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Go to: Why Chimpanzees Kill

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Bonobos routinely engage in homosexual activity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonobo#Sexual_social_behavior

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 19:55:32 UTC | #936502

Go to: Peter Tatchell named Secularist of the Year 2012

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Well deserved. The first time I heard of Mr. Tatchell was when he attempted to place Robert Mugabe under a citizen's arrest in London, in 1999 (he tried it again in Brussels, in 2001). Hackneyed as it sounds, the world would be a better place if more people had Mr. Tatchell's sort of courage.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:27:57 UTC | #928953

Go to: Marriage - two viewpoints

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What Schrodinger's Cat said.

Who cares what any church has to say about marriage or homosexuality? Any argument based on a false premise, i.e. that Christianity has any truth to it, isn't worth considering: it is invalid from the start.

"What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." The religionists can assert that their gods have specific views about marriage and homosexuality all they like, but until they provide credible evidence that their gods exist in the first place, rational people ought not even to engage with their arguments.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:12:07 UTC | #926875

Go to: What is the proper place for religion in Britain's public life?- [Also in Polish]

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Nor do I understand what you mean by religious secularists: it sounds like "expansionary fiscal contraction" – a contradiction in terms. Martin Luther King and Gandhi certainly had secular ambitions, but their inspiration and inner strength came from religious conviction. You've made your reputation by being one of the country's most articulate atheists. Don't muddy the waters!

Being ignorant is one thing. Entirely forgiveable, provided one aspires to knowledge. Being proud of being ignorant, however, is quite different. Hutton might consider looking up terms and concepts he doesn't understand - "secularism", for example, before pontificating about them. Helps to know what a word means, how it has been used historically, before making pronouncements about it. Best way to avoid embarrassing oneself.

"Don't muddy the waters" indeed!

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 10:16:38 UTC | #919535

Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

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‎"The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks." - Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian (2001)

Christopher may be gone, but the products and the example of his extraordinary, always independent mind endure.

Long may it be so. Here's to you, Hitch.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 09:18:18 UTC | #899562

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