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 thinks an idea can be defeated with military force? So why is military force being […]

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 a week ago to leaders of the church’s 30,000 congregations around the world. What kind […]

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 in the bible; the Catholic church came up with it by inference.

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, including the Democratic Party, organized labor, corporations, newspapers, celebrities and some church groups. Some of […]

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 scientific rational thought, Utah!

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 associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota blogged about this, saying that it […]