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Monthly Archive: November 2006

Nov 15 2006

TAM 5: Yup, I’m going

It’s official; mailed off my registration today. I look forward to blogging from it. A couple of friends went last year and confirmed its awesomeness, so I’m a little stoked. If you’ve been thinking about going — and, like me, are prepared just to say “the hell with it” and drop the money — registration …

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Nov 14 2006

The ongoing tragic story of Christian persecution

A report at CNN today describes the latest incident sure to be trumpeted by Dobson and Wildmon and those pushing the notion that Christians are a sad, persecuted minority in the heathen librul Gomorrah that is America today. Every year the Marine reserves do a “Toys for Tots” program for the holidays, to collect toys …

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Nov 13 2006

Christians’ moral blind spot

Numerous essays have already been written, in the never-ending war of words between Christians and atheists, over the supposed moral supremacy of theism, particularly Christian theism. Without belief in a God, we are admonished time and again, it is impossible for one to develop a sound framework for moral behavior. In this essay I intend …

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Nov 13 2006

Elton John slams religion, but unwisely

I have boundless respect for atheist celebrities who are willing to come out and risk their fame and public goodwill by expressing their views. Granted, this is doubtless easier for atheist celebs who happen to be gay and out, because they’ve already leapt one hurdle, so to speak. Still, Elton John’s comments about religion this …

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Nov 09 2006

The Jesus camp from Jesus Camp shut down in wake of Haggard scandal

Wow — the good news just keeps pouring in. Hundreds of children have just been saved from abusive brainwashing! I’m starting to feel large portions of the world have taken a big, honking sanity pill. Naturally, there’s still plenty of insanity left to correct….

Nov 08 2006

All week, people will ask, “Why are you smiling?”

And you can just say, “Oh, it’s nothing, really.”

Nov 08 2006

Election musings + open election thread

I suppose I shouldn’t let the election pass without expressing my delight at the results. It’s true, on the one hand, that the Democrats haven’t exactly been formidable opponents for BushCo in recent years. They helped him launch the war in Iraq, they let him have his torture bill and warrantless wiretapping. They have been, …

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Nov 05 2006

Now unemployed and disgraced, Haggard unburdens himself

The latest in the ongoing Haggard opera involves a letter of apology he wrote to his still-reeling ex-congregation, which was read to them today. Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard confessed on Sunday to a “lifelong” sexual problem, and said he was “a deceiver and a liar,” in a letter read to his New Life Church. “There …

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Nov 04 2006

And Haggard is…

…toast with jam! The church has spoken: We, the Overseer Board of New Life Church, have concluded our deliberations concerning the moral failings of Pastor Ted Haggard. Our investigation and Pastor Haggard’s public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct. Guess they looked at the weight of evidence behind …

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Nov 04 2006

Fear of an atheist planet

A Christian author by the name of Os Guiness is warning of a “growing atheist backlash to the political strength of Christian conservatives.” Well, duh, and it’s about bloody time, too! We’ve had it up to here with theocrats and religious demagogues attempting to legislate their faith, replace proper science education with Sunday School myths, …

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