Fantastic video from QualiaSoup:
Fantastic video from QualiaSoup:
Way to go!
As I wrote in a recent blog:
I will criticise all religions and the religious where they come into conflict with ideals such as reason, rationality, freedom, equality and justice. History has shown that religions will suppress such ideals through use and abuse of whatever powers and controls they have.
I’d already written about threats from Christians and Christianity. Recently I’ve noticed a surge in blogs articles regarding threats from Muslims and Islam; I’ve collated these here.
Let this be clear though; criticism of Islam is not racist, just as criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic, although it is probably in the best interests of certain organisations and groups to conflate such ideas. I will criticise all religions and the religious where they come into conflict with ideals such as reason, rationality, freedom, equality and justice. History has shown that religions will suppress such ideals through use and abuse of whatever powers and controls they have. Christianity has abused and committed atrocities in the past, its holy book full of violence and injustice, but Christianity has largely been neutered and is now merely a nuisance. Islam needs to be similarly neutered; their atrocities, their abuses, their unreason, must be highlighted. It is true that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and just want to live a life of peace, to love their children, in a world where there are many struggles to overcome, just like people the world over. Unfortunately, other Muslims are carrying their vision of Islam through acts and threats of violence.
Articles on Christianity and the irrationality religions:
“I do feel visceral revulsion at the burka because for me it is a symbol of the oppression of women.”
The Daily Mail also reported
His comments prompted fury among Muslim groups who accused him of being ‘ignorant’ and ‘Islamophobic’.
I’m not sure who these “Muslim groups” are and who they represent, but if their comments are true then it is clear that they are the ones being ignorant. Dawkins is an atheist and he has explained many times the flaws of religion and the flaws in reasoning that allow one to become religious or “believe” in a god. For these groups to say that Dawkins is “Islamophobic” is hilarious; Dawkins is irreligious!
But Dawkins is right. The tradition that allows, encourages and indoctrinates the wearing of such clothes is an oppressive regime particularly against women; you don’t see men wearing burhas for example. Oppressive. Violent. Repulsive. It goes against against freethinking and all that is morally good.
I will note that there are vast sections of Islamic society that don’t practice such barbarity; I call on you to stand up and be counted in helping to stamp out this evil.
Those out there that practice these and other oppressions deserve my revulsion too; I don’t care if you call yourself a Jew, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, atheist, whatever. Evil is what evil does.
“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
Steven Weinberg, quoted in The New York Times, April 20, 1999
It’s been brought to my attention that MP David Tredinnick has recently tabled some Early Day Motions (EDMs) supporting the pseudoscience known as “homeopathy”. Intrigued, I looked further. This is what I found:
Skeptical Voter at http://skeptical-voter.org/wiki/index.php?title=David_Tredinnick has this to say about him:
David Tredinnick MP is perhaps the worst example of scientific illiteracy in government. His questions in parliament have promoted homeopathy, radionics (healing via a kind of psychic remote control) and astrology. He has been involved in campaigns to promote herbalism. He has been described by some MPs as the "Right Hon. Member for Holland and Barrett".
People voted for this guy?
Apparently there’s an old saying, “Don’t kick a man when he’s trying to apologise”. Or something like that. And so I welcomed the news of several universities dropping “degree” courses in homeopathy. It can’t have been an easy thing to do but I’d like to think that the universities recognised the need to maintain intellectual honesty and integrity over any money grabbing schemes using dishonest degrees.
But the dropping of homeopathy degrees hasn’t been undertaken everywhere as there are still some courses out there. A recent DC’s Improbable Science blog article at http://www.dcscience.net/?p=2747 details examples of where homeopathy is still being taught and also details the lack of cooperation from universities in providing information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Dear universities and other institutions of learning, be honest. Give us the truth…it may hurt right now but you will help to create a legacy that will be admired.