Talking religion and politcs with Pastor Dean Brown from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Red Bank, NJ. This thoughtful interview is the first video from the new 7Days2Vote project leading up to the election on November 8.Follow 7Days2Vote on facebook and twitter.(Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

“Ceci n’est pas une religion.” (via @MoAsumang) Edit: Oh. I just realized that, in the Magritte original The Treachery of Images, the thing about the painting of the pipe is that it’s a representation of a pipe, not actually pipe, etc. On that level, what does this painting/picture say? That attack weapons are a religion but …

Quasi Religious Fandom

I’m still trying to make sense of the Penn State student riot in favor of Joe Paterno. Ignorance certainly plays a big part.  But reading a couple of online forums etc. during today’s Bundesliga games, another thought came up. People believe in their team less critical than in God. Love their club more devoted than …

To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird, as you would expect of a chaotically cobbled-together anthology of disjointed documents, composed, revised, translated, distorted and ‘improved’ by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors and copyists, unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other, spanning nine centuries. The God …

“Girls were not allowed to converse except from 6 to 9 p.m. each Friday. They were not allowed contact with their families during their first month, or with anyone else for six months. By that time, Roxy said, most girls are ‘broken,’ having been told that their families have abandoned them, and that the world outside is a sinful, dangerous place where girls who leave are murdered or raped.”

motherjones: Women isolated from secular society, scarred for life, and beaten for crossing the religious authorities. Kandahar? No, Missouri. And conservatives keep the system running. This is sickening.”Girls were not allowed to converse except from 6 to 9 p.m. each Friday. They were not allowed contact with their families during their first month, or with …