You Call That Religion?

One (possibly last) guest post at Daylight Atheism.  This one is also inspired by The Book of Mormon and is focused on how the diffuse, unrooted idea of religion that emerges in Mormon and is praised by reviewers ought to be opposed by atheists as well as fundamentalists. My last day for guestblogging is tomorrow, so please comment if there's a topic you think I should be sure to cover for Daylight Atheism's large (but mostly pissed off with me) audience. You Call That … [Read more...]

“The Marleyes Were Dead, To Begin With”*

My family may be entirely composed of atheists, but we do have some important Christmas traditions (even beyond Chinese food on Christmas day).  On Christmas Eve, we watch The Muppet Christmas Carol.  It is the best Christmas Carol on film (it has Michael Caine as Scrooge) and I will fight anyone who says different. The movie is narrated by Gonzo, playing Charles Dickens. I've scheduled this to post in the morning, before I get up, so you'll have time to rent it before nightfall, as you … [Read more...]

A Very Quch Christmas*

From the Wall Street Journal comes the story of a Klingon reinterpretation of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The arc of "A Klingon Christmas Carol" follows the familiar Dickens script: An old miser is visited on a hallowed night by three ghosts who shepherd him through a voyage of self-discovery. The narrative has been rejiggered to match the Klingon world view. For starters, since there is neither a messiah nor a celebration of his birth on the Klingon planet of Kronos, the action is … [Read more...]

What I’m doing after exams:

I'm wearing some tight, tight jeans and tonight we're delving into some serious, serious shit. I'm Andrew Jackson, and I'm your president.   Those are the opening lines of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, an irreverent, nerdy, emo-rock musical.  Come 8pm tonight, I'll be done with my final paper for the semester and I'll be sitting in the orchestra section with my boyfriend for the evening show.  That means I will continue to not exist today, but I'll probably resume existing … [Read more...]


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