Lefty Pet Peeve

This picture was shared on Facebook with the caption, "Americas (sic) largest mass hanging of Indians."Hey, I'm in. I'm on board. The LEAST you can say about the alleged incident is that it deserves to echo through history as one of our most shameful moments. It deserves to be remembered, reflected upon, regretted.As a compassionate, reasoning being -- or so I like to think of myself -- my first impulse is to find out more. This is something that needs to be a part of my thinking, … [Read more...]

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...]

Power: The Source is the Limit, the Source is Us

Would you believe me if I told you "government" doesn't really exist? That when we talk about government, there's nothing really there? It's as fictional as religion?So where do I think all those government buildings come from? What's all that business you see in Washington DC -- Congress and the White House, the Supreme Court and all those museums and monuments and stuff? What's the deal with all the cop cars, and the uniformed people driving them? What do I think the IRS is, or the U.S. … [Read more...]

Random Tidbits

Telling Your Own Story I have this very strong feeling that each person must “tell his own story,” and that others around him should honor that. For instance, if a friend tells me “I really like that little Jewish girl down the street,” or “I sure don't like that lemon strawberry cake that Aunt Nita makes. I wish I could tell her but I don't want to hurt her feelings,” in each case that's HIS story, and not mine. If he wants to tell his story to others, he will, but it's not my place to spread a … [Read more...]

Did God Mess With Biology’s Roots?

I've said many times that the true, full effect religion has had on human society is not something any of us is really equipped to notice. It's so ... everywhere ... that we have little to contrast with it in order to clearly see the damage.Even science, which escaped the grasp of religion and went off to change the world in ways religion could never have managed, still -- in my view, anyway -- suffers aftereffects.  For instance:Here's a pretty good article about something humans and … [Read more...]

Dawkins and Dennett in Boston

I got to see noted scientist, atheist and author Richard Dawkins and philosopher/author Daniel Dennett in Boston this past Thursday, June 11. I first saw Dawkins at the Reason Rally in Washington DC, so this was my second eyes-on viewing of him, but it was my first time seeing Dennett in person. I traveled down with three members of the Capital Region Atheists & Agnostics -- Lizz Lloyd, Jim Piren and Ken Spencer. (A big thank-you to them for the company and the wheels.)The format of the … [Read more...]