Beyond Belief 2

December 19, 2007

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The initial edit of video footage from Beyond Belief 2 is now up. If the video of the 2006 conference was any indication, it will be well worth a look.

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‘O Come All Ye Faithless

December 19, 2007

From the Christian Post:

A controversial Christmas card reading “O come all ye faithless” has been strongly criticized by Christians as an “ill judged and insensitive joke.” Borders book stores began giving away the card free with every copy of Richard Dawkins’ well known atheist work, The God Delusion, this Christmas.
The Rev. Jonathan Edwards, general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. said the idea was “crass.”

“I am quite sure that Borders intended their Christmas card as a joke. However, I personally find it an ill-judged and insensitive joke,” he said, as reported by Baptist Times.

Good grief.

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Expelled reviewed

December 18, 2007

Dan Whipple has seen and reviewed an advance viewing of Expelled. Sounds like it’s more or less what everyone expected – now we wait and see how it plays out.

(Via Pharyngula)

Rape victim pardoned

December 17, 2007

Sounds back to front doesn’t it?

The 19 year old Saudi rape victim sentenced to lashes and jail time for being alone in a car with a male who was not a relative when the rapists discovered her, and then had her reputation disparaged by the justice ministry to justify the court’s decision, has been pardoned by the Saudi King.

Thank goodness for small small mercies. I wonder if the poor child will ever be able to have anything approaching a normal life after all of this horror.

Some months ago I was lamenting the lack of functionality in my Generation 5.5 iPod that prevented me from adding songs to my “on-the-go” play list while my iPod was playing in shuffle mode.

I have just thought of a simple way around this:

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The Four Horsemen

December 17, 2007

If you’ve got some bandwidth to burn*, the Richard Dawkins Foundation has released the video of a round table discussion with Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens recorded in September, for free online.

The 4 Horsemen

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Meredith good. Me sleepy.

December 17, 2007

Back from Meredith. Far too tired to do anything for a couple of days – but I thought I’d post a few photos taken on my tiny little camera phone. Apologies for the appalling quality:

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The Supernatural Amphitheater on the Friday evening.

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