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OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2019
Aug 1, 2019 · 20 

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OPEN DISCUSSION JULY 2019
Jul 1, 2019 · 37 

This thread has been created for discussion on themes relevant to Reason and Science for which there are not currently any dedicated threads. Please note it is NOT for general chat, and that our Comment Policy applies as usual. There is a link to this at the foot of the page. If you would like …

Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 308 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

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Why Some Christians ‘Love the Meanest Parts’ of Trump
Aug 19, 2019

By Emma Green Ben Howe is angry at evangelicals. As he describes it, he is angry that they didn’t just vote for Donald Trump in record numbers, but repeatedly provide moral cover for his outrageous failings. He is angry that leaders of the religious right, who long claimed to be the champions of American morality, …

Christian Right Loves Labor’s ‘License to Discriminate’ Rule
Aug 19, 2019

By Trudy Ring Leaders of the Christian right are loving the Department of Labor’s announcement that it wants to let companies with government contracts discriminate against those who offend a contractor’s religious beliefs. The DOL’s proposed rule, announced Wednesday, met with outrage from LGBTQ and other civil rights groups, which say it would allow even for-profit companies …

A Controversial Ten Commandments Monument Will Go Up at a PA Catholic School
Aug 19, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A giant Ten Commandments monument will go up outside Mary Queen of Apostles School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. That wouldn’t normally be a story — if anything, the most noteworthy thing about it is that a religious monument is going up outside a religious school for once — …

Homeopathic treatment claims to ‘cure’ autism in NZ
Aug 19, 2019

By Farah Hancock A homeopathic treatment regime invented to ‘cure’ autism is in use in New Zealand. Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression, or CEASE therapy as it is known, has drawn international condemnation and the United Kingdom advertising watchdog is now cracking down on false claims made by hundreds of homeopaths offering the treatment. …

Chemists make first-ever ring of pure carbon
Aug 16, 2019

By Davide Castelvecchi Long after most chemists had given up trying, a team of researchers has synthesized the first ring-shaped molecule of pure carbon — a circle of 18 atoms. The chemists started with a triangular molecule of carbon and oxygen, which they manipulated with electric currents to create the carbon-18 ring. Initial studies of …

Trump administration proposes protecting federal contractors who fire or hire workers based on religious beliefs
Aug 16, 2019

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Julie Zauzmer The Labor Department announced a new proposal Wednesday aiming to give religious employers who seek federal contracts broad freedom to hire and fire workers. Some religious organizations praised the proposed rule as providing much-needed clarification, but opponents quickly decried it as a license to discriminate against LGBT people, …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 308 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 254 

Richard Dawkins 24 Oct 2017   I had tweeted an invitation to attend lectures in various parts of Britain by Saba Douglas-Hamilton, who grew up among wild African elephants while her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton was conducting his pioneering studies of their ecology and behaviour, and he and his wife Oria were fighting the poachers. Saba’s …

News


Why Some Christians ‘Love the Meanest Parts’ of Trump
Aug 19, 2019

By Emma Green Ben Howe is angry at evangelicals. As he describes it, he is angry that they didn’t just vote for Donald Trump in record numbers, but repeatedly provide moral cover for his outrageous failings. He is angry that leaders of the religious right, who long claimed to be the champions of American morality, …

Christian Right Loves Labor’s ‘License to Discriminate’ Rule
Aug 19, 2019

By Trudy Ring Leaders of the Christian right are loving the Department of Labor’s announcement that it wants to let companies with government contracts discriminate against those who offend a contractor’s religious beliefs. The DOL’s proposed rule, announced Wednesday, met with outrage from LGBTQ and other civil rights groups, which say it would allow even for-profit companies …

A Controversial Ten Commandments Monument Will Go Up at a PA Catholic School
Aug 19, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A giant Ten Commandments monument will go up outside Mary Queen of Apostles School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. That wouldn’t normally be a story — if anything, the most noteworthy thing about it is that a religious monument is going up outside a religious school for once — …

Homeopathic treatment claims to ‘cure’ autism in NZ
Aug 19, 2019

By Farah Hancock A homeopathic treatment regime invented to ‘cure’ autism is in use in New Zealand. Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression, or CEASE therapy as it is known, has drawn international condemnation and the United Kingdom advertising watchdog is now cracking down on false claims made by hundreds of homeopaths offering the treatment. …

Chemists make first-ever ring of pure carbon
Aug 16, 2019

By Davide Castelvecchi Long after most chemists had given up trying, a team of researchers has synthesized the first ring-shaped molecule of pure carbon — a circle of 18 atoms. The chemists started with a triangular molecule of carbon and oxygen, which they manipulated with electric currents to create the carbon-18 ring. Initial studies of …

Trump administration proposes protecting federal contractors who fire or hire workers based on religious beliefs
Aug 16, 2019

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Julie Zauzmer The Labor Department announced a new proposal Wednesday aiming to give religious employers who seek federal contracts broad freedom to hire and fire workers. Some religious organizations praised the proposed rule as providing much-needed clarification, but opponents quickly decried it as a license to discriminate against LGBT people, …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2019
Aug 1, 2019 · 20 

This thread has been created for discussion on themes relevant to Reason and Science for which there are not currently any dedicated threads. Please note it is NOT for general chat, and that our Comment Policy applies as usual. There is a link to this at the foot of the page. If you would like …

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