Um, No; “Intelligent Design” is NOT Science

For some stupid reason, I allowed a friend to refer me to something “intelligent” that a prominent TV host said yesterday regarding how we have to allow people to look closely at “Intelligent Design” as, well, scientific theory. Well, no we don’t. What is referred to as “Intelligent Design” is

Why We Have to Keep God Out of Government

The Founding Fathers were geniuses. They knew enough to put religion into the Constitution at the very beginning of this republic and told the government to keep its hands off. They were absolutely prophetic; it’s as if they knew the current version of the Republican Party would come along and try to force

Civil Discourse Includes Calling Out Lies

I know this will confuse some folks out there, but if you were to meet me, I’m genuinely one of the nicest people you will ever meet. I’m not mean and nasty to people who deserve to have someone put a foot up their ass. If any of you knew what

It’s Past Time to Tax Religion

Churches have become increasingly political in recent years, and that’s fine. There is a right to free speech and all. However, if they insist on inserting themselves into politics, why should they be allowed to get away with not paying taxes? The rest of us don’t get to do that,

The Absurdity of Religious Exemptions

Whatever happened to this notion about rights in which your right to do something ends when it infringes on another’s rights? You know, like you have a right to drive, but you can’t run over a church group at the park. Every American should understand that rights are never unlimited,

What’s the Difference? Religious Extremism is Always Wrong

Last week, at the National Prayer Breakfast President Obama said something that probably should have been said years ago. Ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a significant segment of this country’s population and its leadership have been allowed to express a religious bigotry that is nothing less than shameful. With the

Toward a better understanding of religion: Muslim edition

I rarely talk about my personal religious beliefs, because they’re, well, personal. They’re supposed to be, too, according to most religions. Just saying… Basically, I don’t believe in religion. I’m not a full-fledged atheist, because I admit I don’t know enough. None of us does. For Chrissakes, people; after millions

When Did America Become so Mean?

When did Americans become so mean? No, really; when children appear at our borders, and many of our politicians treat them like a swarm of locusts, it’s time to ask that question. Is that how we want to be known? Since October 2012, approximately 52,000 children have arrived at our borders without

SCOTUS Case to Decide Whether Corporations Can Be Religious

Today, two very large for-profit corporations – arts and crafts behemoth Hobby Lobby and cabinet-maker Conestoga Wood Specialties – argued before the Supreme Court, to ask that they be allowed to deny employees access to  contraceptive coverage mandated under the Affordable Care Act. Under the ACA, employer health plans must cover

You Can’t Cherry-Pick “God’s Laws” to Rationalize Your Homophobia

Not long ago, I had lunch with an old friend I hadn’t seen in more than 30 years. It was mostly fun, until we were about 45 minutes into our lunch. That’s when a couple of women walked in, holding hands. They were obviously a couple, giggling and enjoying each other’s

The Problem with the GOP Concept of “Religious Freedom”

Whenever a modern-day Republican talks about “religious freedom,” it’s likely that the Founding Fathers are doing a couple of spins in their graves. This is because, when a right winger talks about religion, it’s rarely in any sort of rational way. It usually has to do with something political, and it

It’s Okay to Argue Against the GOP Caricature of Jesus – In Fact, We Should Do it More…

First of all, this post is NOT about Duck Dynasty. I literally couldn’t care less about a bunch of fake rednecks pretending to act like rednecks. No, this post is about this political concept that right wingers wield like a blunt instrument, in which they invoke God in an argument

Progressive Success Less About Replacing Republicans Than Replacing Their Ideology

The government shutdown continues, with a confrontation over the debt ceiling looming in about a week. And it’s all because of Republicans. No one else. There are no Democrats involved with this situation at all. Why is this happening? Because Republicans don’t like democracy, and they don’t like the results

Chick-fil-A; It’s Not About Free Speech, Its About the Bigotry!

First, they complained about the StopRush movement, which seeks to inform advertisers as to what their advertising money is actually going to when it supported the Rush Limbaugh Daily Crap-athon. There’s never been an overt attempt to get Limbaugh off the air; all anyone seeks to do is to allow

Burning the Koran? They’d Better Hope There’s No Such Thing as Karma, Huh?

(You might want to read this whole thing, because there's a great video at the end…) If you haven’t heard, a so-called Christian “Reverend” named Terry Jones plans to hold a Koran burning this coming Saturday in Gainesville, Florida, to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed

Could Be the Most Disgusting Abuse of Christianity By a Celebrity, Ever.

If you've never heard of Stephen Baldwin, you're in good company. He's one of the lesser Baldwins, whose star rose primarily because Alec and Billy have talent, and he shares their name and looks like them, to a degree. Stephen has been able to ride their talent to a far

Pseudo-Christians Using Jesus’ Name to Lie About Health Care Reform

(The original deconstruction of the right wing lies about the health care system is still here. You just have to click on the link at the top right… or you can click here… ) I received this in my e-mail Sunday (of all days). I'm having problems with formatting, so

Cutting the Crap! What are Caribou Barbie and the Chimp Faithful TO, Exactly?

Okay, we know she doesn't know anything about the Constitution, because  she demonstrated repeatedly during the campaign that she had no idea what a vice president does.  But isn't it time we started enforcing the separation of church and state that is contained repeatedly in the Constitution?   This is