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How things work: religion and politics. - last commented 18 April 2011 04:05 PM

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Go to: Britain being overtaken by 'militant secularists', says Baroness Warsi

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How complicated is it? If she wants religious identity patronised by the state, perhaps she would be so kind as to inform us why other forms of belief and identity should not enjoy exactly the same privileges?

I've never heard of a secularist insisting that it is impermissible to criticise secularism. Can Warsi and others please return the favour? No, didn't think so.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:50:15 UTC | #917383

Go to: Discussion thread for "One Law For All" Rally - London or anywhere in the world

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Comment 45 by Steve Zara :

I have to say congratulations to the right-wingers. They have managed to tarnish the term "multicultural" to mean "those funny foreigners get away with all kinds of things we don't". They have set up a xenophobic straw man.

You really are in denial Steve, aren't you? "Multiculturalism" , in practise, overwhelmingly means one of two things.

Either A. There is no qualitative difference between long-established cultures, all value judgements are only valid from within the context of their own consensual communities. So called "western culture" is simply different from other long-established non-western cultures, neither better or worse.

Or B. No culture in modern history has been more destructive, exploitative, rapacious, inhuman and downright wicked than "western-culture". Long established non-western cultures can only be legitimately judged from within, and perhaps a vey extremities aside, all long established non-western culture should be encouraged to affirm and take pride in themselves. Under no circumstances should "western culture" be celebrated by "westerners", and anyone endeavoring to do so is a fascist/racist/xenophobe/nazi/ chauvinist etc.

In other words, to determine whether a person/cultural group is a homophobic, or reactionary, or misogynist, or totalitarian, or dogmatic, or sexist, or chauvinistic, or intolerant, or anti-democratic, or sectarian, or racist, etc, what one has to do, above all, is identify whether they are part of a larger "non-western" cultural tradition. If they are, one should be extremely reluctant to criticise them. If, on the other hand, the group in question is "western", the gloves are off.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:32:12 UTC | #917376

Go to: Richard Dawkins’ “The Magic of Reality” is a beautiful, educational iPad experience

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Where is the "book" being marketed? Is there any mainstream kid's tv that acknowledges the book's existence? Are any schools taking it?

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:46:42 UTC | #876005

Go to: Loving Christians respond to atheists

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How do we know the perpetrators are Christian?

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 19:26:13 UTC | #856715

Go to: "The Stroke of Luck that Led to Life on Earth Exists Elsewhere in the Universe" --Richard Dawkins

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Comment 1 by Schrodinger's Cat :

One option to explain this is to postulate that we live in one of many universes. But the other option, very seldom mentioned, is to postulate that life is just one of many complex emergent forms in our universe. Not just 'life, Jim, but not as we know it'.....but other complex stuff we could barely imagine.

So...'life' would be just a small subset of all the amazing complexity that can occur.....and our search for 'other life' is about as anthropocentric as it gets. That would be the final triumph of Copernican thinking.

There's something misanthropic here that I can't agree with. I don't consider "complexity", devoid of "life", as any kind of "triumph" at all. Unwitnessed complexity is no complexity at all.

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 19:24:09 UTC | #856713

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