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Loren Miller's Blog – November 2009 Archive (3)

Legislating Blasphemy

THOU SHALT NOT BLASPHEME AGAINST THE LORD THY GOD!



... or some such drivel. Very few of us would have much difficulty imagining such a commandment coming out of the Old Testament, and if I bothered to dig (which I won't!), I could probably find something which approximates that. Proclamations or laws of this sort are the product of autocratic thinking at the least, and dated thought which doesn't reflect a more sophisticated society, which embraces freedom of speech and… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on November 24, 2009 at 8:51am — 4 Comments

Easy Rider Redux

The scene is a wooded field, somewhere in farm country. Three men sit around a campfire, sharing a joint and talking....



George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.

Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared,… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on November 7, 2009 at 8:23am — 3 Comments

Fort Hood - November, 2009

Initially, I wasn't certain what to make of the initial reports I heard on NPR regarding the shooting at Fort Hood. When the name of the assailant was revealed - Nidal Malik Hasan - my first thought was: "Oh, crap, here we go, a Muslim extremist who somehow managed to get past whatever initial filters the Army uses to reject volunteers." Then I learned that he carried the rank of "Major," not a position you get to overnight, so maybe he's not your stereotypical fundamentalist. Then it comes out… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on November 6, 2009 at 6:52pm — 16 Comments

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