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Posted inFilm/TV

The Rehearsal: How Nathan Fielder found religious fundamentalism

Reading Time: 5 minutes Nathan Fielder’s new show The Rehearsal covers myriad topics, including secrets, emotional repression, social anxiety, connecting with other human beings, and parenthood. As with many Fielder projects, it’s meta-textual and voyeuristic in a way that breeds deep discomfort in the viewer. It’s a comedy show that lives on cringey moments where we watch people who […]

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 inUncategorized

Quote of the Day – Sheila C.

Reading Time: < 1 minute This one came from Sheila C. on the Liberal vs Fundamentalist Religion thread: I agree, and that’s why I never went for liberal religion. It sounds great — I would love some spirituality plus the freedom to follow my own conscience — but atheists and conservative religious people made the same good point: if there […]

Posted inUncategorized

Liberal vs Fundamentalist Religion

Reading Time: 2 minutes Robet M. Price, in his recent superb little book Blaming Jesus for Jehovah, points out the following: If resurgent fundamentalism is a last gasp, the meal-mouthed mewlings of liberal religion are death rattles, too. The whole enterprise of liberal religion is to humanize religion, to temper it with modern psychology, to use it for political engagement, […]

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Bus riders shot in head for not being able to read Qu’ran

Reading Time: 2 minutes Oh dear. Kenya again feeling the brunt of Islamist extremism:

Gunmen from the Somali militant group al-Shabab say they have attacked a bus in northern Kenya, killing 28 people.

The bus was travelling to the capital, Nairobi, when it was stopped in Mandera county, not far from the Somali border.

Gunmen separated out non-Muslims by asking passengers to read from the Koran, officials and witnesses said. Those who failed were then shot in the head.

Posted inEducation, The Secular

‘Extremist’ nurseries to lose funding – Nicky Morgan

Reading Time: 2 minutes The post-Trojan horse shenanigans rumble on. The BHA are riding the secular wave – good on ’em. The BBC reports: Councils are to be given powers to stop funding early-years providers with links to extremism, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced. The move, in England, follows a letter-writing campaign by the British Humanist Association. Members […]

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