Archive for the 'Superstition & Ignorance' Category

SAVE US FROM COMPLEX THEOLOGICAL MATTERS

December 17th, 2015

So, this morning I’m reading The Guardian and this headline jumps out at me: Chicago Christian college suspends professor after headscarf comments. I should have stopped at the word Christian and moved on, but I didn’t. I read on about how Associate Professor Larycia Hawkins was placed on leave after saying she’d wear a hijab […]

WHAT IS ENDEARING AT FOUR, IS A DISASTER AT 40…

December 5th, 2015

There is, in light of 1 Corinthians 13:11, more than a little irony in this cartoon as well.

FUNNIEST RELIGIOUS JOKE EVER…!

October 26th, 2015

Emo Philips gets his due, sort of. This morning I received thrilling news: a joke I wrote more than 20 years ago has been voted the funniest religious joke of all time! In case you’ve missed it, here it is: Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do […]

RAIF BADAWI AWARDED PEN PINTER PRIZE…

October 7th, 2015

The PEN Pinter Prize for 2015 has gone to Raif Badawi and James Fenton. The prize, named for 2005 Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, is awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon […]

MYTH BUSTING THE FIREWATER FAIRY TALE…

October 5th, 2015

I first heard the myth of Native Americans having no natural resistance to alcohol when I was a senior in high school; and I heard the story from a Vietnam veteran and former Marine who was also an Indian (I use that term advisedly, having spoken with Dennis Banks once). To my uneducated mind, the […]

WHAT IF HE’S NOT CLOSER TO GOD…?

September 26th, 2015

Matt Taibbi writes in Why Do We Care Whose Side the Pope Is On? for Rolling Stone People have such impassioned political fights over the pope because everyone wants the endorsement of the guy closest to God. But what if he’s not closer to God, and is just a guy in a funny hat? Doesn’t […]

TA-NEHISI COATES ON BEN CARSON…

September 22nd, 2015

Yesterday presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked if he could ever support a Muslim president. Carson, channeling a significant portion of the American electorate, said that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” This proclamation is presently receiving the rebuke that it deserves, though it could stand for […]

WHEN THE FIRE CHIEF IS A PYROMANIAC…

September 21st, 2015

The continuing story of Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 10 years and 1,000 lashes for the crime of speaking his mind has taken a bizarre turn as the United Nations has appointed Faisal bin Hassan Trad as head of a key human rights panel that is tasked with naming experts that determine […]

HOW ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DOESN’T WORK…

August 1st, 2015

WHAT IS AN ATHEIST PICTURE…?

April 18th, 2015

BAD PARENTS ABHOR DISSENT FROM THEIR KIDS…

April 14th, 2015

Every year the American Library Association published a list of the most-challenged books, i.e. books people want to ban from libraries and, by extension, the view of those they wish to control. This year Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian came in at No. 1. I met Alexie briefly at Oberlin […]

RELIGIOUS WRONG LOSING HATE CAMPAIGN…

April 4th, 2015

Hating the sin but loving the sinner still brands you as a hater and increasingly makes you irrelevant in any political discussion in the United States of America. The latest stealth campaign from the religious wrong to banish members of the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Questioning community from political and social commerce is falling flat despite the best efforts […]

ENLIGHTENMENT IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES…

March 5th, 2015

A co-worker sent me this story by Katharine Zaleski for Fortune magazine. I still am embarrassed by this memory. Five years ago I walked into an office on the twenty-fifth floor of the Manhattan headquarters of Time Inc. (which owns Fortune.) I was there to meet with Time.com’s then managing editor and pitch a partnership […]

WE NEED MORE STEPHEN FRYS IN THIS WORLD…

January 30th, 2015

WHAT IF MR. DANIELS HAD STOOD HIS GROUND…?

January 27th, 2015

I offer the following without further comment: “He’s got a gun,” yelled Michael Foster, a white, 43-year-old man before tackling 62-year-old Clarence Daniels, a Black man shopping for coffee creamer for his wife. While tussling on the ground, Daniels repeatedly yelled, “I have a permit.” That did not stop this want-to-be vigilante from trying to […]

FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY…

January 19th, 2015

16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would […]

I AM, WE ARE; THE REST IS MINUTIAE & BULLSHIT…

January 17th, 2015

Mano Singham explores The shifting language of race and ethnicity. I left this comment. The challenge lies in attempting to create a taxonomy where no significant difference exists. The word used in any classification is far less important than the intent of the word in the mind of the user. Richard Pryor could entitle a […]

HOW MORE SPEECH ADDRESSES OFFENSIVE SPEECH…

January 16th, 2015

KEEP TALKING, KEEP BUILDING…

January 13th, 2015

I have said, many, many times, just ask any of my friends, that the proper response to offensive speech must not be censorship, but rather more speech. I would now make and addendum to that maxim: the proper response to offensive speech must be neither censorship nor violence, but rather more speech. When any confrontation […]

JE SUIS CHARLIE

January 7th, 2015

[Update at 0441 on 13 January: Derf elaborates…] Derf is far from alone…

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