Religion

Christmas Should be More Commercial

It is time to take the Christ out of Christmas, and turn the holiday into a guiltlessly egoistic, pro-reason, this-worldly, commercial celebration.

Three Things You Did Not Know About Islam

Three things about Islam you didn’t know. For every opinion or belief someone may hold there will be another party who just as strongly oppose that idea. Both sides usually claim to sit with the best arguments, the real facts and the...

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Jesus Christ or John Galt? The Republican Party’s Identity Crisis

Republicans who support capitalism need to understand that those who combine religion with politics are their enemies, and must be ostracized from the party. In order to be successful, they need to defend capitalism on ethical grounds, which means recognizing that their best pitchman is not Jesus Christ, but John Galt.

On The Rise of Islamic Rule in Turkey

Any “interpretation” of Islam that is consistent with the Koran as a revealed, unquestioned authority will end in a reversion to its brute, fundamental meaning: the subordination of women and non-Muslims to dictatorial rule by a clerical elite.

The Meaning of Jihad

To counter such mystically motivated fanatics, we who wish to uphold reason, civilization, and individual rights must understand our own case thoroughly and oppose the forces of the dark ages with forthright conviction.

Thank You

Most are thankful to God. I am thankful to man — specifically, to those individuals who (over the centuries) have created the countless things I need for survival and enjoyment.

Ashland University Reenters the Dark Ages

Yesterday, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on Dr. John Lewis' recent travails at Ashland University (subscription required). For those who are unaware, here is a brief recap: After initially denying Lewis tenure this spring because Lewis supports Ayn Rand's...

Religion vs. Liberty

America’s war on terrorism is being undercut–by the administration’s efforts to inject religion into politics.

The Religious Conservatives’ War on Birth Control

Virtue, according to Christianity, consists of sacrificing one’s desires and goals in the name of fulfilling one’s duties to God. Sex, on this premise, is at best a necessary evil–a sinful act, justifiable only by the duty to procreate.

Pope Benedict the Deeply Mistaken

When the Koran or a Mullah asks followers to subjugate or kill those who do not uphold the ideas of Islam, the line from civilized dialogue to rule by force is crossed. Someone who is required to "accept" Islam at the point of a gun has not made a moral choice. Those...

The Pope vs. Islam

The Muslim world is storming in violent outrage against the Pope's recent quoting of a 14th Century emperor of the Byzantine Empire. A NY Times editorial says: "The pope quoted the emperor saying, 'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will...

The Islamist Threat To Civilization

In reacting to the Islamists’ ongoing cartoon Jihad, most commentators have focused on the issue of free speech. This is natural, and necessary, since eradication of free speech is the most immediate risk; and certainly without free speech there can be no defending...