Dawkins gets a break at last

“If we construe ‘Islamophobia’ as ‘fear of Muslims’ and not ‘hatred of Muslims,’ then the press is guilty of it far more than is Dawkins.”

Why Evolution Is True

At last the British press has given Richard Dawkins a break! In truth, I can’t remember the last pro-Dawkins piece they’ve published, although there are dozens taking the other side, every one a carbon copy of the others.  Strident. Bigot. Racist. Superannuated.  You know the tropes. While people have every right to differ with Richard’s ideas, the wolf-pack behavior of the British press is more like a feeding frenzy than a reasoned assessment of his ideas.

But in the August 24 Spectator, British journalist and author Nick Cohen analyzes this phenomenon in a piece called “Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim bigots, not just Christian ones. If only his enemies were as brave.” He not only decries the press for its herd mentality, but indicts it for cowardice: its refusal to defend liberal Muslims who stand up against their oppressive and conservative coreligionists.

How refreshing is this beginning?

It’s August…

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Heath George, Credible Danger

Heath George (@WDP_HeathGeorge on Twitter) recently Tweeted the following:

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Twitter’s Outrageous Terms Of Service

evil-twitter-birdIn the last few days, Bravest Hero and father of skepticism ElevatorGATE*  got into a bit of hot water when delicate flower Ana Mardoll** got mad at Storify CEO Xavier Damman*** because Ana brought herself to the attention of ElevatorGATE, and wanted to blame someone else for it. The salient parts of this backstory can be found in these two Storify pages: one by ElevatorGATE, and one by LazySavant. John Scalzi (@scalzi on Twitter) recently wrote a blog entry on Storify’s Terms of Service.

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