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Daylight Atheism

The Murder of Dr. George Tiller

Dabanner
almost 5 years ago

If you've been following the news, you already know that Dr. George Tiller, one of only a handful of doctors left in the United States who perform late-term abortions, was murdered this week. A suspect, Scott Roeder, is already in custody. Since the election of Barack Obama, there's been a ...

Waq al-Waq

Quick notes from an undisclosed location

Missing
almost 5 years ago

Even though I'm technically on vacation and studiously avoiding anything that resembles work (I don't think Richard Yates counts), I couldn't resist a quick peak at the latest issue of Sada al-Malahim (issue 9), which was posted on Friday. In addition to yet another instance of the hall of mirrors ...

Daylight Atheism

Mr. T Tackles the Problem of Evil

Dabanner
almost 5 years ago

It's not only professional philosophers and theologians who have an opinion on matters touching the sacred. Sometimes, gold-jewelry-wearing, mohawk-having, former '80s television and movie action stars have words of wisdom to express on these weighty matters. Like, for instance, Mr. T, who ...

Waq al-Waq

Programming Note

Missing
almost 5 years ago

I'm heading off for a few days of what I like to think is a much-deserved vacation later today, which means that postings will likely be sporadic over the next week. I'm sure I will post some, but much of it will be determined by how bored I am and/or how frustrated I am with attempting to ...

Novel Copy

Will The Vultures Reign In The E.U. Elections?

K0628624x
almost 5 years ago

In the run-up to the European Union's Parliamentary elections next week, ideology has taken a backseat to a general grumbling for political change. Unfortunately, this grumbling is unlikely to be backed by actual votes. The parties that control Europe's 27 different national governments are ...