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Skewed Religious Morality… Again.

Speaking of religion skewing our sense of morality… A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of … Continue reading

Tim Minchin Talks About America and Atheism

I appreciate Tim’s candor in talking about how creepy American religiosity appears to the rest of the world.  This is something we need to keep reminding ourselves.  America is unique in its first world religious nuttery.

Comfort Revisited

Sometimes I wish I could get into the heads of believers and root out what they really think about various issues.  Today I’m especially perplexed by the notion of comfort from religion.   What is it about the Christian narrative that’s comforting, and in what situations? The most obvious answer is that when a loved … Continue reading

Big Surprise: Straight Priests Abuse Nuns

The Catholic Church in Rome made the extraordinary admission yesterday that it is aware priests from at least 23 countries have been sexually abusing nuns. (LINK) Extraordinary?  Really? We’re surprised that heterosexual males sworn to celibacy do underhanded things to get laid on the sly?  We’re really acting like we’re surprised by this? Most of … Continue reading

This is What Faith Does.

Want to know why I’m opposed to religion?  Watch this video.  It illustrates the number one reason I believe religion is a horrible force in society.  There are several things I think are noteworthy: At the very beginning, we can tell that these folks — homeless, begging for change in a Wal-mart parking lot, with … Continue reading

The Wisconsin Teacher Tidbit of the Day

That’s Greg Jennings.  These days, he sports a $16,000 Superbowl ring, and good for him.  He had a banner season.  As a wide receiver, pretty much his only job is to run down the field and catch the ball when it’s thrown to him.  He did that 76 times last season.  In all, he ran … Continue reading

Political Religious Insanity

I don’t often get into politics, but this is just too insane to leave unmentioned. The house has passed a measure eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood, but NASCAR still has their big vroom vroom, sponsored with your tax dollars, racing around a track in circles. It’s enough to make me lose hope.  I really don’t … Continue reading

Contraceptives OK for Horses, Not Humans

File this under “Too Screwed Up to Make Up.”  Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana has apparently introduced a bill that would promote contraception… for horses. I suppose that would be fine.  I’m all for contraception whenever it’s needed.  But Dan Burton is also squarely on the Republican side of the fence when it comes to … Continue reading

Education and Collective Bargaining

In light of the recent conflict in Wisconsin, I’d like to offer an interesting tidbit of information: If you’re interested, here’s the ACT/SAT rank of the 5 states where collective bargaining is illegal. South Carolina -50th North Carolina -49th Georgia -48th Texas -47th Virginia -44th. Oh, and Wisconsin, where it’s legal?  2nd. Direct cause and … Continue reading

Population Growth and Poverty

Out of all the topics I discuss here at Life Without a Net, the one I’m most scared of is population growth.  Oh, I’ve tackled it here and there, but it’s a tricky subject even within the scientific community.  While everyone agrees that the population is growing, that it’s mostly in the third world, and … Continue reading

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