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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In A Dirtshell: Cosplay

According to Wikipedia, “cosplay” is

an activity in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.

Here are some pictures of good cosplay:

Good Cosplay 1

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Does Ool0n Have A Drinking Problem?

People in the skeptical community are concerned about ool0n’s rumored drinking problem:

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The CFI Running Joke: A Timeline

Copied with great respect from skep tickle at the Slymepit:

Friday June 14:

  • CFI Board meets, after having been the recipient of letter-writing/email campaigns regarding Lindsay

Saturday June 15:

  • Silverman appears on Brave Hero Radio, spends 30 minutes berating Vacula to denounce “all the shit”, to listen to the women (those reporting feeling harassed, any way), and that evidence is not needed

Monday June 17:

Wednesday June 19:

Friday June 21:

  • Point of Inquiry hosts, Mooney and Viskontas, resign from POI/CFI (as reported Tuesday June 25 by Watson)

Saturday June 22:

Sunday June 23:

  • Zvan indicates acceptance of Lindsay’s apology in Apologies are Hard
  • Benson puts up several more posts about Lindsay’s apology, including saying that she was too grudging in her prior post, now that she’s read Zvan’s post, and also (somewhere else) points out that she was fir-irst to accept Lindsay’s apology

Monday June 24:

Tuesday June 25:

SkepDirt Shuts Up And Listens

In honor of the catchphrase of the just-passed Women in Secularism conference, SkepDirt will, for the next two weeks, hold a Shut Up And Listen mini-forum here in the Comments section of this article. Read more of this post

On Yemisi Ilesanmi’s Poetry

Yemisi Ilesanmi, one of the newest bloggers on Freethoughtblogs, is clearly a force to be reckoned with. As her bio states, she’s a Master of Law in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights; a trade unionist; a human rights activist; an author; and sometimes moonlights as a plus size model.

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