January 8, 2014

“I’ll just leave this here, shall I,” said the Captain, her lazy Texan drawl absolutely dripping with contempt and disdain. Oh, we’ll get to work on the topic planned, no worries, but I saw this and it irritated me enough that I wanted to say something here before I forget. Bill Young was an elderly GOP congresscritter who died last fall and apparently was a big freaking deal in Florida. His funeral was attended by John Boehner and a host… Read more

January 6, 2014

A social experiment is technically just an experiment run on people, to study how groups relate and react to things. The term is also used more informally to mean a poorly-thought-out, self-serving conceit that gets pushed onto an unwitting and unknowing group to enact. Typically the idea is that the conceit in question will succeed despite there being no evidence whatsoever backing it up. Today we’re going to talk about one of Christianity’s biggest social experiments: its conceptualization of the… Read more

January 5, 2014

After I deconverted, my husband was convinced that I’d change dramatically. I wanted to talk a bit about that, because I see that same fear playing out among the other ex-Christians I’ve met. (PS: Hi guys! You’re up kinda late, aren’t you?) Since it’s the New Year, it’s that time of year we’re all thinking of changes we need to make anyway, right? So let’s plunge in.Let’s be clear here: Everybody changes. They always change. Right now, you are changing…. Read more

January 3, 2014

It’s time again for another episode of “Christians Behaving Badly.” I’ve seen some additional–and dramatic– stories of Christians who did not actually experience the 180 turnarounds that Christians like to say people experience with Jesus. I’m bringing this up because Christians like to pretend otherwise, and it’s time we really confronted this myth and busted it wide open. Belonging to a certain religion doesn’t guarantee someone is good, any more than not being of a certain religion guarantees someone is… Read more

January 2, 2014

One thing that seems to crop up in the news over and over again are the constant struggles between America’s secular government and increasingly-secular citizens, and that particular brand of over-controlling zealotry that masquerades as religion. Scores of lawsuits have been filed trying to stop this overreach on topics ranging from religious-based science denial to ostentatious religious displays of idolatrous monuments, most of the cases decided in favor of secularism. The newest of these conflicts involved a super-Christian legislature that… Read more

December 31, 2013

Long ago, Charles Babbage came up with designs for a machine that could accurately create tables of calculated numbers. He called this machine the difference engine. By turning a handle on the machine, gears and cranks would turn and it would calculate rows and columns of numbers in tables–the sort that scientists, economists, even ship-captains need. These tables were expensive to create and hard to make error-free, so the idea of a machine that could do it much more quickly… Read more

December 29, 2013

I love bad advice. I admit it. I’ve always had a huge affection for bad advice snark. I mean, bad advice is engineered to cause maximum grief, drama, and division, especially when you know the original advice-seeker actually wanted to hear that bad advice, and that’s all part of the fun. But oh the trouble that results when people take that bad advice seriously. We see the very worst of the bad advice when it comes to Christian marriage. I… Read more

December 26, 2013

I hope your holidays are going well so far! Welcome back. I realized not long ago that I’ve made references to “logical Christians” a couple of times here, and I wanted to talk about that idea a little bit now. I truly believe that “logical Christians” are about the very worst of the worst of toxic Christians. The reason this topic is coming up now is that I was reading this interesting piece about the 2012 Rapture scare that Harold… Read more

December 24, 2013

Christians call their religion the “good news,” but there’s even better news today in the form of an explosive new survey about religious and spiritual opinions in America: we’re getting less religious and more accepting of reality. Who’d’a thunk? Harris Interactive is apparently a big polling and research company based in the US. They do surveys on everything from sports to technology to healthcare to which Christmas special we like best, and have been doing so since the 1960s. I… Read more

December 23, 2013

Weddings make me so emotional. They’re such a raw, visceral statement of hope and love, such a singularity of joy, a shriek of intention heard ‘cross the rooftops of the world. So yes: every state that gets equal marriage, you can bet I’m bawling like a baby over the thrilled and happy faces of those people who suddenly get to make a formal commitment to the people they love the most in the world. They seem like starving orphans who’ve… Read more

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