The Sly Accusation of Islamophobia

I think we're all making a big mistake in defining "Islamophobia" as "hates Muslims."OF COURSE it's wrong to hate people. But it's not wrong to have serious reservations about a religion, a philosophy or a culture. It's not wrong to judge IDEAS, and to find them wanting.Because there really are inferior cultures and beliefs, cultures that deserve to be hated and stamped out. I grew up in one of them -- a racist Southern culture which insisted that skin color should be the decider for … [Read more...]


Mona Lisa tears

There's a storm of media coverage happening, lots of talking heads talking. I'm waiting for information to accumulate, hoping to get some sense of the big picture.I do see the assholes are already blaming Obama for ... whatever. I'm sure there'll be plenty more of that tomorrow.But my initial reaction is ... Damn. Just damn. … [Read more...]

Starbucks, Part Deux: Chasing the Red Dot

Watch the video.The cats are you and I. The guy holding the laser is the media. The red dot is the Starbucks coffee cup story.I'm going to call them Red Dot Stories from now on.They don't mean anything. They're not significant in any way. And yet we still leap excitedly to follow and talk about them. Just like cats, we allow ourselves to be jerked around by that irresistible fascination with the red dot. … [Read more...]

Starbucks Cups: Yeah, Get Angry … Suckah!


And so the annual "War on Christmas" begins -- the viral claptrap that comes out every year like Christmas lights, earlier and earlier. Here's this year's volley.A number of articles from mainstream news sites -- New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, New York Daily News -- say "some Christians" or "Christian evangelists" take exception to Starbucks' new plain red cups ... but they never actually name the "some Christians" they're talking about. Is it the Catholic Church in all its … [Read more...]

One Billion Atheists: The Army of the Other Side

Look at this:AdvertisementEvangelicals Aim to Mobilize an Army for Republicans in 2016 One afternoon last week, David Lane watched from the sidelines as a roomful of Iowa evangelical pastors applauded a defense of religious liberty by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. That night, he gazed out from the stage as the pastors surrounded Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana in a prayer circle. For Mr. Lane, a onetime Bible salesman and self-described former “wild man,” connecting the pastors wit … [Read more...]

Catholic Church Flexing Muscle in U.S. Hospitals

According to Wikipedia: The Roman Catholic Church is the largest non-government provider of health care services in the world. It has around 18,000 clinics, 16,000 homes for the elderly and those with special needs, and 5,500 hospitals, with 65 per cent of them located in developing countries. In 2010, the Church's Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers said that the Church manages 26% of the world's health care facilities. The Church's involvement in health care has … [Read more...]