One way a theist can guarantee to have me grinding my teeth is by telling me that atheists, by definition, can have no 'moral compass'. This statement, apart from being mind-numbingly offensive, it just so obviously wrong I don't know where to start.
This article looks at how (especially social) animals enforce a series of rules during play, to avoid injury while practicing necessary life-skills, and then how breaking those rules leads to social consequences. Although it concentrates…Continue
I watched the 1972 documentary "Marjoe" tonight (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068924/) and I confess to being some what bemused. I don't know what I find harder to swallow - that people can con and shuckster people the way these preachers do with such bald-faced fakery, or that the people in the congregation seem to be unable to see it. I don't understand it: how can people not see that these exhortations for money are pure greed…Continue
I went to a wedding not long ago, held in a church that I think is Pentecostal, certainly is happy-clappy "charismatic" evangelical in it's style. The preacher took the opportunity to "reach out" to the wedding guests who weren't members of his congregation, and went all-out to convince us of the love of God that was sweeping through the room, and that those who failed to heed this were damned. I didn't feel anything other than cold and uncomfortable; not only did I feel the fire and…Continue
Recently it feels like I've been involved in too many discussions about what actually constitutes rape. Long, involved discussions that boil down to the argument that victims are somehow to blame for what happens to them, whether it's based on how they dress, what their behaviour was, if they did or didn't fight back and so on. I hit on a phrase that seemed to stop one friend in his thinking tracks: bullying someone into accepting sex is still rape, in exactly the same way that bullying…Continue