Donald R. McClarey

June 4, 1989: In Memoriam: Tiananmen Square

  “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” Thucydides Today is the twenty-ninth anniversary of the beginning of the brutal

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Donald R. McClarey

Jordan Peterson: The Problem With Atheism

“If God does not exist, everything is permitted.”   Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov       A civilization where belief in God is on the wane, is a civilization where people are merely objects and will be treated as such.  The greatest

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National Atheist Day 2017

Another April 1 rolls around, and it is time again to observe National Atheist Day and salute those atheists who, as part of the herd of independent atheist thinkers, bravely assert that, yes, matter and energy did arise ex nihilo without God, and

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Atheist Rally a Bust

      What if they gave an atheist rally and nobody came?  From the blog The Friendly Atheist we find out what happened at Reason Rally 2016 in Washington DC:   Where Was the Crowd for the Reason Rally?

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National Atheist Day 2016

Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God. Heywood Broun Ah, April begins, and once again we have National Atheist Day, when we light-heartedly celebrate that herd of brave independent thinkers who assert that all

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Ideas and Words Have Consequences

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts takes a look at the prompt denial by some atheists of hatred of Christians as possibly being a factor in the murderer at Umpqua College singling out Christians:     So after over a decade of the

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National Atheist Day 2015

      A happy National Atheist Day to all our atheist readers!  I hope you will have a fun filled day yelling about the Flying Spaghetti Monster in the sky, writing to papers 5000 word letters claiming that Hitler

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A Disgrace to the Forces of Evil

    Cardinal Newman once opined that to be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.  Most atheists I have encountered lend support to this adage by their shocking ignorance of the most basic facts of History.  Unlike the atheists

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Dawkins the Fundamentalist Atheist

Back in the seventies and eighties I read quite a few of the articles that appeared in The New Republic.  Although always left of center, the magazine at that time had little use for liberal pieties and published fairly iconoclastic articles

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The Dawkins Scam

    Andrew Brown at The Spectator has some interesting comments about the money making potential of being Richard Dawkins:   But the $85 a month just touches the hem of rationality. After the neophyte passes through the successively more expensive

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Calling Flannery O’Connor

“I’m a member and preacher to that church where the blind don’t see and the lame don’t walk and what’s dead stays that way.” Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood I have always been vastly amused by atheists who seek to ape

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Keeping Kids Faithless

  Hilarious.  Apparently Atheist parents have difficulty in having their kids follow their no god views as adults. Do kids raised without religion actively seek it out and convert all that often? As it turns out, yes. The most recent data

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National Atheist Day-2014

I was at this time of living, like so many Atheists or Anti-theists, in a whirl of contradictions.  I maintained that God did not exist.  I was also very angry with God for not existing.  I was equally angry with

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God’s Not Dead; There’s Something Happening Here

There’s something happening here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear…The opening words to the Buffalo Springfield (the band that would introduce to us the likes of Stephen Stills and Neil Young) classic song written in 1966, but released in 1967

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Richard Dawkins and “Mild Pedophilia”

The hilarious thing is that atheists like Dawkins consider themselves “Brights”: In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and

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Atheism: A Form of Insanity?

        Novelist Tom Knox, who writes under the pen name of Sean Thomas for some of his work, certainly knows how to ignite a firestorm.  In The Telegraph he argues that atheism is a form of insanity.

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Very Few Atheists in Fox Holes

The blog Science 2.0 repeats something that most combat soldiers have always known:  there are few atheists in fox holes: But does war really transform people, or does it simply make the fleetingly religious more so for a short time?

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National Atheist Day 2013

“A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.”  ―    C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy Our annual salute to atheists, those members in good standing of the herd of independent thinkers who

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Richard Dawkins: Bigot and Coward

Atheist blowhard Richard Dawkins never has the least hesitation in bashing Christians and Jews, but when the subject of Islam comes up, at least when he is being interviewed by Al-Jazeerah that will blast his comments throughout the Islamic world, well that

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How I Chose To Argue For Free Will

Hello TAC, it is good to be posting again after a prolonged illness that left me unable to do anything but make half-conscious Facebook updates. I have been following the news, and for the sake of our collective sanity, I

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Stacy Trasancos

Dr. Stenger and the Folly of Free-Thinking

I was hesitant to write this because I don’t like picking battles with atheists. At first I didn’t see how anyone would take this idea about free will and our judicial system seriously, but it seems some people are. So

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Father Barron and Edmund Burke on Atheism

    We know, and it is our pride to know, that man is by his constitution a religious animal; that atheism is against, not only our reason, but our instincts; and that it cannot prevail long. But if, in

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Vaclav Havel: Requiescat In Pace

The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.                                                                      Vaclav Havel   Former Czech president Vaclav Havel has died.  One

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The Materialism of Limited Toolset

I make a point of always trying to listed on the EconTalk podcast each week — a venue in which George Mason University economics professor Russ Roberts conducts a roughly hour-long interview with an author or academic about some topic

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Scouting in a Fractured American Culture

The New York Times runs an article about how the national leaders of the Boy Scouts of America are seeking to address concerns about shrinking membership as they celebrate 100 years of boy scouting in the US. The number of

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The Coming Open Rebellion Against God

The title of this article almost sounds surreal. At first one could be forgiven for thinking it was some sort of low budget End Times movie seen on some local cable access channel. However, the information contained within this article

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A Perfect Post

Occasionally one runs across a post that’s particularly nicely done. I think Matthew Boudway’s recent reflections on a column by Clifford Longley on the new atheists comes dangerously close to perfect. It’s brief, highlights an interesting article, and adds a

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Advent and Anti-Christ, Part II

    Part II of my presentation of the four sermons on the Anti-Christ given by John Henry Cardinal Newman during Advent in 1835 before his conversion.  Part I is here. In this second sermon Newman concentrates on what we

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