Readers of this site know that there are Christian versions of everything
that's secular and popular. For every YouTube, there's a GodTube
waiting to convert you. For every Facebook, there's Faithbook
. And for every "Thrift Shop," there's... whatever the hell this is
.But Faithbook just isn't growing fast enough, I guess, so some folks in Brazil created a new Christian version of the social networking site. It's called Faceglória
and, well, you heathens are never going to appreciate it
At the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, Richard Dawkins spoke
with Jane Shaw
of Stanford University about what constitutes a "meaningful life." A lot of it is a preview of his next book, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science
(the second half of his autobiography).
Back in February, author Dr. Avijit Roy
and his wife Rafida Bonya Ahmed
were returning home from a book fair in Dhaka (Bangladesh) where they were promoting Roy's latest work when two assailants came after them with cleavers and "hacked them mercilessly."
Roy died shortly afterwards. Ahmed, who's getting better, has been criticizing the government response ever since.
The Istanbul police's violent response to the local gay pride parade last Sunday is a chilling reminder that the victory for marriage equality in the United States does not necessarily improve the lives of LGBT people around the world. In the short term, it might even make it worse for some.Marchers and onlookers at the parade, which began in historic Taksim Square, dodged rubber bullets and water cannons shooting streams laced with tear gas. When revelers moved the parade to nearby streets, police troops in riot gear followed them, sometimes grabbing marchers and hurling them to the curb, as this CNN video shows.
In 2013, Richard Dawkins
released the first half of his autobiography: An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
.We now have more details on the sequel, the part that will likely focus on his career as a public atheist and communicator of science: