Tau Kē Tēnei Wiki: An Atheist Christmas

I celebrate Christmas. Not Christ’s mass, but all the other stuff. I have a big Christmas tree with lights and decorations, other decorations around the house, and my front windows all have lights in them to delight passers by. New Zealand pretty much closes down over the Christmas/New Year break. We have a couple of days public holiday at Christmas, and two more at New Year, which are usually... read more

The Vigilant Christian’s Response to the New Harry Potter Prequel

I saw something I consider falls into the category of “great news” yesterday: in 2016 the new Harry Potter prequel is coming out. I love the Harry Potter books and movies and I’ve been looking forward to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for a while. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by the fictional Newt  Scamander is, you may remember a text book at the equally fictional... read more

Auē Tēnei Wiki: Saudi Arabia Increases Raif Badawi’s Suffering

As most of you will already know, Raif Badawi is a Saudi Arabian blogger who was sentenced to ten years prison and 1,000 lashes for criticizing his country’s form of government. As the country’s law is Sharia, that amounts to criticizing Islam and is thus blasphemy. Badawi was supposed to receive his 1,000 lashes in batches of fifty per week, to be administered in the square outside a Jeddah... read more

Tau Kē Tēnei Wiki: GOP Disavows Trump

It’s about time really. Ever since he entered the race to become the Republican party’s candidate for the 2016 presidency, Donald Trump has been abusing and insulting just about every demographic imaginable. Despite that, he has continued to mostly lead the polls and dominate the media coverage. It seems that no matter what he says, he just keeps getting more popular. Initially, he... read more


I’ve written about the appalling justice system in Saudi Arabia before in The Injustice of Sharia in Saudi Arabia and also specifically about the case of Raif Badawi, a blogger serving a sentence of ten years and 1,000 lashes simply for disagreeing with the type of governance that prevails in the country. More and more, people have begun to compare the fact that there is little difference between... read more

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