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Bloggingheads.tv - The Wright Show - Bret Weinstein
Bret Weinstein on the Intellectual Dark Web and censorship in academia. Towards the end Weinstein argues that religion may have a very important evolutionary need that we havent figured out yet.
censorship  Wright  bloggingheads  Weinstein  Religion  evolution 
yesterday by HispanicPundit
The Problem with Amy Wax’s Immigration Argument | National Review
Poland, one of the most religious European countries, would be the 48th most religious American state, just below Connecticut in the percentage of adults who are “highly religious.” Every single other large European nation is far more secular than New Hampshire, America’s least religious state, often by a large margin. A mere 33 percent of New Hampshire adults are “highly religious.” Compare that to 11 percent in the U.K., 12 percent in France, 21 percent in Spain, 27 percent in Italy, 12 percent in Germany, and 17 percent in Russia.
Immigration  AmyWax  Europe  Religion  culture  NationalReview 
yesterday by HispanicPundit
(103) Making Sense with Sam Harris #114 - Politics and Sanity (with David Frum and Andrew Sullivan) - YouTube
Sam Harris, David Frum and Andrew Sullivan talk about the dangerous of Trump and the incentives of the media, the power of religion for altruistic work, kissinger,
TrumpAdministration  Frum  Sullivan  Harris  Podcasts  media  Religion  kissinger 
4 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
The Ezra Klein Show - Andrew Sullivan and I work out our differences | Listen via Stitcher for Podcasts
The argument that as mainline Christianity recedes, peganism type religions fill in the void, and the dangers therein.
Religion  christians  culture  sullivan  klein  podcasts  Immigration 
6 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Making Sense Podcast #125 - What is Christianity? | Sam Harris
Harris interviews Bart Ehrman, a new Testament scholar who is himself an agnostic.
History  christians  Religion  podcasts  SamHarris  bible 
11 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
(64) Joe Rogan Experience #1191 - Peter Boghossian & James Lindsay - YouTube
Two academics faked a bunch of papers on complete BS & got them published in serious academic journals just to show how ridiculous some of these majors (education, ethnic/gender studies, etc) have become. They talk about their experience on @joerogan show.Also, how the roots of all of this is post-modernism.
Academia  feminists  philosophy  Religion 
july 2019 by HispanicPundit
Joe Rogan Experience #702 - Milo Yiannopoulos - YouTube
Discussion on feminism, SJW, Britain as where the USA will go to, net neutrality, feminism, Christianity, homosexuality,
feminists  censorship  Campaign2016  Milo  JoeRogan  youtube  Britain  NetNeutrality  Religion  christian  gay-marriage 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
Giving Up Darwin
Stephen Meyer’s thoughtful and meticulous Darwin’s Doubt (2013) convinced me that Darwin has failed. He cannot answer the big question. Two other books are also essential: The Deniable Darwin and Other Essays (2009), by David Berlinski, and Debating Darwin’s Doubt (2015), an anthology edited by David Klinghoffer, which collects some of the arguments Meyer’s book stirred up. These three form a fateful battle group that most people would rather ignore. Bringing to bear the work of many dozen scientists over many decades, Meyer, who after a stint as a geophysicist in Dallas earned a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge and now directs the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, disassembles the theory of evolution piece by piece. Darwin’s Doubt is one of the most important books in a generation. Few open-minded people will finish it with their faith in Darwin intact.

Meyer doesn’t only demolish Darwin; he defends a replacement theory, intelligent design (I.D.). Although I can’t accept intelligent design as Meyer presents it, he does show that it is a plain case of the emperor’s new clothes: it says aloud what anyone who ponders biology must think, at some point, while sifting possible answers to hard questions. Intelligent design as Meyer explains it never uses religious arguments, draws religious conclusions, or refers to religion in any way. It does underline an obvious but important truth: Darwin’s mission was exactly to explain the flagrant appearance of design in nature.
Books  evolution  Religion  ClaremontInstitute 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
Joe Rogan Experience #681 - Gad Saad - YouTube
Gad Saad and Joe Rogan discuss censorship in the West, primarily in academia and how that intersects with criticisms of Islam, and its propensity for violence.
Saad  Culture  Academia  #MeToo  JoeRogan  Religion  Islam  Free-Speech  genderissues 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro: Religion, Trans Activism, and Censorship - YouTube
Sitting down and discussing the fundamentals of freedom, parenting, and SJW derangement syndrome.
Religion  Catholic  JordonPeterson  Shapiro  RubinReport 
may 2019 by HispanicPundit
Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris on religion – Beer and Conversation with Pigweed and Crowhill
On the power of mythology and story telling via religion to move evolution forward. How mere facts, and pure reason type system, will never compete.
Religion  evolution  krehbiel  JordonPeterson  SamHarris  video 
march 2019 by HispanicPundit
The Supreme Court’s Peace Cross case highlights a deeper question about religion - The Washington Post
As poverty recedes and survival becomes less uncertain, people simply have more time and inclination to think for themselves about life’s big questions. Spirituality does not die out but rather takes “individually flexible forms,” as Inglehart puts it. Inhabitants of advanced industrial societies “tend to become less obedient to traditional religious leaders and institutions, and less inclined to engage in religious activities,” Inglehart writes in his 2018 book, “Cultural Evolution.”
Religion  capitalism  culture  Europe  CharlesLane  WashingtonPost 
march 2019 by HispanicPundit
Religious competition was to blame for Europe’s witch hunts - Toil and trouble
When Mr Leeson and Mr Russ compared their witch-trial data to the timing and location of over 400 battles between Christian denominations, they found a much closer link. Where there was more conflict between Catholics and Protestants (in Britain, between Anglicans and Presbyterians), witch trials were widespread; in places where one creed dominated there were fewer. The authors conclude that churches engaged in a sort of “non-price competition”, gaining converts in confessional battlegrounds by advertising their commitment to fighting evil by trying witches.
Religion  Catholic  History  economist 
september 2018 by HispanicPundit
Blog: The greatest threat facing the West
Judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's nominee for the 7th Circuit Court, was questioned by Democratic senators such as Diane Feinstein and Dick Durbin on whether her Catholic faith would be an impediment to her as a judge. Question range from “Do you consider yourself an ‘orthodox Catholic?” from Durbin to Feinstein comments “…I think in your case, Professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”  
Democrats  christians  Catholic  Religion  AmericanThinker 
september 2017 by HispanicPundit
Did Jesus Have a Wife? - The Atlantic
He had a proposition. He had no talent for storytelling, he said, but he possessed the erudition to produce hundreds of pages of background material for a book—a thriller—that he wanted me to write. Instead of doing my own research, which could take years, I should rely on his. “I’d do all the legwork for you, and I wouldn’t want anything in return.”

The book’s subject, he said, would be “the Mary Magdalene story,” the “suppression of the female element” in the Church, and the primacy of the Gnostic Gospels, “maybe accumulating to a thriller story in the present.”

It sounded an awful lot like The Da Vinci Code.
Religion  Christianity  Catholic  history  AtlanticMonthly 
march 2017 by HispanicPundit
The political economy of vouchers and churches - Marginal REVOLUTION
We use a dataset of Catholic-parish finances from Milwaukee that includes information on both Catholic schools and the parishes that run them. We show that vouchers [funded by the government] are now a dominant source of funding for many churches; parishes in our sample running voucher-accepting schools get more revenue from vouchers than from worshipers. We also find that voucher expansion prevents church closures and mergers. Despite these results, we fail to find evidence that vouchers promote religious behavior: voucher expansion causes significant declines in church donations and church spending on non-educational religious purposes. The meteoric growth of vouchers appears to offer financial stability for congregations while at the same time diminishing their religious activities.
vouchers  catholic  religion  NBER  cowen 
march 2017 by HispanicPundit
The immigration–unemployment nexus: do education and Protestantism matter? - Marginal REVOLUTION
Using annual data from 1850 to 2010 for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA, this paper examines the impact of immigration and the immigrants’ educational and cultural background on unemployment. Instruments for 27 emigrating countries are used to deal with the feedback effects from unemployment to immigration. The results show that educated immigrants, in particular, and immigrants from Protestant countries significantly reduce unemployment, while poorly educated and non-Protestant immigrants enhance unemployment.
immigration  religion  jobs  assimilation  cowen 
january 2017 by HispanicPundit
The Left's Doomed Effort to Coerce the Right - Bloomberg View
I’ve heard from a number of evangelicals who, despite their reservations about the man, ended up voting for Donald Trump because they fear that the left is out to build a world where it will not be possible to hold any prominent job while holding onto their church’s beliefs about sexuality. Discussions I’ve had in recent days with nice, well-meaning progressives suggest that this is not a paranoid fantasy. An online publisher's witch hunt against two television personalities -- because of the church they attend -- validates the fears of these Christians.
Trump  religion  civil-liberties  mcardle 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
They Scare Me, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
When people lament the political externalities of open borders, they're usually picturing an influx of a group with a bad track record of being in charge. In a sense, these critics understate their case; numerical superiority can turn even the nicest groups into a mortal danger. But critics also overlook the open borders remedy: Diaspora dynamics notwithstanding, welcoming everyone is a great way to turn everyone into a minority. And while that hardly guarantees safety, it's less menacing than the status quo.
immigration  religion  caplan 
october 2015 by HispanicPundit
How to Put the Chill on Teen Sex - Bloomberg View
That, I am guessing, is why the conservative approach is failing to curb teen sexuality. Conservatives are pointing at sex and yelling “bad,” but teens are now informed enough to ask, “Wait, why is it bad?” Abstinence education gives no answer to that question; health-based sex education gives teens an answer, and it’s a good one
sex  smith  religion 
november 2014 by HispanicPundit
Ideas: Atheism and Morality: A Response To Dennis Prager
The reason the claim of moral consistency across people and cultures seems wrong is that we are used to talking about moral beliefs in terms of general moral principles, about which people quite often disagree. But people also quite often disagree about questions of physical reality viewed at that level—for instance what the sources are of global warming and what its consequences are, or whether Obama's deficit spending did or did not reduce the unemployment level over what it would otherwise have been. If we consider moral perceptions at a more fundamental level, evaluations of fully described situations with all factual disagreements resolved, they look a lot more consistent. Executing witches seemed right to King James, wrong to us—but then, he believed in witchcraft and we do not, a disagreement about facts not about morality.
religion  atheism  friedman  philosophy  moralissues 
october 2013 by HispanicPundit
The Subtle Value-Added of Frederic Bastiat, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
It's admittedly conceivable that wonks discovered intellectually serious substitutes for almost all of the mock-worthy arguments the public loves.  But a more plausible story is that few wonks truly free themselves from their emotional attachment to popular policies.  So instead of weighing whether e.g. Social Security is genuinely a good idea, they use their powerful intellects to defend Social Security to the best of their abilities. 
As David Henderson points out, there's nothing "conspiratorial" about my story.  Imagine a society where almost everyone believes in God because "Someone had to create the universe."  In his youth, the typical intellectual in this society found this argument convincing.  Now that he's older and wiser, he sees the popular argument's absurdity: "If someone had to create the universe, didn't someone have to create God?"  Yet these same intellectuals are almost as religious as the rest of the population, and spend their days fine-tuning subtle arguments fo
sidebar  caplan  yglesias  economics  religion  bastiat 
august 2012 by HispanicPundit
Anecdotes, Data and Single Motherhood | The American Conservative
Dougherty says he wishes there were more shame attached to out-of-wedlock childbearing, even though he’s the one who would have felt the shame had he been born in such a world. Well, there are parts of the world where social pressure against out-of-wedlock childbearing remains fierce, and where traditional sexual roles still predominate in the family. Japan and South Korea are the two best examples among developed countries. Rather than being characterized by the kind of families that predominated in America in the 1950s – early marriage and multiple children – they are characterized by low fertility, late marriage, and an increasing percentage of the population that never marries or has children. These societies are vastly wealthier today than they were a hundred years ago, but the cost of marriage and children in terms of social position has risen faster than per-capita GDP, and so marriage, and children, are in decline, notwithstanding the prevailing social conservatism.
sidebar  millman  religion  korea  japan  culture  marriage 
july 2012 by HispanicPundit
Would Arnold Support an RFPB?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Am I saying that Arnold wants to abolish the First Amendment and start a massive government crusade against religion?  Of course not.  I'm confident that Arnold is a staunch friend of religious freedom.  But his principles of consumer protection - all three versions -  are inconsistent with religious freedom.  Anyone who believes in religious freedom has to defend people's right to spend their money foolishly - and the right of firms to cater to such people. 

I understand why Arnold is offended when firms part fools and their money.  But I don't understand why he strays from his usual policy of tolerating what offends him.  If you correctly perceive a product to be junk, don't buy it.  Tell your friends not to buy it.  Tell the world not to buy it.  But don't ask the government to ban it.
sidebar  caplan  kling  fundamentals  regulations  constitution  religion 
july 2012 by HispanicPundit
Whence comes this sudden wave of economic determinism?
More plausibly it is the rise in female income (among other factors, including the rise of birth control, read more here) which is behind the decline in marriage, but that doesn’t fit with traditional mood affiliation, which finds the rise in female income to be good (which it is), and the decline in marriage to be — neither good nor bad per se but not exactly worth celebrating. If you can blame capitalism and wage stagnation for the decline of the family among lower earners, so much the better for ideology but as a sociological proposition that is a very weak hypothesis (do you see convincing links to real sociological evidence, showing this to be the dominant factor? No) and as Caplan shows it doesn’t fit with the economics either. Remind me again, how is wage stagnation supposed to explain the pronounced decline in religiosity, among lower earners, as shown by Murray? It’s well-known that a secular outlook is a normal good, and that on average poorer countries are more religious
marriage  sidebar  cowen  caplan  frum  wages  poverty  culture  religion  books  murray 
february 2012 by HispanicPundit
Catholics, Conscience and Contraception - NYTimes.com
...here I find Drum’s overall perspective simply appalling. The idea that the state should only “tread carefully” on issues of liberty, conscience and freedom of religion in areas where polling data shows significant support for the position or community in question is a recipe for majoritarian tyranny and government overreach. The logic that he’s applying to orthodox Catholics could be applied just as easily to the Amish, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Orthodox Jews, and a host of other groups that don’t have the kind of institutional resources that Roman Catholicism can muster in its own defense. Yes, sometimes state interests are compelling enough to trump religious liberties, and defenders of this mandate have every right to make that case. But the argument that the state’s interests can trump religious liberties so long as the group of people being asked to violate their consciences is small enough is not an argument at all. It’s just a raw appeal to power.
sidebar  douthat  drum  abortion  freedom  religion  moralissues  catholic 
february 2012 by HispanicPundit
Government and Its Rivals - NYTimes.com
Ponder that for a moment. In effect, the Department of Health and Human Services is telling religious groups that if they don’t want to pay for practices they consider immoral, they should stick to serving their own co-religionists rather than the wider public. Sectarian self-segregation is O.K., but good Samaritanism is not. The rule suggests a preposterous scenario in which a Catholic hospital avoids paying for sterilizations and the morning-after pill by closing its doors to atheists and Muslims, and hanging out a sign saying “no Protestants need apply.”
sidebar  douthat  abortion  moralissues  ObamaCare  charity  catholic  religion 
february 2012 by HispanicPundit
Yglesias » Mormonism: Treatment Effect Or Selection Effect
But is Mormonism giving people self-control here, or are people with a lot of self-control becoming Mormons? Harry Reid is an incredible rags-to-senate-leadership success story and also a convert to Mormonism, but I’m inclined to believe that the same qualities that have made him successful drew him to the Mormon religion rather than the religion drawing him to those qualities. And then of course most Mormons are simply the children of other Mormons who are inhering all kinds of attributes from their parents.
religion  culture  genetics  poverty  mormons  brooks  yglesias  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Ideas: How Real is Religious Belief: Three Cases
Contrast to that Catholics. Early in the 20th century, the Catholic church was the one major holdout against the eugenics movement, the project of keeping the unfit, or less fit, from reproducing, a project whose support ranged from George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill. In my lifetime, it has opposed contraception and abortion. It has not yet, so far as I can tell, come to terms with the now widespread acceptance of casual sex.
religion  catholic  history  friedman  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
A Case for Hell - NYTimes.com
The doctrine of hell, by contrast, assumes that our choices are real, and, indeed, that we are the choices that we make. The miser can become his greed, the murderer can lose himself inside his violence, and their freedom to turn and be forgiven is inseparable from their freedom not to do so.
christians  religion  catholic  douthat  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Religious conversion as an anti-poverty strategy — Marginal Revolution
A political conservative is more likely to make this point than to simply focus on the lack of money earned by the poor.  A political liberal is more likely to assume that the rate of strict religiosity can rise only so high, and take that as a background constraint.  Furthermore, under the exogenous thought experiment of many more poor people converting to Mormonism, positive selection bias diminishes and perhaps the religion as a whole becomes less strict.
religion  poverty  mormons  culture  cowen  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: Parenting: Anecdotes and Data
More fundamentally, what Bryan is asking is how much does parenting influence religiosity? To answer this question we have to distinguish parenting from parents. How do we do this? Adoption and separated twin studies. What adoption and separated twin studies show is that once you have controlled for parents, parenting has very little influence on adult religiosity. These studies could be wrong but, contra Tyler, stamping your feet is not good enough on this issue because what we naturally observe (primarily parents raising their biological children) is not what we need to know to answer the fundamental question.
parenting  genetics  religion  caplan  cowen  tabarrok  sidebar 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
Op-Ed Columnist - Heaven and Nature - NYTimes.com
Douthat reviews Avatar and the pantheistic message that it brings.
movies  environmentalism  religion  atheism  douthat  sidebar 
november 2010 by HispanicPundit
What Difference Does Religion Make? | John Goodman | NCPA
"Religious Americans make better neighbors by almost every index. They are more generous, with both their time and money; more civically active, in community organizations and political reform; more trusting; more trustworthy; and even measurably happier. The only exception to this list of positive traits: religious people tend to be less tolerant of views that clash with their own. These results hold even when the authors control for such factors as gender, education, income, race, region and age."
religion  tolerance  polls  goodman  sidebar 
october 2010 by HispanicPundit
Atheism and Indifference - NYTimes.com
"This makes a great deal of sense. The very act of declaring yourself an “atheist,” after all, suggests a particularly high level of interest in religious detail and debate — higher than many self-described Methodists or cradle Catholics who have a vague belief in God and show up at church on holidays, and also higher than the many nonbelievers who are merely indifferent to religion. Another way of putting it is that self-described atheists are the religious converts of the irreligious world. Like someone who leaps from Lutheranism to Catholicism, or Christianity to Islam, they’ve made an intellectual decision about their faith — or the lack thereof, that is. And so it isn’t surprising that they’d be more knowledgeable about the subject than the much larger populations of part-time churchgoers and “nothing in particular” nonpractitioners alike."
religion  polls  atheism  douthat  sidebar 
september 2010 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: Very good sentences
"Whereas Dawkins and co. are appalled by the belief in God, Hitchens is far more appalled by the idea that anyone would want to obey Him.
religion  hitchens  douthat  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Super-Economy: Mormons in America live longer than people in Sweden
"What fewer people know is that within the U.S, Mormons live far longer than non-Mormons. In Utah, LDS members live 6.5 years longer than non-members. This is a massive difference, indicating that life style, rather than health care system, is dominating the effect. "
Religion  christians  sweden  lifeexpectancy  SuperEconomy  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Update on religious affiliations of Supreme Court justices - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
"It looks as if Jews and men have been overrepresented, also Episcopalians (which, as I noted earlier, are not necessarily considered Protestant in terms of religious doctrine but which I counted as such for the ethnic categorization). Religion is an interesting political variable because it's nominally about religious belief but typically seems to be more about ethnicity."
SupremeCourt  religion  jews  catholic  christians  history  gelman  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
The New York Times' Muslim problem - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
Violent threats against those who degrade their religious figures is not unique to Muslims.
religion  muslims  christians  douthat  greenwald  sidebar 
april 2010 by HispanicPundit
The Jewish Factor in Blue States - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
", I could not help but think that the Jewish factor should go at least some way toward explaining why rich states like New York and California vote Democrat and why rich voters in rich states, although tending Republican, are less likely to do so than in poor red states, where almost no Jews live and where there is limited Jewish influence in the local media, academia, politics, and intellectual culture."
liberalism  conservatives  jews  religion  gelman  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
The Public Choice of the Ancient Hebrews, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"He presents strong evidence that the author of J came from Judah, the southern Jewish kingdom, while the author of E came from Israel, the northern Jewish kingdom. J elevates Aaron and slights Moses; E does the opposite."
religion  muslims  Catholic  christians  history  books  caplan  sidebar 
december 2009 by HispanicPundit
Op-Ed Columnist - The Next Culture War - NYTimes.com
"His main point is that nations decline because affluence leads to slothful wastefulness and decadence, but that America has avoided this (so far) because of the Protestant work ethic and the challenge of taming the frontier."
brooks  capitalism  catholic  religion  culture  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
The Man Who is Thursday: Why Church Going Guys Don't Have It That Bad With Women
"In short, church going guys have better dating chances than secular guys, and when they do find someone they want to marry, they are more likely to have a successful marriage".
marriage  religion  relationships  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: *Reflections on the Revolution in Europe*
"I am surprised that Christopher Caldwell's Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West has not sparked more blogospheric debate (with a few exceptions). This is an intelligent, well-reasoned argument against allowing so many Muslims into Europe. "
europe  books  muslims  religion  cowen  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
Badass Quote of the Day : Dispatches from the Culture Wars
"Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love."
religion  atheism  culture  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
Capitalism and the Jews | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty
"Milton Friedman's attempt to explain why Jews, who have done so well under capitalism, are, on average, so hostile to it."
capitalism  religion  friedman  freeman  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
Genetics and the Future of Religion, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"Religiosity is partly genetic, and the religious are out-breeding the secular. It follows, then, that societies will get more religious over time. But over at Gene Expression, Razib argues that while the premises are true, the conclusion is false."
religion  atheism  genetics  caplan  sidebar 
june 2009 by HispanicPundit
Ideas: Parenting, Peer Groups and Keeping Kosher
How differences in culture can make a family seem more peer group than actual peers.
culture  religion  parenting  harris  friedman  sidebar 
june 2009 by HispanicPundit
Are Conservatives Really Less Intelligent?
"As long as smarter people are more likely to be skeptical of tradition, then full-blown rejection of tradition will almost inevitably be associated with higher IQ, even if a majority of smart people still favor traditionalism."
politics  conservatives  liberalism  iq  religion  aei  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
Ideas: Does Free Love Promote or Impede Successful Marital Search?
On empirically testing whether a more promiscuous culture is better or worse for marriage.
sex  culture  marriage  religion  friedman  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
Inductivist - Real reason to oppose gay marriage
"Gay marriage is the further discrediting of a moral system that I argue is a constructive and rational system. The old way seems to be correlated with a thriving society, and to my mind social policy should aim to optimize societal success. Not only should we throw out gay marriage, we should work for a moral revival across the board".
gay-marriage  culture  religion  moralissues  inductivist  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
Inductivist: Religious folks give more blood
"One way to test the hearts of people is to see how often they do things for others for little to no reward. Donating blood is a good measure because there is no compensation for it, and it generally isn't even helping someone you know who might reciprocate in the future. It's helping the abstract other".
religion  atheism  charity  inductivist  sidebar 
april 2009 by HispanicPundit
Secular Right » Religion & age
religious identification as a function of age.
religion  SecularRight  sidebar 
april 2009 by HispanicPundit
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