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Equal rights. A Survey: The Good, the Bad, and the Merely Puzzling

“I believe a Christian muffler shop owner should have the same right to refuse service to a gay couple, as a gay lifeguard has to refuse service to a drowning Christian.” ― Quentin R. Bufogle The Irish overwhelmingly voted to legalize gay marriage in Ireland. God shows his approval for equal ...

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Really? – A Few Tidbits from the News – Scott Walker vs. Unions; Christian Whiners; Minimum Wage Win; Graham is Crackers

Really? - A Few Tidbits from the News - Scott Walker vs. Unions; Christian Whiners; Minimum Wage Win; Graham is Crackers

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring” ― Carl Sagan. Scott Walker told a Club for Growth gathering in Florida that the most significant foreign policy decision of his lifetime was Reagan's decision to break a ...

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The I-35 bridge Minneapolis.

Really? - This and That From the Week That Was. A Train Crash; The Death Penalty; Buying Science; Mrs Betty Bowers; Foresight is Blind.

“Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions” ― Edward R. Murrow The Amtrak crash this week underscored in what disrepair our infrastructure is. Instead of agreeing that we have a problem some politicians accused other politicians of 'politicizing' the problem - so that they don't have to deal ...

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For Bigotry to Flourish, Its Victims Must Be Stripped of their Humanity

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." Harper Lee - 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Racism, xenophobia, and other bigotry are easy when you do not see people as individuals - but only ...

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The Duggars - bountiful, but not bright.

Really? 5.13.15 - Denominals; Pot, Evolution & the Duggars; Iowa; Books & Bombers.

“People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction” ― Umberto Eco. A 'denominal' is a verb that has been formed from a noun. This headline has an example: "Idaho teacher wishes someone would 'Ray Rice' non-Mormon who wants to be school president." She ...

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“I believe a Christian muffler shop owner should have the same right to refuse service to a gay couple, as a gay lifeguard has to refuse service to a drowning Christian.” Quentin R. Bufogle

The Irish overwhelmingly voted to legalize gay marriage in Ireland. God shows his approval for equal rights in the skies over Dublin.

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The Vatican, on the other hand, is not so thrilled with the Irish vote. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said of the result, “I don’t think you can speak only about a defeat for Christian principles but a defeat for humanity”. Leaving aside the hyperbole, it’s hard to imagine Jesus saying that. (h/t Huff Post)

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Rule #1, don’t forget to renew your domain names. The Open Door Baptist Church in Easley, South Carolina – an anti-gay hate-group – failed to do so. Now if you click on www.warningsofwrath.com you will be directed to a hard-core gay porn site. Let me speculate, however, that many homophobes so redirected will spend hours ‘researching’ the enemy. Put another way, straight men don’t obsess about gay sex. (h/t Samuel-Warde.com)

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The revelation of Josh Duggar’s incestuous molestation has exposed, yet again, the hypocrisy of so many on the religious right. But to some, the Duggars are not right enough. Zsuzsanna Anderson (not a misspelling), the wife of an Arizona preacher writes a blog, ‘ARE THEY ALL YOURS?!??’. In it she says, “We have for years held and publicly stated that the Duggars are liberal and worldly.” 

By her standards, I’m sure they are. After all, this is a woman whose husband (who has the chutzpah to call himself a Christian) once predicted an AIDS-free Christmas if all gays were killed. Which, besides the sheer hatefulness of the comment, displays a profound ignorance of the disease. (h/t Raw Story)

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Fundamentalists deal with abuse as they deal with everything. Injecting some irrelevancies about the ‘spirit’ and blaming the victim. In their imaging the little harlots, in their immodest wantonness, seduced the poor abuser into his sin. Consider this ‘Christian’ instruction on how to recover from abuse. (Particularly item 4.)

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Nebraskans are debating whether to extend the laws banning discrimination to cover sexual orientation. The good folk have offered their opinions both pro and con. Some thoughtful, some hysterical and then one offering which can only be described as insane. Without ruining the punchline, let me just say the speaker addresses ‘anus licking'; ‘gays, bis and orgiers’ in Dutch TV production; why Whitney Houston was found naked; ‘homociders’ and ‘genociders'; and more.

 

 

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Christianity and Unplanned Pregnancy.

May 25, 2015

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” ― Martin Luther King Jr. You want to raise your kids as good Christians – particularly your daughters. So you demand that your children ‘save it’ for marriage. To promote this, you create such monstrosities as ‘purity balls’ – where daughters pledge […]

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Religious Hypocrisy. Josh Duggar Is Not Alone.

May 23, 2015

“The word ‘religion’ has acquired a very bad name among those who really love truth, justice, charity. It also exhales the musty odor of sanctimony and falsehood” ― Luther Burbank Another pious prig has proved to have feet of clay. Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the “Nineteen and Counting’ Duggars, confessed to child abuse as […]

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Really? – 5.21.15 The Big Guy Tells a Whopper; The Constitution as Required Reading; The GOP’s Vanishing Base.

May 21, 2015

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” ― Anaïs Nin. Politicians make outrageous claims. It’s hard to pick the most absurd. But Chris Christie, New Jersey’s big mouth Governor and increasingly long-shot presidential possible, has an entry that looks promising. When faced with the dismal statistic that 65% of […]

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Really? – A Few Tidbits from the News – Scott Walker vs. Unions; Christian Whiners; Minimum Wage Win; Graham is Crackers

May 20, 2015

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring” ― Carl Sagan. Scott Walker told a Club for Growth gathering in Florida that the most significant foreign policy decision of his lifetime was Reagan’s decision to break a 1981 strike of air […]

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Really? – This and That From the Week That Was. A Train Crash; The Death Penalty; Buying Science; Mrs Betty Bowers; Foresight is Blind.

May 17, 2015

“Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions” ― Edward R. Murrow The Amtrak crash this week underscored in what disrepair our infrastructure is. Instead of agreeing that we have a problem some politicians accused other politicians of ‘politicizing’ the problem – so that they don’t have to deal with it. America owns […]

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For Bigotry to Flourish, Its Victims Must Be Stripped of their Humanity

May 16, 2015

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee – ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Racism, xenophobia, and other bigotry are easy when you do not see people as individuals – but only as part of a […]

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Really? 5.13.15 – Denominals; Pot, Evolution & the Duggars; Iowa; Books & Bombers.

May 12, 2015

“People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction” ― Umberto Eco. A ‘denominal’ is a verb that has been formed from a noun. This headline has an example: “Idaho teacher wishes someone would ‘Ray Rice’ non-Mormon who wants to be school president.” She has cleverly taken the […]

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Three Thoughts on the Catholic Church.

May 10, 2015

“Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest” ― Émile Zola The Roman Catholic Church traces its history back two millennia. It celebrates its tradition and constancy in the face of passing social fads – at least that’s the way the Church sees […]

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