Bill Moyers Essay: On the Sabotage of Democracy

Bill Moyers’s analysis of the government shutdown: Bill Moyers Essay: On the Sabotage of Democracy from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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How I Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go

Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition wrote a hypothetical conversation between an anti-homosexuality Christian pastor and a pro-gay talk show host called “How I Wish the Homosexuality Debate Would Go”. Since this article was recommended on Facebook no less than 18,000 times, I take it that many Christians found it reasonable, likely even taking it to be an ideal representation of their own views. So, I want to take seriously this Christian speaking for many other Christians in his own fictional representative’s words. In this post, I offer the remarks I would make were I also on this show, responding to the hypothetical pastor’s each comment. [Read more...]

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Sexism Against Hillary Clinton

Sunday night I interviewed Anita Finlay, who wrote Dirty Words On Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter’s Rude Awakening to chronicle the sexism in the coverage of Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries: Your Thoughts?   [Read more...]

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The Very Worst of the Atheist Movement on Display: Major Atheist Orgs Attack Star of David Holocaust Memorial

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UPDATE 7/31/2013, 5:33pm EDT. Real Clear Religion has now linked to this article with a headline that runs just above a byline for me reading “When Atheists Become Holocaust Deniers”. That is an irresponsible headline. I have never leveled such an incendiary charge of Holocaust denial at any other atheist. That is not the point [Read More...]

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It’s Good To Know Someone Out There Really Listens

A tribute to the NSA. [Read more...]

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After I Deconverted: I Was Deeply Ambivalent; What Was I to Make of Sex, Love, Alcohol, Bisexuality, Abortion, 9/11, Religious Violence, Marxism, or the Yankees?

This is a long installment of my ongoing series covering my journey before, during, and after my deconversion from Christianity. Since I think it is interesting how all the ambivalences, contradictions, anxieties, and displacements that I was experiencing parallel and inform each other, I am deciding to post it all as one episode in the series, rather than break each easily isolatable vignette into its own post. For the busy or the short attention spanned, I have made it easier to read in multiple sittings or to skim by breaking it into subsections according to themes. [Read more...]

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If The Ten Commandments Really Were The Basis Of Our Legal System

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If the Ten Commandments were really the basis of our laws, they’d be a lot less tolerable. [Read more...]

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An Aphorism

The only way to beat the system is to master the system; but as you master the system, the system masters you. [Read more...]

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On Criticizing Religious Statements In The Wake of Tragedy

I have no interest in criticizing the solace people find in religion as they mourn. I only criticize the cruel things religious people say to hurt others who are mourning and the religious attempts to exploit people’s terror and trauma to scapegoat others and pave the emotional way for future theocratic laws. [Read more...]

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