“The Holy Spirit Made Me Do It”

A self-proclaimed prophet blames his sexual assaults on being “full of the “Spirit”: (Hint: That’s not really what he was full of and it’s not what he’s full of now.) “We feel he was probably befriending the parents under the guise of giving the children counseling,” said Metro Police Officer John Bradshaw. According to the arrest report, one victim was forced to leave her family and move in with Catello so he could “counsel her.” There she said she was… Read more

Did Canadian Prime Minister Kidnap The Body Of Christ?

Did he scandalously cart it off in his pocket instead of swallowing it?  Here’s the controversial footage and story: Read more

Obama Talks To Africa Online

Ahead of his coming first trip to Africa as president, he provided an online interview.  Included in his remarks were demands for governmental responsibility in African nations. From Politico’s helpful transcription efforts: “I’d say I’m probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who’s occupied my office. And I can give you chapter and verse on why the colonial maps that were drawn helped to spur on conflict and the terms of trade that were uneven emerging out of colonialism.”… Read more

Worst Statistic of the Day

Go to Psychology Today for solutions for dealing with this bit of bad news: Only 25 percent of women are consistently orgasmic during vaginal intercourse. Read more

What Species Are The Italians and The Irish?

PZ Myers watches FOX and Friends so we don’t have to: Brian Kilmeade is, for some unknown reason, trying to dismiss a study that found that married people were at a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease. his reasons for dismissing its applicability to Americans are bizarre. BRIAN KILMEADE: We keep marrying other species and other ethnics– GRETCHEN CARLSON: Are you sure they are not suffering from some of the causes of dementia right now? BRIAN KILMEADE: The problem is the… Read more

Gays and Christianity 3: If God Exists and Is Good, He Cannot Oppose Gay Love

In two previous posts, I have addressed current tensions in the Anglican church over gays. You can find those posts here and here. In reply to my second post on the topic, I received several excellent comments. I decided to reprint the one which challenged me and my reply to that comment here to keep the debate moving forward, but I also encourage you to read the insightful remarks of the other commentators as well. seanachain writes: While I agree… Read more

(Japanese Band) Sour’s “日々の音色 (Hibi no neiro)”

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for the great find!   As he puts it, this is a “mind-blowingly charming music video” Read more

Pope Benedict XVI In League With “Liberal Communists”?

Anthony Paul Smith has an interesting response (one that seems to be deeply influenced by Zizek’s remarks on those whom he dubs “liberal communists” here) to the Pope’s new encyclical.  An excerpt from Smith: Apparently any use of technology in relation to life, from birth control to abortion to in vitro to cloning, is a sign that human society is hubristic and thinks not only that it is able to master the mysteries of the universe but that there are… Read more

What About Him?

A couple clips of Rebecca Walker’s article on meeting Michael Jackson at 14, on experiencing life to his soundtrack, on gawking at his sordid personal implosion, and, finally, on responding to his death: Why Michael approached me in a room full of superstars after the show I will never know. Perhaps because I was the youngest in the room, and at 14 didn’t have a big name, a big career or a powerful company. I was a kid, easy, with… Read more

Not The Moral Moderation Aristotle Had In Mind…

Researchers suggest that we are less inclined to behave morally when we feel like we have already just done so and more likely to behave morally when we feel like we have just failed to do so.  Click here for the account of the experiments from which this conclusion is drawn. Here’s the overall summation of the views of the researchers: If people feel too moral,” Sachdeva said, “they might not have sufficient incentive to engage in moral action because… Read more

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