Readers’ Digest, or stuff I read on the Internet
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In the latest edition of Humanist News, Alom Shaha writes about his book, and how some publishers rejected it because it was about a rejection of Islam. He asks,
So what is this terrible tome I have written? At this point, if you haven’t read my book, you might be forgiven for thinking that, to have struck such fear into the heart of Britain’s literary elite, I must have written a pornographically blasphemous account of the life of Muhammad. But I have done no such thing. My book, The Young Atheist’s Handbook, simply tells the story of my personal journey to becoming an atheist.
You’ve heard of the ten commandments. Hasn’t everyone? Awfully prescriptive, aren’t they? However, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is much less demanding. I came across a site that reminded me of its eight “I’d Really Rather You Didn’ts”. They begin:
I’d really rather you didn’t act like a sanctimonious holier-than-thou ass when describing my noodly goodness. If some people don’t believe in me, that’s okay. Really, I’m not that vain. Besides, this isn’t about them so don’t change the subject.
You’ve never heard of his great noodly goodness? Where have you been? Click here to find out about Pastafarianism.
Some of you may remember that we were introduced to Alain de Botton’s ideas about how to be happy at a recent meeting. Opinion was divided on how useful they were. To be honest, I was probably in a minority of one, in finding him ridiculous. Now he’s offering his thoughts on how to have sex. Helen Lewis in the New Statesman seems to find Mr Botton as amusing as I do:
Holy hell. Not content with telling us how to work and how to be happy, Alain de Botton is now going to tell us how to have sex. No, really.
Still, as long as he’s happy, I suppose. Maybe his next offering will be on how to suck eggs.
The National Secular Society reports that the “Cardinal who covered up child abuse and got away with it says secularists are immoral”. Now that really is ridiculous. They say,
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor said that “secular values” were behind the violence carried out in totalitarian states and some of the 20th century conflicts that have killed millions.
Maybe Cormac’s never read a reliable history book or a dictionary. That’s Catholic education for you.
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