How Critical is Sexual Desire to Human Identity? [Blogathon 8/12]

This post is number eight of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.At one point in the discussion, Ubiquitous was expanding on Thomist philosophy and laid out a 'prebuttal' (of which I'm excerpting only one idea): In a hale and mature adult human, eyes are for seeing. If … [Read more...]

“The rumba is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire” [Blogathon 2/12]

This post is number two of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.At some point in the long discussion of homosexuality, I asked why the Catholic church puts erotic same sex relationships and acts in the same category as erotic male-female acts in the first place.  I wa … [Read more...]

This is why ‘Pragmatism’ isn’t an ethical system [Blogathon 1/12]

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This post is number one of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious). Nolan wrote: An objection I've heard often relates to health. Critics will point to health disparities between gay and straight people (higher depression, suicides, std’s among gay people), and say thi … [Read more...]

All the Christian Round Posts are Up!

If you've been waiting to vote in the Ideological Turing Test until all the entries in the round were posted, now's your chance. You can browse all thirteen entries at the index post. Currently, the sample sizes are lower than I'd like, so, by all means, forward the link around to any friends, listservs, or bloggers you think might enjoy the project. This isn't a rigorous scientific poll, so snowball sampling is a-ok.The Atheist Round will stop accepting guesses Saturday night, and the … [Read more...]

All the Atheist Round Posts are Up!

If you've been waiting to vote in the Ideological Turing Test until all the entries in the round were posted, now's your chance. You can browse all thirteen entries at the index post. Currently, the sample sizes are lower than I'd like, so, by all means, forward the link around to any friends, listservs, or bloggers you think might enjoy the project. This isn't a rigorous scientific poll, so snowball sampling is a-ok.The first entries in the Christian round will start going up either Friday … [Read more...]

My Radical Homosexual Agenda for the Military

Mark Shea is in agreement with Rod Dreher that Obama and the Dems are mounting a serious assault on the religious liberty of military chaplains. Quoth Dreher (quoting the news first):The Obama administration “strongly objects” to provisions in a House defense authorization bill that would prohibit the use of military property for same-sex “marriage or marriage-like” ceremonies, and protect military chaplains from negative repercussions for refusing to perform ceremonies that conflict with the … [Read more...]

Two Opportunities (one for each side)

Two interesting opportunities turned up in the "Religion" folder of my RSS reader, and I'd like to pass them on to you:For Atheists:If you're looking for a summer internship (or know some secular youngsters who are still at loose ends), the Foundation Beyond Belief is still accepting applications for their summer internship program.  It looks like it's part time and telecommuting, so anyone could apply.Foundation Beyond Belief helps atheists coordinate charitable giving and has … [Read more...]


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