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Blessed by the phallus on a Himalayan pilgrimage

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Everyone loves to go for a picnic in Bhutan. The young do not feel intruded when the old tag along with packed lunches. The old have no qualms about sharing high school jokes with their grandchildren as the pines and the cypresses shade their walk to the picnic. They carry packed lunches [...]
 
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  • FYI, proceedings of a recent conference exploring evolution and morality can be found at http://www.edge.org/documents/archive/edge323.htmlread » T/S TODD ESSIG
 
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  • Michael, this is a fascinating effort to dispense with God but keep that adultery commandment. I hope everything is okay at home. If I can recap, you tell us it's folly to try to figure out if Jesus [...]read » T/S JEFF MCMAHON
 
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Was Jesus a Conservative or a Liberal?

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The ancient art of cherry picking passages from the Bible to support this or that argument has found new life in recent decades as conservatives claim Jesus as their political ally and in the past year with the Tea Party movement invoking Christ’s conservativism. What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD?) has [...]
 
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  • Know yourself and know your enemy and in a thousand battles you will not face peril. Sun Tzu. This whole debate for me seems to lend itself to most terrorist propaganda siting America's long and [...]read » allamerican
 
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  • Mr. Humphrey, The question was asked: "Having a mosque at Ground Zero would be the equivalent of having a Japanese Shinto shrine built next to the USS Arizona. Do the followers of Shinto have a [...]read » davidlosangeles
 
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'Ground Zero mosque': How close is too close?

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In writing about the mosque/Ground Zero flap today in The New York Times, Clyde Haberman brings up a point that has been bothering me too:
...we have learned that many people must have been out sick the day the teacher taught prepositions. The center is routinely referred to by [...]
 
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  • Gingrich's nauseating contribution last election cycle was about how we needed new rules restricting free speech because, after all, the Constitution isn't a suicide pact! Can't let people say things [...]read » thelev
 
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The mosque at Ground Zero

I find the arguments against building a mosque at Ground Zero in New York City pretty unconvincing and – if I may borrow a rather loathsome term – downright un-American so far as I can tell. The last I checked, in America we have a freedom to practice whatever religion [...]
 
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Palin doubles down on mosque bigotry

Sarah Palin is doubling down on bigotry, with yet another Facebook post that brushes aside minor issues like tolerance and openness to get to what she really wants to say: Muslims shouldn’t have the same constitutional rights as other Americans. Sarah Palin: An Intolerable Mistake on Hallowed Ground | Facebook. [...]
 
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  • Brian when you call the law racist you're mistaken. The law is aimed at an inhuman aspect of a culture, not a race. I can't say for sure what is motivating France's anti-burqua law but there [...]read » ian485
 
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  • I think that's for a court of law to determine, but I see it very clearly. Anything that is oppressive to one class of people, in this case women, should be considered inexcusable. This is about [...]read » inmyhumbleopinion
 
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  • Mr. Donovan, The title of your piece is incorrect, there nothing "well intentioned" about the ban, it is all about political and cultural domination. In California the Republican candidate for [...]read » davidlosangeles
 
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Banning Burqas: Well-Intentioned Racism

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In case you hadn't heard, France is well on their way to banning the Burqa from all public places, and Belgium, Spain, and the Netherlands may not be far behind. A nice idea, if it wasn't so unjust. The plan in these countries is to keep their female citizens from having [...]
 
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  • I don't disagree with that last sentiment at all, but I'm afraid the breadth of your definition of "religion" is seriously limited your definition of "Man." If Skinner's "Man" is going to be made [...]read » T/S MICHAEL HUMPHREY
 
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  • Any religion that does not include the totality of cosmic scale would be obvious to those it is spoken to and exposed to as limited and unable to affect that which is outside of it's domain. IOWs [...]read » joemailman
 
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The 'mega-mosque' hate video rejected by TV

From the National Republican Trust Political Action Committee, this is the advertisement that was rejected by NBC and CBS. The fear mongering is so completely over the top in this little piece of hate propaganda, there’s not much to say about it. I’ll just point out that contrary to what the [...]
 
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Vatican no longer cancer in metaphorical sense only

I'll start by saying this: If there is a god (there's not), that god really enjoys putting the Pope's PR firm through hell.  As if the near constant reports that Pope Benedict protected child molesters wasn't reason enough to flee the Church, a new study has shown that Vatican Radio [...]
 
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  • You'll have to elaborate, Titus. I'm not catching your meaning. But thanks for the compliment, sort of.read » T/S DAVID DISALVO
 
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How Our Brains Outwit Cruel Gods

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Consistent across the big three Western monotheisms is a theme notable only for its inconsistency: God is love, except for when he’s a belligerent tyrant with an unquenchable bloodlust. Ask most people in the big three if their God condones cruelty, and you’ll get a definitive “no!” But anyone can flip [...]
 
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Red-herring arguments against the Right to Die

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On these pages, my colleague Ethan Epstein explains his opposition to the right to die via assisted suicide.
Assisted suicide laws do not, therefore, guarantee a right to die. Rather, they create a new right through legislation: the right of doctors to kill their patients. The only [...]
 
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