Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Thirteen miscellaneous thoughts on the Hobby Lobby case and the reactions to it

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —Thomas Jefferson Other than the absurd necessity (and apparent futility) of explaining that a government's failure to mandate something doesn't equate to outlawing it, nor does it enable other people or ...

Fish in a barrel 5

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

A Texas jury decided to sentence a murderer to death after consulting their Bibles during deliberation. People who lack a solid grasp of important socio-political issues (Statists) will use this revelation to distract from the real issue. The issue they will harp on is whether this represents some violation of ...

Female bishops

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

From ifeminists.net I saw a link to this column advocating the ordainment of female bishops in the Church of England and, in principle, the Roman Catholic Church too. Well, I don't know, I think allowing women to become bishops won't help them move forward, only diagonally.

Child faces prosecution for calling the Cult of Scientology a cult

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Jacob Sullum reports at Reason's Hit and Run that a British teenager has been summoned to court and faces a fine (and, presumably, a mark on his criminal record) for holding a sign outside of the Cult of Scientology London headquarters with the word "cult" on it. I don't understand ...

On escaping from cults

Monday, April 21st, 2008

I guess I'm just a total and complete liar. This is my fourth consecutive post relating to the raid and kidnapping at the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints ranch in Eldorado, Texas. I seriously, honestly did not expect to make more than one post in the near future about the events, and ...

Statolatry on the radio

Monday, April 21st, 2008

A quibble I have with women, by and large, as regards their moral-political thought processes is that they are too hesitant to take a definitive side, to make a polarizing statement, to pronounce a strong (negative) judgment of people, ideas, or institutions. I made sure to say "by and large" ...

More rational thoughts on FLDS kidnapping

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

I have decided I am an inadequate blagger. This is because I don't have enough time for writing and can't focus and materialize my thoughts into excellent blag posts, unless I take a lot of time for it. So I just link to other, (semi)professional writers who do it much ...

Insightful thoughts on the Eldorado polygamy compound raid

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

I felt the need to chime in about the potential rights and certain wrongs of the raid by Texas police of the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints polygamist ranch in Eldorado, but I think Wendy McElroy expressed thoughts very similar to my own much better than I could have. If I have ...

The Dukes of Hazzard as Christ figures

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

I can't believe I've just now gotten around to checking out Roderick T. Long's blag, Austro-Athenian Empire. It is quite insightful and entertaining. I first heard of Dr. Long, I think, from his essay about the anarchic Icelandic Free State at LRC. Don't miss the suggested readings he lists at ...

Vox Day on non-aggression and religion

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Vox Day found a blag post about him that was quite funny. It is from a German guy who calls himself atheist and libertarian (I don't know if he would fit my and Kelly's rather narrow definition of libertarian) who wrote: This morning, I stumbled upon a very popular blog (judging ...

Evil and stupid

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

That's how Laurence Vance describes mainstream Protestantism in general. As understanding, tolerant, and diplomatic as I try to be in public, I'd have to agree. Like Wes Baker, I too am sickened and embarrassed at Christian opposition to Ron Paul. The Protestant church is not only no friend of freedom, it ...

Ryan McMaken is a natural selection “skeptic”

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

So that's what fundamentalist Catholic nutjobs are calling themselves these days. Crazy kids. Notice how he tries to preemptively deflect such "vilification" from himself, even though it happens to apply to him perfectly, though admittedly not to other skeptics such as Fred Reed. He concludes: Beyond labeling everything they disagree ...