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Monthly Archive for September, 2009

Happy Blasphemy Day! Of course, around these parts every day is Blasphemy Day, so today we’re actually focused on celebrating the anniversary of when a thetan was reborn as Jenna Elfman. Nonetheless, we like to think that we have some expertise in things blasphemous. In that spirit [ha!], here are some celebratory tips: participate in [...]

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There’s a fierce curricular battle going on in Texas, where a blue-ribbon committee of “experts” is trying to revise the statewide “social studies” curriculum. You may fondly remember previous such battles, like “should we teach kids about the ‘second shooter on the grassy knoll’ theory?” and “should we take a fieldtrip to the studio where [...]

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I want to wish all my Hawaiian friends a Happy Islam Day! Hawaii is celebrating its inaugural “Islam Day,” which was created by state lawmakers over the objections of those who said the religion shouldn’t be honored. The festivities Thursday included a canned food collection for the Hawaii Food Bank, hand painting, a comedy skit [...]

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I apologize (to all 3 of my readers) that I haven’t been writing here, but I got monstrously sidetracked. You see, one year from tomorrow I intend to subvert “Thicke Day” (the 25th anniversary of “Growing Pains“) by producing a special “Kirk Cameron Version” of the Bible. I’ll start with the public-domain World English Bible, [...]

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Over in the Wall Street Journal, they’re running a Celebrity Death Match between Richard Dawkins and Karen Armstrong. The topic: “Evolution, Science, and Where God Fits In.” Dawkins will be arguing the pro-common-sense side, which leaves Armstrong having to defend, well, read for yourself: Darwin made it clear once again that—as Maimonides, Avicenna, Aquinas and [...]

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It’s tough being a religion teacher these days, what with the kids and their “hard-headed empiricism” and schooling in “scientific methods.” And when you try and teach them about “the intangible,” why, they think it’s all “fortune-telling and ghosts,” just like they see on the television and the internets! That’s why you can’t just assume [...]

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The Spaghetti-Incident Principle

If you’ve ever cracked open the Bible, you’ve probably noticed that it’s full of things that everyone knows don’t actually happen, like firmaments and creationism and virgin births and miracle burning bushes. Fearful that people might use this as occasion to, you know, disbelieve in the Bible, creative Bible-believers have created the Message-Incident Principle: That [...]

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Why is Catholicism losing popularity? While researching my book I conducted several focus groups and found that the most common reasons were things like Communion rituals unfairly exclude coeliac disease sufferers lost faith in natural family planning after tenth pregnancy tired of being solicited for contributions every papal election season can’t believe in a god [...]

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Sneak Peek: 2011 Bible

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to get pretty excited about the year 2011. For starters, it’s the last year before the Mayan Prophecy kicks in. Also, there’s a ton of great movies scheduled, like Pumas and Bond 23 and Untitled Star Trek Sequel. And, of course, the new New International Version [...]

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Almost Heaven, West Virginia

Those of you who don’t live in West Virginia will surely be disappointed to learn that you’ve been outreligioned by the Mountain State: Forty-five percent of West Virginians say religion is very important in their lives as compared to 36 percent of U.S. respondents who agreed with that statement. In West Virginia, 71 percent of [...]

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