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The Role the Internet Plays in the Exchange of Ideas

Free Speech and Being Offended “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” – Salman Rushdie The concept of ‘Free Speech’ is often misunderstood. The thing is, a person does not have the right not to be offended by another person, and either persons have the right to…

Living With Mental Illness: Depression

Depression is probably one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses. In scope, this is because its effects and the number of people who suffer from it. The reasons why it is misunderstood, though, surround the perception that many individuals have or make regarding human behavior. We make judgments on what we see people doing, hear…

Atheism Plus Finding Common Ground

“It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.” – Pierre Bayle Just about everybody knows that my immediate family are believers of some sort. My wife is a non-denominational Christian. My older daughter is somewhat agnostic where doctrines are concerned, but does believe…

The Difference Between “Divine Punishment” and “Shit Happens”

“What a WEEK I’m having!” – Walter Kornbluth It’s been a rough week, comparatively. I use ‘comparatively’ because there’s always others who are having even shittier weeks. Some are outright catastrophic. However, as far as my weeks generally go, the last seven days have not been particularly good ones. Between unforeseen legal fees, a major car repair, a minor…

Nice Purse, Faggot. No Wonder You’re Crippled.

“All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child.” – Anna Quindlan So, yesterday my wife and I took our niece and nephew toddlers to Chuck-E-Cheese so my sister-in-law and her husband could celebrate her birthday. I actually like Chuck-E-Cheese, as well…