Category Archives: Religion

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State of Affairs One has to be careful when one says that our political situation now is worse now than it’s ever been, because some historian will drag out analogies with the founding fathers or how nasty our politics were … Continue reading

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I’m Glad They’re Dead (Farouk and his wife, not the innocent 14)

It’s one thing when you go out and murder people that you don’t know, as happened in Paris. It’s another thing when you decide to go on a rampage to kill your colleagues, people that you’ve worked with for five … Continue reading

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Is the Sunni-Shiite split like the Catholic-Protestant split?

I know that we in the west don’t really know much about Islam, and for that reason I did read Reza Aslan’s “No God but God” a few years back. I’ve been interested by the Sunni-Shiite split, and whether it … Continue reading

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Some people berated me for my Post yesterday. But I stand by it.

Some people berated me yesterday, after my otherwise trenchant post in the wake of the Paris bombings, when they thought that I tacked on an observation about how there is no God. They felt it was gratuitous and unnecessary. But … Continue reading

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This is why identifying as a witch may not be such a good thing

Just in time for Halloween we have the story of a courtroom drama in Salem, Massachusetts (of all places) involving a witch and a warlock. It turns out that a 75-year-old witch priestess and self-identified psychic, Lori Bruno-Sforza, who also … Continue reading

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The term “Right Wing Christian” is really an oxymoron

The two issues that predominate the thinking of Jesus are how to get into the Kingdom of Heaven, and how to take care of the poor and dispossessed. So how are opposition to abortion and homosexuality a demonstration of “Christian values?” Continue reading

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What happens when a really smart guy gets a little too serious about the Bible

My unease comes from my concerns about how religiosity muddles the thinking of otherwise very bright people, like our good Dr. Carson. Republicans aren’t motivated by that concern. What most of them are motivated by his just old-fashioned racism. Continue reading

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The Dalai Lama is also a sexist? (Disappointing News Category)

With Pope Francis making so much news in the United States, the other gentle spiritual leader of millions — the Dalai Lama — made a little news of his own. Maybe he was jealous of Pope Francis? In any case, … Continue reading

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Why Congress is more religious than the rest of the United States

This argument reveals the same fundamental cognitive bias that people have had all along, and that is that religiosity equates with morality. It does not. Continue reading

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All hail Pope Franics. But he’s still the head of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis is coming to America, and the hoi polloi is pretty excited. As popes come and go, this is by far the best Pope that anyone can remember. The Pope has been so revolutionary that the following quote was … Continue reading

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