Archive for November, 2013

November 27, 2013

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Universities UK

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Today’s Jesus and Mo deals with the fracas about Universities UK and their endorsement of gender-segregated seating, a story that I haven’t covered since everybody else has. But the Jesus and Mo artist gives two links below the cartoon that will tell you the whole sordid story.

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The story, and the commentary.

You can (and should) sign Maryam Namazie’s petition against this ridiculous decision to allow sex-segregated seating in the UK. It’s another cowardly capitulation to Muslim religious practice. There are as of now 5250 signers, and they want 7500. I’m sure that if everyone reading this signs, we’ll go over the top. Please sign. If you’re in favor of such segregation, you shouldn’t be reading this site.

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November 26, 2013

President Ronald Reagan’s Son Tapes Radio Ad for Atheist Group: I’m ‘Not Afraid of Burning in Hell’

 

President Ronald Reagan’s Son Tapes Radio Ad for Atheist Group: I’m ‘Not Afraid of Burning in Hell’.

November 26, 2013

The Adam and Eve debacle continues: science drives theologians into a frenzy of fabrication

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Busily engaged in apologetics, BioLogos has a new post on the never-ending kerfuffle about the meaning of Adam and Eve: “Why the church needs multiple theories of original sin.” It’s by Loren Haarsma, who has a doctorate in physics from Harvard and teaches it at Calvin College (he’s also the co-author, with his wife Deborah, of Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design).

The cynical—but correct—answer to the title question is: “Because science showed that there isn’t an Adam and Eve, so you have to make up stuff to save the meaning of Jesus.” And indeed, that’s precisely what theologians do, though of course they don’t admit it. Instead, they pretend that the scientific results showing that humans didn’t evolve from a single pair of ancestors simply means that we must reinterpret the Genesis story of Adam and Eve. But, as usual, theology cannot solve…

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November 26, 2013

Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind, Part 1 | Crooks and Liars

 

Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind, Part 1 | Crooks and Liars.

November 25, 2013

Where the world turns black and white (except for the graffiti)

cruising canuckistan

I love how the whole landscape has been transformed over the last few weeks – compared to the summer and autumn. Back home in South Africa the grass just becomes browner, the air thicker with the smell of fire. But here in Canuckistan, here we have snow. Saturday afternoon was a bit overcast, sombre and cold but I decided to go out with my camera anyway.

I wandered up the Quesnel River’s right bank, from the main bridge towards the pulp mill, and just marvelled at how the landscape had changed – ice sculptured by nature on the water’s edge; the landscape practically black and white, even in full colour. I came across some deer, who darted upright at the sound of my heavy footsteps. And then, of course, there was the graffiti too …

Eventually I turned for home, the sleet falling more heavily and the light fading fast.

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November 25, 2013

DailyGood: The One Thing They Carried With Them

DailyGood: The One Thing They Carried With Them.

November 25, 2013

Best and Worst U.S. Cities for Climate Change – Environment – Utne Reader

 

Best and Worst U.S. Cities for Climate Change – Environment – Utne Reader.

November 24, 2013

What Has Religion Done for Us This Month? Episode 11

November 24, 2013

Pastor: JFK’s death, like that of Jesus, was all for the best

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The Washington Post’s “On Faith” column is, for atheists, a mixed bag.  They do publish some good stuff by unbelievers like Susan Jacoby, but it’s mixed with religious nonsense ranging from the mildly irritating to the outright disturbing. Tuesday’s column, “True believers: What JFK’s death did,” by Henry G. Brinton, is in the last category.  (Brinton is described as “pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Virginia and author of “The Welcoming Congregation: Roots and Fruits of Christian Hospitality.“)

While he takes pains to distinguish JFK from Jesus (the former, after all, was an adulterer), Brinton nevertheless tries to pry some good out of what was a tragedy—and he does this by comparing JFK’s death to that of Jesus. In the end, he practices theodicy: evil exists because it creates net good.  But let us hear from Brinton:

The assassination was a hinge in history…

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November 24, 2013

Bold Boeing workers refuse to screw over next generation – Salon.com

 

Bold Boeing workers refuse to screw over next generation – Salon.com.