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Monthly Archive: August 2009

Aug 31 2009

Does Pat Robertson really believe?

Our old buddy Pat has just come out of heart surgery. He’s 79. It happens. He’s making a full recovery. Here’s what the doctors did to save his life. Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, underwent…a new approach to dealing with atrial fibrillation, called convergence procedure. It involves cauterizing the continually beating heart muscle …

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Aug 28 2009

Because it’s all just so depressing, that’s why

I have, as many of you have doubtless noticed, been absent from the blog for most of August, preferring to concentrate on some other things and take a bit of a break from the whole atheist-activism thing. Mainly, this has been due to a real need to decompress. I am frankly in a state of …

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Aug 24 2009

On keeping your cool

An email friend, whom I’ll call “Carl,” (he can identify himself in the comments if he feels like it) sent me a message with the subject “Could you help?” It contained a few letters exchanged with a pastor named Jesse. It seems that some of Carl’s well-meaning friends don’t care for his atheism, and therefore …

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Aug 24 2009

Isn’t all religious belief a form of acting?

For reasons I can’t quite fathom, but which probably have to do with the fact that I was at one point listed (I didn’t bother renewing when production in Texas essentially dried up) in the Texas Film Commission Production Directory, I’ve been added to the email list of Brad Wilson Acting. This means that I …

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Aug 18 2009

Seriously – beware of popups….

My woo-detector is finely honed, as it turns out. This guy (beware of popups) never met a theory he didn’t like and never saw two items he couldn’t link in a dozen meaningful ways. He sent me a long e-mail asking for a review of his research. As I’m busy with work, and my woo-dar …

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Aug 14 2009

The Greatest Sin

On last Sunday’s Atheist Experience, Matt and I were talking about “end times” theology as an example of one of the negative impacts of the Bible. I have had a difficult time putting into words my feelings on the subject. I’ve been trying to capture the deliciously sadistic glee that Christians must fantasize about when …

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Aug 10 2009

Teh emailz, we gets dem

Ordinarily I don’t post the full names of emailers. However, in this case, John Berbatis from Perth seems to be busy enough posting his own name everywhere that he probably won’t mind. Dear Producer, The following references will provide positve information to what I have stated below; ‘The Holographic Universe – it’s an illusion’ (You …

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Aug 02 2009

A Blasphemy Against Humanity

The Austin American-Statesman yesterday ran a New York Times editorial by Nicholas D. Kristof. It began: “Karachi, Pakistan–Afterward, they comforted each other with the blasphemy: ‘It was God’s will.’” So, how could I not be intrigued, especially because most Christians I know have a vague notion of god as all-powerful, all-knowing, and the creator of …

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