This Atheist Activism Failure Might Actually be a Win for Skepticism

Over at Friendly Atheist, Paul Fidalgo of the Center for Inquiry has posted an open letter to imprisoned activist Alexander Aan that doubles as a rebuke to the skeptic/atheist/freethought community.  A month long drive to get 25,000 signatures on a WhiteHouse.gov petition failed. We were not asking for money, we were not asking anyone to travel, or march, or even write anything. All we were asking was the click of a few buttons. Why so many thousands could not be bothered to weather whatever … [Read more...]

“It’s not so hard to be married. I’ve done it three or four times.”

"Everything's different..."

Inspired by the Sondheim Symposium, my college friend Katharine Pitt offered a guest post based on her own experiences acting marriages in Shakespeare (She's pretty awesome, so I'm sure she won't mind me inserting a plug for Slings and Arrows in the intro to her post).  I think all the rest you need to know is she's awesome (bears repeating), the photos below were taken by William Sacco (captions courtesy of Katharine), and everything that follows is hers.  Take it away, Kate, the prettiest Kate … [Read more...]

“Bobby, you’ve been looking peculiar”

After the song above, Amy can't decide whether to go through with her wedding, and decides to call it off ("I'm sorry, Paul.  I don't love you enough").  After her about-to-be-husband walks out of the room, she turns to Bobby for validation, asking, "What did I just do?"Bobby, looking a little panicked, scrunched up against a wall replies,"You did what you had to do, I guess.  If it was right, you would have gone through with it.  That's what I think."(So yes, we interrupt this Sondheim S … [Read more...]

The Danger of Cheap Shots

I was chatting with some Catholic friends, and (as happens more and more frequently as the election approaches) the subject of Mormons came up.  Which means you can pretty much set an egg-timer until someone says, "Not to mention magic underwear!"(I think in this case the elapsed time was about a minute thirty.  There's never an egg timer around when you need one.)The 'magic underwear' crack is pretty common (it's the featured visual on the billboards American Atheists are putting up for … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (8/17/12)

--- 1 --- I'm still a little swoony from the news that GetReligion is joining Patheos, but that's not the only cool thing happening outside my channel.  Over in the Mormon channel, Alan Hurst is exhorting his coreligionists to write more fantasy novels. But good fairy stories are not merely fables, presenting simple lessons in didactic style. They deal with deeper matters—a truth I learned from the great fairy-tale writer of our time, J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien hated shallow allegory, grumpily ref … [Read more...]

Son of RomCom Myopia

Apropos of the discussion of romances that end with a clinch, not a child, I thought I'd share an excerpt from io9's review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green.  This is the recently released film where two childless parents write down all the qualities they'd like their kid to have, bury the list in the backyard, and have a magical 10 year old sprout up. Watching The Odd Life of Timothy Green, I kept being reminded of Ruby Sparks, which only just came out a few weeks ago. In both movies, the l … [Read more...]

Squee! GetReligion is coming to Patheos

get religion

Oh, you had better believe that I am capering.GetReligion is a blog run by religion journalists that calls out a lot of religion news stories for omissions, ignorance, and general sloppiness.  The articles they fisk don't usually err out of malice, but they can really skew the discussion of religion issues.  GetReligion's watchdogging is so good that my friends and I say, as a matter of course, "Is there a GetReligion post on this, yet?"There is only one expression of joy pure enough to s … [Read more...]


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