How to chart the decline of the once mighty Richard Dawkins? Time was, he was a feared, powerful voice for atheism, but his all-too-frequent nonsensical Twitter rants have brought his reputation down to rubble, and this morning's was a particular doozy. In a series of tweets that don't seem to exist for any real reason, Dawkins waxed poetically on which sorts of rape and pedophilia are worse than others, noting that "Mild pedophilia is bad. Violent pedophilia is worse" and that "date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think."
He's been defending himself against wild backlash ever since, seemingly unable to comprehend why anyone would be upset by his simple, "logical" observation, in which he did not define exactly what he means by "'mild' pedophilia" and whether or not he has any authority to speak on various categories of rape. As Salon notes, "let’s thank God he’s not the one who actually does get to decide whose rape was worse than anybody else’s" ... Discuss
Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think.
2-year-old Kayden Elijah Kinckle was born with a condition called omphalocele, which caused his intestines to stick through his navel. The condition ultimately led to the amputation of his left leg and right foot. Doctors predicted he wouldn't make it, but not only has he made it—he's learning to walk with the help of new walker. It's no mean feat, but Kayden has the heart of a champion and his mantra—"I got it! I got it!"—is probably the most inspiring thing you'll hear all day ... Discuss
It's not every day you laud Procter & Gamble for genuinely smart, thoughtful advertising, but here we are. This new ad campaign, dubbed "Like a Girl," asks an important question: When did doing something "like a girl" become an insult? They hired award-winning documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield to create it, and the result is pretty stirring. Discuss
Great news. It turns out Jason David Frank, who we all remember from his days as The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' Tommy, AKA the Green Ranger, AKA the White Ranger (AKA, Red Zeo, etc...) has recently become the head of "Jesus Didn't Tap." As the name implies(?), it's a line of Christian-themed clothing for MMA enthusiasts. So, to recap: The Green Ranger is running a line of Christian-themed MMA clothing. That is a pretty incredible sentence.
Sure. MMA fighters have to get dressed too, and these clothes seem as good as any—and there are options for both the ladies and the fellas. There's also a Message of the Day, because unbeatable fighting skills and interconnected robo-zords are no substitute for spiritual growth. All told, this is great news for Power Rangers enthusiasts and MMA fans, so there's a little something for everyone ... Discuss
In this economy,it's tempting to go after every advantage you can. You never know what little factoid on your resume might increase your chances of a call-back—or decrease them. Well, a new survey has found that there is at least one pretty big red flag for potential employers: talking about your faith on a resume. That's according to the "Religious Affiliation and Hiring Discrimination” experts, who conducted a study in New England and the South in which they found employers were 26 percent less likely to call an applicant who "expressed a religious identity" on their resume. “These studies do tend to show there will be factors in resumes that will lead to bias,” said David Lewin, director of Berkeley Research Group’s Labor and Employment practice. “Religion could well be one of them” ... Discuss