My fiance is Greek Orthodox and, understandably, she wants to get married in her Greek church. Unfortunately, the church will not allow it because I am not Greek Orthodox.
I am of the opinion they are shooting themselves in the foot here because, again understandably, this has upset my fiance and as a result she is now distancing herself from the church. Surely they would be better to allow the marriage which would result in my fiance and our children attending the church rather than…Continue
I do not remember when my parents explained to me that I had been adopted. I grew up always knowing that I was. I think when they first introduced the topic I was about my son’s age (5). Maybe sooner…There was never a doubt in anyone’s mind that someday I would search for my biological family.
I remember when I was a teenager, there was a stage at which every sing day I longed and wished to know my biological mother…well, both of my parents really, but especially my mother. I felts…Continue
Florida governor Rick Scott is proceeding with his threats to reprimand state employees who use terminology such as "climate change" and "global warming." They even go so far as to say mental health screening may be…Continue
I'm going to admit something here that I can't discuss with my family: I suffer from borderline personality disorder.
I've tried explaining this to them, but it never goes well. They tell me I need to pray, that god will grant me peace...all the usual garbage that people who don't believe in therapy vomit out to people who desperately need it in order to keep the brain from lashing out against themselves.
If you've read my past blog posts you can probably see that my family is…Continue
Once again this past week we have news of students and colleagues who have become the target of violence by the forces of rabid tribal ignorance.
Garissa University College on the plains of Kenya is a small but growing school. It was formerly a "normal" school, which is the old fashioned name for a teachers' college - a place where bright and service-minded young people could prepare to carry the light of knowledge to children and teens in towns and villages across the area. More…Continue
Added by Brad Snowder on March 28, 2015 at 2:21pm — No Comments
I've always had a fairly simple question: Why religion? Yes, it's nice to think someone's watching, but it really doesn't make sense. For one thing, why watch me? It's not like I'm doing anything interesting.
But to anyone who knows someone who thinks they have all the answers in a book, here are a few questions. Feel free to ask the crazies in your life. Insanity was meant to be analyzed.
1. Did evolution happen?
2. What is an…Continue
Added by Dante on March 28, 2015 at 9:26am — No Comments
Yesterday the Indiana governor signed the bill passed by their legislature that allows businesses the right to deny service to the homeosexual segment of their state. The so-called valid reason for the law is respecting religious belief. Our country continues to operate like it is still in the Dark Ages. There is certainly going to be lawsuits and probably loss of revenue when organizations decide to hold such things as conventions elsewhere.
Today the Arkansas State Senate approved a bill 27-3 to allow a private firm, with private monies, to erect a monument on the Capitol grounds that would display the Xtian Ten Commandments. It now goes to the House. Since our state has been recently abducted by the Republican Party -attorney general, governor, Senate majority, House majority- there has been a plethora of legislation attempting to promote their god and make life hard on the likes of illegal aliens, the poor, college kids,…Continue
Read an article in Smithsonian about the efforts of a secretive group in the African nation of Mali to rescue the large volume of ancient Arabic manuscripts that resided in Timbuktu. The Islamist insurgents (Al queda ?) who had force-ably taken over the northern territories of Mali were uncomfortable with the existence of the manuscripts. Why? Evidently anyone who studied the manuscripts discovered that the religion of Islam actually supported religious tolerance. It was evident…Continue
Added by Ed on March 22, 2015 at 1:48pm — No Comments
Cassiopeia the Queen
Added by Brad Snowder on March 21, 2015 at 12:59am — No Comments
'Among progressive and moderate religious believers, ecumenicalism is a big deal. For many of these believers, being respectful of religious beliefs that are different from theirs is a central guiding principle. In this view, different religions are seen as a beautifully varied tapestry of faith: each strand with its own truths, each with its own unique perspective on God and its own unique way of worshipping him. Her. It. Them. Whatever. Respecting other people's religious beliefs is a…Continue
The origin of life on Earth is a set of paradoxes. In order for life to have gotten started, there must have been a genetic molecule—something like DNA or RNA—capable of passing along blueprints for making proteins, the workhorse molecules of life. But modern cells can’t copy DNA and RNA without the help of proteins themselves. To make matters more vexing, none of these molecules can do their jobs without fatty lipids, which provide the membranes that cells need to hold their…
Knew there was a reason I like this guy.
"One thing is certain: if our educational system does not honestly and explicitly promote the central tenet of science—that nothing is sacred—then we encourage myth and prejudice to endure. We need to equip our children with tools to avoid the mistakes of the past while constructing a better, and more sustainable, world for themselves and future generations. We won’t do that by dodging inevitable and important…Continue
Propter Hoc: Religion
By Elli Leimone
I will not…Continue
Added by Elli Leimone on March 16, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Was just randomly thinking...if the pope was out of a job suddenly, say by some selfless miracle they sold the Vatican to fed the world. What could he do for a living?
A message from Mike Newdow ...
There have now been three Supreme Court cases dealing with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as it pertains to federal laws. A review of the opinions show that RFRA was strongly supported by 8 of 8 justices in Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita (2005), by 9 of 9 justices in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014) and by 9 of 9 justices in Holt v Hobbs (2015). Thus, the time is…Continue
Added by Julie W on March 11, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments
Islamophobia certainly exists and there are those who would generalise every Muslim as a hysterical fanatic seeking…Continue
Zero, zip, nada, zilch. It's all too easy to ignore the fascinating possibilities of emptiness and non-existence, and we may well wonder what there is to say about nothing. But scientists have known for centuries that nothing is the key to understanding absolutely everything, from why particles have mass to the expansion of the universe - so without nothing we'd be precisely nowhere.
Absolute zero (the coldest cold that can exist) and the astonishing power of placebos, light bulbs,…Continue