Category Archives: government, law, and politics

State Religion

A blogger syndicated here, Peter Wall, is upset that an atheist soldier has been the recipient of harassment by Christians in the military. While I agree that such behavior poorly represents Christ to the world and is inexcusable, I’m more frightened and annoyed by this quote from Michael Weinstein, a retired senior Air Force officer […]

Cracker

I have nothing more to add. An excerpt:
Wait, what? Holding a cracker hostage is now a hate crime? The murder of Matthew Shephard was a hate crime. The murder of James Byrd Jr. was a hate crime. This is a goddamned cracker.
You’ll just have to follow the link to read the rest.

“An Atheist In Our Country Is An Enemy”

Jeremy Hall, a soldier with no religious beliefs is suing the Department of Defense for discrimination based on his irreligion. He said “there is a pattern of discrimination against non-Christians in the military.”
Two years ago on Thanksgiving Day, after refusing to pray at his table, Hall said he was told to go sit somewhere else. […]

How Not to Answer a Question

Go look at PZ Myers’ post on Pharyngula with video of a conversation between Congressman John Conyers of Michigan and law professor John Yoo, who had a hand in the infamous torture memos. I have nothing further to add.

Blame Schieffer, Not Clark

Have you heard the thing about General Wesley Clark allegedly denigrating the value of John McCain’s military service? You might want to look into it further.
The real problem is not what General Clark said, but how it was reported. In the original interview, Clark was explaining that having on-the-ground military experience does not translate into […]