Criticism of Religion

Drawing the line in Oregon

Happy New Year! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve written. I thought about writing a New Year post, but decided I didn’t really have anything worthwhile to say (“goody, another chance to blow New Year’s resolutions” – that’s probably what i would have said, had I written anything). And it’s not my intention to… Continue reading Drawing the line in Oregon

Criticism of Religion

State is not the only thing that needs to be separated from church

I talk a certain amount about church/state separation and the need for it. But as my title suggests, there’s more than just government that needs to be separated from religion. Which brings me to Overeaters Anonymous (I’m starting there because it’s the group I have actual experience with. If I were attending a meeting today,… Continue reading State is not the only thing that needs to be separated from church

Criticism of Religion

Robert Dear and Planned Parenthood

On November 27, Robert Dear shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, killing three and wounding nine others. (I know, I’m a bit behind the times here; this was, tragically, two shootings ago.) There has been a certain amount of Internet bandwidth spent discussing the man and his motives, and I thought I was… Continue reading Robert Dear and Planned Parenthood

Criticism of Religion · Kemeticism

Leah Remini, Scientology, and the experiences that define us

When I saw the November 16 issue of People magazine on the stands at my local pharmacy, I looked at the cover and thought, “Hey, I might be able to get a blog post out of this.” Sure enough, here I am. Despite being a science fiction fan, I haven’t read any L. Ron Hubbard,… Continue reading Leah Remini, Scientology, and the experiences that define us

Criticism of Religion

Church abuses

My last post triggered a response from someone who has a much more serious grievance with the Unitarian Universalist Church than I do. Before we go any further, let’s review the primary purpose of this blog: The primary purpose (I say quite selfishly) concerns my religious and secular life. Anything else is tangential, say, church-state… Continue reading Church abuses

Criticism of Religion

This girl can’t “imagine there’s no heaven”

By now, you may have seen the news about the five-year-old who decided to die. How do you talk to your kids about death? It must be difficult. I say it must be difficult because (for better and for worse) there is no way I’ll ever know for sure (unless we adopt, I suppose). So… Continue reading This girl can’t “imagine there’s no heaven”

Church-State Separation · Criticism of Religion

Obergefell

Yesterday social media exploded with the news that the Supreme Court had finally rendered a decision as to marriage equality: It is now the law of the land. As you probably can guess by now, I supported this decision, so this is good news to me. I have a gay cousin and a gay brother-in-law,… Continue reading Obergefell

Church-State Separation · Criticism of Religion

Thoughts on reading “Galileo’s Daughter”

While pretending to be an Aflac agent recently, I found myself in a bookstore. One of the books I picked up was “Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love.” I finally got to read it this week. I’ve been wanting this book for a while, ever since I heard the author, Dava… Continue reading Thoughts on reading “Galileo’s Daughter”

Criticism of Religion · Kemeticism

The power of religion

Warning: strong language. I have a website, or I should say I’m maintaining a website. Only I do a bad job at it. It’s been two years since I even touched it, and even longer since I uploaded changes. The creator died and I took over the site, and I have all kinds of excuses… Continue reading The power of religion