Prayers Don’t Have A Prayer

There is something in economics called, The Tragedy of the Commons.  It is the  consequence of sharing a pasture with others.  Each farmer thinks he can expand his herd at no cost.  The result is overgrazing, ruining the pasture. Christian political operatives seem oblivious to this phenomenon in the marketing of their faith.  They say freedom of speech should allow Christian prayers…
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In The Sun, Under A Sign

That’s where I was yesterday.  The sign said, ATHEISTS, AGNOSTICS AND SECULAR HUMANISTS. I was helping this student group at North Dakoata State University where I was a faculty member for several decades. The event was an Activity Fair where student groups set up booths.  New students stroll around and sign up for activities that interest them.  Our booth was…
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Look Out. Here Come The Pentacostals.

It started maybe a year and a half ago.  The headlines were not that unusual:  “Megachurch Pastor Comes Out as Gay.” The pastor, Jim Swilley, was on TV explaining he came to realize he is gay and he could not continue on with his life without publically owning up to this important part of himself. He…
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Post Hurricane Analysis: Why Is God Mad?

Republican Presidential Candidate, Michelle Bachmann, is discussed endlessly in blogosphere these days because of something she said in a speech.  She said God sent Hurricane Irene as a message. She referred to something about government spending right after that–so maybe she thinks God is mad about that. Many people think God is really mad about gay marriage and abortion.  Hurricanes could be eliminated,…
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9/11 And U. S. Exceptionalism

The fight to put up a debris Christian cross at the site is part of a larger problem.  It’s not only that atheists, Hindus, Buddists, Muslims and people of other faiths were among the dead, it’s  the idea 9/11-like events happen in other countries and we should be spared.  That’s because we are “exceptional”. In my view, exceptionalism starts, at least in…
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