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Category Archive: Current Events

Apr 15 2013

Scattered Thoughts on the Boston Marathon Explosions

Comet and Houdini on my lap

I don’t know what to say or do about the Boston Marathon thing. But I’m feeling a pointless urge to say or do something. Here are a few scattered thoughts. Boston Red Cross is reporting that they have enough blood for now. If you’re not in the Boston area, donate blood anyway. It helps the …

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Feb 26 2013

Comedy Does Not Win a Free Pass: Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars

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I am sick to death of the idea that “it’s just comedy” somehow gives you a free pass when you’re saying things that are racist and sexist. And I am sick to death of the idea that any transgression of social norms — no matter what those norms are, or why they exist — automatically …

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Feb 05 2013

Gay Bishop Comes Up With the Worst Argument to Support Same-Sex Marriage

God Believes In Love book cover

An atheist says Bishop Gene Robinson’s new book, “God Believes in Love,” has some major flaws. How do we convince religious believers to accept same-sex marriage? The opposition to LGBT rights in general, and to same-sex marriage in particular, overwhelmingly comes from conservative religion, founded in the religious belief that gay sex makes baby Jesus …

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Jan 31 2013

My Letter to the Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America are soliciting public opinion on their policy of discriminating against gay people. Ideally they shouldn’t have to do this — they should just be able to figure out that this is wrong — but the reality is that we do often calibrate our moral compasses, at least partly, based on …

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Jan 27 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Increasingly Desperate and Stupid

Wow. They’re really getting desperate. Headline and subhead from the Los Angeles Times: Gay marriage opponents take unusual tack with Supreme Court Lawyers defending the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop. 8 argue that marriage should be limited to opposite-sex unions because they alone can ‘produce unplanned and unintended offspring.’ Quote: “It is plainly …

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Dec 29 2012

“Had the girl simply surrendered…”

Via Butterflies and Wheels, regarding the Delhi rape victim who just died: “Had the girl simply surrendered (and not resisted) when surrounded by six men, she would not have lost her intestine. Why was she out with her boyfriend at 10 pm?” These comments made by an agricultural scientist [Dr Anita Shukla] at a seminar …

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Dec 20 2012

6 Outrageous Incidents of Discrimination Against Nonbelievers

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Atheists are often seen as crying wolf when they speak about bigotry. But discrimination against atheists around the world is real. “Oh, you atheists are always whining about how put-upon you are. You don’t experience real discrimination: not like African Americans, or gays, or women, or immigrants. So knock it off with the pity party.” …

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Dec 14 2012

The Newtown Shootings: It Is Not Too Soon to Start Talking

I have very little to say right now about the Newtown shootings. Except maybe this: It is fucking well not too soon to start talking about gun control. When abortion clinics are bombed, we start talking right away. When Hurricane Katrina happened and the levees broke, we started talking right away. When terrible tragedies happen, …

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Sep 21 2012

4 Ways Christianity Sneaks Into Our Secular Government — And Why it Matters

In God We Trust

“In God We Trust” on the money. “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Creches and crosses on public land. Religious mottos on public buildings. Prayers starting public government meetings. Prayers in the public schools. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the religious right was right, and the United States really was a Christian …

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Aug 29 2012

I Kill Sperm in My Vagina With My Mind

Just my mind kills sperm in my vagina… James Taylor fans everywhere are dying a thousand deaths. But this is both one of funniest and one of the most savage bits of commentary on the Todd Akin “legitimate rape” travesty that I’ve seen. It’s the Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet, singing “I Kill …

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