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Daylight Atheism

Religion Promotes Morality: The Evidence

Dabanner
about 5 years ago

One could argue that atheism leads to immorality. With no God-given commandments, the atheist pretty much has to make up moral standards as he or she goes along... The philosopher John Locke – one of the intellectual forebears of American democracy – once said that atheists can't ultimately be ...

Undiplomatic

Lebanon's Problems Go Beyond Politics

Corniche
about 5 years ago

Attention is finally being paid to Lebanon’s latent political crisis. The prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, has sacked himself, according to the constitution, for failing to cobble together a power-sharing agreement of various ministries. Hariri blames the Hezbollah-led opposition for blocking ...

Waq al-Waq

The Forum Shell Game

Missing
about 5 years ago

Last year on the eve of September 11 the al-Ikhlas forum was taken off-line. I have yet to see a good explanation for its absence although I have heard plenty of conspiracy theories many of which could form the kernel of a good novel. It was a bit disappointing for the students who were about to ...

Waq al-Waq

Double Endorsement

Missing
about 5 years ago

I know Greg posted below about Christopher Boucek's Carnegie piece, but having read it last night I want to doubly endorse it. It is a large overview, but unlike many large pieces it hones in on many key and often over-looked details. One I found particularly interesting was the amount of private ...

Waq al-Waq

Housekeeping

Missing
about 5 years ago

Brian and I are both in the process of posting skeleton bios and e-mail addresses to our profiles. Over the coming days - hopefully not weeks - we will also be posting a reading list on Yemen as well as a comprehensive list of our own articles and some videos of speaking engagements. Stay tuned ...

Daylight Atheism

Defending Genocide

Dabanner
about 5 years ago

Image via. Of all the evil verses in the Bible, some of the worst must be the ones in which God orders his chosen people to slaughter and utterly exterminate the Canaanites who were living in the promised land, commanding them to kill men, women and children and to show no mercy to ...