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Jul 22 2014

Education: The Process of Disillusionment

On Saturday, I had lunch at the Humanism at Work conference with Greta Christina and her brother and I mentioned my recent reunion with my old French teacher and that he had told me, when I went off to college, that “education is the process of disillusionment.” When I brought that up, Greta made a …

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Jul 22 2014

Legalization Isn’t Enough

This piece at Salon.com is a few months old but it makes an important point that I hadn’t discussed before. With Colorado and Washington legalizing the sale and possession of marijuana, there’s a jarring disconnect between those now making lots of money selling it and the huge number of people in prison for doing the …

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Jul 16 2014

Are the Least Serious Christians the Most Defensive?

The idea I’m about to express was brought on by a conversation with a couple of friends in a hangout the other day. Let me state this premise: Most people who call themselves Christians do so not because they’ve given it serious thought and have concluded those beliefs to be true but because it’s an …

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Jul 14 2014

Austin Miles Falls for Fake News Reports

Rev. Austin Miles isn’t very bright. In fact, he’s something of a dullard. And like most wingnuts, he’ll jump on any story that makes Obama look bad, even if it’s completely false and even if it comes from a site that does satirical stories. So he passed on this bit of bullshit:

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Jul 11 2014

God Will Cure HIV at Church!

Christian con man Rodney Howard-Browne is holding a 3-week revival called Celebrate America and a gaggle of wingnuts are speaking at it. One of the weirder speeches was given by Pastor Kwabena Sarpong of Winners Chapel International in Maryland, who says if you go to church you’ll see HIV healed and then you’ll believe in …

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Jul 10 2014

Wingnut: Hillary Clinton Worships Baal!

Robert Knight has been in the leadership of a number of Christian right organizations, including Concerned Women (?) for America and many others. In his latest column for the Moonie Times, he says that Hillary Clinton worships Baal. Or something. I don’t know, you figure it out.

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Jul 08 2014

Empty Marketing Slogans Fuel $40 Billion in Sales

A new study tries to pinpoint how much money is earned by attaching particular labels like “natural” and “organic” to food packaging and finds that these mostly meaningless marketing buzzwords generate tens of billions of dollars in profit while telling you almost nothing about the product.

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Jun 28 2014

Kim Jong Un Doesn’t Like to Be Mocked

When he’s not being a murderous thug, Kim Jong-Un of North Korea is kinda cute, especially when he balls up his little fists and stomps his feet in rage. And he seems to be none too happy about a new Seth Rogen movie that makes fun of him.

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Jun 28 2014

Is Led Zeppelin the Most Influential Rock Band?

Jack Hamilton has a column in Slate arguing that modern rock began not with the Beatles or Bob Dylan but with Led Zeppelin. He declares them the most influential band in rock history, both in the bands they inspired to emulate and the ones they inspired to reject them.

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Jun 18 2014

Mikey Gets Email

Just in time for Father’s Day, Mikey Weinstein gets this email: From: [email protected] Subject: Unhappy Fathers Day kikey wienstien Date: June 15, 2014 at 12:39:58 PM MDT To: Information Weinstein Die in agony. For what you and your fellow MRRF do to keep Christ Jesus from our soldiers you are the Dark father of All …

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Jun 17 2014

A Weekend With Old Friends

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I had an unplanned weekend of fun with old friends on Friday and Saturday. In the middle of the week I found out that my friend Vinx was going to be in Chicago doing a benefit show for a program to teach kids from that city’s housing projects how to do sound, video and web …

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Jun 16 2014

Christians Try to Keep ‘Psychic’ Out of Town

In the city of Yucaipa, California, a “psychic” has recently moved to town and applied for a permit to do “readings” out of his home. He’s in compliance with all the relevant laws, but the good Christian folk of the town are mighty upset about it and trying to prevent him from getting that permit.

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Jun 07 2014

Cass Warns Judges of God’s Wrath

Gary Cass is the head of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, though some might well argue that he is defaming his fellow Christians just be being such a weapons-grade moron. He’s not at all happy with Judge Jones and other judges ruling in ways he doesn’t think God would like.

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Jun 03 2014

The 2014 Rock Hall of Fame Inductions

Saturday night HBO aired this year’s induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I watched it as I always do. It was a mix of bands and performers that I really like, some I don’t like as much but think should definitely be in the hall of fame and on or …

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May 27 2014

Help the Homeschool Prom Dissident Go to College

Most of you have probably heard by now about the girl who was kicked out of a homeschool prom because the middle-aged fathers couldn’t control their hormones. The story gets worse. The girl’s parents don’t think girls should go to college, so they’re refusing to pay for it. A fund has started up to help …

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