Contradiction ≠ Persecution

‎"Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted." —Ralph Waldo Emerson … [Read more...]

Freedom of Speech Is a Right. Being Listened to Isn’t.

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So What?

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Palin Misses the Point

So I wrote earlier about Snyder vs. Phelps and how it meant that conservative Christians didn't have to worry about hate speech laws. Fred Clark, at his new site, said much the same thing:... this decision sweeps away one of the central fears of opponents of [marriage equality], and so it can also be seen as good news for the politically conservative religious groups who have been in the vanguard of the fight to ensure that GLBT people not be granted equality under the law. The decision proves … [Read more...]

The Legend of Tokyo Rose

Some time back, Friendly Atheist issued a challenge, "All you have to do is name another historical figure who may not have existed… along with your evidence!" I started on something and realized pretty quick that it would never fit into a comment. History is fractal; there's always a deeper level, and it's always more complicated than you think. This is what I ended up with.During the WWII, GIs in the Pacific theater sent letters back home carrying stories of a woman they called "Tokyo R … [Read more...]