Which Roman Emperor is Donald Trump?

Two online sources have suggested that Donald Trump resembled either Nero or Commodus. Any chance that we could persuade him to take a “Which Roman Emperor Are You?” quiz and tweet the results? Surely that would settle the matter. Then we could focus on the more serious issue: the fact that the current U. S. [Read More…]

If I Had Lived Back Then

Just as people say that we don’t realize that we are living in the “good old days” until they have passed, so too we tend not to recognize the significance of a presidency, a protest march, a speech, or a stand, until later. History is being made every moment. The big question is whether we [Read More…]

2016

2016. People keep saying it can’t get worse and 2016 keeps saying, “hold my drink.” – Rose LaVista — James F. McGrath (@ReligionProf) December 28, 2016 [Read more…]

Just Chemicals in the Brain

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Ken Ham is a Liar

People have sometimes complained when I have referred to young-earth creationists as liars. Hopefully the tweet above from Ken Ham will settle the matter, at least for those who have seen the TV series Cosmos. [Read more…]

Venturing Outside One’s Area of Expertise

Everyone is talking about Neil de Grasse Tyson’s problematic tweets – see the recent blog posts by Jerry Coyne, Hemant Mehta, and P. Z. Myers. But I think the most important post on the topic is that by Jonathan Bernier. He points out that, once someone moves outside of their field of expertise, no matter how [Read More…]

Gundamentalism

I shared the above image with the following comment from me: I continue to hear from people who don't think America has a problem. One common suggestion from Christian gun lovers is that this is not a gun problem but a sin problem. That must mean that Americans are worse sinners than other democratic, economically [Read More…]

Why Apostrophes and Capitalization Matter

This might be the best correction in the history of correcting stuff… UPDATE: The original article and the correction appeared in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper. I too would like to believe that love trumps hate, while I do not love Trump's hate.   [Read more…]

How The Terrorists Win

This thought from Waleed Aly was shared by J. K. Doyle: Terrorism is, above all, a test of character for the community that suffers at the hands of terrorism. The very worst people in the world have come to take away our humanity. What are we going to do about it? The community that keeps [Read More…]

Stop White Christian Immigration Now!

America is under attack. We can look back over the history of our nation and recall figures like William Cornell way back in 1863, or James Holmes and Dylann Roof from more recently. We can look over the list Wikipedia provides of more than a hundred rampage killers and other examples of mass violence in American [Read More…]