This week’s podcast was particularly fun, with Edwin, Rick and RobRoy sitting down to talk the presidential contest and then discussing the Josh Dugger scandal. For a preview of the issue with the Dugger’s check out this piece in Slate and then listen:
There is a lot of interesting stuff going in with religion, hypocrisy and social issues in America– check out my latest on Salon for a taste. You can be sure we’ll be chatting up these issues again soon.
Be warned, RobRoy uses the phrase “soft agnostic,” which (along with the word “moist“) always makes me a little uncomfortable.
On a side note: I wrote a piece for Salon spiking the football just a little about the study. I just couldn’t help myself. At any rate, watch for more discussion on this blog about America’s dramatic culture shift. There are a great many implications for an ever-more-secular America.
Editor’s Note: This is one of the first pieces I wrote several years ago for the original Armchair Blasphemy Blog. My thinking is similar but I would not write it like this today. That said, it’s worth reposing on our new site.
People ask me sometimes why I chose the word “blasphemy” for this blog. They often wonder aloud if I am buying into the concept itself. I have been told that this is a religious word and that atheists should not acknowledge the very existence, even the concept of “blasphemy.”
I understand this thinking and rationale, but I find power in appropriating the words and concepts of ideological / religious opponents. It’s the same concept with Santa Clause. I can use Santa, a construct, side effect or at least first cousin of Christianity to make a very strong case that the entire mythology is fabricated.
I know other atheists who are wary of the “atheist” label for a similar reason. They embrace the humanist, freethinking or even “brights” identity instead. They feel that to be atheists is to be “against” something, as in anti-theist. I don’t hold this view. The most fundamentalist religions hate and try to shame “atheists.” They view atheists as “of the devil.” If they are so afraid, so disgusted by this identity, then I totally want a piece of it. There is an inherent strength go embracing something that fundamentalists loathe and fear. It’s the same fear they have of evolution, science and—back to it–blasphemy. It’s the intellectual side I want to be on. Continue reading From the vault: Appropriating the Language of Religion→
Make sure to check out this week’s podcast, examining the anti-gay documentary “Light Wins” and the back-peddling that just happened to the “anti-gay” law in Indiana. You can always click at left for new podcasts. They are also now all available on iTunes.
On this week’s podcast, Edwin, RobRoy and Rich discuss the violence and uselessness of football and the problems inherent in the Department of Motor Vehicles. Although the subjects seem totally unrelated, they blend together in a fun, thoughtful thirty minutes.
On this week’s podcast, Edwin, Rick and RobRoy discuss the inexplicable popularity of Fox News and the difference between news and infotainment. Also, they trio discuss the undercurrent of outrage present in the online libertarian community.
It’s a secret, a deep-held shame that I hide from myself as much as from other people. It often takes refuge between the rant-laced lines of Armchair Blasphemy. But I can no longer conceal it or wave it away—I must at last face it and admit to you the reader my deepest shame: I harbor deep jealousy of religious clothing, most especially robes.
It has nothing to do with belief or unbelief; it’s just about comfort. I am what is often known in American parlance as a “fat slob.” I can’t buy shit off the rack, because even though I am nearly six feet tall, I have only a thirty-inch inseam, and I’m shaped like a stunted pear. Continue reading My Robes of Shame→