Author Archives: danielbroadstock

Why Ricky Gervais is wrong on Religious Violence

A basic truism of New Atheism is that religious commitment will inevitably lead to religious violence. Or, at the very least, they believe that the virtues of religion are soundly outweighed by its evils. Ricky Gervais, whose work I find extremely amusing in almost any other context, has become increasingly recognised as a soldier of […]

‘A childless, atheist, ex-communist’: the downfall of our unconventional Prime Minister (Part One)

In the midst of Kevin Rudd’s first dramatic attempt to re-take the Prime Ministership in May 2011, the then Minister for Women, and staunch Gillard supporter, Kate Ellis, broke onto the front pages with a startling accusation. She claimed that she had overheard the former Prime Minister describe Julia Gillard as a ‘childless, atheist ex-communist’ […]