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Archives for February, 2011

Richard Dawkins Goes to Heaven

Here is the last of Anthony Horvath’s ghastly morality tales. This one is the easiest to summarize, because there isn’t much to say about it: Richard Dawkins dies, goes to heaven, is judged, and sent to hell. It’s short, only seven pages long, and five of them are spent in loving description of the disintegration…

The hypocrites of Polk County, Florida

Polk County, Florida has a public school board that meets in the county school district auditorium to discuss the secular, governmental functions of running the public schools. Despite their purpose, though, they insist on opening with a prayer, a practice which has encountered some criticism and which they have dealt with evasively and dishonestly. Earlier…

Need more chicks?

Hey, this is a really good idea: No Chicks No Excuses is a speakers’ bureau that specializes in delivering expert women for speaking engagements. The only catch is that it seems to be entirely full of Australian women, who are spectacularly brilliant, of course, but there must also be plenty of brilliant American or European…

The theologian John MacArthur has a new book titled Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ. His premise is that this is what being a Christian is all about: it’s about being a slave to your lord. “Slave” is the word that almost every English translation of Scripture has avoided using, in favor…

Antony Flew Goes to Heaven

Anthony Horvath is responding to my reviews with some flustery bluster. He’s insisting that you must buy his stories in order to have any credibility in questioning them, which is nonsense: I’m giving the gist of his fairy tales, and he could, for instance, clarify and expand on the themes of his story, explain what…

Episode CLXXV: Yet another youtube atheist

They’re getting hard to keep track of — but they do provide fodder for the thread full of fierce heathens. (Current totals: 11,914 entries with 1,287,918 comments.)

Why Planned Parenthood matters

Here’s a personal testimonial. Meanwhile, the Republicans play games with women’s lives, and Christians build bait-and-switch centers to deny women appropriate health care.

Phelps v. Anonymous? Or Phelps v. Phelps?

I saw the open letter from Anonymous threatening to shut down the Phelps gang and the Westboro Baptist Church. It didn’t sound right. WBC is not at all reliant on the web, but they are always on the lookout for more opportunities at promoting themselves through the media…so it seemed to me like a futile…

Lies and threats, that’s what Gaddafi is reduced to now. I won’t shed a single tear when he’s deposed, but I will hope that he isn’t removed by impaling his head on a stick. He has just given a blustering speech. I think he’s doomed. Although I wish there were less chanting about Allah, I…

One movie, ruined!

In a too rare fit of quality, our local theater is showing The King’s Speech this week, which I keep hearing is wonderfully well made and a serious Oscar contender. I was thinking of going, but now Christopher Hitchens shreds its historicity — it’s about yet another royal fascist-sympathizer — and Katherine Preston explains that…