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OPEN DISCUSSION DECEMBER 2019
Dec 1, 2019 · 34 

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OPEN DISCUSSION NOVEMBER 2019
Nov 1, 2019 · 72 

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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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 313 

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


NASA’s Finally Completed The Next Rocket to Take Us to The Moon, And It’s Glorious
Dec 10, 2019

By AFP NASA has completed the giant rocket that will take US astronauts back to the Moon, the space agency’s head announced Monday, pledging the mission would take place in 2024 despite being beset by delays. Towering 212 feet (65 meters), the equivalent of a 20-story building, The Space Launch System (SLS) is the tallest …

‘An outright lie’: Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills
Dec 10, 2019

By Jessica Glenza An Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a right-wing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign. The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide …

Priest at one of the country’s largest Catholic parishes put on leave after 25-year-old abuse allegation reported
Dec 10, 2019

By Michelle Boorstein A priest at St. Matthew in Charlotte, one of the country’s biggest Catholic parishes, was put on leave Monday following a report that he sexually abused a minor 25 years ago, before he became a priest. The Rev. Patrick Hoare denied the charge of abuse in Pennsylvania, which the alleged victim reported …

How the ‘extreme abstinence’ of the purity movement created a sense of shame in evangelical women
Dec 10, 2019

By Julie Ingersoll Millennial evangelicals are speaking out about the heightened emphasis on sexual purity that characterized their upbringing in that subculture. Joshua Harris, a former pastor who became one of the most public faces of the purity culture movement in the United States with his 1997 book “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” recently renounced his views and very publicly …

Gene therapy is facing its biggest challenge yet
Dec 9, 2019

By Heidi Ledford Grajevis Bakatunkanda’s mother knew the signs: when her son lost interest in dinner, that meant the pain was on its way. It would strike, like clockwork, nearly every week. Soon the shy, skinny boy would be at the hospital near their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where doctors would …

Republicans are introducing a new compromise LGBTQ rights bill. But everyone already hates it.
Dec 9, 2019

By Katelyn Burns A group of Republican lawmakers appears ready to try to bridge one of the most acrimonious divides in modern American politics: the gap between LGBTQ activists and religious conservatives. On Friday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) will introduce the Fairness For All Act, a purported compromise bill that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 313 

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


NASA’s Finally Completed The Next Rocket to Take Us to The Moon, And It’s Glorious
Dec 10, 2019

By AFP NASA has completed the giant rocket that will take US astronauts back to the Moon, the space agency’s head announced Monday, pledging the mission would take place in 2024 despite being beset by delays. Towering 212 feet (65 meters), the equivalent of a 20-story building, The Space Launch System (SLS) is the tallest …

‘An outright lie’: Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills
Dec 10, 2019

By Jessica Glenza An Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a right-wing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign. The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide …

Priest at one of the country’s largest Catholic parishes put on leave after 25-year-old abuse allegation reported
Dec 10, 2019

By Michelle Boorstein A priest at St. Matthew in Charlotte, one of the country’s biggest Catholic parishes, was put on leave Monday following a report that he sexually abused a minor 25 years ago, before he became a priest. The Rev. Patrick Hoare denied the charge of abuse in Pennsylvania, which the alleged victim reported …

How the ‘extreme abstinence’ of the purity movement created a sense of shame in evangelical women
Dec 10, 2019

By Julie Ingersoll Millennial evangelicals are speaking out about the heightened emphasis on sexual purity that characterized their upbringing in that subculture. Joshua Harris, a former pastor who became one of the most public faces of the purity culture movement in the United States with his 1997 book “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” recently renounced his views and very publicly …

Gene therapy is facing its biggest challenge yet
Dec 9, 2019

By Heidi Ledford Grajevis Bakatunkanda’s mother knew the signs: when her son lost interest in dinner, that meant the pain was on its way. It would strike, like clockwork, nearly every week. Soon the shy, skinny boy would be at the hospital near their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where doctors would …

Republicans are introducing a new compromise LGBTQ rights bill. But everyone already hates it.
Dec 9, 2019

By Katelyn Burns A group of Republican lawmakers appears ready to try to bridge one of the most acrimonious divides in modern American politics: the gap between LGBTQ activists and religious conservatives. On Friday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) will introduce the Fairness For All Act, a purported compromise bill that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ …

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OPEN DISCUSSION DECEMBER 2019
Dec 1, 2019 · 34 

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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