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Arguing men tend to be less religious than women for the same reasons that they tend to be less law-abiding.

Arguing that the New Atheists dislike religion for its humancentricity.

Seeing the Bible as literature clearly.

What is wrong with the UN Human Rights Council declaration against the “defamation of religion”.

A review of a book on what Khomeini’s fatwa unleashed.

Demurring from President Obama’s statement that “Islam has shaped America”.

The Muslim chaplain at Harvard has got himself into a bit of controversy for taking an orthodox Muslim position on what should be done to apostates.

Hitch not doing so well when arguing against an intellectually serious believer. More. A case of the difference between winning an argument and winning a debate.

On why faith and fertility are so connected. Arguing that secularisation is about to go into reverse, even in Europe: The share of the world's population that is religious is growing, after nearly a century of modest decline. …
A similar process seems to be occurring in Europe—as the religious become increasingly self-conscious of their unusual identity in a secular society, they become more resistant to secularisation. …
The occasionally cited figure of 30 per cent ethnic minorities in western Europe by 2050 is little more than an educated guess. One of the few countries to collect ethnoreligious census information is Austria, where a recent projection—based on a conservative estimate of 20,000 immigrants a year and various assumptions about religious abandonment and fertility—predicted that Muslims would make up between 14 and 26 per cent of the population in 2050, up from 4 per cent today.

Arguing that family structure is a fundamental driver of religious belief and secularisation: In brief, it is not only possible but highly plausible that many Western European Christians did not just stop having children and families because they became secular. At least some of the time, the record suggests, they also became secular because they stopped having children and families. If this way of augmenting the conventional explanation for the collapse of faith in Europe is correct, then certain things, including some radical things, follow from it.

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jordan179
Apr. 12th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
Abdul Basser (thankfully no relation of mine!) said:

I would finally note that there is great wisdom (hikma) associated with the established and preserved position (capital punishment) and so, even if it makes some uncomfortable in the face of the hegemonic modern human rights discourse, one should not dismiss it out of hand.

Tranlated from pomo-ese, what he said was that we should consider putting people to death for choosing to change their religion from Islam, even if some people don't like it because of the Western concept of human rights (which is "hegemonic" and therefore implicitly bad).

We can thank him for exposing the evil at the core of Islam to public view, and for proving that there really are no "moderate Muslims." After thanking him, I think that there is great wisdom associated with the established and preserved position (despising barbarians) and so, even if it makes some uncomfortable in the face of the hegemonic diversity discource, we should fire his ass and if he's not a US citizen, ship him back to whatever hellhole spawned the bastard.
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