Category Archive: Humanism

Dan Barker debates Dinesh D’souza

I recently attended a debate between Michael Shermer and Dinesh D’souza at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. GCU is a professed Christian private university that hosted this debate titled “Is Religion a Source for Good or Evil?”  I went knowing that Shermer is a notoriously bad debater, yet I was willing to show up …

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Hitchens Speaks about his Battle with Cancer

This week, the Guardian put out a wonderful piece on Christopher Hitchens: Christopher Hitchens: ‘You have to choose your future regrets’ In June Christopher Hitchens, the hard-drinking polemicist and atheist, met his toughest opponent yet when he was diagnosed with cancer. The question on many lips was: would his illness alter his beliefs – on …

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Can Science Tell us Right from Wrong?

This weekend, the Origins Project hosted an academic discussion at Arizona State University. The topic, title “Can Science Tell us Right From Wrong” was presented by Sam Harris, Simon Blackburn, Lawrence Krauss, Steven Pinker, Peter Singer and Patricia Churchland.
In my opinion, the evening went awry from the moment it began. The topic, being as vague as possible, gave no inference as to the definitions of morality or the perimeters of the sciences being suggested. There is an immense difference in the traditional definition of morality and the definition of ethics. Half the panel seemed to be speaking to the former and half to the latter.

Deaf victim of sex abuse Sueing the Pope

“I went into his office, the door was closed,” he said. “And Father Murphy said, ‘Take your pants down. And so I did… you know, he was always in his black attire with a white collar, and you know … I was questioning why he would ask me to do that. Here he is, a priest, and – I have to obey him. And he proceeded to touch me.”

20,000 Protest Pope’s Visit to England

ichard Dawkins’ website has full details and video about the march. Dawkins gave a short speech in response to the Pope’s accusation that Atheists are responsible for Hitler. He also explains why the non theistic community is upset with the Pope’s cover up of the sexual abuse cases

Leaked Tapes from Catholic Sex Abuse Cover Up Released

White Self-Pity gaining voice in America

Christopher Hitchens weighs in on the increasing “white minority” syndrome that plagues America:

Christians Fail at Explaining Why they Deny Gays Civil Unions

2) Historically, the USA has already been through a shockingly similar debate about what types of adults have the legal right to civil unions (legal marriage). For the first hundred years of our country’s history, your sex determined your right to vote. Not until 1920, was women’s suffrage granted by the 19th Amendment. Before then, you had to have a penis in order to vote. It reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

A Summary of Evidence for Evolution

This is a compilation of the basics of evolution and a broad brush of the sources of evidence for evolution. Prompted by requests from friends and family to procure evidence for evolution, this is the summary of some of the most controversial subtopics of the evidence for evolution. It is meant to be a springboard for those who know little about evolution or have been told that evolution is just a belief like creationism.

EVOLUTION BASICS
In biology, evolution is the change in the inherited traits of a population of organisms through successive generations. Evolution does not explain how life first began, nor is it a science of cosmology, dealing with what occurred before the beginning of the known universe. Evolution is the science of how different organisms have developed and diversified since life first appeared on earth. … continue reading

Pope Benedict Cannot Ride out Scandal in Modern Age

From Time.com

How do you atone for something terrible, like the Inquisition? Joseph Ratzinger attempted to do just that for the Roman Catholic Church during a grandiose display of Vatican penance — the Day of Pardon on March 12, 2000, a ritual presided over by Pope John Paul II and meant to purify two millenniums of church history.
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