Monthly Archives: October 2007

Movie Review: For the Bible Tells Me So

by John C. Snider © 2007 The Bible is pretty straightforward in its message when it comes to homosexuality: it’s a sin, and those who insist on practicing it are going to Hell.  It’s simple. Or is it?  The growing … Continue reading

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Superstitions in the news…

One-third believe in ghosts, UFOs – How pathetic do you have to believe to go to all the trouble to move out of your house because you think it’s haunted?  (Of course, journalists haul out these stats every Halloween.) Superstitious … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged 50th Anniversary Celebration – Part 2 of 2

Five Questions with Nathaniel Branden (Author of The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem)   by John C. Snider © 2007   [Ayn Rand’s magnum opus Atlas Shrugged turns 50 this month.  Objectivists are celebrating, and CSPAN 2 recently devoted several hours … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged 50th Anniversary Celebration – Part 1 of 2

But Is It Science Fiction?  Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged” by John C. Snider © 2007 [Ayn Rand’s magnum opus Atlas Shrugged turns 50 this month.  Objectivists are celebrating, and CSPAN 2 recently devoted several hours of programming to discussions about … Continue reading

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Is Freethought Radio a “new war on religion”?

Fox News Channel has taken note that Freethought Radio (produced by the Freedom from Religion Foundation) is now being broadcast nationwide via Air America.  Media Matters has posted TV clips and other info, including Fox News anchors reporting the news … Continue reading

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Religion Trumps Reason in Kids’ Vaccinations

Why is it that religion gets a pass when it comes to public health?  This could be one of those trumped-up “trends that aren’t really trends” that the media like to cart out all the time.  Still, it really pisses … Continue reading

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Catholic League Protests “Chocolate Jesus”

Well, the humorless Catholic League (“defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination”) is pushing it’s Right Never to Be Offended yet again.  This time they’re protesting … Continue reading

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Movie Review: An Inconvenient Truth

Review by John C. Snider © 2007   [Now that Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in raising awareness about global warming, now’s as good a time as any to reprint my review of his … Continue reading

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Interview: Five Questions with Sam Harris

© John C. Snider 2007 [This interview originally appeared in 2005 in The Eudaimonist, the official newsletter of the Atlanta-based Fellowship of Reason.  Harris published his Letter to a Christian Nation in 2006.] Sam Harris is a Stanford-based philosopher, doctoral … Continue reading

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Sam Harris vs. the “Atheist” Movement?

© John C. Snider 2007 One of the highlights of last weekend’s “Crystal Clear Atheism” conference was a presentation by Sam Harris entitled “The Problem with Atheism” (reprinted here at the Washington Post). Here is, I think, the crux of … Continue reading

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