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All religions claim to have the truth -- the revelation from god (or gods) as to how us humans should live our lives (and worship the supernatural). But the fact is that no religion covers even a majority of the world's people -- and each is further broken down into several (or even hundreds) of different sects (all of whom, of course, have the only truth). If there is a god/gods, then he/she/they either have a very loose definition of the truth or a very good sense of humor.

The percentages above are from the Pew Research Center's report titled "The Global Religious Landscape".

Egg Painting (GOP-Style)

Political Cartoon is by Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Zombie Day

(The image above was found on the pages of Godless Liberals.)

It's Zombie Day again -- the day that millions of supposedly rational people put logic aside and celebrate the rising from the dead of their favorite religious zombie. And according to their Bible (a book many say cannot be in error), Jesus wasn't the only zombie that rose from the dead at that time. According to the book of Matthew:

Matthew 27:51  -  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Matthew 27:52  -  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Matthew 27:53  -  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, ...

CNN Covers Easter

Political Cartoon is by David Fitzsimmons in the Arizona Daily Star.

Is It Moral ?

This is one of the two days of the year that christians, many of whom ignore their religion's teachings most of the time, turn their thoughts to their "savior" and his teachings (the other day being christmas). I think this makes today a good time to look at some things that many christians, especially fundamentalists, say are immoral. And the Pew Research Center has done a poll that takes an interesting look at what is considered immoral or moral today.

They looked at eight things that many today consider immoral (divorce, abortion, drinking alcohol, homosexuality, sex between unmarried people, affairs by married people with others, use of contraceptives, and gambling), and polled people in 40 nations on whether they thought these things ...

The Cross

Political Cartoon is by Bob Englehart in the Hartford Courant.

Keep The Facts Straight


Can Billy Hamilton break the Pete Kozma Line?

Billy Hamilton, in a rare appearance
on a major-league base path.
For years and years, baseball aficionados have talked about the "Mendoza Line," named after baseballer Mario Mendoza and his struggles to bat more than .200 for several different years in his career.

Well, there are variations on that.

We could talk about the Adam Dunn Line. That's an even tougher one to achieve, but Dunn's done it twice. It's not a line, really, but for the sake of parallels, we'll call it that. It's when your strikeouts are higher than your batting average. And Dunn's done it in both 2011 and 2012.

Now, though, I think we have a new example, especially since the Cardinals have officially sent hitless wonder backup shortstop Pete Kozma down to Memphis. Kozma's ...

Let's do more to stop April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Note: The following is adapted from a newspaper column.

This is April, which means it’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

I didn’t do so last year, because I was new to my current newspaper setting, but it’s been a tradition of mine to write one or more columns every month about this issue, primarily about child sexual abuse.

First, I know that this is an uncomfortable topic. And rightly so. Nobody likes to think of the most vulnerable members of our society being abused like this before they’ve had a chance to grow up. But, only by addressing this issue in reality can we hope to translate the pain of that discomfort into reality.

Second, there are myths about child sexual abuse as well as realities. And part of addressing this issue, ...