“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…]

Spark: Vermont Approves Civil Marriage

The Vermont Senate, finding (correctly) that Civil Unions for gay couples fall short of providing equal rights, voted overwhelmingly to approve Civil Marriage for gay couples. The matter still has to go before the Vermont House (and since I’m late to this, may already have gone), where it is expected to pass. The margin by … [Read more…]

Gay Marriage

There’s a debate that addresses this at school today, which I shall attend. It is put on by the local chapter of the Federalist Society (the campus representative states that they are devoted to “honest & careful interpretation of the constitution” and are “never timid about debating”). Sometimes I feel like I’m surrounded by them … [Read more…]

Sunday Morning Video Lineup

A vid take on MoF’s Sparks: First up, Stuart Shepard, who I’d not heard of before today but is apparently a member of Focus on the Family’s activism arm, is encouraging everyone to encourage his God to rain on Obama’s acceptance speech. Which seems to me to be incredibly petty: pray for peace? pray for … [Read more…]

Best of 2006.

I’m burning in End of the Semester Paper Hell right now (Dante reserved this section for The Procrastinators), so my posts will be more of the link, quote and question type for the next little while. I’m glad that Miko has written a couple of thoughtful posts in the past few days. Anyhow, I’ve learned … [Read more…]

embarassment.

once again, an early morning bout with caffeine-induced insomnia (a couple of cokes after a week or two without caffeine) brings you another mind on fire post. may present to you: (drum-roll, please) embarrassing moments, part one: a few months ago, i used to walk two to three miles in the morning to catch my … [Read more…]

blog.

people blog for different reasons. i practice therapeutic blogging. i created this site, in large part, to deal with the frustration of being a closet atheist posing as a devout mormon. it gave me the space i needed to come to terms with and to articulate my unbelief, and to come into contact with others … [Read more…]

grok.

in spite of all of the problems associated with theism, there is a manner of conceiving divinity which can be of great benefit to humanity. when deity is equated with humanity, when striving to better human race is accepted as the same as service to god, the concept of god becomes a powerful force for … [Read more…]

raft.

i represented the mormon faith yesterday at an interfaith thanksgiving meeting. i gave a little talk, and my seven year-old son read alma 37:37 from the book of mormon: counsel with the lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the … [Read more…]

doghouse.

jana is reading a condensed version of les miserables in french. she just read the part where jean valjean is on parole and is denied lodging at various inns and homes and is even chased out of a doghouse by the growling canine resident. valjean then tells himself, “i am not even a dog.” i … [Read more…]