Atheism and religion in the news. IX
Once again, here are some news type links.
Minnesota Atheists Interview Richard Dawkins
In their first, hopefully of any, the Minnesota atheists group talks about a few issues and has an interview with you know who.
Ultimate Atheists Conference
In a recent blog, Oz atheist talks about a potential new conference called for by Margaret Downey.
At the recent meeting of atheist organisations, Margaret Downey, president of Atheist Alliance International (AAI) suggested holding a conference featuring all of the American atheist organisations. Hemant at Friendly Atheist has an edited transcript of Margaret’s call for a “Unity Conference in 2010″, and has posted his thoughts and called for suggestions.
Religion Failing in Canada Because of Women?
Changing demographics in Canada lead to the decline of certain religions.
For 129 Christmases, the 12-spire Gothic tower of Welland Avenue United Church has beckoned people in St. Catharines, Ont., to celebrate the birth of God's son Jesus. This Christmas almost certainly will be the last.
The tower is falling apart. The congregation doesn't have $300,000 to rebuild it.
The Fallacy of Grievance-based Terrorism
An opinion piece on why the west has troubles with islam and vice-versa.
The fundamental premise of much scholarly examination and public discourse is that grievances with U.S. policies in the Middle East motivate Islamist terrorism. Such assumptions, though, misunderstand the enemy and its nature. In reality, the conflict is sparked not by grievance but rather by incompatibility between Islamist ideology and the natural rights articulated during the European Enlightenment and incorporated into U.S. political culture. Acquiescing to political grievances will not alter the fundamental incompatibility between Lockean precepts of tolerance and current interpretations of Islam: Only Islam's fundamental reform will resolve the conflict.
More fundamentalist Christian hypocrisy
Why does wal-mart have a problem with some drugs and not with others? Read on.
Two years ago a Massachusetts court required Wal-Mart, the fifth largest pharmaceutical provider in the U.S., to reverse its decision to block access to emergency contraceptives (also called “morning after pills” or “EC’s”). The company said it “chooses not to carry many products for business reasons,” but more likely it was because of a moral judgment by the retail giant’s leadership. (A former Wal-Mart exec was quoted as saying “[T]he basis of our decisions was the values of Scripture” in Christianity Today.)
Those Fabulous Fundies are at it Again.
Why are evangelicals so organized and angry?
A survey has revealed that for evangelical Christians in the United States homosexuality is one of the key issues in the 2008 election.
Fundies on the March in India.
Politics seems to be getting more dangerous in the sub-continent.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cites Naxalite violence as the biggest threat to internal security. Statistics back his claim. However, there is another potent threat to the foundations of our republic that calls for urgent action. The secular and liberal character of the nation is under threat from illiberal forces. Fundamentalisms of all hues - religious, caste, ideological - are on the rise and agencies that ought to check these seem to be failing.
What is a fundamentalist anyway?
Great video explaining what one is.
A fundamentalist is someone who considers whether a fact is acceptable to their faith before they explore it… A curious person explores first and then considers whether or not they want to accept the ramifications.