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Jul 20 2012

How quickly can we expect to see religious/political exploitation of last night’s Batman shooting?

How about already? (And, in case you hadn’t heard the news yet, well, this happened.) Louie Gohmert — shamefully, but not surprisingly, from our state — has helpfully opined that all of it happened because the country just isn’t Christian enough. It’s pretty much the same thing we heard from Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell …

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Oct 07 2011

Matt Slick defends “honor killing”: a woman’s hymen is worth more than her life

By way of introduction, some of you will remember Matt Dillahunty’s on-air debate with apologist Matt Slick of the CARM website, which was recorded on February 22, 2009. If you missed it, here you go. Keep in mind this is the first of nine parts. Recently one of our viewers emailed us about a rather …

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Jan 13 2011

What casual remarks reveal about theism’s view of the world

I’m writing this on Monday, but have delayed the scheduled posting of it for a few days, in that I do think there’s such a thing as inappropriate timing. Some folks may still think I’m off base with this one, and that’s fine. In the wake of the horrific shootings in Tucson the other day, …

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Sep 08 2010

Burning Korans, drawing Mohammed, avoiding hypocrisy, creative vs. destructive protests — religion just makes the whole frickin’ world crazy!

There’s a truth about the upcoming Koran cookout planned by Dove World Church and its grandstanding (and light-fingered) pastor Terry Jones: they have every right under the Constitution to do this thing. Are they a bunch of dicks who don’t care about the potential devastating backlash of their actions as long as they get the …

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Jan 01 2010

Why we need blasphemy

Pat Condell, in one of his wonderfully cranky YouTube rants, opined that the Danes (I think it was the Danes) were probably wondering what the hell had happened to their free country since Islam showed up. The idea that freedom should surrender without a fight to religious fundamentalism of any kind, but especially that which …

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Jun 10 2009

Sometimes it’s nice to disengage…

Again, the blog has lain fallow for around a week. Sorry about this. I keep forgetting that when I don’t post, no one else does either. But then we all have lives down here, and sometimes that just takes us away from the world of computering and blogging and online ranting. And I must say, …

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Nov 11 2008

To those who think I’m wrong to claim that right-wingers’ lives are ruled by fear…

…I present this headline. Addendum: Factcheck.org exposes the falsehoods behind the NRA’s fear campaign regarding Obama’s views on guns. Still, you gotta admit the gun lobby’s come up with a great con to boost sales, hasn’t it? Take a page from religion’s playbook: exploiting fear and uncertainty always sells.

Sep 11 2008

A grim reminder on a grim anniversary: it can happen here

Because people need to remember exactly what was at the root of the most horrific terrorist act of modern times: religious fundamentalism and zealotry. Here is the list of instructions that was found among the personal effects of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta. Some salient excerpts: Keep in mind that, if you fall into hardship, how …

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Jul 12 2008

Hey, kids, guns! And Jesus! Find your faith!

Allow me to preface this by saying that I am not against gun ownership. But this sends a rather peculiar message, don’t you think? An Oklahoma church canceled a controversial gun giveaway for teenagers at a weekend youth conference. Windsor Hills Baptist had planned to give away a semiautomatic assault rifle until one of the …

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May 22 2008

The cost of abandoning reason is measured in lives

From the news today: A group of up to 300 young men killed 11 people who were accused of being witches and wizards in western Kenya, in some cases slitting their throats or clubbing them to death before burning their bodies, officials said…. “The villagers are complaining that the (suspected) wizards and witches are making …

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