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Those Pesky Facts: The #MuslimBan Edition (UPDATED)

While President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order on immigration isn’t technically a “Muslim Ban”, it does bar entry into the U.S. for citizens of Muslim-majority nations. Specifically: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The ban is 90 days, except for “indefinitely” in the case of Syria. Trump’s stated purpose in this order[…]

‘ISIL Isn’t Muslim’ = Non Sequitur

Screenshot of tweet, seen on Facebook This edition of Stupid Meme Saturday focuses on the logical fallacy known as non sequitur, which means the conclusion does not follow from the premises. The example provided here, at right, is a screenshot of a tweet that someone posted on Facebook. “ISIS just bombed a mosque in the[…]

Shooting A Trans Deer

The trans deer hunter In this edition of Stupid Meme Saturday, we find a person so opposed to letting humans choose/use bathrooms that they invented what they thought was the perfect analogy: a hunter who illegally killed a buck but tries to convince the game warden that the deer is really a female. (For future[…]

Anti-Brutality Does Not Equal Anti-Police

Law enforcement training exercise Seminole, Oklahoma (Copyright © 2003 by Wil C. Fry.) Yes, this needs to be cleared up again, sadly. In the light of this story (NY Times: “Officers’ Boycott of Quentin Tarantino Films Grows”), quite a bit of the rhetoric seems to be missing the mark. Controversial film director Quentin Tarantino recently[…]

14 Years Later

Fourteen years ago, today, was the horrific and senseless attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York City. Around 2,955 people died in the attacks (including the 19 hijackers and the passengers of the four planes). As of today, 6,855 U.S. soldiers have died in the two wars that directly resulted from 9/11.[…]

Why I Just Read The Entire Bible Again

Various versions of the Bible (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) For what I believe to be my 18th time, I recently (in July) read the entire Bible. This time it required 15 days, which I think is a record for me. The more familiar a book is, the easier it is to read,[…]

We Are Fundamentally Violent, But It’s Reversible

The Oklahoma City National Memorial, commemorating the day when Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people and wounded nearly 700 others to make a political point (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) At more than one job, I was told of the unwritten policy: “Don’t discuss politics or religion.” I’ve also been in[…]

They Were Asking For It, Said The Victim-Blamers

If I was in charge of ISIL*, I don’t think I would be claiming responsibility for the failed attack in Garland, Texas. I don’t know what the news looks like over in Islamaland, but here in the U.S., it looks like two dingdongs bought a bunch of gear they didn’t know how to use and[…]

Wife-Beaters Justified, Many Say

Categories: Sexism, Violence
Comments: 2 Comments
Published on: 2015.03.19

I was startled to read this story on NPR: Alarming Number Of Women Think Spousal Abuse Is Sometimes OK, and not just because it bugs me that Oklahoma’s postal abbreviation is used in place of the word “Okay”. I couldn’t find the exact wording of the survey question, even at the source site, but it[…]

Jumping To Unconclusions From Chapel Hill

As coincidence would have it, the very same day I came out as at atheist, three people in North Carolina were killed by gunshot. The killing itself isn’t a coincidence; 83 people in the U.S. die every day from gunshot wounds — about 2/3 of them self-inflicted. What was coincidental with my announcement is that[…]

Atrocities Committed In The Name Of…

We’ve seen a lot of discussion lately over which religion (or non-religion) is responsible for the worst atrocities. The conversation got a bump lately from President Obama’s recent remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. Internet searches for these remarks reveal either condemnation or praise of his remarks. The one I linked to above was in[…]

Violence Is (Sometimes) The Answer

Military weapons on display, Ft. Hood, Texas (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) I am at heart a non-violent person, a pacifist if you will, and this has been my bent since I was a child. I suspect it’s partly due to observing my father’s behavior — always willing to talk before acting, to[…]

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