Category Archives: religion

Christian Today gives the wrong answer to question of why are less wealthy countries more religious?

The Telegraph gives some new data from a Pew survey on how people in various countries feel about religion. The one graph shown depicts the percentage of people from 40 countries who say that religion is “very important in their lives.” Here it is:   The good news is that countries like the UK and Australia are […]

We Got Scared: a paean to science and rationality

This nine-minute piece was created by DogmaticCure, which has produced a number of rationalist videos. It touts rationality and science as a palliative for the fear and divisiveness produced by ideology and religion. It’s essentially a visual presentation of Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature, though it doesn’t really mention the decline of violence in the last few centuries. […]

The UK is a Christian nation: damn those pesky High Courts and Humanists

by Grania Spingies Although most Americans correctly regard Europe as a fairly secular place with far lower levels of religiosity than the US; countries within Europe often find that there are still people in positions of power who find this immensely annoying and pine for the imaginary halcyon days of yore when European nations all bent […]

A satire of Western apologetics for jihadist terrorism

I was delighted to see that my friend Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar, a secular activist born in Iraq, has published a hilarious piece on his website, a piece called “I am a jihadist and I am tired of not being given credit.” It’s short, so I’ll reproduce it all; and I’ll have more serious things to say about […]

Ireland’s abortion laws: the littlest embassies

JAC: When I heard about the campaign by Irish women to tw**t their menstrual cycles to Ireland’s prime minister, I knew there was a story, but wasn’t clear on the details. I asked Grania, who lives in the Republic of Ireland, to enlighten us: by Grania Spingies Sometimes Ireland has to be a direct democracy to […]

The new Pew survey: religiosity in America continues to decrease, “nones” are biggest group among Democrats

This time I won’t digest the whole thing for you, as the title of the newly released Pew Survey, called “U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious,” tells the tale (full pdf here). But they try to leaven the “bad” news with some other findings: Is the American public becoming less religious? Yes, at least by some […]

BBC poll: 40% of Brits don’t believe that “Jesus was a real person,” but BBC assumes he was!

The link to this BBC article came from reader Ant, and when I first read it I think I completely misinterpreted it. Here it is in its entirety, along with the headline (emphasis is the BBC’s, not mine). Forty percent of people in England do not believe Jesus was a real person, a survey suggests. However, 43% […]

“Belief” and Knowing, Oprah-style

by Grania Oprah Winfrey needs no introduction to anybody in the English-speaking world. She has long been the unparalleled, big-time player in day-time TV chat-shows. Her popularity was due to the show providing a mix of celebrity puff-pieces, frank discussions of taboo social problems, and self-help programs that ran the gamut from offering acceptable information to outright dubious […]

Kim Davis and the Pope, Volume MCMDXXVIII of ‘I am not a homophobe’

by Grania Spingies Regular contributor Pliny The In Between has created a new satirical poke at the strange logical contortions from the school of Special Pleading. As Jerry noted recently, there is nothing particularly liberal about the Pope’s position on anything; not unless you apply a really low standard to what liberal is: his organization bars women […]

Why is religion privileged over philosophy?

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that, at least in the U.S., and certainly in Canada, the government defers far more to religious beliefs than to philosophical ones. There are Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (but no philosophical ones); when there was a military draft you could get a conscientious objector exemption if you were religious, but not […]