Religion | Politics

The Atheist Atrocities Fallacy — Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot

| by Michael A. Sherlock | Religious apologists, particularly those of the Christian variety, are big fans of what I have dubbed, the atheist atrocities fallacy. Christians commonly employ this fallacy to shield their egos from the harsh reality of the brutality of their own religion, by utilizing a most absurd form of the tu quoque (“you too”) fallacy, mingled […]

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The Problem with Intersectional Feminism

| by Helen Pluckrose | Those of us committed to social justice are accustomed to being told that intersectional feminism with its focus on critical race theory, queer theory and anti-ableism is the key. Only intersectionality, we are assertively informed, really listens to the experiences and needs of women of color, LGBTS, disabled people and […]

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Religion | Politics, Review

The Salman Rushdie Fatwah, 28 Years Later

| by Malhar Mali | When Salman Rushdie wrote the sentence, probably some time in 1987, in The Satanic Verses, “Now there was no demand for satires — the general fear of Mahound had destroyed the market for insults and wit,” describing the milieu in the fictional city Jahilia which had been conquered by a war-lord, little could he […]

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What Trump’s Immigration Order Got Wrong

| by Ahnaf Kalam | True to his campaign promises, President Trump quickly signed an executive order barring migrants from seven countries of origin to the United States under concerns of terrorism: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan. No, the executive order is not a “Muslim ban,” as many people would have you […]

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How Distrust of Unbelievers Runs Deep in American History

| Leigh E. Schmidt | Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama recently raised eyebrows during his confirmation hearing for attorney general when he expressed doubts that secular people respected the truth as much as did those with religious convictions. Even as he insisted that there should be no religious tests for holding public office, Sessions was queasy about […]

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Antifa and the Women’s March: A Tale of Two Protests

| by Mitchell Blatt | One day after anarchists smashed the windows of Starbucks and burnt a limousine with the stated purpose of protesting Trump’s inauguration, half a million marched on Washington and many more across the country as part of the Women’s March. The contrast in the behaviors of the two groups of protesters […]

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How to Erode Conservative Support for Donald Trump

| by James A. Lindsay | “What do you mean, our end-of-year bonuses?!” My friend works for a relatively large company that manufactures and distributes mobile and modular homes. Many of its employees voted for Donald Trump and support him. Prognosticating experts suggested they’d suffer from Trump’s policies, though not nearly as much as others, […]

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The Problem with Gender-Neutral Pronouns

| by Zak Kroger | For some, one of the struggles with the English language is the lack of a gender-neutral pronoun. Sure, we have they, them and it, but that doesn’t really do the trick when trying to describe a potential person of unknown gender. In such cases, we usually resort to saying “s/he”, […]

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