Discussion from Mano Singham on the co-optation of the label ‘Christian’ by the religious right. I don’t follow him to his conclusion, but do think there’s a fair bit of work to do in rehabilitating the name of Christ on earth (and I’ve noted before that ‘taking His name in vain’ is much more and different than just verbal blasphemy).
Good article from Salon: http://www.salon.com/2012/03/20/santorums_bad_porn_science/
Like many of the experts consulted, I’m not pro-porn, I’m anti-bad-thinking and anti-bad-science.
One of the creators sent me the link below, and I think it’s interesting. I’m posting it as a discussion starter rather than because I whole-heartedly agree with all the claims made, but I think it’s interesting.
(even though I’m not an atheist)
When I read that his ideal society is The Culture: http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/03/13/this-is-not-the-church-of-ftb/ (FTB = Free Thought Blogs)
And, if you don’t know what The Culture is, you clearly have not read enough Iain M Banks. Here’s a short course from the man himself: http://www.vavatch.co.uk/books/banks/cultnote.htm
…and have probably said so before.