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God As Trump … And Vice Versa — Part 2

God As Trump … And Vice Versa — Part 2

Abrahamic Traditions, autonomy, awareness, bigotry, Challenge, Change, Child Abuse, Christian Church, Christianity, Christianity/Catholicism, citizenship, civics, constitution, critical judgment, epistemology, Ethics, Evidence, faith, faithfulness, Fascism, Fundamentalism, Ideology, Jesus, justice, monotheism, Muslims, progressive politics, Rationality, Religious War, Secularity, social justice, theocracy, Theodicy, Theology, Tolerance, Uncategorized, violence, World War I, Xenophobia
In last week’s “Skeptic’s Collection" column, I started out discussing the multiple reasons that monotheistic religion is fundamentally inconsistent with the most basic tenets of any free society founded on and governed by principles derived from the European Enlightenment.  I ended up, in the last couple paragraphs – and against my initial intent – discussing Donald Trump and the similarities between Trump and any monotheistic god.  As I said at the time and said just now, that was not my original intent, which in the beginning was to just discuss the conflict between monotheistic religion and liberal (in the classical Enlightenment sense) societies. But, upon reflection, I discovered that this is an area where the tail really should wag the dog:  the dog idea of conflict between mono...
Flushed With Pride — Or — What To Do In Lieu Of A Loo

Flushed With Pride — Or — What To Do In Lieu Of A Loo

"Life" Issues, awareness, bigotry, citizenship, civics, community, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, culture, Equality, GLBT, injustice, justice, Minorities, Rationality, Statistics, Uncategorized
I have a scandalously radical idea about how to resolve the transgender restroom crisis.  Let’s use two rusty, neglected, but potentially still-useful tools:   (a) reason / rationality, and (b) mathematics. Regarding both, despite a diligent internet search, I have been able to find no – as in “identically zero” – documented, or even undocumented / anecdotal, instances of a trans person committing any sexual assault, or even non-sexual assault, in any restroom.  (By contrast, Binging or Googling for sexual assaults against transgender people, i.e., where the transgendered person is the victim rather than the perpetrator, easily and instantly returns multiple digits' worth of "hits".) So, despite that, for the purposes of this column, I will assume that, contra the facts as I have been able...
Bootstrapping Ethics … The “Anthropic” Paradigm

Bootstrapping Ethics … The “Anthropic” Paradigm

"Life" Issues, anthropic principle, Atheism, epistemology, Ethics, God, Ideology, Marriage Equality, monotheism, Religion, secularism, separation of Church and State, Spirituality, Theology
Herewith this week’s six-pack of heresies: To found ethics on the categories of “good” and “evil” is to guarantee confusion from the get-go The first point is all the more true, given that religion – specifically monotheism – is usually the context used to define “good” and “evil” There is nothing at all necessary about the first two points, i.e., there are other bases for ethics than monotheistic religion: we have alternatives Human reason is entirely adequate for stating those alternatives: we do not need supernatural revelation … which tends to only obfuscate, not clarify, anyway, as the bloody pre-Enlightenment religious history of Europe amply illustrates The basis of any alternative starting point for ethical reflection should be – in fact, must be – the welfare of the human co...