Demon Of The Day

Religion, at least the fundamentism branch of the Christianity, loves demons.  I’ve often thought we should name our decade after the favorite Christian demon of that decade, instead of “the 70’s” or “the 90’s”. After WWII the demon was the “communists”.  They were seen as monolithic–united in one mindset to take over the world.  But, of course, they…
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A Career Of Swimming Upstream

Before his retirement in 2000, author John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark. His career and popularity skyrocketed when he was asked by a Rabbi how Christians are able to put three people into one.  According to what he wrote in Why Christianity Must change  or Die, his reply was, “The Bible never…
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What Are The Great Human Emotions?

I don’t know the answer to this question.  There must have been thousands of articles written about this in the popular press and in scholarly publications. One is feeling alone, or, not connected to those nearby.  I’ve worked some in the world of gays and in the world of nonbelievers.  It seems like both worlds are…
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Believers & Nonbelievers At Death's Door

Our local Hospice organization is holding a conference on October 5.  Included in the program will be a panel of people representing what is termed “faith groups”.  Each will discuss attitudes toward death of people belonging to that faith group.  Included  will be Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Native  Amercian, Christian and now, Freethinkers.  Yes, I was…
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An Old Bogus Argument

Yesterday, I was a guest on a talk radio show. The host wanted to engage in an argument about the merits of moving the Ten Commandments monument now located on Fargo’s City Hall grounds. The host brought up an old argument about the separation of church and state. “The Constitution does not mention separation of…
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