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Monthly Archive: September 2008

Sep 30 2008

So why wait? Tax them.

I’m still waiting to hear of any potential fallout from the little stunt called Pulpit Freedom Sunday, in which 33 Christian Right churches decided to send an unambiguous message to the government — to wit, “We’re Christians! Rules don’t apply to us!” — by openly politicking from the pulpit. The whole charade was done in …

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Sep 30 2008

When you have no evidence, try fear

Got another TV show fan letter today, from this fellow, who voices a common apprehension (and don’t snipe at his poor English, as it obviously is not his native tongue): whats up i been muslim for 11 years after being a roman catholic, and i was shocked but i lost my faith, i was a …

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Sep 28 2008

Show #572: A Missed Opportunity

What does it mean to say “God Exists”? That was what I examined Sunday afternoon on The Atheist Experience. The statement is brief–only two words. It should be simple, but for some reason, it’s always disproportionately hard. What is god? Every theist seems to know. Yet no two theists seem to agree. And no one …

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Sep 26 2008

“Did you have a good day?”

I wasn’t going to post any follow up to the “I’ll Pray For You…” post, as I’d generally prefer to keep my health issues within my “inner circle”. Fortunately, I was reminded that there are many friends and fans who care and, after receiving a number of kind and encouraging comments, e-mails, text messages and …

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Sep 25 2008

Dan McLeroy: stupider than you thought

It’s physically painful to realize that someone this thoroughly idiotic is in charge of the Texas State Board of Education. If science is limited to only natural explanations but some natural phenomena are actually the result of supernatural causes then science would never be able to discover that truth — not a very good position …

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Sep 25 2008

Elitism: a feature, not a bug

We had a fellow write in to the TV show address tonight, with a charge one tends to hear a lot these days leveled at those uppity folks who can’t just go with the mainstream flow: that we’re all snooty “elitists.” Troy writes: My question is: What makes you feel that your cause is a …

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Sep 24 2008

More thoughts on Ebert’s Poe

Martin wrote: Ebert comes clean And gives those of us who get a little smug about our critical thinking a refresher on the importance of critical thinking. Go read. And he thanked me by name! You now get to ridicule me mercilessly for going into fanboy squee mode. To be fair, PZ does have some …

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Sep 23 2008

Ebert comes clean

And gives those of us who get a little smug about our critical thinking a refresher on the importance of critical thinking. Go read. And he thanked me by name! You now get to ridicule me mercilessly for going into fanboy squee mode. To be fair, PZ does have some valid criticisms.

Sep 23 2008

Dobson: clueless on American slavery

I turned on my local Christian station this morning (99.3 FM in Austin) and ran smack into Dobson gearing up for a rant on abortion. I don’t remember how I knew that it was going to be about abortion, but I could tell from a phrase and the tone. Sure enough, it turns out they …

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Sep 23 2008

I’ll pray for you…

Nearly two years ago, Daniel Dennett wrote one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. After surviving a 9-hour operation to repair damage to his heart, he wrote ‘Thank Goodness‘, a short essay that discusses the ordeal, his take on the sentiments of well-wishers and his view that “Thank Goodness” isn’t simply a secular …

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