What is Respect?

Penn Jillette has a quotable line about tolerance and respect in the Toronto Star: “There’s a big difference between tolerance and respect. Tolerance is you saying something crazy and me smiling and saying ‘that’s nice.’ Respect is when you say something crazy and I say ‘you’re out of your f—ing mind.’ Direct confrontation, direct conversation [Read More…]

Why I’m Not Voting for Bill Brady

There are plenty of reasons not to vote for Bill Brady for Governor of Illinois. The video captures some of the important ones… and it doesn’t even mention his belief in Creationism: Wherever you live, please go vote for the non-crazies. There are still a few of them out there. They’re not perfect, but they’re [Read More…]

A Megachurch Pastor Has the Courage to Come Out

Jim Swilley was a megachurch pastor in Georgia for over two decades. According to one reader (via email): They’re located right on I20 and you can’t miss the sign [for the Church in the Now] if you’re headed east out of Atlanta. The place looks insane; like a casino had sex with a WalMart. I’ve [Read More…]

An Encouraging Editorial In Support of Science

I know it’s Asheville, North Carolina and not a city in the Deep South, but I’m still very encouraged to see an editorial like this in the Citizen-Times… and very troubled to know who’s running for the state House of Representatives in Buncombe County: When asked whether the General Assembly should be involved in the [Read More…]

Are Reason and Religion Compatible?

Speaking of the Rally to Restore Sanity, the Washington Post On Faith blog asked panelists: Are “reason” and “sanity” the opposite of religious belief? An excerpt of my post is below: Not completely. There are religious people in just about every field imaginable — including academia and science. It’s possible to be sane — ridiculously [Read More…]


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