Category Archives: SECULARISM

FASTING IS GOOD FOR (SOME) MEN

The islamic rules which discriminate against women are well-known and need no further publicity here. My question is then this: how come when it comes to fasting, women whom moslems so fervently believe to be weaker and needier in a

FASTING IS GOOD FOR (SOME) MEN

The islamic rules which discriminate against women are well-known and need no further publicity here. My question is then this: how come when it comes to fasting, women whom moslems so fervently believe to be weaker and needier in a

HORRIBLE STORIES: NOAH’S ARK

On the wall of my children’s bedroom hangs a framed picture of Noah’s Ark, floating on dark blue water, elephants and giraffes poking their heads out over the deck, dolphins curving below. I had picked it up for free from

HORRIBLE STORIES: NOAH’S ARK

On the wall of my children’s bedroom hangs a framed picture of Noah’s Ark, floating on dark blue water, elephants and giraffes poking their heads out over the deck, dolphins curving below. I had picked it up for free from

BEING PRAYED FOR DOES NOT HELP

When I have something looming over me, something I dread, something which causes my stomach to twist and turn in knots of anxiety, something which I feel I simply cannot live through, that I cannot imagine myself coming out all

BEING PRAYED FOR DOES NOT HELP

When I have something looming over me, something I dread, something which causes my stomach to twist and turn in knots of anxiety, something which I feel I simply cannot live through, that I cannot imagine myself coming out all

ATHEISM IN THE SCHOOL YARD

The school year has barely started, and I already have heard of three “incidents” of the clash of the irreligious and the religious on the school playground. “Mary”, one of the princess’s bffs, screams: “If you guys REALLY BELIEVE we

ATHEISM IN THE SCHOOL YARD

The school year has barely started, and I already have heard of three “incidents” of the clash of the irreligious and the religious on the school playground. “Mary”, one of the princess’s bffs, screams: “If you guys REALLY BELIEVE we

PREJUDICE AND PREJUDICE

It is a fact, that if I see you visibly and publicly accessorizing with overt religious symbols, I will not respect you. I will, of course, accord you the bare minimum of decent civilised back-and-forth, if I have to. That

PREJUDICE AND PREJUDICE

It is a fact, that if I see you visibly and publicly accessorizing with overt religious symbols, I will not respect you. I will, of course, accord you the bare minimum of decent civilised back-and-forth, if I have to. That

THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF GOD

When I turned to active religion in my early twenties, a whole baggage of mystical stuff came with it:  spiritual seers, pilgrimages to the shrines of ancient mystics, burning candles, drinking herb tea with awe… So when I stopped with

THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF GOD

When I turned to active religion in my early twenties, a whole baggage of mystical stuff came with it:  spiritual seers, pilgrimages to the shrines of ancient mystics, burning candles, drinking herb tea with awe… So when I stopped with

THE PRINCESS AND THE MOUSE

Apropos of nothing, as we were finishing dinner: -So, mom, is it true that they all die at the end of Narnia? -Yup. Oh- all except Susan. -Oh good! Susan doesn’t die! (Susan is her favourite. Pretty and flirty and

THE PRINCESS AND THE MOUSE

Apropos of nothing, as we were finishing dinner: -So, mom, is it true that they all die at the end of Narnia? -Yup. Oh- all except Susan. -Oh good! Susan doesn’t die! (Susan is her favourite. Pretty and flirty and