Religion

The name’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio, but everybody calls me Psycho.

Does anyone else find it suspicious that the Catholic Church, which has complained about not having enough money because of scandals and reduced earnings from collection plates, elected the 33-1 long shot?

Don’t Muslims Have Something More Important To Do?

In response to the violence in parts of the Muslim world over The Innocence of Muslims video, Eric Zorn is rightly puzzled: Why would a robust, enduring worldwide faith pay any mind whatsoever to assorted pesky critics? Don’t their conniptions over the blasphemies of infidels betray weakness rather than strength? What good is respect for […]

Disappointed!

What a friggin’ waste of my time! It’s now 6:22 pm local time and still no Rapture. It was supposed to start at 6:00 pm and I was all ready for it. I had my camera with a basic theodolite setup, and pointing directly towards a local church. Being in a typical American city, there are […]

See Ya

So I hear that someone somewhere is saying the rapture will happen tomorrow. Of course, for my Jewish and Muslim readers this is no big deal, since everyone knows that only Christians are eligible for rapture. Actually, as my co-blogger Ken pointed out to me the other day, only the really good Christians will be […]

Happy Easter!

For those of you not familiar with it, allow me to fill you in on the details about this annual event called “Easter”. Easter is a series of rituals celebrating the Great Jewish Zombie Uprising of 33 A.D. That uprising is described in one of the Holy Books of the followers of the Great Zombie […]

Yuri Gagarin and the War on Terror

Fifty years ago today Yuri Gagarin became the first human to venture into space. What an adventure by a true hero! I’ve heard great things about the book Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin. I wish it would come out in e-book format. An inspiring quote attributed to Gagarin is: “I saw […]

Burning Books is So 20th Century

Let me get this out of the way in the first paragraph: Terry Jones of Qur’an burning fame is a bigoted fool. He’s a bigoted fool not because he burned his copy of the Qur’an, but because he hates people simply because they don’t worship the same God he does in a similar enough way. […]

That’s a Lot of Candles

Today, October 23, is a good day to celebrate the birth of the universe. The question is just how many candles do we need for the cake? There are some competing theories about the age of the universe. One is based upon observations of, well, the universe. Scientists have been studying the cosmic background radiation […]

Scientists Model Early Glass Slipper Technology

Breaking news: New computer simulations have shown how a glass slipper, as described in Grimm’s Cinderella, could have been created using a unique combination of quartz-rich silicates found only in northern Germany. When heated to just the right temperature, as was available in primitive furnaces of 14th century middle Europe, the model demonstrated that glass could have […]

If You Were There, Why Didn’t You Stop It?

I know there are people who are comforted by the sentiments expressed in this video, and I apologize to them, but it creeps me out, and I’m angered by the audacity of it.

So I Guess There Was No Rain…

A few weeks ago, Stuart Shepard from Focus on the Family created this now-slightly-famous video in which he suggested that Christians should pray for rain during Barack Obama’s acceptance speech: Well, Obama gave his speech, and it didn’t rain. The problem with such a public and specific prayer request is that if nothing happens, Shepard’s […]

Ann Coulter Explains Why Christianity Is Better

Check out this awesome video of Ann Coulter explaining how things would be better in this country if everyone was Christian. I’m especially impressed with how she explains the advantages of being a Christian to her Jewish host: Well, it’s a lot easier, it’s kind of a fast track. You have to obey…You have to […]

Whose Freedom of Religion?

Members of the religious right sometimes complain that Christians like themselves are losing their religious freedom. In my experience, those complaining loudest are all too often deploring the loss of “rights” such as the right to have government-paid teachers force children to recite prayers, or the right to force everyone else in the country to […]

If You Fall Well That’s Okay

So, I hear that Jerry Falwell died. I was in high school and my early college years during the heyday of the Moral Majority, a bunch of busybodies who seemed terribly worried that people were enjoying themselves in ways they did not approve. In particular, they seemed to dislike recreational sex, and they seemed to […]

Blog Against Theocracy

Happy Easter everyone. A bunch of bloggers have chosen this weekend to host a Blog Against Theocracy blogswarm, with everyone posting articles opposing the mixing of church and government. I’m against theocracy, but I just didn’t have the energy to come up with anything to say about it. (Besides, scheduling it on the weekend of […]

Sinful Blogging

Something calling itself the Restored Church of God has an amusing-yet-scary-yet-still-amusing explanation of why blogs are Satan’s work. Rogier van Bakel has the details.

Never a Martyr Around When You Need One

When Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were kidnapped and held by Islamic extremists, they managed to get away by pretending to convert to Islam. I think it’s pretty cool that they pulled it off. As Lindsay Beyerstein points out, not everyone agrees with that assessment. In particular, David Warren of Real Clear […]

The Gay Contribution to Mideast Peace

Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Jerusalem have found common ground at last: Even as the ties between Palestinian and Israeli politicians strained against the current crises in Gaza, religious officials from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities united Tuesday to oppose a gay pride parade in Jerusalem. More than 50 prominent religious figures visited the […]

Gods, Powers, and Saints of Small Things

Yesterday we went to see the new X-Men movie. The movie was pretty good, but the really amazing part was that we got the closest possible parking space to the theater. The only closer space was handicapped parking. After the movie we went to dinner and this time we got the parking space right in […]

Slipping Backward in Afghanistan

This is not quite what I was hoping for in Afghanistan: Abdul Rahman, 41, has been charged with rejecting Islam, a crime under this country’s Islamic laws. His trial started last week and he confessed to becoming a Christian 16 years ago. If convicted, he could be executed. I have nothing against Islam, but what […]

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