Faith of the Famous.

I took the Faith of the Famous Quiz at the Dallas News. I scored a pitiful 45%–not much more than the 25% you’d get by picking answers at random. Maybe you all can do better. Maybe this is god/dess'(es) way of telling me we should’ve picked the Falsani book.

A Call for an Atheist-Believer Alliance.

One of the problems with controversial movements is that they tend to be defined by their enemies. By this I mean that the common perceptions are crafted by those who feel most threatened by these groups. Think of stereotypes of illegal aliens, feminists, gays, and devout Muslims in our society. This especially applies to atheists … [Read more…]

The Struggle.

I prepared the following for my grad seminar on “Women, Globalization and Religion” earlier this evening after a) reading an account of a Catholic-Muslim alliance against an international effort to improve the political and economic situation for women around the globe and b) learning about the murder of Safia Amajan, Afghani campaigner for women’s rights, … [Read more…]

No Connection.

I just read the sad, sad news story of Destiny Norton, who was kidnapped and killed in Salt Lake City last week, within a few blocks of where we lived when we first moved to Utah. Jana mentioned that her father was baptized into the LDS Church the day before his daughter’s abduction and murder, … [Read more…]

One Nation, Under Ahura Mazda.

Last week the House passed a bill protecting the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance from the federal appellate and U.S. Supreme courts. The bill specifically states: and the Supreme Court shall have no appellate jurisdiction, to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, the … [Read more…]

Save Malak Ghorbany from Stoning!

This was a difficult subject to write about, so I chose the following approach: First, you are a woman. You are accused and convicted of adultery. Your hands are tied behind you. You are wrapped in a white sheet. You are buried up to your chest. Between the tightly packed earth and the cloth over … [Read more…]

WWJD?

This post is dedicated to the Christians who ask themselves that soul-searching question: What would Jesus drive? According to the pro-environment Evangelicals who run WhatWouldJesusDrive.org: the Risen Lord Jesus cares about what we drive. Pollution from vehicles has a major impact on human health and the rest of God’s creation. It contributes significantly to the … [Read more…]

Donations for Darfur.

I’m generally quiet about our charitable giving, but the more I think about it, the more I think we should talk about the organizations we support with our voluntary offerings. We transmit all kinds of information via word of mouth: good movies and books, gossip, jokes, stories–what could be more important to pass on than … [Read more…]