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Monthly Archive for December, 2009

I hate politics. The other people on my bus would probably be surprised to hear that, given how every morning they have to listen to me rant about how our weak-spined representatives can’t even stand up to the cosmetic surgery lobby, and every afternoon they have to listen to me rant about how Jane Hamsher [...]

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Thou Shalt Steal

Next time someone starts lecturing you on how “you can’t be good without god” (or on the similar “you can’t be moral without Mohammed,” “you can’t be ethical without Eos,” or “you can’t be virtuous without Vishnu”), you might want to let them know about Reverend Tim Jones: Father Jones, 42, was discussing Mary and [...]

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A Christmas Story

Many years and several jobs ago, I had a coworker named Beth. This was before the advent of “harassment laws” and “codes of conduct” and “HR departments,” and so our workplace banter encompassed then-controversial topics like Monica Lewinsky and John Wayne Bobbitt and Amy Fisher and Jeff Gillooly and religion. One bright December morning, I [...]

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If you’re a conoisseur of religious propaganda like I am, you quickly notice certain tropes. One of my favorites is the “insert god into non-god-related current event as tortured theological metaphor” trick, which pops up all the time. Today’s example is Beliefnet’s “Crashing God’s State Dinner,” which uses the antics of the party-crashing Salahis to [...]

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