What is wrong with Canadian atheists’ priorities?

On Saturday, sometime before 11 PM, someone set fire to the only mosque in Peterborough. No one was hurt, thankfully, and while the damage was considerable inside, the Masjid Al-Salaam building itself survived. A neighbour noticed the flames and alerted fire services, who managed to quickly confine the flames to … Continue reading

The Meaning Of Atheism, Part 3: The Meaning Of Agnosticism

In both Part I and Part II of this very intermittent series, I argued that the terms “agnosticism” and “atheism” were best used to describe distinct and mutually exclusive, though vaguely delineated, positions regarding the existence of deities. An atheist would tick the “no” box when asked whether at least … Continue reading

The Limits Of Free Speech And Public Monuments

Recently there was a lot of disgust expressed against a “Man charged after ‘fornicating the statue,’ police say” Yes, this is the same monument Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered at and, the same monument that saw teenagers in 2006 charged for urinating at. In all the above cases the charge … Continue reading

Chris DiCarlo: “The ‘FAIR’ Machine Project”

In one of his posts about INR5, Jerry Coyne discusses Chris DiCarlo’s presentation at the event: Chris DiCarlo related the heartbreaking tale about how he had lost jobs and tenure by being an atheist—in Canada!—and proposed that we devise some kind of “fairness machine” that could make decisions without human bias. … Continue reading

Why I Am No Longer an Atheist

Guest post by BillyBob The word atheism is simplistic and confusing. Atheists get asked facile questions like “are you a hard or soft atheist?” or “how do you know atheism is accurate and correct?” and many variations of these questions. It is a waste of time answering that atheism is … Continue reading

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