In San Fransisco, a proposed 2011 ballot amendment would change the city’s code “to make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18.” Continue Reading →
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, … Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
“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.” Continue Reading →
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 Continue Reading →
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.” Continue Reading →