Brainwashing, Jesus … and Fascistic Creep

What better way to brainwash people than to stress them, exhaust them, force them to go without food and sleep? And THEN jump in with your message, the thing you want to force into their unresisting minds, when they’re at their most vulnerable?I’m describing the brainwashing tactics of Stalin, or Mao Tse Tung, right?No. I’m talking about U.S. Military chaplains. I’m talking about the brainwashing of U.S. soldiers to become Christians, and Christian evangelists. All of it paid for, by their ow … [Read more...]

Duh, Idiot Me — or: Why The Catholic Church Soldiers On

Reading this article on Papal infallibility — Postponing Self-Destruction of the Catholic Church — I just now learned the real reason why the Catholic Church doesn't update its outworn policies on things like contraceptives, marriage, or human morality.Because, really, who hasn't thought about how much good this huge worldwide organization could do if it reversed its stand on condoms and contraceptives? Rather than waiting for tardy governments to act, it could simply began distributing con … [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It …

This is the piece that appeared in the Albany Times Union newspaper this last Saturday, in the Voices of Faith column on the Faith & Values page. (Interestingly, it used to be the Religion page, and I suspect the change reflects some sort of sea change in understanding that "values" can come from someplace other than religion. Which is progress, and which I attribute directly to newly-vocal atheists making that very point.)The two other main stories on the page were "Pope orders crackdown … [Read more...]

Stilling the Jerk of My Liberal Knees

Look at this picture (click to embiggen) of a woman arrested in France for refusing to remove her veil. A tiny, defenseless woman, a plucky warrior for the rights of a minority to live and breathe free, is manhandled by racist government thugs.It came up on my Facebook wall recently, from a group called the Muslim Defense League (MDL) United We Stand, Divided We Fall (“Fighting against racism, fascism and oppression”).The photo caption was “A Muslima is arrested in France for refusing to remo … [Read more...]

Reason Rally: Pictures At A Revolution

Here are the happy faces of Reason Rally. (There's probably some beautiful way WordPress allows you to present a photo gallery so you don't have to click and back-click, but I didn't know it at the time I posted these. Sorry.)Reason Rally: March 24, 2012. Washington, DC.(Also: Argh. As usual, I have not one photograph proving *I* was there.)Pics below the fold. … [Read more...]

Reason Rally: Mainstream Media Blackout?

I'm collecting a list of major news media outlets that have not (so far) covered the Reason Rally. I've checked a few of them; if you find others, I'd appreciate knowing, so I can add them to the list. (There's a list at the bottom for the news sites that DID cover the event, even if negatively.)The point of this is twofold. In reverse order:Second, to make the point that, all the times Christians cry about being discriminated against, the real story is exactly the opposite. Christian … [Read more...]


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