Later this fall Pope Francis is scheduled to address the U.S. Congress, most likely on the subject of the environmental conservation. That's fine. Not much anybody can say against the idea. As California burns and many islands feel the slow encroachment of the sea along their beaches, and species go extinct every day, unless there's a drastic change in consciousness a global catastrophe is imminent.…Continue
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You can believe anything you want to believe. The only thing that **must** occur to you is death. The decision to believe or not believe anything less than the existence of death – which happens to you regardless of whether you believe it or not – comes down to Vatican Saying 71. …. “What will happen to me if that which this desire seeks is achieved, and what if it is not?”” In other words, “What will happen to me if I believe this, and what…
Valerie Tarico (with whom I'm becoming more and more impressed as time goes by) has provided an excellent commentary on the Pope's recent move on temporary "forgiveness" for abortion. On the surface the Pope's move has seemed to most people to be a transparently hypocritical ploy in the interest of PR value. In her column Valerie takes…Continue
To retain his sanity in this mad mad world, man has to have some beliefs in his life, which could turn out to be delusions. A man has to feel that his spouse is faithful to him, that she loves him and will nurse him if bedridden, that she will remember him fondly if he predeceases her,etc.The same for the woman too. All of us need to believe such things to give us some reassurance, even if false & in order to retain our sanity in this…
I always wonder what it means to ‘read the Bible’. The question comes to mind when people tell others to read the Bible; when they say they’ve read the Bible, and when they ask others if they’ve read the Bible. These questions and comments often seem intended to pack an extra bit of punch; something…Continue
The preamble of the US Constitution reads as follows:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
In short, the purpose of the United States government, as outlined by the preamble,…
Originally written for The Autarkist.
What an entertaining set of historical events we’ve had so far this year! After the gay marriage ruling, the media circus around Kim Davis was to be expected. For a moment I felt sorry for her, but…Continue
The word infidels in Islam
«Infidels» by Allah in the Quran is the word that has been attributed to non-Muslims.
Islam is now close to 100 sects.
And every Muslim
Each party knows its true Muslims and others as infidels.
This means that by the word of God among the people because of a fire that has flames, never no peace among human beings will not be possible.
Sedition and division…
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Here's an excerpt from Mirror Reversal that supports Ruth's "Future generations" comment of Sept. 20. I think it's very beautiful and poignant, but I guess that doesn't count. I wrote it.
We shouldn't say atheists don't believe in the afterlife. All the nonsense about St. Peter and the Pearly Gates, divine judgment, and heaven and hell is folly or wishful thinking. Divine justice is a myth and I believe Hitler sleeps in his grave (nonexistence) as peacefully as St. Francis…Continue
Who the fuck wants a virgin anyway, much less 72 of them? When it comes to fucking, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. It’s like the old Wimpy promise of “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” If that were the case why bother marrying if a virgin is your highest goal.
In fact, why…Continue
“It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.”
“Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason.”
- Ben Franklin
Preface: On the surrealness of the Trump candidacy
The Trump candidacy is giving me a creepy reality-warping experience. Some portion of my brain, the business-as-usual, pattern-seeking lobe, believes that a typical Presidential…Continue
America, we have to stop the double standard being applied to Christianity. Just like in Islam, and even within Hinduism, you have your extremists. Still many Christians beg me not to judge the entirety of their religion, yet turn right around and…Continue
We’ve all heard about the alibi buddy. He’s that gay guy whose best friends with the man telling you he’s against gay rights. He’s also the black guy who hangs out with the fellow bashing African-Americans. He’s the Muslim who totally agrees with all of someone’s generalizations about Muslims, Arabs, and even Sikhs, cause…Continue
I found this quote on a discussion thread. Does anybody know the source?
"Religion, of course, does make some men better, and perhaps even many men. There can be no doubt of it. But making them better by filling their poor heads with grotesque nonsense is an irrational and wasteful process, and the harm it does greatly outweighs the good. If men could be made better—or even only happier—by teaching them that two and two make five there would be plenty of fools to advocate that method,…Continue
A popular question in this little town is "Do you believe in God?" (Might be interesting to research how and why the question became so popular in this little Mississippi town....might be interesting to contrast the history of heinous violence and injustice that have figured so prominently in the state's history with the implications of the question "Do you believe in God?"...)
Anyway, I mention it because the sermon yesterday at the Lutheran church where I…
Hey girl, you’ll drive me to ruin…
Zeppelin seemed oddly appropriate listening for tonight while I was reading more and more articles revealing well-known celebrity men being revealed on the discreet cheating site known as Ashley Madison. A large majority of the men being outed are Christian, have families, and a few have already had major headline backlash…Continue