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OPEN DISCUSSION JANUARY 2020
Jan 1, 2020 · 80 

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OPEN DISCUSSION DECEMBER 2019
Dec 1, 2019 · 96 

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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 315 

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) …

News


United Methodist clergywomen ask church to reopen sexual misconduct case against elder
Jan 24, 2020 · 1 

By Emily McFarlan Miller More than five dozen young United Methodist clergywomen are circulating an open letter claiming there was no justice in the denomination’s “just resolution” process for the four women who accused the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman of sexual misconduct. And while that resolution ended the judicial process against Heckman, it could be reopened, according …

Turkish activists oppose amnesties for child rapists
Jan 24, 2020

By Bethan McKernan Turkey’s ruling party has begun a second attempt at introducing a law to grant rapists amnesty as long as they marry their victim, four years after a similar bill sparked outrage at home and internationally. The legislation, which was first debated by parliament on 16 January, would give men suspended sentences for …

Science ranks grow thin in Trump administration
Jan 24, 2020

By Annie Gowen, Juliet Eilperin, Ben Guarino, and Andrew Ba Tran Dozens of government computers sit in a nondescript building here, able to connect to a data model that could help farmers manage the impact of a changing climate on their crops. But no one in this federal agency would know how to access the …

DeVos compares abortion rights debate to slavery
Jan 24, 2020

By Nicole Gaudiano Education Secretary Betsy DeVos compared the abortion rights debate to the battle to eliminate slavery during remarks at a Colorado Christian University event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night. DeVos, a Christian conservative, discussed the Trump administration’s record of opposition to abortion, and said she was reminded of President Abraham Lincoln. “He, …

The Biggest Celestial Event of the Year Could Happen Tomorrow
Jan 23, 2020

By Marina Koren Sometime this week, you might walk outside in broad daylight, look up at the sky, and see a luminous orb as bright as a full moon. Only it wouldn’t be the moon. It would be something far more explosive: the dazzling aftermath of a cataclysm hundreds of light-years away. You’d be seeing …

Aaron Rodgers: How Can Anyone Believe in a God Who Sends People to Hell?
Jan 23, 2020

By Hemant Mehta If you pay any attention to football, then you know Aaron Rodgers is both an amazing quarterback and intelligent guy. (He was a winner on Celebrity Jeopardy, too.) About a month ago, he gave an interview to Danica Patrick for her “Pretty Intense” podcast and opened up about his religious skepticism. He spoke about joining a Christian …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 315 

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 · 261 

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


United Methodist clergywomen ask church to reopen sexual misconduct case against elder
Jan 24, 2020 · 1 

By Emily McFarlan Miller More than five dozen young United Methodist clergywomen are circulating an open letter claiming there was no justice in the denomination’s “just resolution” process for the four women who accused the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman of sexual misconduct. And while that resolution ended the judicial process against Heckman, it could be reopened, according …

Turkish activists oppose amnesties for child rapists
Jan 24, 2020

By Bethan McKernan Turkey’s ruling party has begun a second attempt at introducing a law to grant rapists amnesty as long as they marry their victim, four years after a similar bill sparked outrage at home and internationally. The legislation, which was first debated by parliament on 16 January, would give men suspended sentences for …

Science ranks grow thin in Trump administration
Jan 24, 2020

By Annie Gowen, Juliet Eilperin, Ben Guarino, and Andrew Ba Tran Dozens of government computers sit in a nondescript building here, able to connect to a data model that could help farmers manage the impact of a changing climate on their crops. But no one in this federal agency would know how to access the …

DeVos compares abortion rights debate to slavery
Jan 24, 2020

By Nicole Gaudiano Education Secretary Betsy DeVos compared the abortion rights debate to the battle to eliminate slavery during remarks at a Colorado Christian University event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night. DeVos, a Christian conservative, discussed the Trump administration’s record of opposition to abortion, and said she was reminded of President Abraham Lincoln. “He, …

The Biggest Celestial Event of the Year Could Happen Tomorrow
Jan 23, 2020

By Marina Koren Sometime this week, you might walk outside in broad daylight, look up at the sky, and see a luminous orb as bright as a full moon. Only it wouldn’t be the moon. It would be something far more explosive: the dazzling aftermath of a cataclysm hundreds of light-years away. You’d be seeing …

Aaron Rodgers: How Can Anyone Believe in a God Who Sends People to Hell?
Jan 23, 2020

By Hemant Mehta If you pay any attention to football, then you know Aaron Rodgers is both an amazing quarterback and intelligent guy. (He was a winner on Celebrity Jeopardy, too.) About a month ago, he gave an interview to Danica Patrick for her “Pretty Intense” podcast and opened up about his religious skepticism. He spoke about joining a Christian …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION JANUARY 2020
Jan 1, 2020 · 80 

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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