Category: Religion

You Can’t Fight Words With Swords

Let’s talk about ISIS. Yes, it’s a military organization, amongst other things, but far more than that, it’s an idea, a radical Islamic idea. It’s a terrible idea, based on medieval attitudes, but it’s still an idea. Hands up who

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What Religion Would Countenance a Confidential Handbook?

From a NYT article about a new anti-gay policy of the Mormon Church: It appears that the new rules were not supposed to be made public. They were issued as changes to a confidential handbook, and sent out by email

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Why Poor People Vote Republican

Nice article in Salon suggesting that Republicans adopt a religious mantle to capture voters in the South for whom religion is so important that it trumps their economic interests.

Posted in Economics, Politics, Religion

Sick Rantorum

Rick Santorum has spoken out against contraception, calling it “a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” What does he have against pleasure? The injunction against contraception is nowhere

Posted in Health care, Politics, Religion, Society

The Logic of Prop. 8 Supporters

From Tuesday’s NYT: The defense sought to show that claims of bias against gay men and lesbians were overblown. In particular, Dr. Miller testified, gay men and lesbians in California could count on a deep and varied contingent of allies,

Posted in Law, Religion, Society

Frying Pan to Fire?

A new Louisiana law that could lead to teaching Creationism in schools has caused a leading scientific group to boycott the State for its 2011 annual meeting, reports the  NYTimes. So guess where they’ll hold it instead?  That bastion of

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Stranger than Fiction

Wow, you can’t make this kind of stuff up. A UCF student took a wafer at a Catholic Mass, upsetting the clergy who believe that it is the actual Body of Christ and hence must be consumed immediately. An atheist

Posted in Religion