Can Religion Justify Bullying Children? by Sean Faircloth
Good evening. I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to read my speech from my new iPad. Yep. Food for The Eagle - Adam Savage's speech to Harvard Humanism Society
This man is the Prime Minister of Ireland, a politician who has the courage to make a forthright statement - to a sparsley-attended session of the Parliament - a speech that has now been published and distributed world-wide, one that I hope you will all choose to view, as well. Members of the Irish Parliament knew in advance that this speech was to be made; look at the empty seats they provided so that they might profess ignorance of the importance of this address...! A cowardly refuge... Enda Kenny is the epitome of all things that are the best of the Irish. In this speech, he shows his intelligence, astounding courage, decency, fairness, and eloquence. Enda Kenny Speaks Out
Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Cloyne Report
In January of 1954, just a year before his death, Albert Einstein wrote the following letter to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, "Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt," and made known his views on religion. Apparently Einstein had only read the book due to repeated recommendation by their mutual friend Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer. The letter was bought at auction in May 2008, for £170,000; unsurprisingly, one of the unsuccessful bidders was Richard Dawkins. Translated transcript follows. (Source: David Victor; Image: Albert Einstein, via.) Translated Transcript The word God is the product of human weakness
Among other things, the proposed charter of values emphasizes the separation between religion and government in Quebec. For instance, public sector workers would not be permitted to wear overt religious symbols while at work under the proposed charter. According to a report compiled by the government and released today by Bernard Drainville, the architect of the charter, 68 percent of Quebecers are mostly in favour of it (with 47 percent in complete support), while only 18 per cent were mostly against it. Drainville explained that 47 per cent of Quebecers who participated in the consultation said they completely supported the charter, while 21 per cent said they were in favour of the charter, with modifications. The most popular modification requested by 21 percent of those who "mostly" supported the proposed charter was to remove the crucifix from the national assembly. The second most popular modification was to revoke the rule of exemption.
If you’ve rejected traditional religion (or were never religious to start), you may be asking, “Is that all there is?” It’s liberating to recognize that supernatural beings are human creations … that there are no such things as “spirit” or “transcendence”... that people are undesigned, unintended, and responsible for themselves. But what’s next? For many, mere atheism (the absence of belief in gods and the supernatural) or agnosticism (the view that such questions cannot be answered) aren’t enough. Atheism and agnosticism are silent on larger questions of values and meaning. If Meaning in life is not ordained from on high, what small-m meanings can we work out among ourselves?
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