Category: Religion

Nov 13

The Catholic Church Does Its Dance

In Brief—Bay recognizes that this may step on some toes, but facts don’t lie. That said, this is also a look at the Catholic Church that has made Mother Teresa a saint. All that Glitters Isn’t Gold— Reused hypodermic needles are assuredly not a healthful way to go. Nevertheless, this is one example of the …

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Oct 02

Being “The Other”

In Brief— The author wanders through his memories of the New Mexico boarding school and his experience as one of the few Anglos in a predominantly Hispanic school. Prejudice is the child of ignorance. (William Hazlitt)— They called me “Whitey.” They called me crude names. I was a scrawny, blond, fifth grader, one of very …

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Sep 18

D is for Deity Delusion

In Brief—A review of the origin and delusion of belief in a deity. This review demonstrates a delusion, a dangerous and deadly delusion. —————————————————————————————————————————- Humans believe what they choose to believe— Our ancestor, George, was walking along not being careful where he was putting his foot. A rock tripped him. Since humans are said to …

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Sep 11

Dupes Are Born Every Minute

In Brief—With apologies to P.T. Barnum (sorta), the author points out how humans will believe what they want to believe despite solid evidence that they are wrong, whether it’s politics, religion or science. “There’s a sucker born every minute.” (falsely attributed to P.T. Barnum)— You can dress it up and put lipstick on a pig, …

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Jun 26

Anti-Semitism, BDS and the First Amendment

In Brief—This is a discussion of unacceptable anti-Jewish prejudice but also efforts by pro-Israeli government supporters to tar legitimate groups urging boycotts (BDS) to oppose Israeli policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians. Policies Not People— “Kike,” “Heeb,” and “Christ Killer” are just a few of the offensive racial slurs relating to Jews. Such slurs are not as …

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Jun 19

Holy Baloney! The Ten Commandments Dissected

In Brief—Many believers who have little idea what the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments actually say want them to be enshrined as the law of the land. This piece describes the rules by which those fundamentalists would have all of us live. Be careful what you wish for…you might get it. —————————————————————————————————————————- The Ten Commandments Myth— ”…[The] …

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Jun 05

What’s in a Name and Other Important Questions

In Brief—Why does the woman take her husband’s name at marriage? Why marriage? Why are religious leaders always given respect? Why are felons denied the vote? These and other questions are important, but they go unchallenged. The author addresses these questions. ————————————————————————————————————————- Logical or Illogical? Useful or Useless?— Amy marries DeShawn and takes his family …

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Apr 10

Revisiting “The Many Flaws of Islam”

In Brief—Frequent reader visits to the blog piece “The Many Flaws of Islam” shows that Islam requires further examination and explanation. ———————————————————————————————————————————– All Religion is Illogical— As stated by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg, “With or without [religion] you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good …

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Feb 07

Words and Tilting at Windmills

In Brief—Lionel Burt reached the end station on life’s trip this week. As he would have put it, words have meaning. These are the words I wrote eighteen months ago. Somehow, this piece was never published. Not a word has been changed. They are as applicable today as the day they were written. Lionel was …

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Nov 22

Open Letter to a Reader

In Brief—In this letter to a Christian reader in the Middle-East, the author discusses Christianity and Islam, the similarities and differences, particularly as they deal with females. ———————————————————————————————————————- Dear Reader: I don’t address you by name since I suspect it might place you in greater danger than what you already face. Being a professed adherent …

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