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Australia’s Census Result Heralds a Secular Shift

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 a long period — Christianity […]

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No, Tucker Carlson — You’re Wrong

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 calling for the confrontation of […]

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

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. They have literally undergone the […]

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Why Islamists Target Music Venues

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 too that it is an […]

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Are Open Borders Desirable and Viable?

“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 borders, reasons that are understandable […]

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There’s No Justification for Finsbury Park Terrorism

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 some reporting on scientific innovation. […]

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Your Identity is Not an Argument

Speaking as a Secular Humanist, I Don’t Really Care Who You’re Speaking As Starting a sentence with this new qualification to an opinion, during everything from a formal debate to a casual conversation, is one of the more annoying trends in modern dialogue. You hear it almost every day in one form or another, from […]

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WMD: Words of Mass Destruction

An intense dialogue is taking place. A 140-character limit, FB post, meme riddled mess of propaganda in the purest Bernay’s sense. Information overload. YouTubers, rogue professors, selfie-taking, tweeting leaders and celebrities, all joined by anyone with an iPhone. Contributing to the jargon at an exponential rate: Alt-right, regressive left, anti-fa, BLM, CIS, Cuck, KEK, Liberals, […]

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