The most recent newsletter from Dr. Paintball Hammond recycles one of his articles from 2004, which claims that universities are “hijacking our youth“. At the end of another long year of teaching, involving having to confront plenty of mindless prejudice, fundamentalism of various sorts, and deep confusion on how to reach justified conclusions, it’s really quite gratifying to read that we’re apparently doing a fine job. According to Hammond, tertiary education manages to turn three-quarters of believers into sane people (well, to some extent at least): Continue reading “The Frontline Fellowship wants your kids”
Even if children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction, do we know that this is a problem? Not on the basis of a study that's currently doing the (misrepresentation) rounds.
Dawkins is again in hot water, thanks to making comments that were always likely to be misunderstood - this time, on something he refers to as "mild paedophilia".
The claim that Dawkins is strident, shrill and so forth has become axiomatic through simple repetition, with few people bothering to make the distinction between "being discomfited by robust challenge" on the one hand and "those strident new atheists" on the other.
We should all – secular and religious alike – be encouraging the treatment of these Catholic child-abuse allegations as regular criminal cases, where suspects are arrested, questioned and sentenced if found guilty.
It should surely not be the case that wearing a funny hat grants you immunity from legal processes, and the Catholic priests who abuse children should be questioned.