In March 2004, U.S. Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL) announced his proposed “Reaffirmation of American Independence Resolution.” Co-sponsored by dozens of U.S. representatives, the aim of this resolution was to keep our federal judges from considering any “foreign” laws, court decisions, or pronouncements of foreign governments unless they “are expressly approved by Congress.” This resolution has […]
Consider, that many religions consider it immoral to do any of the following: Ask certain obvious questions (Is there a God? Will God decide to abolish hell?) Follow evidence wherever it leads. (Many Believers refuse to consider indisputable indicators demonstrating that the earth is actually more than 6,000 years old). Admit that one does not really know […]
On one of the local Christian radio shows (KJSL – St. Louis) one of the callers was upset last week. He really liked sex, he explained to Paul McGuire (the show host). The caller liked sex so much that the thought of going to heaven concerned him. The caller asked the sage host whether it […]
In yesterday’s NYT, an op-ed pointing out a group likely to practice religious tolerance: atheists.
Contrary to today’s moralists, the important issue is not what the rules are, but whether to apply established rules. Throwing out the moral rulebook occasionally leads to heroic feats but it occasionally leads to Abu Graib. As Aristotle wrote, rules are not a substitute for good character. Stay on the lookout, then, for those who play […]
Complexity at its best: God created the evolutionary algorithm, but had to create a world too, to see where it would all lead. The world is the smallest device capable of accurately computing where it will all lead. He’s still watching and He is often quite surprised.
Are the citizens really running our national government? That is the theory, that we the people call the shots. As imperfect as our system has always been, it has been getting far worse in recent years. Exhibit A: large oil companies getting huge tax breaks at a time when they are raking in exhorbitant profits. […]
Madness is rare in individuals—but in groups, parties, nations and ages it is the rule. Nietzsche–Beyond Good & Evil #156
Bertrand Russell: “We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side; one which we preach but do not practise, and another which we practise but seldom preach.”