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The Godfather Dilemma

I don't have very many religious friends, so I haven't often been put in a position where my beliefs were really challenged. I received an email from a friend recently concerning a very interesting dilemma he's facing (I'm including most of the letter intact since James is an excellent writer): [T]here's something atheism-related that I'd be interested to get your input on. In fact, if you feel it's a topic ...

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Britain busy with debaptisms

Last week, the Nation Secular Society in England was busy debaptising over 1500 people. If you are like me and wonder what the hell happens at a "debaptism", Religious Intelligence has the story: The recipient of the certificate declares they "reject all [the Church's] Creeds and all other such superstition in particular, the perfidious belief that any baby needs to be cleansed by Baptism of alleged Origina ...

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26 percent of Turks support honor killings

I always knew that a portion of Muslims in the world endorse honor killings, but I never realized until today just how big that number is. A new survey in Turkey shows just how chilling the response is, and how incompatible this cultural attitude is to modern societal values. 26 percent of adults and teenagers are in full support of honor killings. That's a full quarter of their population. I find it surpri ...

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Another voice for legalization of drugs

There've been many high profile economists who have come out publicly calling on the US to repeal drug prohibition laws. Today, it's Harvard Economist Jeffrey Miron talking to CNN.com. If you're wondering why so many economists are coming out of the woodwork to talk about prohibition, consider the last time the US faced a depression, one of the big policy changes that went into effect was the abolition of a ...

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Another senseless honor killing in Jordan

Every time I hear about a girl getting killed by her own family, it sends a chill down my spine. It seems inconceivable that anyone would put their loved ones in danger, and even more so that they would be their killers. Such is the reality of conservative Muslims in Jordan, where an average of 20 women a year are slain in 'honor killings'. This week, it's a 19 year old girl who was beaten to death by her f ...

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Vatican insiders still frustrated by Pope

I often say the Catholic Church is dangerously out of touch with reality. How could they not be; here is an institution that still clings to most of its doctrinal roots dating back fourteen centuries. They are now stuck with one of the worst Popes in recent history, who seems so isolated from reality he can't even be bothered to notice what everyone is saying about him. The biggest threat they face are the ...

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Does it take faith to be an atheist?

I can't tell you how many times I'm 'accused' by a person of faith that my label of atheism somehow implies I must have faith in the idea to the same degree they do. I want to try and clear the air here, and explain why my belief in the non-existence of God is not a position of faith, but is simply the most rational interpretation of the available evidence. Historically, I can admit atheism is fairly new to ...

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NHS tries to deal with female circumcision

Human beings are capable of some gruesome acts, and one of the more disturbing practices that is still commonly done is 'female circumcision'. In case you've never heard of it, it's basically the mutilation of the vagina in an effort to permanently scar a woman's genitalia in order to prevent her from having any sexual desires. There are some cultures that cut off the clitoris thinking it grows into a gigan ...

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Disturbing Information

I found this link and thought some of you might be interested in it. It's a detailed list of police raids that have caused the deaths of innocent people, or resulted in other similar tragedies. Although the CATO institute is a bit too libertarian for my taste (including their reverence for total 'laissez faire' capitalism), they nevertheless are a watchdog for abuse of power in government. Here's a few exam ...

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College hippie shot in ‘drug raid’

Ryan and I sometimes joke around that as attitudes about drug prohibitionism soften, others harden in a predictable, reactionary way. What isn't funny is when it turns into an overzealous cop who guns down a college kid during a bullshit 'drug bust'. Derek Copp (kind of an ironic name) is usually described by friends as an easy going 'hippie' who is friendly, nonchalant, and most obviously likes to smoke po ...

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