Privilege is Privilege

A cogent answer to an ill-considered editorial on same-sex marriage and race.

Monday, November 30th, 2009 politics, queer, religion No Comments

Not To Be Silenced

Bishop Robinson’s prayer at the beginning of Sunday’s concert welcoming the President-elect. While HBO did not deign to show it, and many there in person did not hear it because of sound issues, it was recorded and it should be heard.

Monday, January 19th, 2009 government, politics, queer, religion No Comments

No Apologies

Screw freedom of religion. Take these nut cases, lock the adults up for the rest of their miserable lives, and relocate the children back to reality. Any “religion” that forces sex on minors, enforces the wearing of antiquated clothing, incest and statutory rape on its adherents deserves nothing but contempt from civilized society. It’s a cult, pure and simple, and should be shut down post-haste.

Saturday, April 19th, 2008 awareness, child abuse, religion No Comments

A Markedly Less Pleasant Piece Of Mail

I love this quote from a Slate article about why Easter has never quite caught on with marketers of presents quite like Christmas has. In comparing the two:

Despite the awesome theological implications (Christians believe that the infant lying in the manger is the son of God), the Christmas story is easily reduced to pablum. How pleasant it is in mid-December to open a Christmas card with a pretty picture of Mary and Joseph gazing beatifically at their son, with the shepherds and the angels beaming in delight. The Christmas story, with its friendly resonances of marriage, family, babies, animals, angels, and—thanks to the wise men—gifts, is eminently marketable to popular culture. It’s a Thomas Kinkade painting come to life.

On the other hand, a card bearing the image of a near-naked man being stripped, beaten, tortured, and nailed through his hands and feet onto a wooden crucifix is a markedly less pleasant piece of mail.

The other comparisons of the crucifiction to Abe Ghraib are completely over the top, but aside from that the article itself is a pretty good examination of why it’s not the gift-giving holiday it might be if Madison Avenue had its way.

Friday, March 21st, 2008 consumed, religion No Comments

Unreason Versus Reason

Sam Harris takes the journal Nature to task for their review of a religious book, and their general, overly accomodating attitude toward religion.

Link via Doubting Thom.

Saturday, August 25th, 2007 awareness, religion, science No Comments