I think through the despicable treatment of the young women in Pussy Riot (as usual, a medieval witch hunt targeting young women) I learned Russia’s stance on individual rights vs. collective groupthink, and I’ve seen the illusion of human rights in Russia. I think Russia (and other “democracies”) can let its citizens have all sorts of freedom to pursue their aesthetic pleasures and intellectual activities, but protest against the Glorious Leader of Mother Russia and you’re no longer a human…See More
"A short stint working at Wal-Mart scared me straight about marriage and kids. I saw way too many couples who looked miserable every time I saw them moping through the aisles with the kids. Poor hygiene, poor parenting skills, and most…"
"I get asked that question every time I talk with a theist about why I don't believe in the existence of a god or anything metaphysical or supernatural. The first thing I have to explain is that nothing can make me believe. God…"
"I'm late to the discussion, but I definitely think that removing the dogmatism out of a person's life is the best way to reveal how shallow or deep a person's purpose in life really is. You gotta be skeptical of everything, and…"
"I'm predicting that there is going to be a violent (and by violent, I mean, physical assaults, taking of lives, etc.) backlash against LGBT people. I don't know what the real mainstream consensus about homosexuality is in the…"
"I never understood why most members of the church are republican.
The church has a large centralized government where the rules are the same everywhere. A ward in Paris will feel the same as one in Kuwait, neither of which are free to run how…"
"I'm not sure I agree. Belief of their sort is irrational, whether you want to talk about judaism, islam, christianity or L. Ron Hubbard's BS. THEY see belief without proof as a virtue, and they are virtually unanimous in their…"
"Let's look on the bright side. Every time that a Christian splinter group rises to prominence, that dilutes the power of the "mainstream" Christians. In the early 20th century, we had the Catholic-Protestant feud. …"