Doubt vs. Certitude
Why facing reality with doubt is better than religious certitude.
I got a tweet from Shirley Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church the other day. It was about bullying. My point was that you don’t have to suffer at the hands of a bully. You can do something to get it to stop. You just need to learn what to do and how to do it. Her response was that the only thing that ever works is to obey God.
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Humanism in Marriage
How do Humanists approach the important business of being married?
I can’t speak for all Humanists, I can only speak for me and my spouse, who is also a self-professed Humanist. We approach our marriage realistically. It is about love, but it is also a pragmatic partnership. I don’t expect my husband to be a super hero, perfect all the time. My real hope is that he will tolerate my weirdness and quirks and occasional ill-temper well enough to stick with me through thick and thin. Because I really do like him.
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Let Me Get This Straight
As a Humanist, I feel that the ideal way to solve problems is to understand the problem. After all, if you are trying to solve a problem you don’t have, you will often make the problems you do have worse. When it comes to solving problems, reality matters. It is in this spirit that the Fortune magazine review of the Fast and Furious scandal is important.
Basically, we have been led to believe that Fast and Furious was an operation run by ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) that allowed the sale of guns to gun runners who were running guns for the drug cartels in Mexico. It was supposed to be the Obama Administrations failure to correct a problem that occurred under Bush. Congressional Republicans have been investigating this and have even held the Attorney General Holder in contempt for failing to turn over documents related to the investigation into why a gun bought in the US was able to be used in a shooting of a US agent.
The problem is that, according to Fortune, what really happened indicates that what they think happened isn’t what happened.
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Humanistic Parenting Survey Results
I posted this survey to get a better idea of what Humanist and Humanistic oriented parents are interested in. This was not a scientific survey, it was just a way to get more information that might be of use to those of us who are Humanist parents or who are interested in helping Humanist and Humanistic parents, as I am, raise their kids.
There were 70 respondents. 95% of which are parents. There were a couple of grandparents who responded and two who were not yet parents. 75% of the parents are raising kids younger than 5 yrs of age. 12% have kids 6 – 9 and another 13% have kids 10 to adult, which leads me to think that the parents who are looking for help are the parents with the youngest kids. Again, not a scientific poll, so it’s just a guess.
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Why Santorum’s Religion Matters
Santorum’s religion is and should be an issue in this election. And before you all accuse me of being a religious bigot, let me point out that I don’t think any other candidate’s religion is an issue. True, I think the fact Romney wears magical underwear is weird, but magical underwear isn’t going to impact his ability to be a good President. Santorum’s beliefs, on the other hand, will. Here’s why.
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My take on the GOP Presidential Candidates
I realize no one asked for my opinion. I’m a democrat and I don’t like any of the candidates running for the GOP nomination and I’m pretty sure I’m not going to vote for any of them for president. Still, I have an opinion and I feel compelled to share it. That’s what blogs are for. You’ve been warned.
Here is my gut level response about what these candidates are about. What I like, don’t like and perhaps think is funny about them. I will then take the three front runners and run them through my 4 score test (which is my theory that the candidate that is perceived to be most honest, hard working, compassionate & rugged individual wins the election.)
Anyway – let’s start with gut level reactions.
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Mentally Ill Humanists
So, it turns out that Clay Duke, the guy who held a school board hostage in Panama City claimed he was a Humanist on his website. That he may have been a Humanist obviously had nothing to do with why he held people hostage at gunpoint. The fact that he was bipolar however did. Doesn’t matter, the anti-Humanist folk are using this incident to say basically “see – we told you they were dangerous.”
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Honor Killings and the Rights of women
I was asked by a friend to write something about this issue. We have all heard the stories; honor killings and attempted honor killings are on the rise in western countries. Cultural practices being brought over by immigrant groups. And no, this isn’t just a problem with Islam, though those are often the most high profile cases of late. The UN Population Fund estimates that 5,000 women are killed annual in the name of honor.
Unfortunately, this problem is linked to that of forced child marriage. In England 100s of girls go missing every year, sent “home” to get married to men they don’t know. If they resist, they are beaten and sometimes killed. There are support groups across Europe designed to help young girls escape this fate, most notably in England, where hundreds of school girls disappear every year because their families take them out of the country to marry them to complete strangers.
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Humanist Thought of the Week: 9 14 2010
Skepticism and Optimism
Humanists are both skeptical and optimistic.
You could say we are optimistically skeptical.
And no, that isn’t an oxymoron.
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Humanist Thought of the Week: 9 7 2010
Magical vs. Practical thinking
When it comes to solving our problems, Humanists rely on practical thinking.
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