Earthman’s Journey – Part 8 (of 8)

[ Part 1 — 2 — 3 — 4 — 5 — 6 – 7 — 8 ]The Final Doorway The payoff of going through the transition from the House of the Tribe to the House of Humanity is very large. If we can make it across the painful threshold from our small but formerly comfortable dwelling space into this new and grander place, we gain an entire fascinating WORLD of people. People to learn from, to visit, to photograph, to love, to sing to, to listen to, to argue with, to trade with, even to combine talents and efforts wi … [Read more...]

Remembering 9/11

Have you ever been stabbed in the back? By which I mean, really betrayed by someone you trusted? You feel hurt at first, but afterward angry. The level of trust betrayed probably defines the level of anger. You get into a business deal with friends, and you later discover they’ve not only fucked you over royally, they intended to fuck you over from the beginning. Or you’re married and you find out your husband is boinking another woman. Worse, he picked up a disease from her, and has now given it … [Read more...]

The Bite of the Camel

Daniel Fincke of Camels With Hammers sent me an email asking me if he could quote and critique a comment I left on his site ("The Moral Argument for Free Will") a few days ago.I thought your second comment on my free will post yesterday raised a lot of important points for clarification and I think I want to base a post around replying to it. I often do this with my commenters' remarks. In this case, though, since you're one of my peers here at FTB, I'm cautious because I want to make sure … [Read more...]

Taxing Churches

 Written by a former minister, and worth a read: In nearly every city in America, there are giant churches sitting on prime real-estate or agricultural land and they pay absolutely nothing in property tax even though they benefit from taxpayer-funded services like roads, law enforcement, schools, and fire protection. In most cities, when churches sponsor evangelical activities, they demand and receive police officer-assisted traffic control and often block off public streets for their … [Read more...]

Earthman’s Journey – Part 7 (of 8)

[ Part 1 — 2 — 3 — 4 — 5 — 6 – 7 — 8 ]The Houses of Man (cont.) As you’ve probably already figured out, there are other steps in this bigger-house progression. At some point we discover the door to yet another Outside, and find that our original family home is only a small part of a bigger place – our neighborhood or culture. For want of a better name, call this dwelling place the House of the Tribe. Again, there’s an uncomfortable period of adaptation in settling-in to this larger space. To b … [Read more...]

Hear, Hear, Well Spoken Bruce!

Fellow FTB blogger Jason Thibeault, the Lousy Canuck, just gave me an "I couldn't have said it better myself" moment with his repost of "Why don't atheists just shut up and stay home?"Well worth a read: We atheists have been silent for a very long time; our voices are understandably rusty. For every encroachment into our personal space — for every incentive that discriminates against faithless — for every demand that people be allowed to share their love of God with others — we are being told t … [Read more...]