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Lose your religion for tax purposes

Lose your religion for tax purposes

A Jesuit college in St. Louis just won a Missouri Supreme Court case allowing them to get public money, $8 million of it, for their college.  Not being one that believes public money should be spent in support of religion, I was aghast.  “How could that possibly happen?” you might say.  The answer is rather interesting.  The Jesuits […]

April 18, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Prayer: a great cure for impotence

Prayer: a great cure for impotence

A friend called me recently.  The doctor just found a “suspicious” lump and scheduled a biopsy. As you can imagine, she is anxious that she might have cancer. What can a good agnostic say to such a person? Consider these options: I’m worried about you. Rest assured that I’m hoping for the best. I’ll be […]

April 17, 2007 | By | 14 Replies More
Abstinence-only sex education doesn’t cause teens to abstain

Abstinence-only sex education doesn’t cause teens to abstain

This long awaited report had been authorized by Congress in 1997, according to the Washington Post.  Here are the results: A long-awaited national study has concluded that abstinence-only sex education, a cornerstone of the Bush administration’s social agenda, does not keep teenagers from having sex. Neither does it increase or decrease the likelihood that if […]

April 17, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
The vultures descend

The vultures descend

It never takes long for people to exploit a tragedy when they have something to gain from doing so.  President Bush, who has done virtually nothing notable this year, has dropped whatever he had on his calendar for today so that he can swoop down on Virginia Tech, the site of yesterday’s student massacre.  Likewise, […]

April 17, 2007 | By | 20 Replies More
Howard Zinn on patriotism

Howard Zinn on patriotism

Howard Zinn recently spoke on patriotism on DemocracyNow: Patriotism to me means doing what you think you’re country should be doing. Patriotism means supporting your government when you think it’s doing right, opposing your government when you think it’s doing wrong. Patriotism to me means really what the Declaration of Independence suggests. And that is […]

April 16, 2007 | By | Reply More
Selective empathy

Selective empathy

We’ve had a horrible tragedy back here in the United States.   Thirty-three students are dead at Virginia Tech, with many others wounded. Our papers are going to spill a lot of ink on this story, as they should.  But on the other side of the world, multitudes of innocent civilians are dying each and every […]

April 16, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Protect our soldiers from President Bush

Protect our soldiers from President Bush

A reader recently submitted this suggestion to Andrew Sullivan’s site, The Daily Dish: As far as anti-war arguments go, why hasn’t anyone simply stated that they’re trying to protect the soldiers from President Bush, rather than the insurgents? Just saying we should end the war provides far too many opportunities for Bush & Co. to […]

April 16, 2007 | By | Reply More
A word about our army

A word about our army

From Alec Baldwin at Huffpo:  Let’s chat about how the Army exploits economically deprived minorities and offers them careers in the military. Cash, clothes, a car. (Don’t hold your breath for that armor plating, though.) Some of these men have criminal records, which the Army, in order to meet recruitment numbers, has chosen to increasingly […]

April 16, 2007 | By | 22 Replies More
Pope concludes that “evolution is not a complete, scientifically proven theory.”

Pope concludes that “evolution is not a complete, scientifically proven theory.”

I don’t know why the Pope constantly gets such intense press coverage. I know he is the leader of a large church, but he most often speaks in platitudes, double-speak or with dark-ages insight.  Here’s a good example–his recent muddled pronoucement on evolution.    According to the Associated Press, Pope Benedict XVI has concluded that the […]

April 15, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More