On The Uses And Abuses of Han Solo in The Force Awakens (Spoilers)

Come discuss Star Wars with us by joining the Camels With Hammers closed Facebook group for people who have seen The Force Awakens or don’t mind learning spoilers. I have already recorded a video giving my immediate post-theater reactions to The Force Awakens and written out a spoiler-free review of the movie. Now I’m writing analyses of various aspects of the movie one by one. I started with a [Read More…]

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How Disney Used Luke Skywalker (Force Awakens Spoilers)

I have already recorded a video giving my immediate post-theater reactions to The Force Awakens and written out a spoiler-free review of the movie. Now I’m writing analyses of various aspects of the movie one by one. Here’s my take on the treatment of Luke Skywalker in the film.
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The Force Awakens Is A Lazy Cop Out (Spoiler-Free Review)

Come discuss Star Wars with us by joining the Camels With Hammers closed Facebook group for people who have seen The Force Awakens or don’t mind learning spoilers. This is my review that spoils no plot points. The closest to spoiling plot beyond the very basic things in commercials already is to note that a few things one might have hoped are in [Read More…]

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How The Force Awakens Disappointed Me (Spoilers Galore)

Lex and I got to see The Force Awakens tonight because it premiered in France today. I was going to first write a spoiler-free review but I was so hyped up with my frustrations that I wanted to vent them up front and I can’t really explain what’s wrong with the movie without talking about [Read More…]

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Jon Stewart Shames Republicans Playing Politics With 9/11 Responders’ Lives #worstresponders

Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show last night to chronicle his trip to Capitol Hill to lobby Republican Senators who are refusing to support funding for the renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act which for 5 years has provided funding for 9/11 first responders suffering illnesses most likely contracted at Ground Zero [Read More…]

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Everything You Think You Know About Hymens Is Wrong

The show Adam Ruins Everything has a humorous and informative clip from the show in which they debunk common myths about hymens and speak out against vile, invasive “virginity tests”. Even if you knew most of this information, as I did, this is a terrific resource for remedial sex education for your friends and family [Read More…]

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The Inspiring Manifesto of the Muslim Reform Movement #MuslimReform

When my ex-Muslim friends today were giving glowing reviews to Asra Nomani for her courageous and insightful appearance on Meet the Press yesterday, I was led to investigate the declaration from Muslim Reform Movement, of which she was a cosignatory. And I was blown away by it. It is a wonderful declaration, in many ways [Read More…]

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Moderate Muslims Have Hit Their “Wall”

A personal account of a moderate Muslim’s dilemma with blasphemy. [Read more…]

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New Philosophical Counter-Apologetics Class

I have two SIX students committing to attend a new section of Philosophy of Religion in December 2015. I am aiming to make this round of the class specifically as a philosophical counter-apologetics treatment of the subject, designed to specificlaly help deconverts from religion and other non-believers understand the intricacies of the best theistic philosophy of religion [Read More…]

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