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OPEN DISCUSSION JULY 2020
Jul 1, 2020 · 25 

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 …

BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 185 

We have created this thread to provide a dedicated space for the discussion of books. Pretty much any kind of book – it doesn’t have to be about atheism or religion or science or politics. It doesn’t even have to be non-fiction. All we ask is that, whatever the topic or genre, the books are …

Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 320 

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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New Clues To ALS And Alzheimer’s Disease From Physics
Jul 8, 2020

By Jon Hamilton The same process that causes dew drops to form on a blade of grass appears to play an important role in Alzheimer’s disease and other brain diseases. The process, known as phase transition, is what allows water vapor to condense into liquid water, or even freeze into solid ice. That same sort of …

Supreme Court sides with Catholic schools in employment suit
Jul 8, 2020

By Jessica Gresko The Supreme Court sided with two Catholic schools in a ruling Wednesday underscoring that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for employment discrimination. The high court’s ruling was 7-2, with two liberal justices joining the conservative majority for the schools. The justices had previously said in …

Supreme Court says employers may opt out of Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate over religious, moral objections
Jul 8, 2020

By Robert Barnes The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration may allow employers and universities to opt out of the Affordable Care Act requirement to provide contraceptive care because of religious or moral objections. The issue has been at the heart of an intense legal battle for nine years, first with the Obama …

Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases.
Jul 8, 2020

By Kate Conger, Jack Healy and Lucy Tompkins Weeks after President Trump demanded that America’s shuttered houses of worship be allowed to reopen, new outbreaks of the coronavirus are surging through churches across the country where services have resumed. The virus has infiltrated Sunday sermons, meetings of ministers and Christian youth camps in Colorado and …

‘I accept full responsibility:’ Calvary Chapel pastor talks church’s COVID-19 outbreak
Jul 7, 2020 · 1 

By Amanda Henderson Calvary Chapel San Antonio’s Pastor said he is heartbroken after a COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in dozens of positive cases. “Immediately we shut down the church to get everyone through a quarantine period,” said Ron Arbaugh, Pastor of Calvary Chapel. Arbaugh said if he could go back to when they reopened he …

Supreme Court hands victory to school voucher lobby – will religious minorities, nonbelievers and state autonomy lose out?
Jul 7, 2020 · 1 

By Frank S. Ravitch The Supreme Court’s recent decision that Montana cannot exclude donations that go to religious schools from a small tax credit program could have consequences felt far beyond the state. The 5-4 ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which came down June 30, follows on from recent cases that have expanded what counts …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 320 

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 · 265 

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


New Clues To ALS And Alzheimer’s Disease From Physics
Jul 8, 2020

By Jon Hamilton The same process that causes dew drops to form on a blade of grass appears to play an important role in Alzheimer’s disease and other brain diseases. The process, known as phase transition, is what allows water vapor to condense into liquid water, or even freeze into solid ice. That same sort of …

Supreme Court sides with Catholic schools in employment suit
Jul 8, 2020

By Jessica Gresko The Supreme Court sided with two Catholic schools in a ruling Wednesday underscoring that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for employment discrimination. The high court’s ruling was 7-2, with two liberal justices joining the conservative majority for the schools. The justices had previously said in …

Supreme Court says employers may opt out of Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate over religious, moral objections
Jul 8, 2020

By Robert Barnes The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration may allow employers and universities to opt out of the Affordable Care Act requirement to provide contraceptive care because of religious or moral objections. The issue has been at the heart of an intense legal battle for nine years, first with the Obama …

Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases.
Jul 8, 2020

By Kate Conger, Jack Healy and Lucy Tompkins Weeks after President Trump demanded that America’s shuttered houses of worship be allowed to reopen, new outbreaks of the coronavirus are surging through churches across the country where services have resumed. The virus has infiltrated Sunday sermons, meetings of ministers and Christian youth camps in Colorado and …

‘I accept full responsibility:’ Calvary Chapel pastor talks church’s COVID-19 outbreak
Jul 7, 2020 · 1 

By Amanda Henderson Calvary Chapel San Antonio’s Pastor said he is heartbroken after a COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in dozens of positive cases. “Immediately we shut down the church to get everyone through a quarantine period,” said Ron Arbaugh, Pastor of Calvary Chapel. Arbaugh said if he could go back to when they reopened he …

Supreme Court hands victory to school voucher lobby – will religious minorities, nonbelievers and state autonomy lose out?
Jul 7, 2020 · 1 

By Frank S. Ravitch The Supreme Court’s recent decision that Montana cannot exclude donations that go to religious schools from a small tax credit program could have consequences felt far beyond the state. The 5-4 ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which came down June 30, follows on from recent cases that have expanded what counts …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION JULY 2020
Jul 1, 2020 · 25 

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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