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What is this I don’t even

Apparently only Jesus can ever use a certain name, or title, or something.

Establishment Clause, much?

Don’t be shy, tell me what you really think

Spotted in Boulder this morning: a Subaru Legacy with the following appurtenances

  • A “University of Smith & Wesson” window sticker
  • A Christian fish — the kind with the extra cross in the eye region
  • A US Marines license plate
  • Two Mitt Romney stickers
  • A Catholic Radio sticker
  • An “AMEN: Abortion Must End Now” sticker
  • A “Hatred of sin is a family value” sticker

<vader>Impressive.</vader>

The Pope and Teh Gay

Yes, Pope Francis is declining to judge homosexuals.  Great,  he has a slightly less Neanderthal view than his predecessors.  But is the Catholic Church going to recognize gay marriage?  Ordain gay priests?  Nope.  And the Catholics still oppose both abortion in every circumstance and contraception.  So, congratulations on personally being slightly less evil, I guess.

Religion remains a blight on humanity.

Anger Deficit Disorder

It’s not that there’s any shortage of things to be angry about, but I’ve been too busy to be angry publicly.  Though one of Greta Christina’s excellent points about engaging people who are Wrong On the Internet is that it only really makes sense to do it in public, since your audience is really fence-sitting third parties; you’re unlikely to convince anybody in a given one-on-one interaction.

I did have to smack down one of my online friends, a devout and vocal Catholic, the other day when he parroted the stupid idea that Democrats want to “encourage as much abortion as possible.”  That’s such a ridiculous straw man.  He (naturally) echoed many more pro-life talking points during the conversation, and it wound up going to the point of him proclaiming that science and religion are compatible because there have been (and are) many religious scientists, which is an idea that has been soundly debunked time and again, particularly by Jerry Coyne.  The conversation just petered out, so I can’t claim any kind of victory, but I just couldn’t let that pass unchallenged.

God’s racket

Here we go again.  The hostage standoff in Alabama ended with the 5-year-old hostage safe… and people are calling it “prayers granted.”

Was God the one storming that bunker?  No, it was the police.  If things had gone horribly wrong, and the hostage had died, would the headlines read, “God denies prayers, kills little boy?”  No, they would read “Gunman kills five-year-old.”

It’s a great racket when you always get all of the credit and none of the blame.

You have got to be kidding me

A Facebook friend posted a link to this petition on my wall.  The entire content of the ‘petition’?

To: US GOVERNMENT

PUT PRAYER BACK INTO SCHOOLS

IF PRAYER IS PUT BACK INTO SCHOOLS KIDS WOULD BE BETTER AND DO BETTER IN SCHOOLS

And, yes, of course it’s in all capitals.

Let’s quickly count some of the problems with this, shall we?

  1. Kids can already pray in school; the school just can’t impose prayer on the students.
  2. What kind of prayer should be “put back” in schools?  Christian, presumably; what does that mean for Jewish or Muslim or Hindu students, let alone non-religious students?
  3. How is prayer supposed to help kids “do better” in school?  Will God reveal the test answers to them?  Does that count as cheating?
  4. Since prayer is just talking to oneself, how will that help kids “be better”?
  5. Oh yeah, there’s that pesky First Amendment thing too.

I don’t know why anyone educated on the issue would consider this a good idea, or why anyone would believe I would support it.  But as I write this, there are nearly 100,000 signatures on the petition.  And, as Ed Brayton likes to point out, some of these people vote.

The Boy Scouts

Look, I’m genuinely thrilled that the Boy Scouts of America are now considering ending their “no gays” policy.  It’s long overdue, but it’s a step in the right direction, taking them closer to the Girl Scouts’ policy of equality.  But they’re hanging on to their ban on atheists, so I’m still out.

As an Eagle Scout myself, it’s been very painful to me to watch the organization solidify its discriminatory stances over the years.  Maybe they’ll eventually wise up on religion as well, but I’m not holding my breath.

Word.

What she said.

Stand by to resume power

I went into a busy few weeks there, with the WFTDA roller derby championships immediately followed by the Denver EDUCAUSE conference, which in turn was immediately followed by a fairly major disaster at my workplace, leading into recovery and mitigation planning, taking us into this holiday week.  I’ll probably chill out for a couple more days and then resume shaking my tiny fist at irrationality in the world.

Unintentional truth

Over at this article on cnn.com, a pastor proclaims his loyalty to Jesus over politicians.  In his introduction, he says:

As winners are projected and the electoral map is updated, Christians of many denominations will sing their praises and proclaim their loyalty to Jesus.

It seems ridiculous, even silly.

He’s right, of course, though not in the way he intended.

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