So, here’s a short recap. She’s much less nervous than when we first got her, although she really did settle in pretty quickly. I suspect that it helped that I visited and walked her at Dog Digs several times before bringing her home. She was probably about 18 months old at that time.
Some folks get pretty upset when it appears to them that atheists are picking on Islam. Certain atheist authors* (and those who agree with them) are accused of “Islamophobia” and even racism (guess what: Islam is not a race). Well, isn’t it just possible that there are good reasons for secularists to severely criticize Islam? A phobia is an irrational fear. Is it really irrational to see Islam as a threat? I don’t think so.
Scientific mysteries are the best kind. They provide two kinds of excitement: the fun of discovering solutions and the promise of new mysteries posed by those same solutions. Religion, on the other hand, offers us self-contradictory nonsense. We’re supposed to respond by saying, “Oh, that’s so deep!” It’s not deep. It’s just self-contradictory nonsense.