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Oct 11 2010

Mormon homophobia, on sale now at Wal-Mart

From LGBTQ Nation: More than 100 WalMart stores in the Intermountain West are stocking a new children’s book aimed at Mormon families to help in overcoming homosexuality. Chased by an Elephant: The Gospel Truth About Today’s Stampeding Sexuality, was authored by Janice Barrett Graham, wife of Stephen Graham, President of the anti-gay organization, Standard of …

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Sep 18 2010

How the Pope Learned to Use the Big Lie

In my last blog post, I alluded very briefly and without much detail to Pope Joseph Ratzinger’s recent polemic against secularism, wherein he blamed secularism for the rise of Nazi Germany. I was immediately struck by how patently false and revisionist the claim was, and was honestly surprised to see it coming from such a …

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Aug 31 2010

TheoreticalBullshit on morality in absence of a deity

Well argued, TheoreticalBullshit. An excellent summary of the argument between religious folks and secular folks about where morality comes from, and defines my position pretty much to a tee. Morality is entirely a social construct, for the benefit of that society and the individual members therein. This is not a difficult concept to grasp.

Aug 07 2010

Let love reign supreme

Homosexuality is very likely biological, an emergent property from a confluence of genes that were selected for other reasons. That doesn’t make the people who are homosexual any less fully human, and my heart sings out that a federal judge in San Francisco has struck down California’s infamous Proposition 8 as unconstitutional in that it …

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Jul 24 2010

Jodi and I Owe Bora

Sadly, I don’t owe Bora Zivkovic (whom I have fondly referred to as William Tockman in the past, if you’ll pardon the geek reference) nearly as much as some of his compatriots in the scientific blogosphere. But he helped with Jodi’s geeky proposal trail that started over at Stephanie’s, and for that I owe him …

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Jun 29 2010

Is religion compatible with science?

Dan J at Relatively Unrelated posts on a topic near and dear to my heart. I keep hearing the accommodationist mantra that religion is compatible with science (or vice versa). There have recently been issues regarding a person who happens to be a skeptic, while at the same time being Christian (of the Roman Catholic …

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Jun 11 2010

13 year old Pennsylvania girl home-aborts with a pencil

This is absolutely heart-rending. A thirty-year-old Poconos man got his 13-year-old “girlfriend” pregnant, and seeing no other recourse, where the local clinics do not provide or refer abortions as they are very religiously oriented, she used a pencil to abort her pregnancy. The action made her sick for three days, after which she went into …

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Jun 04 2010

Why prayer is nonsense – part 5

4 – Even if it IS useless, what’s the harm? This is the final part in a five-part series. Please see the Master Post if you haven’t already read the previous parts, because this part relies heavily on definitions and arguments that have been set down in those previous sections. so why pray? The conclusion …

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May 28 2010

Why prayer is nonsense – part 4

3 – But everyone knows prayer works! This is part 4 in a series of posts on prayer. Please use the links at the top and bottom of each post to navigate through the parts. The master post is here. even if it IS useless, what’s the harm? Despite the evidence that most types of …

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May 21 2010

Why Prayer is Nonsense – part 3

2 – Know your deities This is part 3 in a series of posts on prayer. Please use the links at the top and bottom of each post to navigate through the parts. but everyone knows prayer works! Everyone prays when your time comes or when you get into trouble, even atheists — or so …

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