According to fnord, the first year of this blog will be marked on 03-21-10. It has been a great year and I thank you all for your help. We’ve seen friends, interlopers, and others visit us. We have prevailed as sane individuals and I expect we will continue to do so. A big thank you for your generous help!
Category Archives: Secularism
I was accosted tonight by one of the most aggressive door-to-door marketeers I have yet experienced. She was a young, attractive hispanic woman who had a very noticable accent and she was trying to get me to take various “books” she had, which looked more like Oprah Magazines than anything else. These books would be given to me for a donation that I would make to help her “school”. I declined several times and her last pitch was that she wanted to pray with me. I declined that, too.
As this McClatchy article indicates there has been a troubling time for the Catholic Church in Mexico. More young people are drawn to evangelical worship services which feature more music and, let’s face it, are more fun.
From the above article: Eduardo Dominguez, a 23-year-old college student who acknowledges the attraction of evangelical Protestantism even though he’s reluctant to sever his ties with the Catholic Church.
Eduardo elaborates: “I would never change my religion because of the tradition of my family and my culture,” he said, “but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized there are a lot of things in Catholicism that I don’t agree with. For instance, it’s very conservative, and instead of focusing on God and worship, a lot of things end up becoming political and about money.”
Hey Eduardo, Dude, the Evangelical church got real big in this country the last 8 years and “a lot of things ended up becoming about politics and money.” Sorry, Dude, you haven’t found a winner, yet…
When I was in grade school, my maternal grandmother gave me a set of hard cover American Heritage books. My favorite one was the historical treatment of the 1920’s. In that book there were citations of some jokes from the Harvard Lampoon of the 20’s (maybe the precursor to the National Lampoon?). The joke follows:
A linebacker, who was having a hard time passing his philosophy class, made a deal with his professor that if he could answer only one question in class, he could receive a passing grade and play in the Championship game on the following Saturday.
The exchange went:
Professor: “Name one German philospher.”
Linebacker: “Can’t sir.”
Professor: “Congratulations, Kowalski, you have passed.”
Emanuel Kant is our pictured guest above. And, also a German Philospher.
Moral Philosophy was the precursor to the study of ethics. Kant has very interested in deontological ethical frameworks. Simply put, deontology posits that there is a morally correct resolution of all ethical problems and those should be sought, regardless of the outcome. An example: “People get hurt, so be it. Executing God’s will is more important. “
Contrast the deontological framework with the Utilitarian perspective; the major tenet of this latter approach was that the action that produces the greatest amount of good, for the greatest number of people, is the ethical solution that should be sought.
Guess which of the above approaches matches best with the two major U.S. political Parties.
Most ethical codes try to resolve and use both of these approaches. Sometimes including both can work and sometimes not.
The value of both approaches is what makes it important to me that the Republican party does not cease to exist.
Your thoughts? I am taking a home study ethics course; so I apologize for this digression.
This new diagnostic category may be introduced in the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel – 5th Edition: Blame Evasion Disorder. Sufferers of this disorder tend to voice these precepts:
1. Women practice and are the cause of sexism.
2. Minorities are racist and therefore promote racism.
3. Washington, D.C., the territory conservatives owned from 2001 to 2009, is liberal.
4. Poor people, undeserving of loans, who possess very little ecomonic power, caused the housing market melt-down.
5. Gays and lesibians are out to destroy the concept of heterosexual marriage.
6. All Liberals are evil and racist.
People with this disorder tend to rant on and on at conservative blog locations. Treatment for this very sad disorder is not yet available. Psychosurgery options may need to be considered.
Thomas Frank helped do some of the leg-work on identifying this new condition. Read more here.
Why won’t they leave us alone? Is there a sign on our foreheads?
Check out this dude:
Dude, the earth is VERY, VERY OLD!!!
We read Richard Dawkins books to our infant children.* Please go elsewhere!
* At least, I used to…
I thought this subject deserved a dedicated thread: What can we individually, and/or as a group, do that would be helpful in responding to the tragedy of Dr. Tiller’s death? As part of the foregoing reflection, I have been thinking about what can I do to better respond to people of conservative ideology. As I posted earlier, Krisof had an editorial in the NY Times which contended listening to opposing views does not change one’s position, in fact it can entrench one’s position. I believe this entrenchment happened to me as a result of posting and reading on the blog thatshallnotbenamed. I don’t want to be the person that I think I chose to be as a result of my BTSNBN (an abbreviation) experience.
One action I am going to take is to write an email to Phillip and share that I think hosting an unmoderated hate fest is not an especially good idea. I think that he and his corporation have a responsibility to not do that.
Also I am going to endeavor to follow one of those mother’s rules that was always difficult for me: “sometimes it is best to say nothing, if you can’t say something pleasant [or at least something non-confrontational].”
In re-reading this plan, it doesn’t seem like very much, but maybe it is better than nothing.
What do you bloggers think?
There was a guy whom I really liked from my General Psych class this semester, who did not get as good a grade as I would have hoped for – who none-the-less added me as a friend to his FaceBook page.
What is the general criteria for this honor [i.e., facebook addition]?
I am middle-aged, and don’t always get these things…
Will George W. add me to his face book page?
I hope not, life is hard enough already…
I know that I am somewhat fixated on this God-stuff, and I apologize for that… But, is racism/bigotry a sin?
My darling and precious spouse, who is a recovering Catholic, is certain that bigotry is sinful. Being a Catholic, she knows little about the Bible – they let priests and other experts be responsible for the answers to those questions [which may not be true, and a reflection of my own bigotry] – so, she is unable to provide Biblical support for this assertion of hers.
I am no Biblical scholar by any measure, but I am sure that the Bible is silent on this subject.
My question: Is bigotry a sin – not necessarily acts, but thoughts?
Thanks for your help & peace be with you…
For serious political hacks, the real importance of the next couple of presidential terms is not the same as the average voter’s concerns. For them, the whole thing revolves around SCOTUS appointments. ~sekanblogger
At a speech this year, Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out that for the first time in history, every single Supreme Court Justice came directly from a federal circuit court. He argued that this was something to be celebrated, but his appraisal isn’t just suspect; it’s perfectly in line with his aggressively conservative judicial agenda.
At his confirmation hearing, Roberts famously compared the job of a judge to that of a baseball umpire. Measure the strike zone, then decide whether the pitches wander beyond it. In his vision, the ideal judge is little more than a technician, coldly dividing the world into balls and strikes.
If that’s the case, then there’s no better training for being a judge than … being a judge. After all, an umpire’s eye only improves with practice, so why not the same for a Chief Justice? Continue reading
This Michael Savage character is a laugh a minute, isn’t he? Savage has been banned so that he is not able to enter England. The rationale that England is providing about their actions toward Savage is that he practices “hate speech”. No doubt that he was in fine company, because Savage was banned along side a white supremacist, Fred & Shirley Phelps, and a member of Hamas.