How can we distinguish violence driven by ideology from sociopathic rage?

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Analysis and perspective come together in this article for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, by author, academic, and broadcaster, Kenan Malik, in the wake of last Wednesday’s terror attack in central London. Continue reading

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Gordon Klingenschmitt: American Gays Are Like ISIS, Metaphorically Throw Christians Off Rooftops

This is a good one.

The sheer, barefaced egregiousness of the man’s blatant self-victimisation had my jaw hitting the lino.

I would ordinarily be tempted to call him delusional, or perhaps call what he’s doing confabulation, but I suspect he knows exactly what he is doing, and that is speaking to others’ ignorance, and making an appeal to those who suffer from selectively amnesiac bigotry. Continue reading

McCarthyism and the 70-Year Stain, or Atheist-bashing from the Religion of Love

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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