Contradictory Beliefs

Much has been made (often by atheists) about the necessarily contradictory beliefs that theists must hold. It may be that the “iron of Calvinism” Catholicism is wrapped ’round my bones, but I still manage to hold intensely contradictory beliefs. I am absolutely an atheist, but it comforts me to believe in the Divine, and so … [Read more…]

Black Rock City

I went to Burning Man for the first time in 7 years this year. Every year, it flits in and out of the news, with some calling it proof that civilization is doomed and others finding in it proof that there is hope for humanity. What I have come to realize after two weeks on … [Read more…]


After the 9.1 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, my Facebook was abuzz with people publicly praying and soliciting prayers for Japan. There were also those who posted links to the Red Cross or exhorted their friends to text REDCROSS to 90999, but they were markedly fewer. It didn’t take long for people to start interpreting these … [Read more…]

the Reason for the Season

I always hated the phrase “Jesus is the reason for the season” though I couldn’t put my finger on just why until I got out of Catholicism. My parents were firm believers in the War on Christmas (which, as Jon Stewart once said, “Seems to start earlier every year”), a sentiment that seems to me … [Read more…]

Where is my god?

I was at an Italian restaurant with some friends recently when we started talking to some locals (the place had shut down, so it was just us all and the owners; we were all playing guitar, piano, and dancing—Europe is awesome!). One had a stone that looked almost like turquoise. When I asked about it, … [Read more…]

“a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and […] values”

This is how our president defined our country yesterday. Explicitly denying that it was a “Christian nation” and explicitly stating that this fact is one of our “great strengths”. It’s nice to be reminded of this—and by someone so high in the administration! It is vogue for politicians to exclaim “God bless America!” Whether or … [Read more…]

Texas & England: Creationism & Its Dangers

Texas is reviewing its science standards, specifically with the desire to remove them altogether. Skepchick has a great discussion of exactly what this means, but here’s the short version: Texas and California’s choices for scientific textbooks drives the availability of textbooks nationwide because of their massive marketshare the Texas State Board of Education (TSBE) has … [Read more…]

Spark: Conservatives are More Likely to Consume Porn

Late to the party on this one, I know, sorry. It turns out that conservative (read: religious) states have the highest porn rates in the country. Probably because they’re not allowed to have deviant (read: fun) sex at home. Meanwhile, people living in enlightened areas of the country have other outlets for their sexual urges, … [Read more…]

Sexual Identity & Faith: Growing Up Gay in a Christian Family

This is another lecture that was put on at my school, this time by the ACLU, in response to Prop 8. The California Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments about the Constitutionality of Prop 8 a week from tomorrow. In preparation for that, the local ACLU chapter invited to gay people who grew up in … [Read more…]

Spark: Pre-Celebrate Valentine’s Day

And watch this vid. An MoF favorite singer and an MoF favorite cause: Regina Spektor and No On H8. Do this before V day and enjoy your partnership on Valentine’s Day guilt-free (and full of hope). Let’s dedicate this Valentine’s Day to love.

Blog for Choice 2009: My Top Pro-Choice Hopes

It’s Blog for Choice Day and I encourage everyone to visit the blogroll of bloggers taking part and to visit their blogs, if only for this one post. Also, feel free to revisit my posts from ’07 and ’08. This year’s topic is “What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new … [Read more…]