Monday, June 18, 2007


The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

"These are good days for theocracy," writes Todd Babiak in the Edmonton Times. Shiites are blowing up Sunni shrines. Sunnis are blowing up Shiite holy sites. Both execute followers of the other as fast as they can. Hammas has taken control of Gaza. And, "the world's greatest enabler of theocracy in the Middle East, the United States, is led by a man who receives policy advice from God."

But it's a good time for atheism, too.

There's been a flood -- perhaps not of biblical proportions, but significant nonetheless -- of new books: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennett, The End of Faith by Sam Harris, and now, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens.

Then there are the new destinations for atheist amusement: Ken Ham's Creation museum in Kentucky and Harry Nibourg's new creation museum in Big Valley, Alberta.

An Epicurean's delight. Places to go and summer reading, too. It doesn't get any better than that.


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