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Monthly Archive: August 2007

Aug 22 2007

Literally

No, this isn’t about literal interpretations of the Bible. It’s about the word “literally.” Faithful readers of this blog will know that, when it comes to language, I’m a fairly ardent usagist/ descriptivist. I think language is a biological function that depends on constant change in order to work. I tend to embrace changes in …

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Aug 20 2007

Shout-Outs to my Godless Homies!

A couple of shout-outs to some great godless bloggers. There was a standout piece in this week’s Carnival of the Godless, a deceptively simply little ditty from Spanish Inquisitor titled Why Didn’t Jesus Write? This question — and the whole host of questions that it raises — is so obvious, I’m slapping myself on the …

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Aug 20 2007

Carnival of the Godless #73

Carnival of the Godless #73 is up at In Defence of Reason. I submitted two pieces for this round, and asked them to pick the one they liked best; but instead they just ran them both, “Someone’s looking out for me”: God and the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse, and Eternal Fire: What Jesus Says in the …

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Aug 19 2007

A Self-Referential Game of Twister: What Religion Looks Like From the Outside

(Quick explanation: I’ve been in some frustrating debates with religious believers lately — one in particular — and it seems like the point-by-point squabbles have been missing the point. This piece is an attempt to step back from that, and look at the whole disagreement from a larger perspective.) Here’s the thing, Rev. Cawley. I’m …

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Aug 18 2007

“A magnetism that will not let go”: The Drooling Homophobe Series, Part 764

Do these people listen to what they say? Don’t they know how obvious this “lady doth protest too much” thing is starting to get? Pandagon has the story of right-wing Christian extremist Dave Daubenmire of Pass the Salt Ministries, who, with his flock, has been on a crusade to disrupt the church services of gay-friendly …

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Aug 18 2007

Dream diary, 8/18/07: The cats’ PR rep, and the half-assed prison

Dream #1: I dreamed that our cats Lydia and Violet had hired a PR representative to improve their public image. I was reading either a press release about them or a magazine article based on a press release, and realized that their publicity was being handled very professionally. Dream #2: I dreamed that I was …

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Aug 17 2007

Perfect Porn and Other Myths: The Blowfish Blog

Please note: This piece, and the piece it links to, includes references to my personal sex life, specifically my taste in porn. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that… um, don’t. “I’ve definitely griped about porn because it either didn’t push all my erotic buttons just right, or because it grated …

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Aug 17 2007

“What are we afraid of?” NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak on Same-Sex Marriage

I cried when I read this. I’m crying again now as I re-read it. This is a person who gets it. He didn’t always get it — he didn’t always support same-sex marriage — but he gets it now. Not just as a matter of fairness or justice, not just as a matter of rational …

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Aug 17 2007

Friday Cat Blogging: Lydia the Watch-Cat

And now, a cute picture of our cat. This is Lydia, faithfully guarding my laptop case from all who would defile it. And I would also like to point out: Toes!

Aug 16 2007

Showtime’s “Californication”: Well, There’s Promiscuous and There’s Promiscuous

You’d think I’d be irritated by it. You’d think that Little Miss Sex-Positive Culture Critic would be foaming at the mouth. Another goddamn pop-culture depiction of promiscuity and casual sex as a sign of immaturity and instability and low self-esteem. You’d think I’d have my boilerplate rant all ready to go. But I’m not. I …

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