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Secularism – its internal problems

Book Review: How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom by James Berlinerblau Price: US$15.29 Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 11, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0547473346 ISBN-13: 978-0547473345 Secularism makes the headlines these days … Continue reading

Religious theology of secularism

There has been a debate among local bloggers about the nature of secularism and the problem of religious privilege in a secular society. These sort of “god debates” generally produce more heat than light. However, it is worth actually considering … Continue reading

Does science lead to secularism?

Some writings on the science/religion relationship are important and interesting. But we have to sieve through such a lot of rubbish to find the gems. I guess its one area where most people have their own agenda and can’t keep … Continue reading

Secularism is important

Book Review: The Secular Outlook: In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism by Paul Cliteur Price: US$26.95; NZ$53.97 Paperback: 328 pages Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (September 7, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1444335219 ISBN-13: 978-1444335217 It’s funny how some people allow their emotional … Continue reading

Secularism in Australia and New Zealand

Book Review: Realising Secularism: Australia and New Zealand, Editor Max Wallace Price: NZ$25.00*; AU$25.00* Paper: 161 pages Publisher: Australia New Zealand Secular Association (May 2010) Language: English ISBN: 978-0-646-5270-8 *Order from ANZSA PO Box 554 Milsons Point NSW 1565 ($25 … Continue reading

Realising secularism

Here’s new book on secularism in Australia and New Zealand out this month. I have yet to see it but think it contains presentations from conferences held in Australia and New Zealand in 2008. I posted on the conferences at … Continue reading

Secularism is good for religion

I mean “good” in two ways: It helps reduce the tendency of religions to become cults with teachings and ideology more and more divorced from reality; It helps reduce the tendency to define “outsiders” as dangerous, maybe even deserving of … Continue reading

Voluntary media censorship is ethically wrong

Reporting the Syrian war has become very partisan. Some established media simply do not cover aspects of the war or limit their coverage to one side. The concerned person cannot, and should not, rely on a single media source to … Continue reading

Permission to have that conversation

In May, Maajid Nawaz presented this important talk at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum. It’s important because he attacks the concept that religion, and especially Islam, should be protected from criticism. And especially he attacks the concept that we should not talk about the … Continue reading

The “interfaith” trap – particularly for atheists

The video above shows some of the hassling of Maryam Namazie by members of the Goldsmiths Islamic Society when she gave a talk to the London’s Goldsmiths College on the topic “Apostasy, blasphemy and free expression in the age of ISIS.” … Continue reading