All posts tagged politics

Rooting for the team

This is a slightly modified version of a post I wrote back on November 1, 2009, for another blog I used to write at (which no longer exists). Some of the references are a bit dated, but the ideas are as true as ever, and I thought the content would likely be interesting to NFQ […]

One quick thought on gay marriage

I really, really shouldn’t be blogging now. But I want to grab everyone I see by the shoulders and shout this in their faces (and isn’t that what blogging’s all about?) so here goes. Real quick. It doesn’t matter whether your religion says that being gay is wrong. It doesn’t matter whether your religion has […]

Enough is enough

Timothy Egan’s NYT Opinionator column about Jon Huntsman had a refreshingly snarky beginning: Politicians are trained from the time they mouth their first public lie to be reflexively certain about everything. So it was startling and certainly encouraging to hear Jon Huntsman sound less than convinced the other day about the God of his Mormon […]

Awkward analogies

WriterJames had a post at Cubik’s Rube not too long ago that, among other things, reminded me of the shitstorm that is Conservapedia. I did take a look around the site again, having not been there in what feels like ages. It appears about as ridiculous as ever. One new thing I noticed this time, […]

Breathtaking bigotry

Here is a pretty good example of the frustrating, disheartening stuff I was talking about yesterday. From STFU, Believers: I’m not entirely sure what the context is, but if it’s something recent my guess would be that it has something to do with the National Day of Prayer. It’s an amazingly unconstitutional “holiday,” although that’s […]

Beam me up, Scotty!

I’m not gone, I’ve just been super busy with research. I think I’ve pushed through the worst of it for now, and I’ve been recovering with lots of naps, Starcraft 2, Jell-O, and blogging. I’m working on some epic posts for y’all, but while sitting here writing I noticed I had this song in my […]

Friday Link Roundup #26

Tea Party Republicans in Texas are clamoring for a “true Christian” to replace Joe Straus as Speaker of the state’s House of Representatives because Christians “are the people that do the best jobs.” Via John Loftus, here’s an insightful video by TheraminTrees applying transactional analysis to religion. Cartoonist and Christian blogger Wes Molebash asked some […]

Coexistence is important

Box Brown has a really well-done new comic up at Everything Dies about “Coexist” bumper stickers. They still give me a sort of icky feeling, because “let’s all get along” seems in many people’s minds to preclude the option to tell others they might be incorrect, but reading through this reminded me why I used […]

Everything old is new again

Via Matthew Yglesias, via Hendrik Hertzberg at The New Yorker, here’s a stunning anti-Lincoln editorial cartoon from 1862. Note the planks in Lincoln’s “Chicago platform”-turned-sacrificial altar: Puritanism, Atheism, Rationalism, Socialism, Free Love, Spirit Rapping, and Negro Worship (along with one more I can’t make out). I don’t know how Lincoln’s opponents came to accuse him […]

Restoring sanity and/or fear

Well, Election Day in the US is over. I don’t have much to say about it — no big surprises, a couple reliefs and a couple disappointments, but nothing that isn’t being said everywhere else on the internet. I haven’t finished the third post in my mini-series about religious discrimination, though, so while we’re all […]