Tag Archives: religion

Thoughts on Iraq’s Church Bombing

I was saddened to read of the killing of more than 58 people in the hostage incident in a Catholic church in Baghdad. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility, and simultaneously issued a threat and warning to Coptic Churches in Egypt. Earlier … Continue reading

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A Case Study in Humankind’s Violent Struggle for Power

Yet another guest post by occasional ComingAnarchy.com contributor Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace. Institutions constantly battle for power. These battles can also bring out the worst in the people involved, and led the institutions to compromise their most core values in … Continue reading

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Readership religiosity survey results

Last week I posted a survey encouraging readers to reveal their religiosity. I was curious about the demographic makeup of our readership after reading a number of comments on religion over the past few weeks. Rather than a simple poll, … Continue reading

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Polling the readership: Religiosity

I thoroughly enjoyed Curzon’s informative post On the Origin of Religion from a few days ago. His write-up was well written and much of the commentary was thoughtful and stimulating (thought it did tend to stray off topic quite a … Continue reading

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Timeline of World Religions, Beta

UPDATE 2: And here’s the finalized version.

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Global importance of religion

In addition to this map, Gallup presents some interesting match ups of the religiosity of American states with various countries. And you thought Alabama and Iran had nothing in common.

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The prince and the pastor

I have been trying to think through President-elect Obama’s decision to have the purpose-driven pastor Rick Warren speak at his presidential inauguration. This choice has inflamed both the secular and LGBT community on the web including “Andrew Sullivan”:http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/12/taking-yes-for.html and “John … Continue reading

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A call for a different kind of don’t ask don’t tell

In “pointing out”:http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/11/guess_who_the_first_leader_of.php that it was Lenin, _not_ Darwin, who was the first leader of the Soviet Union, PZ Myers links to a piece on proselytizing evangelicals stirring up trouble in the US military. This time an “evangelical chaplain argues”:http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/11/30/105157/02/379/667800 … Continue reading

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Deny his citizenship

_The Economist_ “reports on”:http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11751650 the situation of Faiza M., a Moroccan woman who married a French citizen and moved with him back to France. She applied for citizenship and was rejected on the basis that she wore a _burqa_, a … Continue reading

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Goddamn religious censorship

There has been a round of religiously motivated censorship recently that I would like to draw everyone’s attention to. First is the anti-Koran film “Fitna”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitna_%28film%29 which was pulled from LiveLeak due to threats “according to the Underwire”:http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/03/dutch-film-fitn.html. Dan originally “had … Continue reading

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