Religion | Politics

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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Your Identity is Not an Argument

| by Jonathan Gleadell | 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 […]

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Racism Does Not Equal Prejudice + Power

| by Steven Zanuttini | You may have encountered people in universities or on social media endeavoring to redefine the meaning of the word “racism” to include terms such as “power” or “institutional power” as the criteria used to determine who can be racist and cannot be racist. The idea originated in American academia in […]

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WMD: Words of Mass Destruction

| by Christopher Kiely | 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, […]

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