How Do We Blaspheme Against The Flying Spaghetti Monster?

This is not just an idle inquiry – how do we manage to blaspheme against the Flying Spaghetti Monster? What is the correct – or incorrect – manner of taking his Noodly Name in vain? Do, we for example, just deny the obvious truth of climate change being caused by a lack of High Seas pirates?

The question becoming important because:

A northern Italian town has had enough of people taking the Lord’s name in vain and those who do will be fined up to €400 (£360) for blasphemy.

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Losing Your Religion Doesn’t Make You Rich – The Research Is Being Badly Reported

According to science – or according to newspaper reports of the science which is not quite the same thing – a country which loses its religion then becomes rich. This is not in fact what the science has shown. Rather, it shows that a classically liberal society becomes rich, a not-classically liberal one does not. This is something of a distinction, isn’t it?

It is a debate that has raged between scholars for more than a century: does a country become less religious after it grows richer or does secularism help capitalism to flourish?

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