Lifeboat of Knowledge, Dinghy of Power

A long one, here. Sorry. I’d like to revisit my recent post, Reason Not to Rest, in which I touched on the idea “We won and we can relax now.” I want to expand on that, to look at it from a slightly different angle, and basically reinforce my own conviction that now is definitely NOT the time to relax.  So: … [Read more...]

In Which I Admit to Being Wrong

Kudos to the lot of you! I’m more than a little pleased with how the discussion worked out in comments to my Liberal Knees post about the burkha. All of the comments were thoughtful, most were lengthy, and none of them were flames against me or the other readers/commenters. Best of all, I learned some stuff, and I hope others did too. There were more nuances in the issue than my simple formulation of “I don’t get to wear a mask in public; I don’t think anyone else should.” Most … [Read more...]

The Great Debate

I went to the “great debate” – Does God Exist? – last night at Binghamton University in Upstate New York. The event was double-hosted by the Campus Bible Fellowship and the Secular Student Alliance. Ex-Mormon Erin M. and I caught a ride with Michael McElroy, all members of the local atheist Meet-Up group, Capital Region Atheists and Agnostics. Nice trip, the both of you. I enjoyed the wide-ranging conversation immensely. Sorry I fell asleep on the late-night return trip; hey, I’m old. … [Read more...]

Reason Rally: The Speech That Didn’t Happen

This is the speech I would have given, if I’d been asked to speak at the Reason Rally. No, there’s no reason anyone should have asked – I’m not well enough known just yet – but that didn’t stop me from wanting to be up on stage anyway. Saying this: Hank's Reason Rally Speech Just as we still talk about the Enlightenment, or the discovery of fire, a thousand years from now, people will still be talking about this moment. Because this is the moment when civilization left the launch … [Read more...]

Throwing Out Leftovers, Civilization-Wide

I’m gonna tell you about four things I used to do. Four actions – habits – I picked up when I was a kid and continued at least into my early adult life. First, I used to eat large amounts of ice cream and other rich, fatty foods at every opportunity. Second, I used to actively avoid stepping on cracks in the sidewalk when I was walking. Third, I used to vigorously snap my towel when I stepped out of the shower and pulled it off the towel rack. Fourth, I used to look both ways when I … [Read more...]

Doing My Part: Christopher

[ This is a response to Doing My Part for the Godless Future. If you'd like to submit one of your own — what you're doing to help the world, or just yourself, get free of religion — email me via the link in that post. ] __________ My very small part is to reply to xtians who use the "Love the sinner but hate the sin" in the same way I did to my sister when she stated that Jesus said, "Love the sinner but hate the sin." So I asked her, "When did you become Hindu?" "Whaa?" she said.  Then … [Read more...]


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