The Christian Right’s Short Sitedness

For several months, a Christian right group here in North Dakota has been trying to collect enough signatures to place on a ballet something called the Religious Liberty Restoration Ammendment.  The “right” does not seem to understand that this measure could return to harm them, not to mention the rest of our citizens. The ammendment says,…
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Phone Me, Sinner

There has been much discussion on some websites about the new Catholic innovation, using the iPhone for confession.   This notion seems ridiculous at first.  But, one can see it must be, at least in part, a response to the shortage of priests.  It must take a lot of time to listen to people ramble on.  When you…
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Listen To MY Prayer, Not That Other Person’s

In my professional field of economics, there is something called a Zero Sum Game.  It happens when the only way for one person to win is for another person to lose.  To leave the sum at zero, the gains and losses must be exactly equal. Unfortuately, much of real life seems to be a zero…
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Are You Hearing Voices?

Recently, I was watching Pat Robertson.  I’ve often heard him say, “The Lord told me that…..”   There was never doubt that he had just gotten off the speakerphone with Jesus. But, this time he said very carefully, “I had the impression that the Lord was speaking to me….”  I was so surprised to hear the disclaimer, “impression…” that I forgot to listen to…
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How To Be A Nice Atheist.

We have a steady stream of new people that show up at our Freethinker’s events.  One showed up recently and has been asking for advice. Some time back, she realized she did not share the faith that her familty members and circle of friends share.   She had a wonderful time at Freethinkers with the other people her…
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