Category Archives: Religion

Chick-Fil-A, Curiosity and Legitimate Rape OR The Fried Chickens Come Home to Roost

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I was struck on August 6 by one of those cultural epiphanies.  Our brave little robot “Curiosity” – See?  I can anthropomorphize, too. – had just safely landed on Mars, to the hooting and hollering of … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman’s Failure of Nerve

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Such a promising beginning.  In his March 8 column, “Ignorance is Strength“, Paul Krugman points his sharp editorial finger at the elephant in the room of our culture.  If American Exceptionalism means anything, he argues, that … Continue reading

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Of Nuts and Sluts; no Ifs, Ands or Buts

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I am not ashamed to admit that, after more than a half century of close study, I don’t understand women.  This conclusion became impossible to deny after the last few weeks of unrelenting misogyny from self-identified … Continue reading

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Rape, Choice, and the Supernatural War on Women

(Return to the Contents Topics page.)  (Image provided by the “Life Begins at Conception” website) Today in America, women’s control over their reproductive choices, and the availability of related medical services, is under sharp attack.  Restrictive, controlling legislation is advanced by the … Continue reading

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And God’s Choice For President Is . . . .

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Which candidate does the creator and ruler of the universe want as president?  As has been noted elsewhere, at least five of the Republican presidential hopefuls have each claimed that a universal creator/ruler they all call … Continue reading

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Are You A Good Witch Or A Bad Witch?

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) This past week has had the distinct whiff of 1692 Salem about it.  Add together the Republican leadership’s firm contraception-is-bad stance, Rick Santorum’s increasingly publicized misogynistic rhetoric and the Virginia legislature’s punitive implementation of its misogyny and … Continue reading

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The Divided States of Christian America?

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) 2001 was a bad year.  For almost all of us, for the obvious reason: the 9/11 attacks.  For many of us, because of the frightened and deeply counter-patriotic legislative reaction to those attacks: the Uniting and Strengthening America … Continue reading

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It’s National Condom Week. Seriously.

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Back in 2008, while I continued to explain how Hillary was out-debating Obama even as the polls showed his increasing edge over her, it gradually dawned on me that he was way savvier than I was.  … Continue reading

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A Contempory Christmas Carol, Part 2

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) “Ghost of the Future,” he exclaimed, “I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to … Continue reading

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A Contemporary Christmas Carol, Part 1

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within … Continue reading

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Sex and Religion Abuse: Personhood?! You wouldn’t recognize a person if she kneed you in the groin.

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The sad news out of Mississippi, on this Carl Sagan Day, is that more than 40% of the voters there thought it made sense to give a fertilized human egg, a zygote, the status … Continue reading

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An Encounter with the FLDS Subculture – Part 2

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I began to follow Zeke’s ice-store directions as I recalled them, driving just below the 25 mph limit.  Within a couple of blocks I saw the fire department sport ute in my mirrors, pacing … Continue reading

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An Encounter with the FLDS Subculture – Part 1

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I was last in the conjoined towns of Colorado City, AZ, and Hildale, UT, a few years ago, before Warren Jeffs was captured, tried and convicted in a Texas criminal court on various charges … Continue reading

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The Religious Test for Public Office in 21st Century America

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) When Robert Jeffress, D.Min., Senior Pastor of the First Baptist church of Dallas, TX, announced his support for Rick Perry, a good Christian, rather than for Mitt Romney, not a Christian, and underlined his … Continue reading

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Why Democracy Requires the Separation of Church and State

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Responding to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry’s recent woefully misguided comments about evolution, Richard Dawkins, a Brit [1] and a guy who probably understands evolution about as well as anyone on the planet, had … Continue reading

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