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
The ECHR should be clear about the most elementary aspects of the job: legal protections are for people, not ideas or feelings.
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.
Mehta failed epically to hold accountable three public servants who are hindering the efforts to fight Muslim terrorism, and made up a shitty excuse for their behavior (with no supporting evidence whatsoever), throwing two fellow secularists under the bus in the process
Colombia has a blasphemy law, so I don’t know why it is glaringly absent on the map showing which countries have blasphemy laws.
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:
The land of Locke, Hobbes, Darwin, Dawkins and Hitchens turned into a feudal pigsty.
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 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.
The burkini debate is a symptom of the weakness of Europe because it avoids facing the real issues posed by Muslim communities that reject Western values.
Besides the newsworthiness of the truth, there are at least three reasons why it is desirable that politicians and journalists begin to admit the relationship between religion and the terrorist acts it inspires:
I’m not in the swimsuit industry, but I just learned of the existence of this garment that will keep both…
To carry out such an attack on such short notice, it is plausible to think the terrorist cell altered a previous plan to make a statement yesterday.
The argument that the rules can be skipped if you have an imaginary friend has won once again — thank you Waris Ahluwalia.
I really wonder where did all of your critical thinking skills went, Novella, because you’re so wrong on so many levels, it’s just shameful.
At some point Charlie Hebdo chose not to draw Muhammad any longer… or so we were told. But it isn’t true:
The Pope’s spokesman denied any duty to answer about this — they’re too busy dealing with *actual* moral problems, such as gay marriage and Charlie Hebdo’s drawings.