God Crashes Train, Kills Four. Oh, wait …

rail crash

This story caught my eye because it happened fairly close to a place in the Bronx I drive to every weekday.New York's subway system covers the city itself, but also extends itself about 75 miles north to Poughkeepsie. This part of it is called "Metro North," and is a particular convenience to people who work in the city but choose to live a hour or so away in cheaper, safer towns.That train derailed Sunday morning, injuring scores of people and killing four. Taking a 30-mph curve at 80 … [Read more...]

Dying to Escape Hasidic Judaism

tambor

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...]

Is Handling Poisonous Snakes a Constitutional Right?

snakes

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?

Jesus and Mo

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...]

Rare Giant Gemstone Sort of Wasted. Thanks, Religion.

BC-Jade-Budda

I'm okay with Buddhists, generally. But guys, really? A statue of Buddha (there are a few around, in case you don't know) was the best the human race could come up with for the largest single piece of jade ever discovered? ... a mammoth boulder of nephrite jade sourced in Northwest British Columbia, Canada. Dubbed the Polar Pride boulder when it was discovered in 2000, gem experts called the 18-ton specimen “the find of the millennium.” I'll admit I'm coming up short in figuring out what sho … [Read more...]

No, I don’t believe in God. I thought YOU did. Well, heck. Now what?

crazy

We're born to sanity. We instinctively feel that things should be reasonable. That it should all MAKE SENSE.Most of us, as we grow to adulthood, at least TRY to be sane and sensible. But we all know we share the world with some crazy-ass others.In my view, the biggest reason for rampant craziness in the world is religion. Religion is not only mistaken about basic facts of reality, it sets up a social field of acceptance to casual lies, deliberate falsehoods, even malicious acts, by both … [Read more...]


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