Monthly Archives: July 2009

The logic of belief: the Palin version

Sarah Palin loves God. God loves Sarah Palin. And that is why they hate her…and Him. And why she — and He — will be back. From God and Sarah Palin. So if they didn’t love each other, they’d both … Continue reading

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Playing the Roman Fool

John, when it comes to something that is quite literally a matter of life and death, I think that the slippery slope argument has rather more force than is usually the case – any changes to the existing legislation would … Continue reading

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Nations of suicide

The World Values Survey 2005 has a question about whether suicide is every justifiable. Below the fold are the responses for a list of nations. Not to put too fine a point on it: the more open a nation seems … Continue reading

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Creationism, Right and Left

For a long time I’ve been noticing (as I’m sure other contributors have) curious parallels between religious creationists (Everything is the work of God! Who lives in the sky!) and left-liberal “culturists” (All group differences are due to Culture! Which drops … Continue reading

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Blog of Death

This is a touching story. One of Britain’s greatest conductors and his wife have taken their own lives at the Swiss assisted suicide clinic Dignitas.  Sir Edward Downes, 85, and his 74-year-old wife Joan travelled there to end their lives, his … Continue reading

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Year One: Better than the Creationism Museum

I cautiously recommend Year One, the Jack Black comedy about the early chapters of the Old Testament.  Granted, my frame of reference is exceedingly narrow, since I am only interested in comedies these days and see very few of even … Continue reading

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Relevant and Challenging?

Over at the New York Times today, Ross Douthat describes the pope’s new encyclical as “relevant and challenging.” Well, those are adjectives that can mean anything, but so far as the politics (I have no comment on the theology) of … Continue reading

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Exhibitionism: more universal than faith

Why else would contestants volunteer for this Turkish atheists-convert reality show: to prostrate themselves several times a day at Mecca just for the thrill of it?

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When liberals are conservative, and conservatives liberal

One of the strange things one observes in political discussions is the selective usage of the “precautionary principle.” For example, in general the modern Left tends to be sanguine about disruption of accepted social norms and institutions. It believes that … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin


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