Religion

While Texans Deal with Harvey, Politicians Act Like Idiots.

September 1, 2017

In response to Harvey’s devastation, Donald Trump signed a proclamation declaring Sunday to be a ‘national day of prayer’. And while the ‘pious’ are praying, thousands of hard working folks will be doing something useful. And if this committed man of no evident faith had wanted to take a stab at inclusion he might have […]

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From Prayer to “Piss Off”, Evangelicals React to Harvey.

August 29, 2017

  When a hurricane hits God’s country, you can be sure that his fan club will be fired up and spreading the Word. Sure enough, as Harvey hit Houston, Christian leaders were extolling the virtue of prayer and cash. I have to say that I don’t remember the same enthusiasm for addressing death and destruction when Sandy […]

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How Religion Uses Hate to Make Money

March 12, 2017

Years ago I went to rural Ohio years ago because my girlfriend’s family lived there. It depressed me. It was flat, and there were holes in the stop signs that someone told me were bullet holes. It was also winter – so that didn’t help. Her father was a hospital administrator, and her mother played golf. They […]

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The Total Destruction of the Johnson Amendment, a Simple Plan from a Simple Man.

February 3, 2017

The ‘Johnson Amendment’ prohibits churches with tax-exempt status from endorsing politicians. As so-called Christians favor Republicans, conservatives hate it. So Trump, the evangelicals’ unlikely knight in tarnished armor, is cynically all-in for its demise. Not just repeal, but its “total destruction”. What can he mean by this hyperbole? Perhaps he is speaking in biblical terms – […]

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Nationalism Isn’t Patriotism – But It Is Politically Useful.

January 3, 2017

Conservatives spanked President Obama for not wearing a flag pin. Which raises the question, what does a flag pin signify? The wearer believes it’s patriotism. It isn’t. The pin is no more than a biker patch – his ‘colors’ if you will. The pin wearer declares himself to be no more than a nationalist wearing […]

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Religion Poisons Everything. Even Atheism.

December 29, 2016

The is nothing more annoying than a debate between an atheist and a true believer. I’m an atheist, and I can feel within myself the smug and poisonous intellectual superiority of being a ‘critical thinker’: a dispassionate observer of the world. Not for me the magic of superstition, the prison of rote, the mindless surrender of intellect […]

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The Bible, a Poor Use of Technology.

December 15, 2016

“The Bible has noble poetry in it… and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.” ― Mark Twain The base nature of the human race is revealed by how it uses its technology. It is a well-acknowledged truth that every technological advance is judged in part by its […]

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Is Religion a Force for Evil?

December 11, 2016

Bible thumpers claim that without God there is no morality. Atheists argue that religion is a perversion that inspires its adherents to evil deeds. Is either side right? No. There are good people, and there are bad people. Some of whom are religious and some of whom are not. The only difference is that bad religious folk add […]

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Creation Science Is an Oxymoron

December 7, 2016

“Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.” ― Richard Feynman Biblical creationists believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God. And as such proves that God created man and all flora and fauna in their current form. What an exercise in magical thinking. However, it is not my […]

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