Stranger Than Fact

It’s getting nuts out there. This was posted yesterday on Dangerous Minds, and it’s the worst example of fundamentalist hate I’ve seen. Because it’s not even hateful – people are enjoying themselves. Hate is borne of pain. When you’ve shed the pain and the hate becomes a celebration, that’s when things get really fucked up. …

The Problem with Fundamentalists

… is that they’re not fundamentalist enough.  If they were forced to follow every one of the Bible’s laws, it would cut down on their numbers 95%. Actually, I would expand this to all believers, if I was going to be a prick. Religion can offer very good guidance – but if you’re discarding some …

Hedges vs. Harris

I was all set to defend Sam Harris against Chris Hedges critique of him. Though Sam Harris has made some sweeping generalizations about Islam – “We are at war with precisely the vision of life that is prescribed to all Muslims in the Koran” – it’s not fair to put him on the same degraded …

Terry Jones

This reads like fiction, like people playing out caricatures. “We decided to put the Quran on trail,” he told ABC News. “I was the judge but I did not determine the verdict. I was just a type of referee so that people got their time to defend or condemn the Quran.” Jones said that a …

Orthodoxy

Caught this last night. Two rabbis talk about homosexuality, which shows the delusion of legislating morality based on a book of stories. The same book which says homosexuality is evil advocates slaughtering people who don’t believe in God, or women are inferior or polygamy’s OK, and many, many other incongruities. Not to mention how many …

Terry Jones: Cult Leader

I haven’t really been able to get it up with outrage over the Koran-burning preacher. An idiot preacher burning things is nothing new.  And the media’s reaction to it is totally unsurprising and inevitable. One of these days, this media obsession is going to focus on something important, rather than stupid, so I don’t necessarily …

Skepticism as Belief

Fundamentalism is everywhere – including those people who think they’re devoutly secular. Fundamentalism is probably the main thing that’s holding civilization back – not hate, but the entrenched belief in one idea.  After all, that’s what hate is – unwavering belief in someone’s faults.  Racism is fundamentalism. And so too it goes for skeptics, who …

Jesuspam

From my inbox, via Youtube: Hey there, Friend ! I have a question for you, a serious question, and please, think about it seriously… Do you know that after you die, you will have to spend the ETERNITY in Heaven or HELL ? There is no other place… What if you die today, or tomorrow …

Left Behind

A confession – I have only read pieces of the Left Behind books.  I still might try to absorb the whole thing, but there’s something about the prose that’s just asking me not to read it.  The emptiness is so thick I find it hard to pay attention. There’s bad prose and then there’s bad …

Facts

Facts are simple and facts are straight Facts are lazy and facts are late Facts all come with points of view Facts don’t do what I want them to Facts just twist the truth around Facts are living turned inside out Facts are getting the best of them Facts are nothing on the face of …