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Category Archive: Religion

Apr 13 2014

Containing Atheism, In Saudi Arabia

There’s a piece decrying atheists— “Contain them!” it opines— But it’s quite a different story If you read between the lines… There’s a very strange article in the Saudi Gazette. On the face of it, atheism is a problem which must be contained: A number of academics and experts have underlined the need for serious …

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Apr 09 2014

Revisionist History in “God’s Not Dead”

So… I was looking at something else entirely, when this popped up as something I might want to read. That’s right, an article at the Christian Post… so you know it has to be true. There are commandments (well, one) against bearing false witness, you know. Anyway… seems part of “God’s Not Dead” (the movie) …

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Mar 24 2014

It’s Protective Custody, That’s What It Is.

Once again, recent events call out an older verse. I fucking hate it when that happens. [...S]ome civil libertarians and women’s rights advocates worry that if Gibbs is convicted, the precedent could inspire more prosecutions of Mississippi women and girls for everything from miscarriage to abortion — and that African Americans, who suffer twice as …

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Mar 22 2014

Denser Than The Pre-Expansion Universe

Expansion of the cosmos At a faster pace than light Renders Genesis a fairy tale, It seems—alas, not quite. The mental calisthenics That it takes to make them fit Will keep believers straining, when An honest mind would quit “A believer and a scientist”, Is how she chose to live— But disconfirming evidence Meant something …

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Mar 07 2014

Opening College Doors To Cults?

I don’t like teaching; I don’t like students; I don’t know their faces; I don’t know their names. I don’t like service; I don’t like advising; I don’t like playing Departmental games My at-risk students Go unsupported A fully expected, If tragic, result— We must do something That costs me nothing: Let’s outsource the problem …

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Mar 03 2014

Christian Oppression… By Christians.

Christians, I hear, are at war in this country— I read the report in the Patriot Post (If flags, stars, and pins prove your love for your country, These are the people who love it the most) Christians, you see, have been forced into conflict— Deny their beliefs, or the state will compel! Christians are …

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Mar 02 2014

On Debating Christian Apologists

Debating an apologist? Get ready for a fight Cos you’ve got an obligation To get all the science right— If you overstep your knowledge Just a little, and you’re caught, Then you’ve lost the weight of science And you only get one shot If your expertise is physics, Or biology, or psych, Best to know …

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Mar 01 2014

“Protestant Work Ethic” Vs. “Atheist Work Ethic”

The “protestant work ethic” Was, we assumed, Underlying the gains we had made. A secular ethic, it’s Clear, left us doomed— And an atheist one, much afraid! Our country was built on the Fear of a God Who would smite us for sloth (it’s a sin) We have to believe, or It’s all a façade— …

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Feb 22 2014

“The Church Of Self-Worship” (or, “are you faster than a unicorn?”)

You don’t believe in gods or demons, Spirits, souls, or elves— You’ve got to worship something, So it has to be… your selves! You don’t believe in hell or heaven, So I’ve heard you say You say my God is make-believe— To whom, then, do you pray? You look to find life’s meaning With no …

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Feb 16 2014

Templeton Funded Research Finds Science & Religion Compatible (or, that evangelicals have their own definition of “science”)

Evangelicals will tell us, they are unafraid of science; They assume it proves the bible to be true. There’s a scientific method into which they put reliance But it looks a little strange, to me and you. They’ll evaluate hypotheses experimentally Then, conclusions will be carefully inspected: Do results remain consistent with the bible? And …

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