Humans are complicated and ultimately individually unique. Each of us is a singular serious of adjectives that begins with Human and ends with me. As a wise woman once told me, Once you’ve met a person who is x then you know one person who is x. All of our personal Venn diagrams look like […]
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A U.S. Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boise after she tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes […]
Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option to arm teachers, arguing that it doesn’t make kids any safer and creates more problems than state lawmakers intended to solve. A string of attacks at schools and colleges in California, Oregon and Washington state hasn’t swayed education officials who say bluntly that they don’t believe […]
[This post was originally posted at 1747 on Monday, 23 June.] A recent survey suggests that Christianity is still the dominant religion in America. More than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians, but the number of atheists is on the rise. In 2007, 1.6 percent of Americans identified as atheists, but today that number is […]
Case Western Reserve Professor Mano Singham debated Hartville Church of Christ Minister Joe Puckett last evening in Akron. The topic of the debate was . You can read the lead-up to the debate at Request for suggestions for pre-debate questions; Press release on my upcoming debate on whether god exists; Framework statements for debate on […]
Case, the first: Authorities say an 11-year-old boy has been shot and killed while playing at his best friend’s house in eastern Ohio. Family members have identified the victim in Tuesday’s shooting in Frazeysburg as Lucas Templin. The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office says it appears the other boy pulled the trigger as the two were […]
Some Muslims will never speak of “converts” but only “reverts” because they believe that everyone is born a Muslim, even if some babies have this truth hidden from them by their parents who tell them they’re Christians or atheists. And there’s a style of atheist rhetoric that makes exactly the same point. To take two […]
Previously… *Mid-Ohio Valley, which is roughly defined by the counties around Marietta, Ohio, the county seat of Washington County and Parkersburg, West Virginia, the county seat of Wood Count.
Yesterday I sent a note to the Marietta Times saying that I hoped the paper was all over the story published in a United Kingdom paper on Sunday about the KKK rally in Parkersburg. No reply yet, but the above story did appear below the fold on the front page today. Given the the Times […]
I’ve attempted to establish the origin of this photo and the earliest use I’ve found so far–sometime in 2009–is to a website that is no longer active. The earliest use on a site still active is from a post written on 9 February 2010 [Update at 0633 on 9 June-- I found the original source […]
Gender is an endlessly complex subject. There are people who spend their entire lives attempting to understand and explain it. This is true even among those lucky languages speakers, I’ve been reminded, where “sex” and “gender” are separate words with intelligible histories that we can understand give them distinct meanings. [Note that here any points […]
How about from an Old-School Pontiff: Last year, for instance, Francis laid hands on a man in a wheelchair who claimed to be possessed by demons, in what many saw as an impromptu act of cleansing. A few months later, he praised a group long viewed by some as the crazy uncles of the Roman […]
There, that–along with the helio-centric solar system, the spherical Earth, evolution, gawd, &c.–is settled. Move along, we have more important debates to engage in. Hat tip to PZ Myers and Pharyngula…
I confess that I was unaware of this particular controversy concerning a wrestling slogan used at Parkersburg South High School until I spied the Letter To The Editor in yesterday’s Marietta Times, but I applaud the parent, or possibly student, who contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation and asked for assistance. FRF’s charter states that: […]
WTAP newsperson Ashley Strum’s It’s so crazy, delivered with a straight face, should go viral on You Tube, or at least be immortalized in a GIF. So, under the Marietta Times headline: Two Arrested Over Drugs, Exorcism, we read: Two Belpre men are accused of repeatedly drugging a relative and performing a so-called exorcism on […]
If the above headline isn’t HuffPo-quality click-bait, I don’t know what is, but yet, I have not read, seen or heard a single comment on this story since I first learned of the girls’ plight through Mano Singham. First Dog On The Moon illustrates the challenge.
I really do like the Bowling Green Daily News‘ Rules Of Conduct for commenters.
I attended a wonderful family wedding over the weekend and the Shaman officiating on Saturday made a point of saying that this was a wonderful time for a wedding because of the renewal of nature theme, the Easter, that had been celebrated by peoples around the world for more than five thousand years. His subtle […]