Religion

The Arrogance Of Faith

On October 1, 2017 someone opened fire on the audience at a country music concert in Las Vegas killing (as of this post) 58 people and injuring over 500 more. This is the largest mass shooting in the US. The concert venue was littered with the dead and the dying. People panicked. Considering the nature of the murderer’s weapon of…

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News, Pop Culture, Religion

You Keep Using That Word

I blame my high school AP English teacher for instilling in me an insistence for the use of proper grammar and vocabulary. Because of him I am one of those assholes that will correct a your/you’re/yore or there/their/they’re post. But this post isn’t really about that. It is about the misuse of some rather important words and phrases. Epic I…

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News, Religion

Taking the Lord’s Name In Vain

What exactly does the 3rd of the 10 Commandments mean when it says, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain”? When I was growing up I was taught that meant “don’t cuss”. “God damn” is, I was taught, taking God’s name in vain. That phrase seems to still be a sticking point in broadcast…

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Religion

I Can Explain It With Marbles

Atheist and agnostic are not the same, though they are frequently used interchangeably, by theists and atheists, which leads to confusion and unnecessary arguments about definitions. So I’m going to make this easy for us.

Dogs, Religion

I’ll Pray For You

As a long-time atheist the phrase “I’ll pray for you” is generally and usually a phrase I disdain. All too often religious people use that phrase the same way Southerners use “bless your heart“. It is a passive aggressive way to tell the other person that they’re hopelessly wrong about whatever theological or philosophical difference you may have.

News, Politics, Religion

The Death Of the Religious Right

I have been pondering the death of the “Religious Right” for a long time. I guffawed when many who formerly decried the Mormon church as a cult quickly changed their tune to support Mitt Romney. After they were unable to get one of the 11 candidates that more suited their world and theological views, and in a last gasp effort…

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