Milestones and Millstones

I try not to be overly introspective on this blog, but sometimes it seems appropriate to do so; I’ve reached 400 posts, which to me represents some kind of milestone, and this I think is a good time for a little reflection, if not some kind of celebration. My main focus in this blog is “atheism”. But to me this is less of a topic and more of a “stepping off” point for commentaries about the world, it’s...

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Separating Church & State – A Call to Action! – Leslie Cannold at the GAC

Leslie Cannold delivered a very important presentation on day 3 of The Global Atheist Convention, about the separation of church and state in the Australian government, and the fact that this division, or lack thereof, has given inroads for the teachings of creationism and Intelligent Design in the nation’s schools. She pointed out the failings of our political system, the loopholes being used by religious organisations, and what we can do...

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Egypt to Introduce “Farewell Intercourse” laws? Not likely.

I awoke this morning ready to rip into Egypt for reports that came to light about a proposed law that would allow Egyptian men to have sex with their deceased wives for up to 6 hours after their death. This practice would of course bring cries of condemnation from around the world, from feminists and human rights advocates alike. You and I would be horror-stricken if such a practice was allowed to be introduced. This only problem is, I fear this...

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Islam, Women and the Middle East – Some thoughts from the GAC

Another highlight for me from the Global Atheist Convention was the talk by author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who took the stage on the afternoon of day 2 of the convention. Her talk focused on the rights of women living in Islamic countries, the rise of the people in the middle-east to overthrow the tyrannical and oppressive regimes they have been subjects to, and the idea of a true “secular spring” for northern Africa and what this would...

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