In comments on my series of posts on insults, it was pointed out that my stance that insults are ‘mere words’ that should be shrugged off ignored a context in which they were more than that and could not be so easily dismissed, and that was when it was used as a bullying strategy. [Read more...]

What is the MEK and why should we care?

The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) is an Iranian dissident group that has been designated by the State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) since 1997. It is one of the main groups that seek to foment war against Iran and hopes to be installed as the Iranian government in the event of an invasion that overthrows the current government. It has put on its generous payroll a large number of Washington insiders from both parties (of course) who are lobbying on its behalf. [Read more...]

Conning ordinary religious people

Every Friday, many Muslims around the world will attend their mosques. The next day, Jews will follow suit into synagogues, and on Sunday many Christians will attend church. We know that some of the people in these houses of worship will be those trying to hold on to their belief in a god despite their increasing doubts. Some of them will be people who are fighting to prevent the voices of doubt entering their minds while for others that battle has already been lost and now the only thing that keeps them returning is because they do not know how to make a clean break without alienating their family and friends and perhaps the only real sense of community that they have known. But even they may not suspect that leader of the congregation is also one of them, a doubter or even an outright nonbeliever. [Read more...]

Is the pope a credible expert on what constitutes reality?

On the eve of his visit to Cuba, the pope said that “It is evident today that Marxist ideology as it had been conceived no longer responds to reality.”

Should we really be getting lectures on what constitutes reality from someone who worships an imaginary figure who supposedly tells him what to do? It would be as absurd as a supposedly lifelong celibate laying down rules on contraception and sexuality. Hey, wait a minute…

The demonization of Obama

Long time readers of this blog know that I have been very critical of some of the policies of president Barack Obama and the Democratic party. But even I have been taken aback by the sheer viciousness of the attacks on him that have come, not just from nutcases, but from the very leaders of the Republican party. [Read more...]