new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

richard dawkins in melbourne, march 2010

at the global atheist convention

an impressive appearance... but i was especially floored by this exchange at the Q&A:

Q: when do you think we will be able to criticize islam without threatening our very existence?

A:  on the face of it, it's a remarkably effective tactic -- isn't it -- to say, ok, i've lost the argument; therefore, if you try to argue against me, i'll cut your head off.  it's really an admission of defeat. i am not one of those who thinks that we should go out of our way to insult islam recklessly or foolishly because it doesn't do any good to get your head cut off. what we should say is something like this: i may give way to you, i may refrain from -- what should we say -- publishing a cartoon of your prophet, but it's because i fear you. don't for one moment think it's because i respect you.


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