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Monthly Archive: September 2008

Sep 30 2008

Election Snippet: Sarah Palin’s Witch- Hunting, Demon- Believing Church

Today’s election snippet is about Sarah Palin… and the religious beliefs of her church. Which encompass beliefs in, among other things, witchcraft, demonic possession, the idea that certain geographical locations are demonic strongholds, the regeneration of limbs by faith healing (take that, all you Why Won’t God Heal Amputees heathens!), the imminent end of the …

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Sep 30 2008

Blog Carnivals!

Blog carnivals! Skeptic’s Circle #96, at Endcycle. Carnival of the Godless #101, at The Lay Scientist. And Carnival of the Liberals #74, at XXBN. Happy reading!

Sep 29 2008

What Convinced You? A Survey for Non-Believers

If you’re a non-believer in religion, and you used to be a believer — what changed your mind? Was there one particular argument or incident or experience? Or was it more of a general softening of the ground, with lots of different factors adding up? And have you ever convinced a believer, or helped to …

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Sep 29 2008

Election Snippet: “John McCain’s Ads Are Lies”

When I was doing my recent series on John McCain and Sarah Palin, I dug up a ton of fascinating videos and other tidbits. I linked to many of them in my posts… but I realize that these three posts were pretty serious linkapaloozas, and I didn’t expect anyone to actually click on them all. …

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Sep 26 2008

Why I DO Care About John McCain’s Gay Chief Of Staff: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s about the recent revelations that John McCain’s chief of staff, Mark Buse, is gay…. and why I think this is relevant and important. It’s titled Why I DO Care About John McCain’s Gay Chief Of Staff, and here’s the teaser: First, in case you …

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Sep 25 2008

John McCain and the “Maverick” Snow Job

Of all the things that terrify me about John McCain and his Presidential campaign, one of the worst is this: The way so many moderates and liberals talk about what a “maverick” he is. “I may not agree with him on all the issues,” the trope goes. “But I admire his independence. He’s not just …

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Sep 24 2008

Blind Men and Elephants: Religion, Science, and Understanding Big Complicated Things

Is there a good reason that different religious believers disagree so much about God? Could it just be that God is very large and complex and difficult to perceive, so naturally different people don’t all perceive him the same way? Could religion be like the fable of the blind men and the elephant — where …

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Sep 23 2008

Come See Me Read! Perverts Put Out, Saturday Sept. 27

If you’re going to be in the San Francisco area this Saturday, come see me read! I’ll be reading at the pre- Folsom Street Fair edition of the fabulous and increasingly renowned Perverts Put Out sex reading series, on Saturday, September 27. In addition to ME ME ME ME ME, performers will include Meliza Bañales, …

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Sep 22 2008

God Is Magic

There’s an argument that gets made a fair amount by religious believers. It gets made by more thoughtful theists and by, shall we say, less thoughtful ones; it gets made in forms that are marginally clever and forms that are laughably bad. But none of the versions are ultimately very good, and none of them …

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Sep 19 2008

The Obligatory Sarah Palin Column, Or, Why I Don’t Care About A Pregnant 17 Year Old: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s a piece about Sarah Palin… and what I do, and don’t, think are important questions when considering her (snicker) qualifications to be Vice President of the United States. It’s titled The Obligatory Sarah Palin Column, Or, Why I Don’t Care About A Pregnant 17 …

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