Eric MacDonald has been busy

Eric MacDonald has posted a number of articles recently and I’ve include two of these below which are well worth reading:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Why I am no longer a Christian by Evid3nc3

I’d been meaning to provide a playlist showing Evid3nc3’s videos on how he stopped being a Christian but short of manually linking to each of his videos I thought it was not possible. But, no, it seems that I just don’t understand how YouTube works! Without further ado, here’s the link to the list:

And here’s the video that plays the sequence:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury is a pompous old gasbag who doesn’t understand evolution

Why Evolution is True article:

The problem with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Rowan Williams) is that he is steeped fully within religion and, as such, everything must be guided by the hand of god. In his job he cannot have any other position which is why people like him and their religions are an anathema to logic, reason and critical thinking.

Dawkin’s “The God Delusion” and Coyne’s ”Why Evolution Is True” explain clearly why the “hand of god” is not only not needed to explain evolution but that such a “hand of god” is complete and utter nonsense within the context of evolution. I can only conclude that Coyne is absolutely right to say that the Archbishop of Canterbury is a pompous old gasbag who doesn’t understand evolution. I would go further and call the Archbishop of Canterbury a man of unreason who is not needed or wanted in modern society.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Fake bomb detectors still used in Iraq

Following the hard work of JREF et al over several years, there has been much media publicity over the last year or two over the sales of useless (fake) bomb detectors :

Also see the petition

It is a pity that JREF does not get more recognition for their hard work from the mainstream media (eg BBC).

I’ve just returned this month from Iraq and those fake bomb detectors are still being used extensively at nearly all the myriad of security checkpoints in that country. The picture below shows one of these devices being operated in April 2011 around Baghdad.

fake bomb detector in Iraq

It was laughable in a macabre sort of way, but I also felt angry. The Iraqi government are aware that these devices are fakes but have not done anything. The whole setup is immoral and criminal; all those who’ve promoted, bought and allow continued use of these devices are despicable and need to be prosecuted. Lives are at stake.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Religion enslaves. And religion kills.

Disgusting. Afghans, leaving mosques after Friday Prayer, descended on the UN headquarters in Mazer-e-Sharif killing and beheading some of the UN staff.

Religion, contrary to the naivety expressed by some, cannot lay claim to morality. Religion is a source of enslavement, a source of inequality, a source of barbarity. Humans, as a community-based species, have derived morality from within itself, from within the community, influenced by the social interactions that takes place. And morality changes, progresses, as communities advance. But religion stakes a claim on morality, claims itself as a source of morality, and distorts it for its own means. Here we are, in the 21st century, with the inhumanity and unreason of religion exposed by advances in science and by application of critical thinking. Religion has not only passed its sell-by-date but was defective when conceived and manufactured. Let’s move on and free ourselves.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011