Thoughts From an Unapologetic Smoker

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The world was mine from 1978 to 2001. That’s when everything changed. From the time I was twelve years old until I was thirty-five. I was comfortable. I did what I pleased. I enjoyed my life. Then the world changed, I suppose for the better, and I no longer had a place in it. You…

The Establishment Clause is Freedom

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“[Our] principles [are] founded on the immovable basis of equal right and reason.” – Thomas Jefferson There has been much written about the Founding Fathers and their religious views, but in spite of what the actual history is, and regardless of what the gaggle of Conservative politicians and our pastors spout off, most of the Founding…

Denying Climate Change Being Worsened By Humans

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The denial by a majority of Conservatives regarding the reality of climate change, and the effect that humanity has on the rapid changes taking place has risen to frustrating levels. It was only last January that the Senate cast a vote on climate change, which at the time, seemed like an article from The Onion.…

The History of Marriage

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The common and often trotted out claim by the Conservative Religious Right in the United States that same-sex marriage will destroy what they believe to be ‘traditional’ marriage is complete and utter bollocks. Marriage has been defined and redefined over the millennia to fit whatever society needed, and even according to the bible, it has…

In Defense of LGBT Marriage Equality

MIAMI, FL - JULY 02: A protester holds an American flag and rainbow flag in front of the Miami-Dade Courthouse to show his support of the LGBTQ couples inside the courthouse were asking the state of Florida to recognize their marriage on July 2, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Six couples that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) are in court asking that their same-sex marriage be recognized in the state of Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The short of it is that the only ‘agenda’ the LGBT community has is to achieve social acceptance, and to gain the same civil rights that every American enjoys. This was the goal of the Suffragettes, and the goal of those who marched for civil rights in the sixties that culminated in the Civil Rights…

Creation Ministries International

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This isn’t the first nor last time you will read something from me on these people, and for good reason. Some of you might remember the MythBusters episode when they proved that one can, indeed, polish a turd. What they came up with was a beautiful piece of ‘whatever’ one calls a polished turd, but…

Biblical Literalism and Christian Nationalism

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“My reign is not of this present order. If my reign were of this present order, my supporters would have fought against my being turned over to the Jews. But my reign is not here” – John 18:36) Unless you’ve been living in a cave, it has become painfully obvious that a huge chunk of…

Oh, Those Pesky Looters. Let’s Just Shoot Them

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Two local politicians in Peachtree City, Georgia, have decided that using deadly force against looters is a good idea. Never mind that smoke and flash grenades, and water hoses are very effective, or that non-lethal projectiles are readily available and also very effective. Never mind that killing another human being for stealing and breaking things…

Science Denial Among Conservative Republicans

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It would appear that a growing number of right-wing conservative Republicans are becoming less and less in tune with the realities of life in this universe. The propaganda machines that consist of Fox News, World News Network, One News Now, The Drudge Report, Brietbart, Town Hall, Red State and the like, along with the various…

Freedom of Speech – The Straw Man’s Defense

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Social Media and the topic of what should or should not be posted touches on some very basic subjects that many of us consider to be constitutional rights – the foremost often brought to topic being the “freedom of speech.” I’m going to dissect this, and in the end eviscerate and throw it in the…