Category Archives: Religion

Why I am a reluctant atheist

I describe myself as a reluctant atheist. Essentially, this means that I do not believe in God, but I wish I did. I have tried to believe. At this point in my life, I simply lack the faith required to … Continue reading

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Comebacks for sale. Cheap. Highly effective. Brutal if desired.

I’ve recently expressed admiration for Pope Francis and his comments on homosexuality and his willingness to be accessible to the people. Unfortunately, I’m not as excited about the pope’s recent decision to offer indulgences for following him on Twitter: According … Continue reading

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Mormons find doubt online

In a fascinating turn of events, Mormons, including many high ranking officials, have begun to leave their faith after venturing onto the Internet and discovering that “credible evidence that the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, was a polygamist and that the … Continue reading

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Another bad day for the bigots

This is the second day in a row that I write about Pope Francis, and in a fairly positive light both times. Today, it’s just one sentence, spoken yesterday by the pope and reported in the New York Times among … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s unprecedented accessibility is admirable, but I wouldn’t call it brave.

In an effort to be more accessible to the people, Pope Francis has forgone much of the security that the Vatican recommends and that his predecessors used with regularity, including bullet proof vehicles and large numbers of highly visible security … Continue reading

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“Dinosaurs lived with people” violates the basic human right of not being stupid.

This is an actual science test given to fourth graders in South Carolina. I consider it a human rights violation. Every nine-year-old child has the right to not be stupid. I believe that the  teachers administering this test are violating … Continue reading

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Bigot? Hypocrite? Ignorant? All three?

ESPN commentator Chris Broussard does not consider NBA player Jason Collins to be a Christian because he is gay. He declares that Collins is living in “open rebellion” to God and Jesus Christ. I’m sure that Collins is devastated by … Continue reading

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How dare the Pope act so kindly or equitably

According to the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal and leading Catholic authorities, Pope Francis’s recent decision to wash the feet of two girls, including a Muslim, during a traditional Holy Thursday ritual has been viewed as an attack on … Continue reading

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I abandoned the Catholic Church at the age of seven. Credit my Catholic mother.

Paul Elie, a senior fellow in the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown, suggests in the New York Times this week that Catholics (of which he is one) give up their faith as a form of … Continue reading

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Owning a Canadian would be awesome.

A reader sent this to me, expecting that I would like it. I did. It’s not exactly original in its conceit, but it’s well done and quite amusing , so I thought I’d pass it along. I’ve also listened to … Continue reading

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