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Pope Blames Atheists for Global Warming

It’s true.  This is pretzel logic at its finest.  Here’s the direct quote from Der Popenfuhrer: Experiencing the shared responsibility for creation (Cf. 51), the Church is not only committed to the promotion of the defense of the earth, of water and of air, given by the Creator to everyone, but above all is committed … Continue reading

Anecdotes from Apostates

I suppose I’m writing this blog as a jab at my reader Alison, but I think it has relevance for everyone, so I don’t feel too bad.  For at least two years, Alison has attacked my position that religion causes dysfunction on several grounds, but one of the most common is accusing me of using … Continue reading

Atrocity, Religion, and Causality… Again

Rifqa Bary is a seventeen year old Christian nee Muslim who has apparently narrowly escaped being forcibly returned to her native Sri Lanka and killed.  After secretly converting to evangelical Christianity, Rifqa attempted to live a double life with her devout Muslim parents, but was found out.  She fled to Florida from her home in … Continue reading

Greta Christina: Same Sex Marriage in Maine

Maine is currently the consensus ground zero in the battle over same-sex marriage in the U.S.  For the first time, it appears that public opinion, not judicial order, could win the day.  You see, Maine has a voter-veto policy, by which the public can vote down any law passed by the legislature.  Prop 1 is … Continue reading

Opinions and Justification

We humans are obsessed with opinions.  Every major newspaper in America has an Opinion Page, and most online news sources have far more bandwidth taken up by reader comments than actual content.  ESPN used to be a network that broadcast sporting events.  Now it’s three networks, but there’s precious little live sports.  Instead, it’s former … Continue reading

Females, Casual Sex, and Evolution

There are a lot of areas of human sexual behavior that are pretty clear cut.   For instance, there is little or no scientific disagreement regarding the evolutionary advantage for males to desire and pursue multiple sexual partners.  For that matter, there’s practically no disagreement that casual sex, for males, is evolutionarily beneficial.  Every time a … Continue reading

Lutherans Agree to Disagree about Homosexuals. Is This Progress?

The National Meeting for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ECLA) has just voted by exactly a 2/3 majority to allow theological differences regarding sexuality and scripture.  The cynical part of me wants to say something snide.  The more thoughtful side of me is wondering if this is progress or not. Sure, it’s “progress” for … Continue reading

Time for some Letter Writing

The Catholic Church would like you to encourage the CEO of Showtime and CBS to censor free speech.  They want Penn and Teller’s show, Bullshit, to be canceled because they have the audacity to speak critically of the church.   I would like you to encourage exactly the opposite. In an article on Catholic.org, Deacon … Continue reading

On the Invention and Imagining of Gods

One of my readers, appropriately named Presuppositionalist, has made an objection to a thought experiment I proposed in a recent blog post.  Here is what I wrote: Suppose we take a hundred children and raise them in complete social isolation.  That is, we ensure that they are not taught any religious concept whatsoever, or ever … Continue reading

Science vs. Religion Part II: Ideology, Cult of Personality, and Truth

I’ve had several private correspondences over the last couple of days dealing with what I’ve started calling the Church of Dawkins.  A significant number of theists and atheists seem to believe that there’s some sort of cult forming around everything that comes out of the mouth of the “King of Atheists,” or some nonsense like … Continue reading

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