Jesus and Mo Wednesday

rag Here’s today’s Charlie Hebdo cover in its full glory:   Recommended reading: “The Scurrilous Lies Written about Charlie Hebdo” The anniversary of the 7 January attack on Charlie Hebdo is coming up. Whether you feel that Charlie is a symbol of freedom of expression or a scabrous hate sheet, … Continue reading

Joni Mitchell and Michael Ondaatje

For some reason, I conflated the news that Joni Mitchell may or may not be in a coma with the news that Michael Ondaatje has withdrawn from next month’s PEN American Center gala because PEN intends to honour the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with a Freedom of Expression Courage … Continue reading

Garry Trudeau N’est Pas Charlie

I’ve never found Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury comic strip to be either laugh-out-loud funny or brilliantly incisive, and it’s been years since I read it at all regularly, but I do appreciate the strip’s wry, intelligent commentary on American politics when I happen to come across it. Trudeau isn’t an edgy … Continue reading

The Non-Conference 2015: A message from Spencer Lucas, Founder and Organizer

I launched The Non-Conference in November of 2014 with the rather bold intention that it would become an annual highlight in the atheist event calendar. With the success of the inaugural conference and the growing interest and excitement for the next, scheduled for August 2015, I am pleased to see … Continue reading

“News Media Have a Duty to Publish Controversial Cartoons”

Today, Atheist Freethinkers published a press release explaining why the media should publish the controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons: For immediate release News Media Have a Duty to Publish Controversial Cartoons Montreal, February 24th 2015 — Atheist Freethinkers (LPA-AFT), an association which promotes secularism and supports the rights of atheists, denounces … Continue reading

“Charlie, Copenhagen, the Niqab & that Odious Francis”

“Blog 051: Charlie, Copenhagen, the Niqab & that Odious Francis” by David Rand and posted on the Atheist Freethinkers website, is recommended reading. Rand is saddened and outraged by the killing of two people in Copenhagen on the 14th and 15th of February 2015: all available evidence indicates that we … Continue reading

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