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Not the Voice of God You’re Hearing? Sound Check!

A friend who participates in a Facebook group called the “Christian Left” shared this image with me the other day. I wonder if my friend has read the Bible lately. Consider the acts of God and the commands by the voice of God in these books of the Bible:

Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy [...]

Senate Commission To Address Rising Authoritarianism And Threats To Democratic Elections

The hearing will explore the rise of authoritarianism and threats to free and fair elections in the small nation of Azerbaijan, which is much more important that examining those issues here in the USA because… [...]

Government Collecting Too Much Information About You? Party Followers Change Answer based on who is President

From the Pew Research Center’s American Values Survey:

When a Republican is in the White House, Democrats are more concerned than Republicans about the prying eyes of big government.

When a Democrat is in the White House, Republicans are more concerned than Democrats about the prying eyes of big government.

My authority figure is [...]

Is Authoritarianism related to Open Communication in the U.S. Congress?

Last night, a visitor to Irregular Times named Luke made an interesting conjecture:

As a side-note, I am curious about the level of email openness in our Congressmen, if progressive, forward thinking congress critters are easier to contact than conservative, old fashioned ones. I have usually noticed that Republican elected officials either have no [...]

American College of Pediatricians: A Useful Prop for Desperate Anti-Gay Bigots in Maine and Everywhere

I just finished getting the kids down to sleep tonight and pulled out my local paper, the Herald Gazette of Knox County, and this letter to the editor popped right out at me:

Is it good for children to be raised by two mothers or two fathers? Definitely not, according to the American College of [...]

Why I Believe in Freedom of Speech and Action

In my policy preferences, I have a strong bias toward freedom of speech and action within constraints of responsibility. For instance, a person who falsely accuses another of a crime and sends an innocent person to prison should be liable for the harm done. And the freedom to “Do as thou wilt” extends only so [...]

Obama Reinstates Bush Kangaroo Courts!

Why should we believe Barack Obama anymore? Obama always promises to reform the authoritarian programs he embraces. Time after time, those promises are exposed as lies. [...]

The Ted Haggard Coverup Story Is Bigger Than Ted Haggard’s Schlong

To most of the media outlets covering the latest revelations surrounding Ted Haggard and the New Life Church of Colorado Springs, the big news story is that Ted Haggard turned out to be noodling around, not just with Mike Jones, but with yet another young man, in what appears to be a rather pushy manner. [...]

The Ted Haggard Coverup Story Is Bigger Than Ted Haggard's Schlong

To most of the media outlets covering the latest revelations surrounding Ted Haggard and the New Life Church of Colorado Springs, the big news story is that Ted Haggard turned out to be noodling around, not just with Mike Jones, but with yet another young man, in what appears to be a rather pushy manner. [...]

The Connection Between Religiosity and Fear Makes Me Go Hmm

Have you ever noticed that the people who are most likely to support fear-based policies — like curfews for Junior, drug tests for your second grader, sniper lockdown drills for your kindergartener, warrantless wiretaps of grandma, massive preemptive datamining of your veterinary expenditures, biometric screening at the laundromat, taser-first policies at Korean grocers and that [...]