‘Proof’ of Psychic Powers, Fish Numbers and HIV

Proof of psychic powers? Actually, no. Just proof that academics are not easily able to think beyond their preconceived notions. Professor Daryl Bem says his work shows most people have psychic powers. He conducted nine different experiments on over 1000 students. Eight of the experiments showed some psychic ability. I am willing to bet that …

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Why Be Good?

One of the arguments for the existence of God is that without God, there can be no objective moral standards. Rights are whatever we decide they are, good and bad are whatever we decide they are. But we all do acknowledge objective standards of morality – some things are good, and some things are bad, …

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Engineering, Medicine, Whatever …

Bombs found on planes in Dubai and Britain were large enough to have destroyed the planes mid-air, killing all on board, and causing further casualties if the bombs exploded over populated areas. A woman named Hanan al Samawi has been arrested in Yemen. The Telegraph headline says she is an engineering student, while later in …

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Respect for Women

You can’t be a bloke if you don’t respect women. But ask a group of women if they respect men and you will likely be greeeted with hoots of derisive laughter. Not true of all women, of course, but true of more than it should be. Interesting, and not unexpected, then, the instant castigation of footballers …

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Osama Bin Laden Worried

And so he should be. But what is he worried about? Climate change. Of course. There are two possibilities here. Either Osama is an ignorant bloodthirsty hypocritical loon, and he really does believe that anthropogenic climate change is a bigger threat to world peace than he is. OK, it’s certainly possible. Or he is an …

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Anglican Diocese of The Murray

News last night that my friend of more than thirty years, the Right Reverend Ross Davies, has resigned as Bishop of The Murray. Over the last year, a Special Tribunal of the Anglican Church has been meeting to consider charges brought against Bishop Davies by the Archbishop of Adelaide and the Bishop of Willochra. These charges included disgraceful …

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What Religious Wars?

A superb short article by Anthony Esolen at Touchstone Magazine’s Mere Comments blog: It is a commonplace among our ruling class that religion is irrational and inherently divisive, fostering hatred of one group for another.  On the rationality of religious faith, Christian philosophers and theologians have long spoken, and I am not going to repeat …

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Muslims Have More Rights

And are safer in Western countries than in any Islamic country. So says Muslim woman Raheel Raza, formerly of Pakistan: The Pakistan ambassador gets up and leaves in obvious annoyance that a woman should be allowed to speak to him in this way. It would never happen in Pakistan! She makes the same point, that she …

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Tough Love

In an address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to members of the Nicean Club at Lambeth Palace a couple of days ago. (The Nicean Club is a group of Anglicans who seek to strengthen relations between Anglicansim and the Orthodox churches.) Why do the Churches, both East and West, still remember the Fathers of the Nicean …

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This Dude For Minister for Foreign Affairs

Cor! Language warning: He is right to be angry. Why aren’t more people? There is plenty to be angry about. Sorry about another horrific video. This is sickening. But when the world is appalled by the pastor of a tiny church threatening to burn a few copies of the Koran and then not doing so, …

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Democracy Will Burn

On this day, September 11, Muslims burn US and UK flags outside the US embassy in London: Other choice lines include ‘Queen and country go to hell!,’ ‘Burn, burn, USA!’ I think I agree with the loutish looking guy who appears near the end and tells them they are scum who should go back where they …

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Selective Outrage

What is wrong with the world? A pastor in a tiny church decides to burn a few copies of the Koran because he believes it is evil. This causes international outrage and threats of violence, and these responses are considered perfectly understandable. If Pastor Jones had decided instead to burn a few Muslim children, like these Muslims decide to …

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Australian Exports

Or, to be more accurate, one Australian export, Sheikh Feiz Muhammad. Feiz Muhammad, a former Sydney boxer, now Muslim teacher, has called for the execution by beheading of Dutch politician Geert Wilders. And for that matter, anyone who insults Islam. Or the prophet. Or that funny tea cosy he’s wearing on his head. You can …

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Beslan Sixth Anniversary

A tribute to those who suffered so horribly during the siege at Beslan. If you have the stomach for it, and you should, Pam Geller has more detail on what happend at Beslan. Not all Muslims are evil. Most are decent, kind, generous. But as long as Mohammed – murderer, torturer, rapist, pedophile – remains a moral …

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