Barack Obama: I’m Not Saying You Were Aliens, But…

I support the separation of church and state, and am pretty sure that the President of the United States has no business quoting Exodus or any part of the Bible in an official speech. On the other hand, contrary to what conspiracy theorists are sure to come up with soon if they haven’t already, this statement [Read More...]

Predicting the Future

I love this cartoon from the New Yorker. This is precisely the problem with predictive prophecy. If it were to be specific about the distant future, it would be incomprehensible. But because it consistently lacks such information, it is unimpressively vague. There is no way things could be otherwise, is there – regardless of whether [Read More...]

Too Much Freedom, Still Not Enough

Plato’s Republic discusses how democracies devolve into tyrannies. When freedom is made an end in itself, the desire for unlimited freedom eventually sets a course towards anarchy, with people living in fear as nothing and no one is restrained, until eventually someone offers to bring things under control and restore order and security. When a democracy [Read More...]

The Task of All Great Religions

This quote came to my attention via several pages on Facebook. You can read the entire speech at the UN on the White House website. Here’s a longer excerpt from which the quote in the image is taken: It is one of the tasks of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, [Read More...]

2014 State of the University

At the start of every academic year, the president of Butler University gives a talk called the “State of the University” address. I thought I’d share this year’s, since it is on YouTube, and it includes pictures of some of the exciting building projects that are planned on campus for the near future. There’s more about [Read More...]

Happy Religious Freedom Day!

The presidential proclamation would not have been enough. It took Facebook to make me aware of it. [Read more...]

My Fellow Americans

I found this cartoon yesterday on the Polyp website when I was working on my recent post about conspiracy theories and Margaret Atwood’s novel The Year of the Flood. I appreciated its satirical treatment of our tendency to think of Jesus as one of us, one who could address us in this way with no sense [Read More...]

Obama’s Faith

Hemant Mehta asked in a recent video whether president Obama is an atheist. TL; DR “No” I appreciate Mehta’s treatment of this topic, on the whole. My biggest disagreement is with his statement that president Obama supports marriage equality in spite of his faith and not because of it. I see no reason to accept [Read More...]

Shana Tova!

Happy new year to those who celebrate it according to the Jewish calendar! Even the Iranian president has voiced his Rosh ha-Shanah sentiments! [Read more...]

Sequestration Lip-Synch Scandal

In the wake of the hullabaloo over Beyonce lip-synching at the presidential inauguration ceremony, the public has now been shocked to learn that the members of the United States Congress have also been lip-synching their debates which have been keeping the budget in deadlock. When House Speaker John Boehner met with the president determined not [Read More...]

Jedi Mind Meld

OK, from a political perspective as well as that of science fiction fandom, is this a gaffe, as some have claimed? I do not think so. The poster gets the fonts right for the Star Wars and Star Trek references. And so I think there is a deliberate use of science fiction's greatest example of [Read More...]


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