Abortion – Nobody Is Wrong

Abortion FeatureThe recent Hobby Lobby ruling on contraception has motivated me to take a stab at the topic of abortion. I am not one to avoid contentious topics, but the topic of abortion seems a tough nut to crack. It’s a topic so emotionally charged that it makes social taboo of talking religion and politics seem tame. This, because it combines both and then wraps it up in morality. I will chip off a piece of this topic and limit this discussion to where the Hobby Lobby ruling and abortion intersect…at the very earliest stages just prior and just following conception.

The problem discussing abortion is that, no matter which side you might take, you are as correct and as justified as the person on the other side. This, I suggest, is because the discussion is rooted in the subjective and not the objective. As in art; one might truly believe that Braque is the greatest cubist painter, but others will champion Picasso as the master. Both are subjective opinions and neither is incorrect. Continue reading

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This Land Is Mine (a dark history of the middle-east)

[Note: The opinions expressed here are the author’s own and are not necessarily shared by individuals, companies or municipalities with which he might be affiliated]

Recent events between the Israelis and Palestinians have further cemented my contention that expecting long-term stability and peace in that region is…well…delusional. When there is real estate that is deemed “Holy” and is central to the narratives of mutually exclusive holy books, yet sits within the boundaries of only one of those peoples, conflict is sure to follow. It does not matter what national boundaries may be; if different groups claim religious warrant to possess that patch of dirt, you will always have tension. That tension may ebb and flow, but it will invariably flare up into violence.

That violence…at leaAbraham Isaacst in the faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam…can be traced to the patriarch of them
all: Abraham. It was with the story of Abraham…being willing to slice the throat of his own son Isaac on God’s command…that glorified the idea that one call kill in the name of God. It doesn’t matter that an angel stopped Abe (to the dismay of the goat that got its throat slit in his stead). It doesn’t matter how some contemporary clergy put a less barbaric spin on the story. The story is there and will always be recognized by some segment of religious adherents as justification for violent action. Continue reading

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Religious Liberty? Bigotry? Something Else?

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big·ot noun \ˈbi-gət\

: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group

The above is Merriam Webster’s definition of the word “bigot”. It probably agrees with most people’s understanding of the term. The “unfairly” part of the definition is, in my estimation, what transforms “discrimination” into “bigotry”. So it can be said that it is reasonable to discriminate against bigots. Indeed we should discriminate against persons and modes of thought that “unfairly” make a victim of others.

Which, of course, brings us to Duck Dynasty. Well…not really…but the whole kerfuffle of reality series’ patriarch Phil Robertson certainly generated its share of “bigotry” vs. “religious liberty” debates. Continue reading

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Why Evolution Is True w/ Jerry Coyne (condensed video)

In my experience, few who speak against evolution actually have any breadth of knowledge on just how much evidence there is for evolution.  It is very easy to not gain knowledge of a scientific topic.  It is far harder to get an in-depth understanding of a scientific thesis.

In an attempt to create one of the more easily digestible nuggets on the broad evidences for evolution, I have edited a video of a lecture given by Jerry Coyne (author of Why Evolution is True and a blog by the same name.  Here I clipped introductions, jokes, gaffs, glitches and pauses greater than one second.  I then sped it up by 50% for a tidy [Facebook friendly] 20 minute primer on the broad evidences for evolution.  And this is just a primer.  Read any number of book on evolution such as Dawkin’s The Greatest Show on Earth or Coyne’s book Why Evolution Is True and you will be exhausted at just how much jaw-dropping evidence is there.

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