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Atheist Christopher Hitchens And Pastor Douglas Wilson Are Interviewed

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Religion and Politics

Bill Maher and company do a little religion bashing. I think it should be noted that it wasn't Hillary who raised the question of Barack's Church but rather the moderators. It is clear that Barack doesn't hold the same view about Louis Farrakhan as his Pastor does, but as Dan Savage pointed out, it did seem during the debate that he was trying to make a political calculation on how far he should go in denouncing them. If the leader of your church supports someone who is anti-semitic, is anti-semitic, should you remain a member of that church? Is it a fair question? Does it say something about your character judgment if you retain your membership?
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Christopher Hitchens

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Mormonism

Christopher Hitchens makes the case that Romney should answer questions about his religion.

Related: Mitt's team sets off talk of anti-LDS bias in poll
Voters who voiced concerns over alleged attacks on the faith turn out to be on Romney's campaign payroll




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Hitchens - Delay

Hey they're both there promoting their books thinking about the dollars that will follow a little I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine. We can save the rudeness for another time.




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Reason Makes Demands In Two Directions

I recently watched the Christopher Hitchens - Dinesh D'Souza debate the arguments were not new. Hitchens relied on his stock answers and it lacked the passion and combativeness that I've come to enjoy. Although he answered the question that D'Souza posed namely that since we can't prove without a doubt that God does not exist we have to accept the possibility, I don't think he did it justice. Of course we have to accept the possibility as we have to accept the possibility of other unlikely events eg. standing at the edge of a cliff and believing that if we take the step off we will not fall, that the laws of physics will be suspended, even though we know as certainly as anyone can that we will certainly die, even the religious will accept that premise. But when the immediate stakes are not so high even though the principle is the same they will accept that the physical laws will somehow be suspended and have been suspended in the past. The 'holy books' are replete with examples, the so-called miracles. I'm currently reading Philosphers Without Gods, a collection of essays. The following is from an essay by Louise Antony that I particularly enjoyed, and addresses the question that I believe Hitchens slighted.

Looking back on my development from devout Catholic girl to adamant atheist, I think that it was its bottom-line dogmatism that drove me away from the Church, and indeed, from the very possibility of religious faith. "Faith" presents a paradox: if a doctrine can be defended on rational grounds, then it needn't be taken on faith. But if it cannot be defended on rational grounds, why should you believe it?

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Richard Dawkins: OnFaith

Logical Path from Religious Beliefs to Evil Deeds
Nobody is suggesting that all religious people are violent, intolerant, racist, bigoted, contemptuous of women and so on. It would be absurd to suggest such a thing: just as absurd as to generalize about all atheists. I am not even concerned with statistical generalizations about the majority of religious people (or atheists). My concern here is over whether there is any general reason why religion might be more or less likely to bias individuals towards all those unpleasant things in Christopher Hitchens’s list: to make them more likely to exhibit them than they would have been without religion. I think the answer is yes.

Religion changes, for people, the definition of good. Atheists and humanists tend to define good and bad deeds in terms of the welfare and suffering of others. Murder, torture, and cruelty are bad because they cause people to suffer. Most religious people think them bad, too, but some religions (for example the religion of the Taliban) sanction all of them under some circumstances. For non-religious people, the behavior of consenting adults in a private bedroom is the business of nobody else, and is not bad unless it causes suffering – for example by breaking up a happy family. But many religions arrogate to themselves the right to decide that certain kinds of sexual behavior, even if they do no harm to anyone, are wrong.

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  • George Lakoff: Whose Betrayal?
    MoveOn hit a nerve. In the face of truth, the right-wing has been forced to change the subject -- away from the administration's betrayal of trust and the escalating tragedy of the occupation to of all things, an ad! To take the focus off maiming and death and the breaking of our military, they talk about etiquette. The truth has reduced them to whining: MoveOn was impolite. Rather than face the truth, they use character assassination against an organization whose three million members stand for the highest patriotic principles of this country, the first of which is a commitment to truth.
  • Bob Herbert | The Nightmare Is Here
    President Bush may not be aware of this. In his televised address to the nation he warned that a pullout of U.S. forces from Iraq could cause a "humanitarian nightmare."

    A trusted aide should take the president aside and quietly inform him that this nightmare arrived a good while ago.
  • 'The Stuff of Thought' by Steven Pinker - Los Angeles Times by Douglas Hofstader
    Pinker would like language to be as precise a guide to the mind's machinery as the behavior of particles in force fields is a guide to the laws of physics. He sees linguistic regularities abounding, and he tries using them to penetrate the hidden "language of thought," whose most critical ingredients are "ethereal notions of space, time, causation, possession, and goals." Although I'm less sanguine than Pinker about language's regularity -- and, indeed, about the existence of a "language of thought" -- I find his thesis well worth contemplating.
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    Above all personal qualities I admire resilience. By this I mean indifference to adversity, an enthusiasm for getting on with the business at hand and unwillingness to linger over pain, fear, inconvenience, resentment or self-pity. Resilience is associated with soldiers and saints, but among the most resilient characters I know was the unwarlike, unsaintly William James, who wrestled with depression, neurasthenia and thoughts of suicide but worked like a slave and maintained a confounding zest for life.
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  • Another Health Insurance Lie
    I support universal coverage in a single-payer system. I won't belabor the point. Today I just want to point out another insurance industry lie, printed in the New York Times today.

    It's in an article about Mrs. Clinton's health care finance reform proposal. (Which I do not support.)
  • Evolution » Racist Racing Model Stumbles
    On one hand, everyone knows that the differences between humans that are often categorized as “racial traits” are either overstated or irrelevant. All humans have essentially the same basic potentials, and the genetic differences that do exist between people are not sorted out by the usual racial categories. Not even the differences that are foundational to those racial categories sort out by racial categories particularly well. By and large, racial categories are cultural fictions vaguely supported by quirky historical circumstances. On close examination they are not real.
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  • "Is Christianity Good for the World?" | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction
    Theologian Douglas Wilson and atheist Christopher Hitchens, authors whose books are already part of a larger debate on whether religion is pernicious, agreed to discuss their views on whether Christianity itself has benefited the world. Below is their exchange, one in a series that will appear on our website over the course of this month.
  • The Splintered Mind: What Does a Non-Effect Look Like, Meta-Analytically?
    I've recently been reading reviews and meta-analyses of some of the (in my judgment) weaker subareas of psychology: the relation between religiosity and crime, the effectiveness of business ethics courses, the relationship between self-reports about visual imagery and performance on visual imagery tasks, and others. Reviews and meta-analyses in these areas tend to be positive, though a substantial proportion of studies show no effect.

    That raises the question: What pattern of results should we expect for a psychological non-effect? Suppose religiosity has no deterrent effect whatsoever on criminal behavior. Should we expect all studies on the matter to show no effect? Of course not!

    Several factors conspire to suggest that a substantial proportion of studies will nonetheless show positive results.

    First, there is the "experimenter effect" . . .
  • Bible belter - Dawkins reviews Hitchen's "God is not Great"
    The second commonest complaint from reviewers is that Christopher Hitchens attacks bad religion. Real religion (the religion the reviewer subscribes to) is immune to such criticism. Here is the theologian Stephen Prothero in the Washington Post:

    To read this oddly innocent book as gospel is to believe that ordinary Catholics are proud of the Inquisition . . . and that ordinary Jews cheer when a renegade Orthodox rebbe sucks the blood off a freshly circumcised penis.

    This complaint, too, is familiar, and the answer (even when the point is not exaggerated, as it is by Prothero) is obvious. If only all religions were as humane and as nuanced as yours, gentle theologian, all would be well, and Hitchens would not have needed to write this book. But come down to earth in the real world: in Islamabad, say, in Jerusalem, or in Hitchens’s home town, Washington DC, where the President of the most powerful nation on earth takes his marching orders directly from God. Channel-hop your television in any American hotel room, look aghast at the huge sums of money subscribed to build megachurches, at museums depicting dinosaurs walking with men, and see what I mean.
  • Hillary's Prayer: Hillary Clinton's Religion and Politics
    In fact, Clinton's God talk is more complicated—and more deeply rooted—than either fans or foes would have it, a revelation not just of her determination to out-Jesus the GOP, but of the powerful religious strand in her own politics. Over the past year, we've interviewed dozens of Clinton's friends, mentors, and pastors about her faith, her politics, and how each shapes the other. And while media reports tend to characterize Clinton's subtle recalibration of tone and style as part of the Democrats' broader move to recapture the terrain of "moral values," those who know her say there's far more to it than that.
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Hitchens on Church and State

A clip from Christopher Hitchens appearance on C-SPAN In Depth this segment on church and state separation.




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Hitchens on Billy Graham

A clip from Christopher Hitchens appearance on C-SPAN In Depth this segment on a "disgustingly evil man".




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Hitchens on Global Warming

A clip from Christopher Hitchens appearance on C-SPAN In Depth this segment on global warming.




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A Matter of Faith

CBS Sunday Morning, Julia Sweeney, Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Prothero, and Ellen Johnson.




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    Even so, climate models produce critically valuable information. Models have brought about major improvements in scientists' understanding of the dynamics of climate. Furthermore, McWilliams says that discrepancies among models do not undermine the most crucial conclusion of climate modeling—the notion that increased levels of greenhouse gases emitted by people are causing the Earth to warm and will continue to do so. He notes that every credible climate model ever made has pointed to that same conclusion. "All sorts of smart climate scientists have tried to produce a model that doesn't show future warming," he says, "and no one has been able to in a credible way."
  • Why are we so scared of offending Muslims?
    Why, then, should we be commanded to "respect" those who insist that they alone know something that is both unknowable and unfalsifiable? Something, furthermore, that can turn in an instant into a license for murder and rape? As one who has occasionally challenged Islamic propaganda in public and been told that I have thereby "insulted 1.5 billion Muslims," I can say what I suspect—which is that there is an unmistakable note of menace behind that claim. No, I do not think for a moment that Mohammed took a "night journey" to Jerusalem on a winged horse. And I do not care if 10 billion people intone the contrary. Nor should I have to. But the plain fact is that the believable threat of violence undergirds the Muslim demand for "respect."

    . . .The Pace University incident becomes even more ludicrous and sinister when it is recalled that Islamists are the current leaders in the global book-burning competition. After the rumor of a Quran down the toilet in Guantanamo was irresponsibly spread, a mob in Afghanistan burned down an ancient library that (as President Hamid Karzai pointed out dryly) contained several ancient copies of the same book. Not content with igniting copies of The Satanic Verses, Islamist lynch parties demanded the burning of its author as well. Many distinguished authors, Muslim and non-Muslim, are dead or in hiding because of the words they have put on pages concerning the unbelievable claims of Islam. And it is to appease such a spirit of persecution and intolerance that a student in New York City has been arrested for an expression, however vulgar, of an opinion.
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Koran in the Toilet

Paula Zahn's Now Show transcript. Christopher Hitchens, Dennis Prager, and Ibrahim Hooper on hate crimes and Islamaphobia. Dennis Prager on Islamaphobia


Part 1



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