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Posted inPolitics

The GOP Sustained Assault on Democracy

Reading Time: 11 minutes There are some really terrible moves being made by the GOP at all levels of politics in the US. This has arguably been going on for decades, but most pointedly so since Trump’s election in 2016. There is a very good case to suggest that the GOP is following the Viktor Orban playbook in Hungary. […]

Posted inEducation

Islam as a Religion of Peace? Problems with RE…

Reading Time: 4 minutes I am a socially and politically liberal commentator. I have also written many books and literally thousands of blog posts criticising Christianity. Nobody in my community bats an eyelid. I have done that because, as an atheist philosopher, I’ve been born and brought up within a Christian context. However, I have also been unabashed in […]

Posted inEthics, Politics

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Reading Time: 3 minutes Confirmation bias: The tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs. Confirmation bias is like a coin. It has two sides, Heads and Tails. Heads I Win If I read or hear something that conforms with my worldview, I tend to accept it without question. If […]

Posted inUncategorized

Far-Right Groups Raise Millions Via Christian Funding Site

Reading Time: 3 minutes The far-right can easily be associated with Christian fundamentalism. This can be seen in many contexts, from the Ku Klux Klan to the Proud Boys and this latest example of fundraising. I say “latest” because, last year, Christians raised inordinate amounts of money for right-w9ing shooter Kyle Rittenhouse. The Guardian reports: A data breach from […]

Posted inEthics

Martyrs, Terrorism and Hypocrisy

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’m just finishing a book that I have previously declared as one of the most important books I have ever read, even though at the time I had not finished it! I still very much believe this. The book is Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century [UK] and it is that glorious intersection of philosophy with […]

Posted inPolitics

The Best Analysis of the GOP I Have Heard

Reading Time: 8 minutes The video below is the single best analysis of the GOP, where it is at and where it is going, that I have yet heard. It is from FiveThirtyEight and it is probably so good because it involves a panel of three conservatives giving frank, honest and quality party-reflection. Galen Druke speaks with pollster Kristen Soltis […]

Posted inEthics, Politics

Twexit to Parler: The Right-Wing Are Fleeing Twitter

Reading Time: 8 minutes Recently, hateful right-wing political uberfuhrer Katie Hopkins was banned from Twitter. She had previously said all manner of things, from comparing immigrants to cockroaches to claiming dementia sufferers should not block hospital beds. Sussex Police even reported her tweets after 5 (BAME) Londoners drowned at Camber Sands and she mocked their identities. After Dear White People came […]

Posted inUncategorized

Indonesia’s Religion Transformed under Saudi Arabia’s Influence

Reading Time: 6 minutes Indonesia, as the world’s most populous Muslim country, is a source of great interest for those looking to see how it evolves in the context of the globals cultural milieu of the 21st century. It has traditionally been a pretty tolerant place, relatively speaking, with other religions protected and coexisting. However, this appears to have […]

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