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The Sex As Sin Scam: One In Four…And Then Some More?

They say life imitates art…and if that is true, then the words spoken by Jack Nicholson in the film A Few Good Men may explain why the Bush administrati on and so many of its followers continue to insist on promoting abstinence as the preferred approach to sex education. Those who “can’t handle the truth” […]

Culture War: Teach Your Children Well?

Drawing the appropriate line between parental rights and the states interest in the welfare of children can be a complex consideratio n. The emergence and prevalence of homeschoolin g has further complicated the equation. A ruling by a California appeals court will likely catapult the topic into the mainstream and it will undoubtedly become the […]

Christians: a Bunch of Spaced-Out Potheads

Whoa! A certain Israeli researcher had better watch his back. Let’s just say that what Salman Rushdie is to millions of enraged Moslems, Benny Shanon is to their Christian counterparts .
Nobody likes to have the rug pulled out from under them. And for millions of gung ho Christians — especially the ones who use the […]

And Jesus Said: “Gouge Thy Neighbor”

It might seem to you that Evangelicals — the same people who go apeshit over abortion and the “Homosexua l Agenda” — have been strangely silent about the cheating and gouging done by corporations . And you would be right.
This article, along with the accompanying map, shows a strong correlation  (by state) between payday lenders […]

America’s Newest Export: Jesus

No, it’s not true that America has to import everything and that we have nothing to contribute to the rest of the world. We do too.
Even as we speak, boatloads of Bible-totin fire-and-bri mstone-spewi ng Christians are being shipped out to ports all up and down Europe and Britain. They’re cheaper by the gross.
Ah […]

Does This “Science” Serve Any Purpose?

I’m not religious (as you’d probably guess from some of my other posts) but I still found this article sort of irritating.
The gist seems to be that people who believe in God — or anything supernatural — or who anthropomorp hize their pets, well, they’re basically just a bunch of introverted geeks who don’t have […]

Ideology vs. Experience

I recently listened to an outstanding interview of Jean Vanier by Krista Tippett on the radio program “Speaking of Faith.” Jean Vanier has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and has been considered a “Living Saint” by many people in the Roman Catholic Church. Jean Vanier is mostly known for the founding of the […]

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