring Richard Dawkins appearing on MSNBC’s weekend “Up” program where he floated the provocative idea of taking politicians to task for some of their kooky religious beliefs… Well, guess what? It seems that someone did precisely that the other day at one of Mitt ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Religious Beliefs in the Public Square

Richard Dawkins provocatively suggests that the superstitious religious beliefs of politicians should be more openly challenged. “You challenge a candidate about his beliefs about taxation, about military policy, and so on; why don’t you challenge his beliefs about what he thinks about the universe and the world?” “As a voter, if I know that the ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: So Long, Hitch

Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. His voice will be missed tremendously, maybe even grudgingly by some of those with whom he disagreed so vehemently about many things, not least of which, of course, the non-greatness of God. Just last week, Hitchens spoke at the Freethought Convention in Houston, TX, therefore making it his last public appearance. ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – The Magic Of Reality

Richard Dawkins has a new new book out called the Magic of Reality.  Doing the promotional rounds in the UK and the US must promote a certain amount of cognitive dissonance for Dawkins as the calibre of the questions he faces varies a great deal depending on which side of the Atlantic he’s on.  Compare ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Europe versus North America on Dawkins

Two talk shows, two very different levels of discourse.   The Late Late Show from Ireland.   Bill Mahr on HBO.   Draw your own conclusions, but one can see why one should be worried about the state of affairs on this side of the pond.   Filed under: Media Tagged: Cultural Differences, Richard Dawkins, ...

Apology Of A Poseur

(The following was inspired by Deepak Chopra’s quackery-laden and hypocritically self-serving review of Richard Dawkins’ book, The Magic of Reality. Enjoy).I find myself saddened – yet also outraged – by Richard Dawkins’ latest written offering, an intellectually dishonest waste of paper titled The Magic of Reality. As you all know, I have written many substantive ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: The Magic of Reality

Richard Dawkins talks to Thom Hartmann about his new book The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True. The first part of the interview can be viewed here (it deals primarily with genetic matters that will be familiar to most).

Dead Wild Roses: The Cleavage between Science and Religion – Richard Dawkins

When the religious compare their dogma of choice to science it is almost always a grand misrepresentation of what science actually is.  One can break it down for them categorically for instance: religion – requires a belief in magic and the supernatural science – requires a dedication to finding the evidence and testable facts about ...