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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 17 2012

Headline Muse, 2/17

What’s the Journal attempting to do? When it asks “how religious are you?” Do they want us to note How God wants us to vote? It’s a poll we should probably skew Headline: How Religious Are You? Ok, not a headline, but a poll you should have fun with. Tell your friends.

Feb 17 2012

Cuttlefishism?

Ok, this is just fun. I was looking for something I had written long ago, and search engines were being no help at all. Still haven’t found it, and am wondering if perhaps it’s a false memory. But that is not what I am writing to tell you about. I want to tell you about …

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Feb 17 2012

New Jersey’s Fun-House Mirror

Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-Whippany, said his party’s opposition to the same-sex marriage bill is not about judging anyone or imposing a moral point of view. “Gay and lesbian New Jerseyans have every right to live as they please, but they shouldn’t be able to tell others what constitutes marriage,” Webber said. My right to decide …

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Feb 16 2012

Headline Muse, 2/16

The school board in Cranston was feeling The pressure some locals were dealing: Some hated the manner They dealt with the banner— They were, we agree, unappealing. Headline: No appeal on Cranston prayer banner It’s over. With any luck, it will fade into the woodwork and a week from now no one will even remember. …

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Feb 16 2012

The Sterile Life Of The Everyday Atheist

I get the strangest things showing up on my computer to read. Most recently, a Rhode Island bishop wrote a piece entitled “the sterile life of the everyday atheist”. Because it’s not enough that celibate men know all about women’s reproductive rights, these highly religious, didn’t-just-drink-the-Kool-Aid-but-mixed-the-batch-up believers know all about what it must be like …

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Feb 15 2012

Cash Cow Spotted In New Hampshire

NH Lawmakers Consider Rolling Back Gay Marriage It’s too tragic to be funny, But by following the money We can see the motivation for the movement to repeal See, despite the sponsors’ spinning They don’t really think they’re winning And that’s really not the reason they’ve been showing so much zeal All their proper protestations …

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Feb 14 2012

If You Really Loved Me

…because, you know, it’s Valentines Day, and some people just don’t know how to express their love.

Feb 14 2012

Sonnet 116.1

Let me not to the scientists studying love Concede authority—love is not yours, To alter or reduce the scope thereof, Or tend with the specimens in your drawers O no! It is a never-fixed mark That brings forth tempests, in chaotic fashion It lives and dies by show or want of spark; Its worth is …

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Feb 13 2012

Walking On Ice (or, “On Faith”)

I was reading Justin’s recent post, and thinking about metaphors for faith… Faith is the thing, when you’re not really sure, That allows you to walk on the ice When the skeptical people are looking for proof There’s no reason for you to think twice Believe—just believe—it’s sufficient support; That you won’t simply fall through …

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Feb 12 2012

A Modest Proposal For Public Prayer

“It makes no sense”, the Christian said, “To ask that prayers be ended— The atheists do not believe, Thus should not be offended!” “The godless think it’s pointless, so They shouldn’t even care! When Christians start our praying, just Pretend we are not there!” You know, there’s something to that. There’s a model there that …

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