There’s been an avalanche of stories lately of people believing completely mundane occurrences are miracles. Have we learned our lesson? Of course not! Here’s a cross atop the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Providence, Rhode Island: This may appear as a corroded cross to you, but it’s actually a miracle [Read More...]
I recently got a comment on one of my gaming posts from Denis Robert: I like you JT, but these gamer posts are getting really tiresome. Can’t you start a specific gamer blog for these things? I mean, it’s real inside baseball stuff that is of no interest to most of your readers. I’m sure [Read More...]
The USA Today editorial board has come out against allowing religious exemptions to healthcare laws. I’m always torn when someone says something better than me. On the one hand I’m elated to get to experience their expertise…on the other, I want to kick myself for not thinking of it first. This is one of those [Read More...]
Crisis pregnancy centers are a lie from start. They put up billboards with messages like “Pregnant? You have options” with the assumption being that they can help with an abortion. In reality they exist to talk women not only out of abortions but out of using any form of birth control – and they are [Read More...]
Recently a priest showed up at a car wreck, prayed, and then it was reported that he “vanished”. It was hailed as a miracle and even reported as a miracle. In a fit of deep sorrow spurred by the realization that people can be that desperate, I wrote of the “miracle” priest: There was a [Read More...]
Aggregate of studies confirms that with greater intelligence a person is less likely to believe in god.
Just gonna leave this here: Religious people are less intelligent than non-believers, according to a new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades. A team led by Miron Zuckerman of the University of Rochester found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies And this: The studies [Read More...]
Remember that Beat the Heat fundraiser where the Northeast Mississippi Secular Humanist Association was raising money to buy air conditioning units for needy families (because, let’s face it, Mississippi is muggy enough in the summer to make a swamp look dry). They wanted to replicate the success of the previous year when they were able [Read More...]
Oh Rick Santorum. Here he is telling a room of people how the term “middle class” is Marxism talk. What Santorum apparently fails to realize is that the term “middle class” is a term used to describe people with a certain amount of money, not to describe a caste to which a person is assigned [Read More...]
A separated couple in Tennessee was in a dispute over what the last name of their son should be. Unable to agree, the issue went before a local judge who ruled that the parents must also change the first name of their son, Messiah. This was done not in accordance with any law prohibiting the [Read More...]
I saw a story in my reader the other day about two 18 year-old British women who were volunteering as teachers in Zanzibar who were violently attacked. Two people on a motorcycle road by and threw acid in their faces. Why didn’t I write about it at the time? Because the police had no leads. [Read More...]
Good news: I’m making friends already. A local friend helped me move when my box arrived. Bad news: He’s moving today and I’m going to be a good friend/person and return the favor. This means posts will go up a little later. Be brave. [Read more...]
It’s kind of funny how the meaning of words can change over time. Whenever I hear the word “miracle” lately, I don’t think “an act of god”. Instead I think “oh, some more people are overlooking a simple explanation” or “somebody’s declaring they have proof of magic after less than a second of investigation.” Or, [Read More...]
Woman fed up with government intrusion on religion gets lost at sea – thanks god when humans rescue her.
If the story of the priest who miraculously prayed at a car accident or the story of the young woman who “miraculously” unbuckled her seat belt didn’t confirm for you the degree to which people can be desperate to affirm miracles, this story will do so. Without a doubt. Meet Hanna Gastonguay. She’s positively incensed [Read More...]
I normally don’t blog much on the weekends, but a couple items are making that simply impossible. This video…I cannot comment in a way that would add to it or make it seem more ridiculous. It truly speaks for itself. It reminds me of a quote from Young Frankenstein: “It sounds like the nonsensical ravings [Read More...]