Planned Parenthood and the Myth of the Sheepish, Dependent, Ethically Mono-chromed Woman (Introduction)


Planned Parenthood stand with “women.” Assumedly this means something.It cannot mean that Planned Parenthood -- in their actions, goals, and professed beliefs -- stand for the all-inclusive category of “every human person with two "x" sex chromosomes.” 57% percent of women are in favor of abortion being illegal in all or most circumstances (20%, 37%, respectively). Planned Parenthood -- who daily bemoans laws limiting abortion, manufacturing a menagerie of pink graphics protesting any and all … [Read more...]

Lent is for Everyone


You -- assuming you are a person, not a corporation or a spam-bot -- are a source of action. You do not merely react to stimulus, respond to other events, or receive the motion of some prior reality into yourself and express its power out of mechanical necessity -- you also do. Your actions originate in you. In this sense, you are an uncaused cause -- an unmoved mover.This is evident in the experience of responsibility. To be responsible for something is an existential acknowledgment of your … [Read more...]

The Spirit of Rebellion


One of my larger worries, considering that daily question of whether to be a Catholic, is whether it means giving up the spirit of rebellion. This, after all, is the common perception of things, that the sinner is the rebel and the Saint obedient, that those who "do what they want" deserve to swagger in the feeling of self-assertion -- while those who are subservient to a transcendent God have no cause for such cool.But what is rebellion? Surely it is an assertion of self against another -- … [Read more...]

The Mode in Which We Go To Mass

The mode in which a message is delivered has the power to negate the content of the message. I may express my undying fidelity for a particular woman with words true and well-phrased, but as long as I send these words in a text-message, I obscure my own meaning. I might post a beautiful image of God with a powerful excerpt from Holy Scripture on Facebook. My intent is zealous, my faith is real, the translation from the Hebrew is accurate -- and it is all rendered meaningless by being viewed … [Read more...]

7 Totally Epic Rules For Writing on the Internet


 Rule number 6 is so incredibly true, it hurts.1. A prostitute has sex for money. Internet-writers write about sex for money. Try your utmost to remember the difference between your writing and prostitution. 2. The Internet-writer is not paid for being read. He is paid for putting people into contact with the advertisements crowding his designated pixel-space. The more his work is viewed, the more the advertisements around his work are viewed. By increasing the sale of products he doesn't ca … [Read more...]

A Great Conflation


Part 2 of a series.Seeking to find out who-we-are from the observation of what-we-usually-do would be fine -- if we were something other than persons. Gravity may be given an identity based on its typical "action," defined as "the force that attracts a body toward the center of the earth," but a person is that type of being with the terrifying capacity to act against who he is. He defies being defined by his usual actions because he is always free to act otherwise.We may observe, for … [Read more...]

Magic and Myers-Briggs

Personality Quiz by Patrick Alexander

Personality tests can be accurate and helpful. People taking these tests tend to scare me. For a long time I conflated the test with its takers and thus developed a longstanding, unthought, ideological commitment to freaking out whenever anyone tried to pin my possible personality type. Phrases like "don't crush me with your overburdened psychological systems" were common. Deliberately confusing the meanings of "sanguine" and "phlegmatic" so I wouldn't accidentally associate myself with any … [Read more...]

Why Religious People Are Ashamed of Porn


One of the more exciting statistics used to denigrate religion is the fact that its followers seem to experience higher levels of guilt and shame regarding their sexual actions. Consider a headline from 2011, fairly bursting with its own conclusions: "Atheists have 'better sex lives than followers of religion who are plagued with guilt.'" This is brilliant stuff, destined for gleeful, bi-annual repetitions by the press, for there are few things more marvelous than sexuality, and few things that s … [Read more...]

To My Readers in Europe

You have better things to do than read my cranial excretions, such as eating Milka bars, going to Church in the undoubtedly gorgeous cathedral at the center of your city, or watching soccer. But since -- by the edict of some strange and masochistic god -- you are instead reading this blog, I have a request.I am currently studying in Europe, and I plan to travel quite a bit. Your food is delicious and cheap, but your hotels are neither -- and your hostels are often full.If any of you … [Read more...]

Beyond Compare


I received a message asking, amongst other things:What if Islam is true? What if Buddhism is true? Atheism? How can you be so sure of your Catholicism when there are thousands of religions and world-views you have not even encountered?I am thankful in the extreme that the question seeks the source of my surety and certainty in the Church, and not my factual reasons for being a Catholic. If the latter was emphasized, I would have to give up from the onset, the answer too big for the … [Read more...]