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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Why Chanukah Sucks

From an email to a friend who asked if I had a god Channukah:

I totally ignored Chanukah. Even if I was not an atheist with hostile attitudes towards religion, Chanukah is an awful holiday.

It is celebrated as a holiday of religious freedom, but what it really commemorates is the victory in a civil war of fundamentalists (Maccabees) over Jews who were merging their beliefs with Greek rationality, science, and custom.

To this day, the word orthodox Jews use for "heretic" or "apostate" is "apikoros", from the Greek "Epicurian."

Epicurus RULES. He's essential in the history of science, rationality, and humanism.

I'm in favor of leaving superstition behind in favor of rationality and humanism.

So no Chanukah for me.

Down with fundamentalism, up with reason. Hurray for Epicurus and apostates!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

God Told Me To Tell You...

Readers of Pointing and Giggling may find God Told Me To Tell You entertaining.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

I Ain't Afraid -The Klezmatics



I love this song. What to call it? Humanist gospel?

Where would this song be sung except in a Unitarian church?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Sex with Ducks



Garfunkel and Oates crack me up.

Thanks, Chadwick!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Atheist's Lullaby

For my brother Andrew and for my son.



Hat tip to Mark S. :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Scott McCloud's TED Talk

I May Be a Centrist Social Libertarian

My Political Views
I am a centrist social libertarian
Left: 0.96, Libertarian: 4.87

Political Spectrum Quiz


I wonder if I'd score the same on a different day.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

4 Chords and a Cloud of Dust



Of course, I think they're mistaken in thinking this starts with Journey.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Colbert vs. McCartney

Posted mostly to make sure dad, who gave me my love of the Beatles, doesn't miss it:

Monday, January 26, 2009

Crooked Still

The more I listen to Crooked Still, the more I like them. I've been listening to Shaken by a Low Sound for a couple of days, and it just gets better with each listen.

How's this for a tight, energetic performance by a quartet:



The gospel song Ain't No Grave isn't something I'd usually enjoy, but I like this:


Predictions: My father will compare Crooked Still unfavorably with Allison Krauss. Jamie and Lisa will be saddened I didn't start listening to them sooner.