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American Confidence In Organized Religion Wanes

Organized religion trails the military, the police, and small business in a new Gallup survey of the confidence Americans have in their major institutions . Religion leads banking by a small margin and it exceeds the presidency, congress, the criminal justice system, and television news by wide margins.
In the last year, those who expressed a […]

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U.S. Politics: Time To Reject Religious Litmus Tests?

The notion of a litmus test has long been associated with politics. Strangely, when asked if they employ such a methodology, the vast majority of politicians vehemently deny that they would bring any such bias to their position as a public servant.
On the other hand, voters tend to display their litmus standards as a badge […]

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Grad Night Promises To Be A Blast

ABC News has reported that a recent ‘Suicide Bomb Training Graduation Ceremony’ has concluded with large teams of would-be martyr’s headed for points unknown in England, Germany, Canada, and the United States to spread fear, mayhem, and terror by means of suicide bombings.
The photo below (again from ABC News) shows a proud schoolmaster and teaching […]

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Around The Net: A Contemplation on “Isms”

Jonah Goldberg has an interesting article posted in “the corner&rdquo  ; on the National Review Online. His article is actually a discussion of points raised in other articles. The first is called Religion And The Threat Effect by Paul Waldman at The American Prospect. The second, appearing in The Atlantic, is titled Crisis Of Faith, […]

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Can You Know Where You’re Going, If You Forget Where You’ve Been?

I was gay when being a homo was a mental illness&hell ip;when queer sex was illegal&hell ip;when you didn’t discuss being a faggot with your doctor&helli p;when sodomites were chased down and thrown out of the military&hel lip;when AIDS was god’s punishment for being a fairy. I was gay before being gay was remotely fashionable. […]

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GWB’s AIDS Funding: Good News, Bad News

The recent announcement that President Bush would seek to increase his Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to 30 billion dollars…doub ling the prior 15 billion dollar commitment…i s by and large a very positive development in the battle to combat the disease. The additional money should provide much needed medication for over a million infected […]

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GWB’s Top Ten Reasons For His New Surgeon General

I’ve got to hand it to the President…he is consistent. Unfortunatel y, it is that same consistency that has apparently led him to nominate James Holsinger to be the next Surgeon General. The only thing missing from Holsinger’s resume is to have graduated from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. Holsinger does have the requisite evangelical background…h […]

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Let’s Hope God Offers A Liberal Statute Of Limitations

Over my many years of contact with the Catholic Church, one of its more detestable and defining traits has prevailed&he llip;deniabi lity. Despite a history checkered with inconsistenc y and intolerance, the Church has maintained its air of institutiona l intransigenc e couched in the notion of infallibilit y. In its latest demonstratio n of […]

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Getting The Giggles When The Right Eats Its Own

While I readily admit that my parents taught me not to laugh at the misfortune of others, I have to admit that I get the giggles when I read about schisms in the religious right. In truth, it should come as no surprise that different religious groups can’t agree on a number of issues&helli p;after […]

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Perfect Storm: A Rising Tide But The Boats Won’t Float

I’ve always been fascinated with society, psychology, and the human condition&he llip;especia lly from the perspective of what the future may hold. Don’t misinterpret that to mean that I think I can predict the future; rather I try to predict how the state of thought&hell ip;what people believe, what they are saying, and how they […]

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