Posts tagged "secularism"

Bad Magic and the Secularist of the Year

Ah, the secular backlash against the rising tide of extremist religion — numbered, as always, in the “scores.” The petite force will meet this week in London, rallying its dozens with a new “Secularist of the Year” awards ceremony, the nominees for which include the script writer for one of Theo van Gogh’s films; the...

Daily Links 26 January 2005

They Will Be Your Doctors When You’re Old Kansas’ State Board of Education is holding a public hearing this Saturday on the proposed statewide science standards which include a redefinition of the word “science” intended to remove bias towards “naturalistic” (non-theistic) belief systems. Pat Hayes, author of Red State Rabble, writes that the rephrasing — proposed by a group...

Daily Links December 06 2004

“When the holy mother sizzle is the only sound you hear” Golden Palace, the casino that bought the “Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich” for $28,000, is capitalizing on its purchase with a “Make Your Own Sandwich” option (“Your Face Here”), and a signature song (to the tune of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”), “It’s Virgin...

Daily Links 03 December 2004

Gods of Nationalism Kalyan Singh, leader of the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), today deposed before theLiberhan Commission, a 12-year old commission investigating the 1992 demolition of theBabri Mosque by a crowd of nearly one million Hindu nationalists that also killed 13 men and children during the night of riots. Hindu groups believe the 16th Century...

Daily Links 30 November 2004

“That’s Simply Not True.” Cheers to Anderson Cooper for breaking out of the “objectivity” mold that usually lets guys like Jerry Falwell present theology as fact. God / Spy Retired FBI Special Agent Jim Olhson reviews two new books about espionage: “From early in my involvement as a Christian working with national security, I have marveled at the striking...

Daily Links 05 November 2004

You’ll Know Us by Our Earbuds A California start-up called BiblePlayer offers free downloads of three different text versions of the Bible that can be stored and read on the screen of an iPod. An Educational Opportunity The American Life League has issued a press release calling for the ousting and ostracism of Pamela Hayes, an openly pro-choice Catholic...

Daily Links October 5 2004

Forensic Theology, Ideological Surveillance Would Osama bin Laden call his enemies foreign “agents” or “infidels”? Would he speak of 9/11 as an “event” or a “raid”? Would Abu Musab al-Zarqawi quote the 13th Century anti-Shiite religious leader, Ibn Taymiyya, in a screed against the United States? The Atlantic Monthly’sStephen Grey reports on the growing importance of religion...

03 September 2004 Daily Links

Got a privilege to be hostile, a Revealer favorite, points us to this overlooked AlterNet story: Swiss citizen Tariq Ramadan, one of the world’s most important Muslim scholars, was invited to teach at the University of Notre Dame but the U.S. government revoked his work visa on the grounds that he is a terrorist threat. Ramadan’s work argues for...

Neocons Unveiled

“Perhaps,” writes The Weekly Standard‘s Christopher Caldwell, “we assume too much in asserting that the open democratic republics of the West are compatible with ‘religion.'” Surprising words coming from a senior editor of the neocon magazine, but nothing compared to what follows: “What lessons,” he asks, has America drawn from the French fracas of the question of...