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Taliban moving closer to Islamabad

I'm not a fear monger, but right now, the whole world needs to pay attention to what is going on in Pakistan. Taliban militants are continuing their assault, and have had a series of victories that continue to move them closer to the capital of Pakistan. It's risen fears the country is on the brink of collapse, and the secular Awami National party is on the verge of being overrun. If you don't think that's ...

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Saudi police prevent fire rescue

People sometimes criticize me for taking such a strong stance against Islam. I'm told it's a religion of peace by many of its practitioners. I'd like very much to believe them, but the actions of its strictest adherents continues to shock and dismay. Take this story in Saudi Arabia where 15 school girls died in a fire. Their deaths could have been prevented, but the rescue was hindered by the fact the polic ...

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British Christians cry foul over TV portrayals

I don't watch much British TV, but according to this article on a IK Christian website, it looks as though they are upset their religion is being mocked on TV. They site an episode of Eastenders in which a religious character looks buffoonish in her view of homosexuality. Other soaps apparently show characters complaining about the superstitious nature of religion, and how they target vulnerable people. So ...

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America is not a Christian nation

An article here tries to make the case that both the Left and the Right are wrong about the Founding Fathers establishing (or not) a Christian nation. The author makes a good case for why religious conservatives are wrong, but he doesn't seem to say anything constructive about why the Left is mistaken. I must assume he feels perhaps secularists like myself may not fully appreciate the contribution Christian ...

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Is it time for atheists to call it quits?

I'm still amazed there are atheists out there who think the 'battle' is over. Although it may be true that close to 20% of the American population can effectively be called 'non-religious', this hasn't significantly changed how God fearing people see atheists. It would be nice to be able to live peacefully with one another without fear of persecution, bigotry, or hatred. Sadly, we do not yet live in a world ...

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UN should protect people, not institutions

Here's an interesting article from The Economist that deals with the UN's resolution to make defamation of religion illegal. We're all aware of how toothless the UN really is, but it doesn't change the fact this resolution attempts to protect religious institutions instead of individuals. Think of it this way; when the UN was created shortly after the end of the Second World War, world governments realized ...

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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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On the controversy of atheism

In my own life, I have always sought out issues that are controversial. It's no secret I'm a highly opinionated individual; I've chosen to take a stand on issues I consider to be of fundamental importance. I know there are many out there, even some of my fans, who consider the issue of a person's religion to be a private affair. One fan accused me of being insensitive by 'outing' my sister on my radio show, ...

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Terrorism has different meanings

I read an interesting article on the Christian Science Monitor about the percentage of people in Muslim countries who favor bombing civilians, and the numbers reveal far more Americans are willing to commit this act than they are. If you need this put in perspective, consider the image we have in the West of a terrorist is a Muslim guy wearing a dynamite covered belt bomb, while in Muslim countries a terror ...

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Can I offer you a peanut, or would you rather Ecstasy?

An interesting editorial from NewScientist.com asking whether or not Ecstasy is safer than peanuts. His answer: hells yes! The amount of deaths due to allergies is much higher than deaths caused as a result of the casual consumption of the drug. Does that mean it isn't dangerous? Well, technically, you could slip and fall and kill yourself while in the shower, but it certainly doesn't mean you shouldn't was ...

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