Religion | Politics

The Magic Three-Letter Word

One day when I was in elementary school, I asked my teacher if he believed in God. For weeks, he had been telling us all these nice stories about Yahweh and his people (we used a sanitized children’s Bible, without the sex and violence), but when it came to his own beliefs, he tended to […]

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Australia’s Census Result Heralds a Secular Shift

| by Hugh Harris | The surge in “No religion” in the 2016 Census heralds a more secular Australia. With a rise from 22.3% in 2011 to 30.1% in 2016, “No Religion” has overtaken Catholicism to become the most popular belief category. Mirroring the trend in similar western countries, Australia has been losing its religion over […]

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No, Tucker Carlson — You’re Wrong

| by Malhar Mali | You see it very often now. Some imbecilic professor or student says or writes something beyond the bounds of sanity and the conservative media machine jumps into action. Campus Reform, The College Fix, and Fox News’ Campus Craziness all capitalize. The latest iteration? Trinity College professor of sociology Johnny Williams’ Facebook posts on June 18th […]

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Why Bruce Lee’s Legacy Should Inspire Us to Revolutionize  —  and Modernize  — American Political Discourse

| by John Kirbow | I am in a particularly creative mood, so I’ll write a bit about something I discussed in a recent public debate in NYC on Political Correctness: Martial arts has greatly evolved and moved forward, including many traditional ones. American political beliefs and conversation, however, have greatly devolved and moved backwards. […]

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Why Islamists Target Music Venues

| by Sandy Buglass | Music is perhaps the most potent medium in all the arts, eliciting profound emotional experiences through its surging melodies and pulsating rhythms. The sheer ubiquity and variety of music found throughout the globe — Mexican mariachi, New Orleans jazz, Navajo night chants, Peruvian panpipes, Indian raga, Seattle grunge — suggests […]

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Are Open Borders Desirable and Viable?

| Philip Carl Salzman | “Open borders” means that people may enter and leave at will with no control or obstruction. Open borders as a policy option for international borders is presently advocated by many people and circles who might accept the designation “progressive.” There are many different reasons put forward to justify open international […]

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There’s No Justification for Finsbury Park Terrorism

| by Stephen Knight | When I first launched my Taking The Myth podcast as a companion piece to the regular interviews, the idea was to bring listeners a regular dose of skeptical discussion without an emphasis on religion. The odd deconstruction of homeopathic claims here, a debunking of a “ghost sighting” there coupled with […]

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