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Martyrdom



The Martyrdom of Stephen




I often hear Christians say that one testimony for the truth of the Gospel is the fact that people died to promote it. Beginning with Stephen's martyrdom, they point to the threats to life & limb that early Christians endured, all to carry their faith to the world.



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Added by NH Baritone on June 14, 2009 at 8:02am — 3 Comments

Obama's Birth Certificate





I hate it when you have to repeatedly refute idiocy, but apparently when it comes to Obama's birth certificate, we must.



Because various nut jobs wielding weapons happen to believe the President wasn't born in the USA, this crazy rumor has risen again from what I thought was an ash heap. So in lovely living color, there it is above: Obama's Birth Certificate. (And here's another…
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Added by NH Baritone on June 11, 2009 at 8:42am — 3 Comments

The Worst View Of Marriage





Well, here's an agenda for your review:



The most recent edition of The Weekly Standard contains an article by Sam Schulman entitled "The Worst Thing About Gay Marriage."



In it, he declares that, although same-sex couples are just as legitimately romantically…
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Added by NH Baritone on May 24, 2009 at 9:46am — 3 Comments

The Complexity of Sexuality





"Sexuality isn't complex. God made man and woman to be united as one. Sin makes sex complex."



This statement was directed toward me on the forum for "A Christian and An Atheist" Podcast. The author was a rather…
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Added by NH Baritone on May 23, 2009 at 8:56am — 1 Comment

RNC's Michael Steele opposes employee family benefits????

Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, said today that gay marriage will hurt small businesses because the employers will now have to take on the gay spouse's benefits.



HUH???




What is the difference between gay spouses' benefits and straight spouses' benefits? Anytime any employee gets married, the employer… Continue

Added by NH Baritone on May 16, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

In New Hampshire, One Man Left To Convince



New Hampshire Governor John Lynch & his wife, Dr. Susan Lynch

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/2616349259/…


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Added by NH Baritone on May 3, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

An Offering on Free Will





Recently I have been engaged in a discussion with Percival, a liberal Christian, regarding free will and natural determinism. He stated that they were incompatible, whereas I disagreed. Here is a summation of his statement and my own.




PERCIVAL:

I assert that free will and naturalism are completely…
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Added by NH Baritone on March 2, 2009 at 8:56am — 4 Comments

WOO INSURANCE

Power of Woo Insurance
Offering New Insurance Products & Discounts with YOUR Zodiac Sign in Mind




Aquarius: Dowsers' insurance

Pisces: Goldfish suicide insurance

Aries: Insomnia insurance

Taurus: Hindu Matadors' insurance

Gemini: Double Indemnity in cases of fratricide/suicide

Cancer: Liability…
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Added by NH Baritone on February 6, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Aphorisms Du Jour



For some reasons I enjoy writing aphorisms. You know, those short, pithy statements that are too confrontational for a greeting card, but too banal to constitute genuine philosophy. Often you'll find them on bumper stickers. So apropos of nothing, here is…
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Added by NH Baritone on January 19, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

God's Work

My recent blog post deconstructed an old joke about God. Here are three more. Each of these depicts God in a way that requires humans to do stuff, thus giving a divine permission to behave immorally.



Joke 1
:

Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in… Continue

Added by NH Baritone on January 3, 2009 at 3:39pm — 3 Comments

"My Master Must Truly Be God"





I once heard an old joke that went like this:



A Dog says, “My owner feeds me, plays with me, gives me a warm place to sleep, and does everything in his power to make my life pleasant. My master must truly be God.”



A Cat, on the other hand, says, “My owner feeds me, plays with…
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Added by NH Baritone on January 1, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Other Reasons to Celebrate December 25



In the lunacy of the yuletide, many other items of interest can be lost. The first, of course, is the winter solstice, which has moved through the centuries from December 25 to December 21. Allow me to mention a few others here.



December 25, 2008 marks the 100th Birthday of The Naked Civil Servant himself, Quentin Crisp (1908-1999), who wrote the following:…

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Added by NH Baritone on December 25, 2008 at 10:19am — 5 Comments

Hellifhino!



XYZZY asked… Continue

Added by NH Baritone on December 15, 2008 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Christian Morality





Scellus et Poena, by Emery Wang (1990)



So, here's the question: Do Christians behave morally in order to ensure they get the joys of the heaven and avoid the torments… Continue

Added by NH Baritone on December 14, 2008 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

Are Republicans Haunted by these Numbers?

Pundits & politicians make predictions by watching voter trends. Despite a bit of pre-election uncertainty about the Presidential race, they accurately foretold the Republican losses in the House & Senate, primarily because they could tell that the electoral wind was to the backs of the Democrats. "Them Dems" may not have captured every seat up for grabs, but Congress took on a… Continue

Added by NH Baritone on November 27, 2008 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Is Religion Dangerous?





Religulous
, Bill Maher's cinematic jab at berserk religious beliefs, has sparked anew the debate about religion's role in society. Maher's approach is to highlight the crazy outcomes of religious irrationality. However, in order to make a funny film, Maher has sidestepped the primary risk associated with theistic… Continue

Added by NH Baritone on October 18, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Heterosexual Privilege Checklist.

(This is blatant thievery, so let me give credit where it's due. The original post can be found at The Queers United Blog. And boy, am I glad they posted it!)



Most of you have seen the post about the…
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Added by NH Baritone on October 12, 2008 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Ask Sarah ...





Because I have SERIOUS doubts about Sarah Palin, here are some questions that I would like her to answer without first consulting Google or Wikipedia. (Not necessarily these exactly, but rather questions patterned after these):



  • Who are the current President of Mexico and Prime Minister of Canada, and which political parties do they represent?
  • Who are the…
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Added by NH Baritone on September 7, 2008 at 1:37pm — 2 Comments

Illusional & Religious Experience

Humans have flawed systems of perception and attention. It is little wonder that many of the leaders in the skeptical / freethought movement are current or former magicians (e.g., James Randi, Penn Jillette & Teller, Richard Wiseman, D.J. Grothe, etc.), because magicians capitalize on the vulnerabilities of human perception and attention.



There are several examples of ways our senses can be fooled, but optical illusions are perhaps the easiest to display on the…
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Added by NH Baritone on September 4, 2008 at 7:12am — No Comments

Obama's 3:00 AM Phone Call

Although I'm certain that I will be far from the only one to draw the parallel, let me be the first one to note it here.



Hillary had her "3 AM Phone Call" ad, where she awoke to answer a crisis phone call. Now some of us know how Hillary would have felt, particularly if the call were not a true crisis. Barack Obama has just PLACED a 3 AM phone call to those whom he can least afford to offend by an early…
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Added by NH Baritone on August 23, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments

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