As a Floridian, I was pretty shaken 76 days ago when the Pulse club, a gay night spot in Orlando, was shot up by a guy claiming allegiance to the Islamic State. I couldn’t write about it then, but having just poured cool water to mourn the victims for the last time on Friday, I thought… Continue reading The Pulse shooting: 70 days later
It probably won’t surprise anyone reading this that one of my favorite heroes of all time is Hatshepsut. Plenty has been said and written about Hatshepsut, the woman pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty who went from princess to queen to regent to king. There’s a TED-Ed lecture on her, and a very favorable article from… Continue reading Hillary Clinton and Hatshepsut
I follow a few anti-theists on Twitter. I’m not sure why — maybe it goes back to before I was okay with being religious again myself — but I do. I’ve been wondering whether to unfollow these folks. I mean, I’m not AGAINST religion, am I? I’m not here arguing that all forms of religion are backward,… Continue reading The difference between righteous anger and blinding hatred
So recently I saw this video. And it made me mad. Among other things, Dennis Hastert could get away with child molestation because of the Roman Catholic Church. (Now technically, I don’t know that that’s a line of causation that we can accurately draw, but work with me here.) I dug a little deeper and… Continue reading I’m mad as hell, and you know the rest
I tried twice to write a blog post recently (in case you thought I had forgotten about you guys – I hadn’t). But in the first case, and then in the second case, I decided that I was wrong to try to make an issue of it (no, Stephen Hawking was not ascribing human or… Continue reading The religious, the secular, and the parents who don’t treat their sick children
I’ve been pretty public about the fact that I’m an ex-Catholic. And of all the things about the Catholic Church that I might miss, Lent is most assuredly NOT on that list. Half the time, my birthday would fall in Lent (my birthday is Feb. 14), and while my parents were as cool as possible… Continue reading Is giving stuff up good for you?
Get ready for some no-holds-barred ranting (and some language). Really? Still here? Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. So I saw this article recently. Then I found this one. This is me putting on my “atheist” hat for a moment. Churches only have the power they’re given, i.e., the power they get from… Continue reading The “true neutral” Catholic Church