American Theocracy in the Making: These so-called “Christians” are so clueless about the separation of church and state principles basic to the United States Constitution it is scary. Seven mountains all right: seven mountains of stupidiy

June 1, 2017

This is dangerous. These people are trying to re-establish Christendom, either overtly or covertly – what Wallnau calls ‘Jehova sneaky’. Whe I hear these people complain about the Muslims plotting to take over the West, it makes me wonder if, in fact, they have learned these perverse ways from the American Religious Right.

via American Theocracy in the Making – May God have mercy! — Persona

American Jim Crow Racism Inspires the Nazis

May 22, 2017

by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad Let’s Try Democracy, April 21, 2017 April 23, 2017 James Q. Whitman’s new book is called Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and overdocumented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try.

via How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis by David Swanson — Dandelion Salad

Academia run a-mock: The “conceptual penis” satire is taken seriously by a so-called “high quality” peer reviewed journal

May 21, 2017

It’s been 21 years since physicist Alan Sokal submitted a bogus paper to a special “Science Wars” issue of the cultural studies journal Social Text. His paper, “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity“, maintained that quantum gravity was a social construct, using many bizarre quotes from postmodern scholars to make its case. Almost immediately […]

via A new academic hoax: a bogus paper on “the conceptual penis” gets published in a “high quality peer-reviewed” social science journal — Why Evolution Is True

The Scopes Trial: Suppressing the Right to Teach Science in the Name of Religion

May 14, 2017

Scientific American recently made its January, 1959 issue available free to the public, but you have to go through a complex procedure of registering, ordering it for $ 0.00, and then downloading it when your order is accepted. Reader Barry has done the work for us and sent me a pdf of the issue. The […]

via Free article on the Scopes Trial — Why Evolution Is True

Academic Research Gone Nuts!

May 10, 2017

I’ve written about dumb papers connecting Halloween pumpkins and Pilates with racism, and about how “feminist glaciology” could expel patriarchy from geology, but the paper I’m about to highlight takes the cake. First, two preliminary comments: 1.) I have never been so ashamed to be an academic, and 2.) This paper is the kind of “scholarship” that is making […]

via More academic madness: Published feminist analysis of squirrel diets and reproduction shows that squirrels, like marginalized human groups, are otherized, gendered, and fat-shamed — Why Evolution Is True

Curriculum Vitae April 2017

April 28, 2017

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Chomsky and the New Atheists

April 11, 2017

Noam Chomsky, linguist, writer, and political activist, has long admitted—is “admitted” the right word now?—that he’s an atheist. Nevertheless, according to the Ideapod and Attack the System blogs, he has no love for the ideas of New Atheists. These quotes appear to be about ten years old, but I thought they were worth reproducing here. (Note: the quotes appear […]

via Atheist Noam Chomsky disses New Atheists — Why Evolution Is True

Iran sentences art gallery owners to death

March 27, 2017

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By Grania

Although it has been not been reported very widely in the Western press, on March 12th Iran sentenced Iranian-American Karam Vafadari and Afarin Nayssari to death.

They were originally arrested on charges of serving alcohol in their home and hosting mixed-gender parties. Vafadari is Zoroastrian and thus is technically not bound to these Islamic laws. Minority religions in Iran are protected in their Constitution.

Kateh Vafadari, the sister who lives in the USA claims that the case is really about “extortion, property seizure and national security threats“. Former Italian ambassador to Iran, Roberto Toscano, agrees:

“The reason must be a different one…political blackmail toward the US (of which they are also citizens), envy for their success, intimidation toward the Zoroastrian community, desire to grab their properties, [and] repression of contemporary art (the reported destruction of works of art at their home would point in this direction).”

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The Dangerous Suppression of Free Speech on University Campuses

March 13, 2017

For someone who reads this site regularly, Frank Bruni’s arguments in Saturday’s New York Times op-ed, “The dangerous safety of college“, won’t be new. But perhaps you should read the short piece anyway, if for no other reason than to show that some liberal and mainstream columnists (Bruni is openly gay as well) are recognizing that American […]

via Frank Bruni on the American college “safety bubble” — Why Evolution Is True

Mitigating the Pendulum Swing in American politics? Should liberals try to reconcile with Trump voters? Given the “in-your-face” pugnacious attitude of the GOP and Trump personally is this a reasonable strategy?

February 19, 2017

As you will know from reading this site, I have no love for Donald Trump. I fear he’s going to destroy America, and that this comes from his narcissism—his caring more about being loved and admired than about the welfare of America (or anyone but himself). But what I see now among the Left is […]

via Does demonizing Trump supporters help the Left? — Why Evolution Is True