Stem Cell Poem

I feel compelled to continue the Streisand effect that the Life Legal Defense Foundation’s opposition to one Tyson Anderson’s poem has caused. Apparently, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine sponsored a contest soliciting poems about stem cell research. They did this last year (you can find the winners here) and again this year, in honor of … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Devil’s Party

I’ve been listening to this song a lot recently, I love the rock of it but I also like the fact that the “Devil’s Party” sounds like a blast! “At the devil’s party/Nothing’s a sin/At the devil’s party/We know where you’ve been.” Sounds like a pretty inclusive and nonjudgemental group, to me. And somehow, even … [Read more…]

Blasphemy from Jesus, Joseph Smith, and a Zen Master.

We’re big believers in blasphemy here at Mind on Fire, where we believe that the blasphemy taboo is mainly a means of control and social censorship. In honor of International Blasphemy Day, I’m resubmitting this post from two years ago: “All great truths begin as blasphemies” – George Bernard Shaw 1) Jesus: Jesus saith unto … [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…]

Fucking Friday: Rape (S.A.A.M.)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and, to kick things off, I’d like to take issue with the growing prevalence of the word “rape” as a slang synonym for “dominated”, “rocked’, or “killed”. Both I and a friend have recently had Facebook “friends” (which of course could be anyone from a mere acquaintance to a … [Read more…]