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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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Beyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall
Jul 10, 2020

By Dennis Overbye Astronomers have discovered that there is a vast wall across the southern border of the local cosmos. The South Pole Wall, as it is known, consists of thousands of galaxies — beehives of trillions of stars and dark worlds, as well as dust and gas — aligned in a curtain arcing across …

Northern Ireland to get religious same-sex marriage
Jul 10, 2020

By Rachel Savage Same-sex religious marriages will be allowed in Northern Ireland, the British government said on Thursday, bowing to pressure from LGBT+ campaigners after the first secular lesbian wedding in February. Gay and lesbian couples in Northern Ireland will be able to have religious weddings from September, a British government spokeswoman said in an …

Bakker, Swaggart among televangelists and religious organizations that received PPP loans
Jul 10, 2020

By Zack Budryk More than 10,000 religious organizations received financial aid through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for a total of at least $3 billion, according to an analysis by The Guardian. The recipients range from individual houses of worship to schools to ministries, including that of televangelist Jim Bakker, who was imprisoned in the …

Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B
Jul 10, 2020 · 1 

By Reese Dunklin and Michael Rezendes The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups. The church’s haul may have …

Astronomers Detect Unexpected Class of Mysterious Circular Objects in Space
Jul 9, 2020

By Michelle Starr Although we usually have a pretty good handle on all the different kinds of blips and blobs detected by our telescopes, it would be unwise to assume we’ve seen everything there is to see out there in the big, wide Universe. Case in point: a new kind of signal spotted by radio …

Ohio now requires masks at religious services in worst COVID counties
Jul 9, 2020

By Darrel Rowland Everyone attending religious services in Ohio’s hardest-hit COVID counties must wear a mask except the “officiant,” under a new state health order issued Wednesday night. The unannounced move — the first time the administration of Gov. Mike DeWine has issued a health order directly reaching inside religious gatherings — drew a host …

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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


Beyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall
Jul 10, 2020

By Dennis Overbye Astronomers have discovered that there is a vast wall across the southern border of the local cosmos. The South Pole Wall, as it is known, consists of thousands of galaxies — beehives of trillions of stars and dark worlds, as well as dust and gas — aligned in a curtain arcing across …

Northern Ireland to get religious same-sex marriage
Jul 10, 2020

By Rachel Savage Same-sex religious marriages will be allowed in Northern Ireland, the British government said on Thursday, bowing to pressure from LGBT+ campaigners after the first secular lesbian wedding in February. Gay and lesbian couples in Northern Ireland will be able to have religious weddings from September, a British government spokeswoman said in an …

Bakker, Swaggart among televangelists and religious organizations that received PPP loans
Jul 10, 2020

By Zack Budryk More than 10,000 religious organizations received financial aid through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for a total of at least $3 billion, according to an analysis by The Guardian. The recipients range from individual houses of worship to schools to ministries, including that of televangelist Jim Bakker, who was imprisoned in the …

Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B
Jul 10, 2020 · 1 

By Reese Dunklin and Michael Rezendes The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups. The church’s haul may have …

Astronomers Detect Unexpected Class of Mysterious Circular Objects in Space
Jul 9, 2020

By Michelle Starr Although we usually have a pretty good handle on all the different kinds of blips and blobs detected by our telescopes, it would be unwise to assume we’ve seen everything there is to see out there in the big, wide Universe. Case in point: a new kind of signal spotted by radio …

Ohio now requires masks at religious services in worst COVID counties
Jul 9, 2020

By Darrel Rowland Everyone attending religious services in Ohio’s hardest-hit COVID counties must wear a mask except the “officiant,” under a new state health order issued Wednesday night. The unannounced move — the first time the administration of Gov. Mike DeWine has issued a health order directly reaching inside religious gatherings — drew a host …

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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