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About Ben

About Ben

| May 16, 2007 | 39 Replies

I hereby designate this space to be about Ben. If you’ve never met him, Ben will show up here soon enough, with an armful of links and lots of observations.   I think this should serve as the official place where we can chat with Ben, jab him good-naturedly, learn of the many jobs he’s worked, and […]

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Falwell

Falwell

| May 16, 2007 | 5 Replies

Jerry Falwell is dead.  At 73, he passed away, at his desk, apparently still working, even though doctors have (probably) been telling him to lay off for some time.  He had heart problems. Whatever one’s personal feelings may be, it ill-behooves us to beat up on someone so soon after they have died.  Family and […]

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How to become an ordained minister over the internet.  Marry your friends!

How to become an ordained minister over the internet. Marry your friends!

| May 15, 2007 | 33 Replies

I have a confession to make. I’m an ordained minister. I’m not making this up. I was ordained about five years ago by the Universal Life Church. I got ordained because it was free and it only took a few minutes on-line. I also did it because it allowed me to officiate over a wedding […]

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Toolmaking as the basis for religion

Toolmaking as the basis for religion

| May 14, 2007 | 18 Replies

Those who have followed discussions concerning religious belief & non-belief know that it’s never safe to say you’ve seen it all.  Surprising and worthwhile new positions come along at predictably unpredictable intervals. Biologist Lewis Wolpert has now entered the fray with a new book, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, reviewed by Steve Paulson of Salon.com. […]

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“The situation was better” under Saddam Hussein…

“The situation was better” under Saddam Hussein…

| May 14, 2007 | Reply

This disturbing article about the school crisis in Iraq highlights just one of the many long-term disastrous results of George Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.  While Bush pushes his failing “No Child Left Behind” policy here in America, his mess in Iraq is ensuring that an entire generation of children is being “left behind” there. Some […]

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The price of not believing in God in Oklahoma

The price of not believing in God in Oklahoma

| May 13, 2007 | 19 Replies

For you gentle and tolerant Believers out there, this video is not necessarily aimed at you. I know that many inclusive Believers like you do, indeed, exist. For you gentle and tolerant Believers who keep wondering why non-believers in America keep claiming that they are facing rampant discrimination, this video is for you. For all […]

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Barack Obama on the role of religion in politics

Barack Obama on the role of religion in politics

| May 13, 2007 | 58 Replies

Until tonight, I hadn’t taken the time to fully research Barack Obama’s position on the role of religion in politics.  His broad-minded and inclusive position is quite extraordinary.  Here is the video of Obama’s “Call to Renewal Keynote Address” in Washington, DC on June 28th, 2006.   Here is a fairly accurate (but imperfect) transcript of that […]

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No progress defining “progress” in Iraq

No progress defining “progress” in Iraq

| May 12, 2007 | 2 Replies

Four years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, politicians are still working hard to define success in Iraq as . . . well . . . nothing in particular.   According to many (though not all) Republicans, many thousands of deaths and injuries, lack of basic infrastructure, massive displacement of Iraqis and many billions of lost dollars […]

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Barack Obama talks tough to Detroit

Barack Obama talks tough to Detroit

| May 12, 2007 | 4 Replies

As reported by Newsweek, on May 11 Barack Obama told Detroit that it could do much better.  This scolding came at a time that American automakers “lost more than $16 billion last year, while Toyota earned a record $14 billion and surpassed GM as the world’s largest automaker.” Obama castigated Detroit for driving our dependence […]

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