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Call it Feminism...Call it Whatever.

Apr 22, 2015 12:17:56 PM
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Feminism: advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men. By the definition of the word, I'm a feminist. Call it egalitarian. Call it humanism. Call it "Ralph." I don't really care how it's labeled. I'm so often messaged by indignant guys with helpful "corrections" about the issue of women's rights. "The pay gap." "Women get favor in regard to child custody." "Women are perpetual victims." "Women don't get drafted!" "You're religious on this issue." O...

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He Lived in a Glass House

Apr 2, 2015 1:48:02 PM
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"Hour of Power" preacher Robert Schuller has died at the age of 88. I grew up watching Schuller on television (we were forced to watch Sunday services on TV if we didn't attend a local service...ugh). His grand, theatrical gestures and "power of positive thinking" messages (which, curiously, didn't involve much scripture) were part of the potpourri of religious messages blaring through my Sunday morning television, and they were definitely a "style over substance" experience. I don't celebrat...

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The Jesus Quiz

Feb 28, 2015 7:43:45 AM
Mar 26, 2015 6:19:32 PM
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Social media often has these simple quizzes (many little more than click bait), but when I saw the quiz on Jesus, I couldn't resist.  If you MUST know what I'm talking about, the quiz is HERE.  :) Much more entertaining was the comments section, and when I saw the inevitable prosyltizing and hell threats, I couldn't help but post this response.   ____ I love the Bible. There's no other book which has supplied this level of unintentional comedy and intentional horror to so many. Think abou...

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What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

Feb 18, 2015 7:30:18 AM
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It's Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent (the 40-day period before Easter). It's a time of strict fasting and abstinence, named after the Old English word for spring. 40 days is a "thing" in Christian scripture. Moses stayed on the mountain for 40 days. Jesus prayed in the wilderness for 40 days. Etc.On Ash Wednesday (and all Fridays during Lent), Catholics and Christians are encouraged to imitate Christ as he prayed and fasted for those long weeks. Those ages 18-60 are en...

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Obama, ISIS, and the Religions of Peace

Feb 6, 2015 12:25:09 PM
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President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday and defended peaceful Islam.  The Huffington Post has the article and video clip HERE. It's still sad that an elected official helms a National Prayer Breakfast (essentially wrapped around the Christian deity), but fine. Let's address Obama's assertion that, like Islam, Christianity has its own record of "terrible deeds" done in its name.   On this, he's absolutely correct. And while the Fox News crowd is freaking out about......

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10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry

Jan 20, 2015 2:38:00 PM
Jan 20, 2015 2:38:27 PM
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A few weeks ago, Pastor Stephen Kim of New York City posted a blog with guidelines for men who are seeking a suitable wife.  At the time of this posting, Kim's blog was still available via this LINK, and it was a companion piece to a previous article targeted to women. The opportunity was too good to pass up, so I produced a short response video (link coming) which addressed this pastor's (and the Bible's) percpective on females, and Dr. Darrel Ray refuted the pastor's nonsense in a January ...

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Merry Christmas (from an atheist)

Dec 22, 2014 11:13:06 AM
Dec 22, 2014 11:13:17 AM
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  I'm amused at the yearly "Keep Christ in Christmas" protests all over social media (and especially on Fox News). Here's the thing. A TON of non-Christians love the Christmas holiday. They call it Christmas (which is the holiday's proper name). They don't care how you personally celebrate it, as long as you're not claiming that it's a day exclusive to your particular faith or ramming it down our throats. Non-Christians enjoy Christmas trees, Christmas music, gifts, decorations, hot cider, t...

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A Perfect Plan

Dec 9, 2014 9:51:01 AM
Dec 9, 2014 9:51:15 AM
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  Listening to Creationists mock The Big Bang (which, admittedly, suffers from a pretty lame title) really grinds my gears, partially because they usually follow the mockery with an outright declaration that they haven't read or watched any vetted data on the issue, and partially because they then eagerly declare that the True answer for our origins and "purpose" is...magic. That's right, kids. God created hundreds of billions of galaxies so that he could focus his attention on an obscure ro...

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Arrogance

Nov 19, 2014 11:39:04 AM
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Was just informed by a religious associate that my marriage to Natalie is without merit because I'm an atheist, that my rejection of God is mere arrogance, and that my public unbelief is disrespectful to a highly religious family. Here's my take, which was given directly at the time but warrants mention here: Arrogance is asserting that you have a bigger seat at the table because you believe in spirits. Arrogance is deciding that a supposedly omnipotent God needs you to defend him. Arrogance ...

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Science Isn't Perfect

Nov 18, 2014 10:35:34 AM
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To the "Science Always Makes Mistakes" crowd:People a few hundred years ago couldn't conceive of the advances we've made, and those advances have been made in the teeth of religious dogma. (Remember that the Catholic Church imprisoned Galileo for daring to suggest that the sun didn't revolve around the earth. This is a single symptom of the epidemic, anti-science nature of religion, and it's been going on for centuries.)The advances we've made as a species? They came from science. They came f...

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