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Politics and its Discontents: The Luddites of Education

Throughout my career as a high school teacher, I believed, as I still do, that education is one of the prime tools by which society can be bettered and critical thinking cultivated. And yet there are Luddites among us who would severely circumscribe the use of this all-important mechanism, preferring that we limit access to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Luddites of Education

Politics and its Discontents: Continuing With A Theme

We are frequently told that Islam is a religion of compassion and love; there are those who find that a risible assertion, given the jihadism embraced by so many terrorists.

Somehow, however, many forms of Christianity get a free pass when it comes to their own acts of terror and promotion of hatred. I offer . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Continuing With A Theme

Politics and its Discontents: A Warning For Our American Cousins

I had a busy morning and so was unable to put up anything on the blog earlier, but thankfully, the pace of the day has slowed sufficiently for me to post this warning from Pastor Pat about what happens to a country when it loses “pure, undefiled religion.”

I pray that it is not . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Warning For Our American Cousins

Politics and its Discontents: Mandatory Church Attendance?

I’m sorry. As Johnny Carson used to say, “I do not make these things up, folks, I merely report them.”

Perhaps Americans have far more in common with that theocracy in Iran than they realize? Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: But Can He Heal Himself?

That well-known metaphysician to the fundamentalist Christian soul, ‘Doctor’ Pat Robertson, prescribes some strong medicine to combat an infectious workplace agent:

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Politics and its Discontents: Could It Be A Virus?

Stupidity, it has been said, is contagious, and one has to wonder whether a particularly virulent virus is running through the Conservative tent these days. First there was Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls suggesting that evolution shouldn’t be taught in schools, as he doesn’t believe in it. Now comes word of similar sentiments . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Could It Be A Virus?

Politics and its Discontents: Too Good Not too Share

Although I’m not sure that the benighted Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls will completely get it:

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Politics and its Discontents: Why Has Accepting Scientific Fact Become A Matter Of Choice?

Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean. They speak different languages and use different powers of the brain.

-Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership

As the quotation above suggests, the schism between scientific fact and religious belief is, in fact, one that shouldn’t exist. . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Why Has Accepting Scientific Fact Become A Matter Of Choice?

Politics and its Discontents: Dr. ‘Chaps’ Strikes again

Needing a break from discussing the sleazy world of politics, now seems an opportune time to turn to the sleazy world of Satan.

Always on the lookout for the ploys of the wily one seeking souls for his sulfurous kingdom, Dr. Chaps (a.k.a. Gordon Klingenschmitt) warns us about one of his diabolical stratagems:

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Politics and its Discontents: Pastor Pat On ‘The Blessings Of Discipline’

Many will doubtlessly be reassured by Pastor Pat Robertson’s ongoing enthusiasm for biblical discipline, although they might be wondering if it is appropriate for him to darkly allude to the sorts of things that happen to young men in prison:

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The Disaffected Lib: Pope Warns We May Already Be In "Piecemeal WWIII"

Has the world already stumbled into a third world war?  Pope Francis thinks that could well be the case.  Denouncing war as “madness”, the Pope made his remarks while visiting Italy’s largest military cemetery.

In Saturday’s homily, standing at the altar beneath Italy’s fascist-era Redipuglia memorial – where 100,000 Italian soldiers killed during WWI . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Pope Warns We May Already Be In "Piecemeal WWIII"

Politics and its Discontents: Fundamentalists Strike a Blow Against Censorship

And I, along with countless others, am so, so glad.

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Politics and its Discontents: Everything Is So Simple

That is, if you have a fundamentalist cast of mind like Pastor Matthew Hagee, who says this whole climate change thing is ordained by God, and to pay no attention to those environmentalists trying to tempt you from the true path.

Perhaps the good pastor should bone up on his Bible, given that his ‘proof’ . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Everything Is So Simple

Politics and its Discontents: Getting Their Tunics In A Twist

I was very pleased to read that Honey Maid has joined the 21st century, evidence of which can be seen in the following television commercial:.

However, those mired in an earlier time are not so happy. You can click here to see why they have gotten their tunics in a twist, but I’ll offer . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Getting Their Tunics In A Twist

Politics and its Discontents: Separate But Not Equal

That would probably pretty much sum up the religious fundamentalists’ attitude when comparing science to their literal interpretations of The Bible. The people at Funny or Die decided to run with that sentiment:

Funny or Die’s ‘Creationist Cosmos’: God created everything — except for gay people (via Raw Story )

Creationists who believe God . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Separate But Not Equal

Politics and its Discontents: The Idiot Cull

I nominate the late James Coot, a Middleboro Kentucky preacher, for a 2014 Darwin Award.

Snake-handling star of ‘Snake Salvation’ reality show dies from snake bite (via Raw Story )

The Middlesboro, Kentucky preacher who starred in a reality show about snake-handling died Saturday night after being bitten by a snake. The Middlesboro Police . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Idiot Cull

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Stupidity….

Bill Nye and Bill Maher offer an entertaining and informative analysis of this growing phenomenon:

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Politics and its Discontents: How Does The Progressive World Respond To This?

I sometimes wonder about whether the term progressive calls up some kind of a stereotype. When people think of progressives, do they have a picture which I would consider reasonably accurate – people who believe in the ardent pursuit of justice, fairness and equity in society, and the breaking down of barriers to those . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: How Does The Progressive World Respond To This?

Politics and its Discontents: The Power Of Faith

It has been said that faith can move mountains. According to televangelist Cindy Jacobs, it can also grow cheekbones and eliminate ‘grapefruit-sized tumours’:

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Politics and its Discontents: Told You The Right Hates Rachel Maddow

Listen to this for confirmation:

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Politics and its Discontents: Another Example Of Idiocy That Gives A Bad Name To Religion

Were I still a teacher, I would certainly use the following as a prime example of a reasoning fallacy and sheer idiocy:

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Politics and its Discontents: What Do Mark Twain And Charles Darwin Have In Common?

If you thought their commonality lay in their capacity for observation, thought, and contribution to the general good, guess again.

First, Mr. Twain’s shocking ‘truth’:

Next, the real story about the depraved Mr. Darwin:

I’m certainly glad that he didn’t resort to any hyperbole in his litany of their ‘sins,’ but sadly, doesn’t . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What Do Mark Twain And Charles Darwin Have In Common?

Politics and its Discontents: The Dark Side Of Evangelicalism

While I periodically enjoy making sport of what I sometimes refer to as crazy old evangelicals (a distinction I make out of respect to the sincere and well-intentioned ones) and fundamentalists who espouse views that are an egregious insult to people’s intelligence, I am by and large a person who is of the opinion . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Dark Side Of Evangelicalism

The Disaffected Lib: What’s Christian About the Christian Right?

They rail on about Darwinism. They argue for Creationism rather than evolution. They claim to be devout adherents to the Bible, particularly the New Testament, and worship Jesus.

Why, then, is the fundamentalist Christian Right so goddamned fond of Darwinism when it’s social Darwinism?

Here’s the thing. Real Christians are economic progressives. The teachings . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What’s Christian About the Christian Right?

The Disaffected Lib: The Fundamentalist Dominion of Canada

Another warning that our federal government is “beholden to a religious agenda averse to science and rational debate.”

This time it’s Andrew Nikiforuk writing in the latest Tyee.

Any Canadian listening to the news these days might well conclude that the Republican extremists or some associated evangelical group has occupied Ottawa. 

…transparency and full disclosure . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Fundamentalist Dominion of Canada