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In lieu of

a dark and depressing post about the bottom of the Cloverhill Big Texas political ad barrel, and the worst of the worst snotty, grabbing, selfish dog-insulting brat trick or treaters (GRANPA PANTS=ON), onto whom I will project the infective conservative hypocrisy of their unknown parents, I will give you the 10-minute Jack-O-Lantern:
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Z*** M****** of Logan, UT is a Cobag

I’m not being judgmental, I’m advising society that this individual is as dumb as a box of hammers.

Allow me to quote:

Concerning Richard Goers’ letter, “God loves all” (Forum, Feb. 19), Sen. Chris Buttars’ opposition to Salt Lake City’s domestic partnership registry is not hateful toward homosexuals, nor does it indicate that he is out of tune with Mormon beliefs.
Yes, God loves everyone and has given us free agency, but he also counsels us to never condone or accept evil behavior. Homosexual acts degrade the individual, the family and society. Children are entitled to have both a father and mother. Salt Lake City should not support those who act on homosexual feelings by facilitating benefits for partners living together. Not having such benefits does not erode someone’s freedom to choose homosexuality.
Mormons do not hate homosexuals. We invite them to our Sunday meetings and pray that by showing them our love they will feel of God’s love for them and understand that living God’s laws of marriage will bring them lasting peace and happiness in this life and the next. Many Mormons oppose any government action that directly or indirectly supports homosexuality. We are not being bigoted and hateful – we are helping keep society’s morals on the track of prosperity and virtue.

Z. M.
Logan

Will someone not please provide me with a 3B header and our new slogan, “helping keep society’s morals on the track of prosperity and virtue, COBAGS!”?????

Priestess of Beelzebub

[W]henever we establish our own pretensions upon the sacrificed rights of others, we do in fact impeach our own liberties, and lower ourselves in the scale of being.
— Frances Wright, Course of Popular Lectures, 1829Subsequent italicised quotes are from the same source. I’m reproducing them from Women Without Superstition, Annie Laurie Gaylor ed., pp 33-45. More quotes can be found here.

I am not going to question your opinions. I am not going to meddle with your belief. I am not going to dictate to you mine. All that I say is, examine, inquire. Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against. Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you.

On 4 July 1828 at Robert Owen’s New Harmony community in Indiana, Frances “Fanny” Wright (1795-1852) became the first woman in America to address a mixed audience at a public eventI’ve seen in a few places the claim that Wright was the first female public speaker in America. However, I’ve also seen a reference to a female itinerant Baptist preacher, Nancy Towle, who started out around 1810 and who soon had several female protégés. Perhaps religious speakers are not part of the calculation according Wright primacy? I don’t think Towle only addressed women’s groups as it says that she preached before the US Congress. My information on Towle comes from Awash in a Sea of Faith by Jon Butler, a study of the development of Christianity in America..

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Let’s play inquisitors and heretics!

Once upon a time…

A: Let’s play inquisitors and heretics.
B: I am the great inquisitor Turkeymama! All minions of Satan fear my holy sword!
A: Hey! Why do you always get to be the inquisitor?

B: My holy sword has led me to your lair, foul heretic. Prepare to meet your doom!
A: You have fallen into my trap! Mr. Pony, Boba Fett, and Velociraptor are here too. You are surrounded!
B: But I have the, uh [*poit*] Holy Dandelion. Look! Their heads are spinning around! They are getting exercised!
A: Boba Fett’s head came off…
B: Again? Curse you Satan!

As the theory goes, open up a can of Richard Dawkins, and…

A: Let’s play inquisitors and heretics.
B: I am the great heretic Bertie Rubble! All superstitious fanatics fear my dauntless reason!
A: Hey! Why do you always get to be the heretic?

B: My powers of deduction told me which cathedral you were hiding in, foul inquisitor. Prepare to be disillusioned!
A: You have fallen into my trap! Mr. Pony, Boba Fett, and Velociraptor are here too. You are surrounded!
B: But I have the, uh [*poit*] Dandelion Reason Ray. Look! Their heads are spinning around! They are in lightning!
A: Boba Fett’s head came off…
B: Again? See what your superstitions do!

Dawkins: Reason Ray?