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Sam Harris: ‘The Separation Between Science and Human Values Is an Illusion’

We were a little slow on the uptake when it came to finding this TED talk that author and Truthdig contributor Sam Harris gave this past winter, but it’s definitely worth a belated look, or even a second look, as the case may be.

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Better Dead Than Red

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The Flock

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Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


There Are Crazies on One Side

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree militia by saying that there are “crazies on both sides.” This simply is not true.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?

Fritz Stern wrote “In Germany there was a yearning for fascism before fascism was invented.” It is the yearning that we now see, and it is dangerous.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Daddy Dearest

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How the Pope Can End the Scandal

As the church rightly teaches, acknowledging the true nature of our sin is the one and only path to redemption and forgiveness.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Crisis of Catholicism

I would think one judgment history will make on the Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council (1962-65), under Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI, will be a reproach for its failure to lift the rule of celibacy for secular priests.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


Vow of Silence [A Cartoon From Austria]

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Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


On Health Care, Listen to the Nuns

One of the tragedies of the viciously politicized battle over health care reform is the defection of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops from a cause they have championed for decades. Thank God for the nuns.

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The Truth About American and Israeli Interests Comes Out

The relationship between the United States and Israel has always rested on a number of pretensions, politically useful to politicians on both sides, but because they are untrue, certain eventually to prove destructive to both countries.

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NYC’s Jihad Against Debbie Almontaser

She was the founding principal of the first Arabic-language public school in the United States, until a campaign of hate forced her out.

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Flickr / jonathan mcintosh

Beck’s Jeebus Boo-Boo

Glenn Beck has managed to piss off religious folk by ordering his listeners to “run as fast as you can” from churches that talk about “social justice and economic justice.” That doesn’t sit too well with Catholics, people who like to quote that justice-loving hippie Jesus and even Beck’s own Mormon church. (Audio after the jump).

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ben Margot

Calling All Rebels

Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. How do we fight back?

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / hikikomorix

The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

When criticized, many followers of one faith or another mistakenly perceive a personal attack, and tend to elevate the sacredness of their own individual beliefs at the expense of universal free expression, thus sullying the discourse before it can even begin.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Danish Paper Apologizes for Cartoon

A Danish newspaper that published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban has apologized for offending Muslims. The penitence was part of a settlement between the paper and eight Muslim groups. The apology has been denounced by other members of the Danish media, which previously stood united in rejecting calls to back down in the face of Islamic outrage over the cartoon.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


Bible Study [A Cartoon From Germany]

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tampabay.com

Scientologists Hire Journalists to Investigate Journalists

The St. Petersburg Times has done some in-depth reporting about the Church of Scientology that hasn’t always cast the organization in the best light, let’s say. The Times’ top brass must’ve known what they were getting into in opening that particular Pandora’s box, though, as the CoS ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Barker

Haiti Frees Most of the Jailed Missionaries

Eight of the 10 Baptist missionaries accused of kidnapping have been sent packing by a Haitian judge, who said he had not finished questioning the group’s leader and nanny. The judge said that parents of children taken by the missionaries made statements in their defense, AP reports.

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Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany

Kidnapping Is Not Charity

Even in the midst of a terrible natural disaster, spiriting away a busload of kids—with vague plans to worry about the “paperwork” later—is no act of charity.

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Pink Pork Edition

Why pork is the new Viagra, tech companies need to stop treating women like girls and what documentarians do when the cameras are off. All this and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE



Pre-State of the Union Edition

Petraeus says there’s plenty more Afghan war where that came from, Saudi Arabia gets to buy an election or two and Social Security goes on the chopping block. These stories and more on today’s list.

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God Is Watching

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Divine Intervention

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‘Glenn Beck Is Mean’ Edition

America’s most famous crybaby was just vicious to Sarah Palin. He asked her who her favorite founding father was ... and ... she ... froze. In other news: Privacy is for old people, it looks like the Jews didn’t build the pyramids, and someone was arrested for interfering with Tiger Woods’ right to sell Gatorade.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE



Bye-Bye, Bill Moyers Edition

Translating Shakespeare into English (sorry, snobbies), how to get kicked out of preschool (don’t cut your hair), “Android Karenina,” which right-wing nut job is going to replace Bill Moyers and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Mrs. Robinson Edition

While the real-life Mrs. Robinson, an ultraconservative, “sanctity of marriage” homophobe from Northern Ireland, was shtupping a teenager, our feet were all getting bigger. Confused? Head on past the jump for clarification—and maybe even a little enlightenment.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


It’s an Oy

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U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Al-Qaida Uses U.S., U.S. Plays Along

It is not widely understood that the policy objective of al-Qaida is not to attack Western countries, but to bring about an upheaval in the Islamic world in which Islam can be rescued from corrupted governments and degenerate practices.

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AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Walls Never Work—in the Middle East or in Ireland

The story of the Protestant "settlements" in Ireland provides a ghostly narrative of those modern-day "settlements" in the West Bank, where the Israelis insist on fighting the world’s last colonial war with the assistance of that great anti-colonial nation known as the United States.

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A Partial Truce in the Religious Wars

This year the culture wars went into recession along with the economy.

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The Profit

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The Anti-Semite

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Larry’s List: Hanukkah Hangover Edition

Put down the dreidel and step away from the latkes. It’s time to read about the mercenary surge in Afghanistan, Sarah Palin the Terminator, why your boss is incompetent and much more.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

The Fallacy of Good vs. Evil in Afghanistan

Both Barack Obama and George W. Bush were saying in different ways that we Americans are good and Taliban or jihadists are bad. But the reason we are good is that we are we, and we are justified in punishing them because they are they.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Cartwright

Scientology: Coming to Your Neighborhood?

Nancy Cartwright, the face behind the voice of Bart Simpson, is here to tell you in her non-cartoon voice about the excitement of recruiting new members for the Church of Scientology, which has long counted her among its members. There’s a “crusade” afoot in 2010, according to Cartwright ... (continued) 

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Composite: Wikimedia Commons / Rursus / Oren neu dag

Americans Picking and Choosing From Religious Grab Bag

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, Americans are getting more creative with their choice of religion—or choices, as the case may be. They’re picking and choosing from various world religions and using the Internet to learn about different faiths.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Peace Prize Speech

Accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Thursday, President Barack Obama acknowledged the controversy of his award, as “the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.” He spoke of one of those wars, Afghanistan, in terms of self-defense and shared his thoughts on the concept of “just war.” (full remarks inside)

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


Orrin Hatch’s Hanukkah Song

Can someone explain how über-Mormon Sen. Orrin Hatch came to write a Hannukah song? Oh wait, Jeffrey Goldberg just did and took all the fun out of it. Better to not know, and watch the video after the jump.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Gay Animals Edition

Today on the list: the power of same-sex liaisons, poetry in the Bible and more. Update

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Troy Jollimore on Karen Armstrong’s ‘The Case for God’

Have nonbelievers misunderstood, even as they have mocked, the very concept of God—a concept that has more to do with practice than belief?

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Larry’s List: West Point Hangover Edition

A few of the morsels that landed in Larry’s web this post-escalation day: How to protest a homophobic protester, Obama speech aftermath, digitizing Da Vinci and much, much more. Update

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / House Of Sims

Give Kennedy His Cracker

The name Kennedy is just about synonymous with American Catholicism, but (at least) one of the brood is publicly feuding with the church. Patrick Kennedy, son of Ted and U.S. representative of Rhode Island, has been forbidden by his bishop to take communion since 2007.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


DemocracyNow

Throw the Money Changers Out of the Temple

Wall Street profits are an obscene affront to Scripture, as Robert Scheer details in an interview with Amy Goodman on “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


Three Abortion Coverage Myths

Let’s dispense with three fallacies swirling about the question of abortion coverage in health care reform.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Has Tough Love for China

President Obama’s remarks at a Shanghai town hall meeting Monday were unlikely to please either the power brokers in Beijing or the hawks on the home front. Obama said China and the U.S. were not adversaries, but he also spoke of “universal rights,” which ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE



childmigrantstrust.com

Australia Sorry for Abuse of Castoff Kids

In the decades after World War II, some 10,000 British children were separated from their families and exiled to Australia, where many were physically and sexually abused and some were put to work in what were effectively child labor camps. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2009 READ MORE


Where Does the Caving End?

If pro-choice Democrats turn back reproductive rights, it proves that they can be rolled by intransigent opposition. And once rolled, it’s all downhill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / el fedora

And on the Eighth Day, God Created Aliens

The Vatican used to burn people for talking about aliens. Now it holds conferences on the subject. After presiding over such an affair, the director of the Vatican Observatory explained “we cannot put limits on God’s creative freedom.” (continued)

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


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orbiscatholicus.com

Crucifixes Barred From Italian Classrooms

An Italian mom’s wish for her kids to have a secular education provided the catalyst for a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to bar crucifixes from being displayed in Italy’s classrooms. Needless to say, the court’s decision didn’t sit well with the Vatican.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


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