The Meaning of Thanksgiving? Hint: Not Supernatural Superbeings.

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Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Hope you’re having a good day with friends and family, or finding something equally nice to do on this cold wintery day here in the Northern Hemisphere. (To those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, why haven’t you invited me down and sent me a plane ticket, you stingy bastards!?)Weird Family Memories sparked by Thanksgiving:I had an Aunt Esther on my mother’s side who had an entire room of her house in which children were not permitted. It had a big velvet rope … [Read more...]

Reason Riders Followup

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Couple of pics of Pierino Walker, the originator of the Reason Riders patch, with bike and jacket. I really, really REALLY want a motorcycle again.If you want one of the patches, or want to ride with him in northern California, contact Pierino at ktown1213 [at] gmail [dot] com.And if you start up a local chapter of Reason Riders wherever you are, I definitely want to hear about it!  … [Read more...]

Dying to Escape Hasidic Judaism

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Generally I aim my verbal volleys at the Christian world, with the occasional whack at Islam. But this caught my attention after my recent riff on Hasidic Jews in Beta Culture: To Not Be Owned:Outcast Mother’s Death, and Questions About Jewish Sect’s Sway Over ChildrenA women who left an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect committed suicide in September. Ms. Tambor, 33, had forsaken the Hasidic Jewish world in which she was raised and married, a decision that undermined her relationship with her … [Read more...]

Christianity Facing Extinction? Wow. Cool.

An article in The Telegraph warns:Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation, warns Lord CareyI know this is disturbing and serious from the point of view of Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, but from mine, it's heartening and funny.Christianity is just a “generation away from extinction” in Britain unless churches make a dramatic breakthrough in attracting young people back to the faith, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has warned.Clergy are … [Read more...]

Is Handling Poisonous Snakes a Constitutional Right?

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Pentecostal Pastors Argue 'Snake Handling' Is Their Religious RightIs it? I'm going to say yes, with certain reservations.1) The snakes should be protected.2) Anyone handling them should be experts licensed by the state in which the church exists.3) The church offering the activity has to have insurance that covers accidents and liability — just as fireworks displays and rodeos have to have insurance — so that if the snakes escape, or if someone is injured or killed during the ser … [Read more...]

Do Atheists Have the Right to Offend Muslims?

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The question was posed in an article from The Muslim Times (which features such articles as A challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from? and Conversion of Mr. Bean to Islam?) Recently some atheists at the LSE Freshers day were asked by university authorities to remove T-shirts depicting the Prophets Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them both) sharing a beer together. Well, to be more exact, they were asked to remove “Jesus and Mo” cartoon t-shirts, where “Jesus” is depicted as a cartoon … [Read more...]


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