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Category Archives: Religion

Sunday sermon

This sermon is being written as I sit here on the first day of Spring, watching the snow fall. Our pilgrim fathers firmly believed that meteorological events were messages from god, expressing his anger or approval (usually anger, as it turned out)for the actions of man here on Earth. This attitude lives on. Witness the […]

Torture is just alright with them

This post was written on Christmas Eve, but I've delayed posting it, since even to me posting something anti-religious on Christmas seems a bit tacky. Or is it residual Catholic guilt? Anyway… I came across this post at Pharyngula, in which we learn that our Christian brethren are far less likely to oppose torture than […]

Sympathy for the Devil

Now here is a religious group performing a public service: The Orange County School Board last week discussed reversing its policy that allows religious groups to hand out materials at public schools after the Satanic Temple began handing out coloring books to students, the Orlando Sentinel reported. “This really has, frankly, gotten out of hand,” […]

A Nation of Hypocrites, Religious Edition

Have you ever noticed that the more loudly people proclaim their Christianity, the less like Christ they behave? I don't think anyone would argue with the premise that Bible Thumping gets louder the farther south you go, yet only in the South would they pass a law against feeding the hungry. It outlaws the public […]

Hope Springs Eternal

Over at Think Progress they want us to believe that the new Archbishop of Chicago is the harbinger of a new age for the Catholic Church in America. Don't believe it. Francis himself has brought, and will bring, no substantive change to the Catholic Church. He is simply better at PR than his Nazi loving […]

Good try

I do hope this ends up in the courts, though I know that the Satanists will lose: The Satanic Temple has launched a campaign seeking religious exemption from laws that restrict access to abortions, citing the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling. The group, which “facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and […]

A Day for the rational

The godless of Rhode Island have won a small victory: Rhode Island’s governor has declared May 1 a “Day of Reason” to [recognize the state’s nonbelievers. The Humanists of Rhode Island and the Secular Coalition for Rhode Island requested the proclamation, which the Friendly Atheist blog said is virtually identical to others signed by the […]

Easter Sermon, giving the ghost his due

This is Easter weekend, and it seems fitting that I should abandon politics and turn my hand to religion. Regular readers know that I have an advanced degree in theology, having studied religion for eight years at Our Lady of Sorrows Grammar School (not making that up) on aptly named Grace Street (not making that […]

That will be One billion Hail Marys and Two Billion Our Fathers

Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness: Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the ‘‘evil’’ of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. It was the first time a pope has taken personal responsibility for […]

Follow those Bishops!

The American Prospect reports that American Evangelicals are creeping toward adopting the Catholic Church's position on birth control. The writer, Amelia Thomson-Deveaux, speculate that should the Evangelical leaders go that route, that they may be able to herd their flocks more effectively than have the Bishops: Given its pervasive use, it will be much more […]