Archive for September, 2010

What can I say to change your mind?

When two debaters with dramatically opposed views engage in heated debate about a polarizing topic, it is quite rare for either party to end the debate by conceding his or her position, admit they were mis-thinking the topic, and join the crusade to promote the other side. I frequently hear a debater use the “I […]

Keeping a child’s brain clean requires frequent washing.

This should help! Interesting ethnic mix of kiddies there. Good luck finding that kind of diversity at a Tea Party convention!  Okay – that’s not fair, let’s do a google image search and see what comes up… Where’s Willie? Ok – I’ll admit that perhaps this was a fluke. Let’s grab the next group photo […]

What does an atheist know about religion?

The Eternal Mystery – Does she put out or doesn’t she? (if so, aim for ‘delight’) According to a recent religious literacy poll that has shot across the wire like a virus today, apparently non-believers know somewhat more about religion than religious people do. The story can be found on Yahoo, the NY Times, and […]

“Tonight is the Night”

New tune from The Skeptics!! The Skeptics jk

Defiance

This one is a couple years old; however, it finally made its way to the top of my Netflix watch instantly list. I mention it because it is the perfect movie to consider for looking a bit deeper at the notion of “turning your cheek” that has been the topic of the past several posts. While action-packed, […]

There’s no kissing in the war of Good vs. Evil

“Did anyone ever tell you that you have beautiful eyes?” Okay – maybe yesterday’s image of the savior making out with the devil was a little much for some – but I’m going to use the familiar – “it’s symbolic, not literal” excuse – symbolic, perhaps, of those religious figureheads such as mega-church mogul Ted Haggard, […]

Love your enemy?

  One of the puzzling inconsistencies in life deals with the sentiments of Matthew 5:38-44. You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if […]

Rationality Failure

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Sometimes you just gotta live the dream.

  This story just cracked me up. The man behind Ohio University’s mascot, Rufus Bobcat, had one dream in life – take down Ohio State mascot, Brutus Buckeye, at “The Shoe!” Well…he can die happy! The only thing funnier than the sudden impulse to brutalize the opposing mascot is a long, drawn out plot – years […]

Something, something…Hitler…therefore, you suck.

Velvet Adolf Argument: Hitler and Elvis were both portrayed in velvet. You liked Elvis. Therefore, you suck. The pope’s visit to the UK has caused quite a stir. Rather than deference toward sexually molested victims of priests and the organization that covered up their crimes, the pope decided to work the nazi/atheist link in his […]