Sure and Begorrah

View image | gettyimages.comSure and means "Sure and by God." Probably not the most appropriate thing for an atheist to say. But it's a big day in historically Catholic Ireland where gay marriage has been overwhelmingly approved by voters, so it just seems somehow right.I'm not really into granting rights by referendum. But that's my American prejudice. In Ireland they have different values and history and this seems like a great way to show the world how attitudes are … [Read more...]

Rick Santorum, Theologus Bibliae

Rick “Man on Dog Sex” Santorum will never be elected president, but if it’s the role of Tea Party chief inquisitor he’s bucking for, then he should be hired immediately.  This is Santorum at a speech late last week as reported by Reuters:Obama's agenda is "not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology," Santorum told supporters of the conservative T … [Read more...]

Homohater Fosser Fram

Once again Iowa has held its ridiculous caucuses allowing a microscopic number of people to determine the trajectory of our presidential primaries.  This year only 5.4% of registered Republicans showed up and most of them were from the most fundamentalist evangelical communities.I guess Romney’s pandering worked, though those eight (!) votes that put him over the top cost him a bucketload of money. … [Read more...]

Romney’s Mormonism Is Worse Than Newt’s Scumbagism?

It seems to me that Mitt Romney is a pretty decent sort of guy.  Of all the Republican candidates, he’s the only one whom I could remotely imagine voting for in a general election.  (Yes, I am an independent and have even voted for Republicans as I have admitted on this blog in the past.)What turns me off about him is that he doesn’t seem to commit to anything.  I’m also very angry about how, like most of the Republican candidates, he so easily throws the gays under the bus.  But that’s polit … [Read more...]

Indoctrination Is Not Thinking For Yourself

Over at Religion Dispatches, Paul Wallace has taken notice of Richard Dawkins’ idea for a “Think for Yourself Academy” for children.  Dawkins said in a NY Times interview that this academy “would not be a school for atheists.”The idea horrifies him. A child should skip down an idiosyncratic intellectual path. “I am almost pathologically afraid of indoctrinating children,” he says. … [Read more...]

This Really Makes My Head Spin All The Way Around

Last week 700 people showed up at a San Angelo, Texas seminar on exorcism sponsored by the Catholic Church.  Here is the Bishop of the local Catholic Diocese (via"Over the centuries, ritual books have been prepared by the churches to be used in exorcisms and dealing with diabolical influence," Pfeifer said. Different forms of that influence include obsession, such as with sex, drugs or alcohol; posession, which commonly is referred to as the haunting of places or things; and … [Read more...]

Newt Hearts Hagee

I must admit that the thought of certain Republicans running for president makes me a bit giddy.  Sarah Palin’s run would be entertaining, of course.  Michelle Bachman could also be a hoot.  But the one I’m really looking forward to is Newt Gingrich.Newt seems to be getting serious about it.  He’s a spankin’ fresh new Catholic and all his (many, many, but who’s counting?) sins are supposedly behind him. … [Read more...]

We Are Pardoned

Big news from the pope.  The Jews are innocent of deicide.Pope Benedict XVI has made a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book.In "Jesus of Nazareth-Part II" excerpts released Wednesday, Benedict explains biblically and theologically why there is no basis in Scripture for the argument that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus' death.Interpretations to the … [Read more...]

More Vatican Sexual Dysfunction

The Vatican is confirming widespread rape and sexual abuse of nuns by priests in at least 23 countries:Confidential Vatican reports obtained by the National Catholic Reporter, a weekly magazine in the US, have revealed that members of the Catholic clergy have been exploiting their financial and spiritual authority to gain sexual favours from nuns, particularly those from the Third World who are more likely to be culturally conditioned to be subservient to men.The reports, some of which are … [Read more...]

Post-Theistic Religion©

Another non-theistic reinterpretation of religion has been published by a fellow named Bo Bennett.  According to various web sources, he’s a young self-made millionaire.  His book is The Concept: Introduction to Christian Nontheism.  From the publisher: … [Read more...]