Christopher Hitchens pointed out that the fatwa against Salman Rushdie was the opening shot in a culture war against freedom. The state of the world seems to agree with him.
The Four Horsemen, a souvenir of a time when reason and science dominated the conversation
Words and ideas lack the power to change the course of material world events by themselves.
The ECHR should be clear about the most elementary aspects of the job: legal protections are for people, not ideas or feelings.
Kavin Senapathy thinks that people who disagree with her on anything are bigots by definition
From what their co-chairs answered, the Latinx Humanist Alliance is just more “social justice” and intersectionality in the name of humanism. Too bad: Latino humanists could have really used a hand in Trump‘s America.
What can we claim with reasonable certainty today, thanks to grievance studies, that we did not know 10, 20, 30 years ago?
The whole point of human rights is that, by definition, they are counter-majoritarian — but if rights can be voted into existence, they can also be voted *out* of existence.
Refuting a post by Andrew Gripp in which he calls for a State-sanctioned prohibition of meat inspired, no less, by a religiously-motivated similar ban in India
On Tuesday there was a terrorist attack in London.Compared to the attacks of 2015 and 2016, I think the response of civilization has improved considerably:
If you cooperate systematically with systematic non-cooperators, you’re enabling them, you become their accomplice, and I don’t see myself trying to put a project together with a bear in the short or medium term, but I do see myself working and living with humans around me.
Treating Islam as a race, instead of as a religion, hinders the efforts to treat all citizens equally under the law, by way of giving Islam a special treatment, that is religious privilege.
I am reposting the Erdoğan poem — because an important part of free speech is the freedom to criticize and mock (and even insult) authorities
The ‘Science’ March is helping disguise as science the many very popular anti-scientific hypotheses that have hijacked the struggle for equality.
The atheist rift is between people who follow Enlightenment principles and those who believe in authoritarian principles
The “trapped in the wrong body” idea assumes that consciousness is an ethereal entity which can be scalded from the body without altering its essence.
The bigoted prudes had the UN drop Wonder Woman as their Honorary Ambassador because, apparently, judging women by their looks is not wrong when they do it.
It’s not an attack on Muslim population — the ban only applies to places and circumstances where it is legally required to see the full face of individuals for identification purposes.
Contrary to the common assumption that racism and sexism are twin prejudices propping up a white male power structure, minority women are far less likely to be the target of racist treatment than minority men.
Columbus Day is usually met with outrage and indignation. This is an oversimplification of a complex matter that can’t —and shouldn’t— be reduced to the atrocities commited by Spaniards more than 500 years ago.