Found thanks to a friend posting the link on Facebook, this is a scathing – but compelling, and, might I add, true! – diatribe on why a right-thinking person should be supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States of America. My feeling is that no amount of reason or invective will sway the minds of Trump supporters (as, from my various interactions with them on various social media platforms, they seem to be committed to a rigorously fact-free diet, utterly averse to reality), and indeed, the only solution may be a combination of medication, sustained psychiatric support, and perhaps some complimentary electroconvulsive therapy, for good measure. Still, to quote Mr. Edmund Blackadder (and with apologies to Alexander Pope), “Hope springs eternal, Baldrick”: some may find this persuasive, and it remains well worth reblogging, regardless.
An old colleague and I were having breakfast this morning when he looked up at the news (I can’t remember which network …MSNBC, I think) and noticed a split screen of Donald Trump and Hillary Clint…
As a European, I find the ideas expressed in this meme fascinating. We have our anthems and so forth over here, but I know of no country in Western Europe where reciting such things is virtually compulsory. Other than the US, if you were to ask me to name a country with mandatory displays of patriotism, quite honestly, I’d probably say North Korea. Continue reading →
Rapes. Murders. Police shootings of blacks. Miscarriages of justice. Incitement of racism, of misogyny, of religious bigotry, of homophobic discrimination, all fuelling ethnic, sectarian, and gender tensions, which in turn stimulate the aforementioned incitement. Children killing children. Porn-addled priests. Continue reading →
I was gladdened to stumble across a fellow Wordplogger’s post just recently, entitled “Why Atheists Call Out Christians on Morality“. It’s a heartfelt and I think quite representative account of the sort of vitriol, negative typecasting, and unempathetically demeaning comments that regular and otherwise inoffensive atheists can be subjected to, by the followers of the “religion of love” (who paradoxically tend to be the most vociferous in claiming persecution, but that’s for another blog post). Continue reading →
Anyone who regularly tunes in to academic, atheist and author Professor Richard Dawkins’ television appearances and YouTube videos will likely be familiar with the following extract, which popped up in my social media feeds again, recently. This particular clip features Professor Dawkins’ 2012 participation on the panel of Australian ABC TV’s discussion show, “Q&A”, taking questions from the audience.