Category Archive: Current Affairs

May 17 2010

Why Is Anyone Still Catholic?

If your softball league or your children’s school did what the Catholic Church is doing, you’d quit in outrage. So why haven’t you? For any Catholics who might be reading this, I have a question for you: Why are you still Catholic? Presumably, I don’t have to tell you about the rash of child-rape scandals …

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Apr 07 2010

He’s A Super Freak: Tiger Woods and Sexual Compassion

Okay. Maybe I’m a freak of nature. But does anybody else like Tiger Woods better after reading the freaky text messages? Or, maybe more accurately: Does anyone else have more sympathy and compassion for Tiger Woods after reading the freaky text messages? Until recently, I had almost zero interest in the Tiger Woods sex scandal. …

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Mar 18 2010

“But Everyone Else Does It!” Andrew Brown and the Defense of the Catholic Church Child Rape Scandal

If everyone else jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it too? And if everyone else raped children, would you defend it? The child rape scandal in the Catholic Church (like Stephen Fry, I am no longer willing to call it pedophilia or molestation or child abuse) has been heating up lately, with new …

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Jan 15 2010

Sexual Harassment or Religious Freedom?

Does the First Amendment right to religious freedom include the right of religious organizations to fire people for refusing the sexual advances of their employers, and for reporting those advances to the authorities? You would think that the obvious answer to this would be No. You would think this would be the textbook definition of …

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Jan 14 2010

Haiti and the Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort

I’m finding it hard to say anything about Haiti that hasn’t already been said. I’m even finding it hard to say anything about Pat Robertson’s comments about Haiti that hasn’t already been said. I may have something to say about it all in a few days. But for now, I just want to say this: …

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Dec 21 2009

Spiritual Piracy and Lousy Jewish Christmas Songs: Garrison Keillor and Christmas Bigotry

This is either really ineptly done satire… or some of the ugliest bigotry I’ve seen from a beloved icon of liberal culture. Or else it’s the latter, thinly disgused as the former. I’m talking about Garrison Keillor’s recent screed in the Chicago Tribune against atheists, Jews, pagans, and others who would dare to besmirch the …

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Jun 30 2009

Atheists and the Closet: or, Keith Olbermann, Tonight’s Worst Person in the World

If you’re an atheist, and you’re promoting atheists coming out and knowing that they’re not alone — but you, yourself, are not entirely out of the closet about your atheism — does that make you a bad person? Keith Olbermann seems to think so. In his fabled “Worst Person in the World” segment tonight, he …

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Jun 26 2009

Speaking Ill of the Dead

For what are probably obvious reasons, I have been thinking about the strong social taboo against speaking ill of the dead. And I’m trying to figure out if I think it’s an irrational superstition, or a reasonable gesture of respect to people who are in mourning… or some combination of the two. In the case …

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Jun 23 2009

Iran and the Battle Against Theocracy

I don’t know if I have anything to say about the situation in Iran that hasn’t already been said. And normally, that’s enough to keep my mouth shut. But this time, despite my near-paralyzing fear of being trite, I feel that I need to say something: I support the protesters in Iran. And not just …

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Jun 01 2009

George Tiller and Bill Donohue: How Religion Twists the Moral Compass

You’ve almost certainly heard about George Tiller, the abortion doctor who was murdered yesterday: most likely (although we don’t know for sure yet) by a religiously- motivated anti- abortion vigilante. You may or may not have heard about Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, who, commenting on the latest scandal about severe and widespread …

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