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What Would It Take To Convince Me?

Hell Is Hot A one-woman religious march in Seminole, Oklahoma, used this sign, assuring viewers that “Hell Is Hot”, accompanied by stick-figure drawings of people burning in Hell. (Copyright © 2003 by Wil C. Fry.) A question often posed to atheists is: “What would it take to convince you God is real?” It’s asked so[…]

What If The Shoe Was On The Other Foot?

The Thinker A very distant relative of mine contemplates the deepest issues he can think of. Or maybe he’s merely smelling the poop on his fingers. (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Thank you to everyone who participated in Monday’s discussion, both here on my blog entry and under my associated Facebook post, on[…]

Maher Should Have Known Better

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Published on: 2017.06.03

Lots of folks are dumping their two cents’ worth about Bill Maher recently. I don’t carry cash or coins anymore, but here are some of my thoughts on the recent “incident”. Background: Friday night (June 2), Real Time host Maher used the phrase “house nigger” — referring to himself — after guest Ben Sasse (a[…]

Are Humans A Superior Species?

Here’s a question I found in a Facebook forum recently: Why Nature Choosed? English almost certainly isn’t the questioner’s first language, so I’m only considering the underlying assumptions in the question(s). Why nature choosed humans to be superior . . . ? Why not cats, whales, or eagles to lead . . . ? English[…]

Where Do Our Rights Come From?

The title of this entry is something I’ve been thinking about for a while — in brief spurts — but haven’t had a chance to sit down and really mull it over. What spurred me to finally deal with it was a post on Facebook, in which the American Humanist Association said “Nope” in response[…]

Locus Of Control

On the radio today, I heard a man say that “everybody” has either an external or internal locus of control. He explained what it meant, which I’ll do briefly: people either believe that events in their lives are out of their control — external locus, or they believe that they alone are responsible for things[…]

Do We Need A Better Way To Address False Convictions?

As I read A Botched Trial Leads To $30 Million Judgment For Nebraska County That Can’t Pay (Washington Post), I was struck that the story sought sympathy for the county (Gage County, Nebraska) rather than for the six wrongfully convicted people who filed the lawsuit. In short: 68-year-old Helen Wilson was murdered in 1985 by[…]

Is Obama Planning Another Pearl Harbor?

In light of recent shocking revelations that Barack Obama is the “founder of ISIS” (source: Trump) and that “successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the United States… all started when Clinton and Obama got into office” (source: Giuliani*), there are more “facts” to recognize. Hawaii was admitted to the union in ’59. Barack Obama was[…]

‘The Paradox Of Our Time’ Isn’t A Paradox And Isn’t True

A poorly copied version found on Facebook View it larger You’ve probably heard or read one version or another of the short essay “The Paradox Of Our Age” (or “Paradox Of Our Time”), and — depending on the context in which you heard it — it might have seemed poignant. It’s often attributed to the[…]

What’s In A Name? (Letters) — Pt. 2

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Published on: 2015.10.05

Three years ago, I posted about the letters in our names, but my son wasn’t born then. Here’s the new edition: (Still not including surname that we all share.)

Time Is Why We Haven’t Seen ETs

Central region of the Milky Way Galaxy Courtesy of NASA Some rights reserved A few weeks ago, someone told me they don’t believe there are “aliens”, by which they meant sentient extraterrestrial life*, because “if they did exist, we would have met them by now.” Time, of course, is the answer to this. The statement[…]

What Is The Proper Response To Strangers Talking About Miscarriages?

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Published on: 2015.06.03

I’m never one to think of a great reaction to things people say, especially strangers. Over time, I’ve developed what works for me: a wry smile, a nod, and keeping quiet. Often, anything I can think of to say just sounds silly, even in my brain. But until recently, I’ve never had to deal with[…]

Dissecting False Dichotomies

Left or Right (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry.) It recently struck me that we live in a world of false dichotomies. I don’t pretend to know how it began, or why, but so many questions have been distilled into two opposite answers. Good and evil. Republican and Democrat. Cheap or Expensive. Worthwhile or[…]

Hillary And Me

I mentioned recently that “I’ve never been a fan” of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and so I set out to examine why. I’ll also probably vote for her, despite disagreeing in several places — because no one else with a chance of getting elected even comes close. When I first heard of her (early 1990s), I[…]

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[…]

What Be This Blog?

Part of a page from my journal, written in July 2000. (Copyright © 2000, 2013 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   I want to clarify my purpose here a little bit, in light of a recent request from someone I care about: “Tell me you aren’t using this blog to systematically attack my[…]

‘Off The Grid’: Is It Possible?

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Published on: 2015.01.28

I hear the phrase “off the grid” in movies or TV shows, usually in reference to a criminal, or at least to someone that the government is after, even if they’re innocent. “I’ve got to get off the grid”, they’ll say. I assume they mean to become untrackable. Go without a mobile phone, stay off[…]

My Take On ‘Income Inequality’

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Published on: 2014.11.19

The phrase “income inequality” has risen to prominence in the past few years, including President Barack Obama labeling it “the defining challenge of our time” and Pope Francis questioning: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock[…]

Sovereign Citizens Pose A Threat

Through a cousin, I recently became aware of this USA Today op-ed (“Christian extremists pose threat”), apparently written by a non-employee of the newspaper, Mary Zeiss Stange. Stange’s theme is in her headline, but more fleshed out, it’s this: “…the sovereign citizen movement — Bundy’s law-defying, government-denying crowd — [is] the most potent U.S. terrorist[…]

Black Is The New Black

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Published on: 2014.08.25

My Tamrac camera backpack (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve lived the bulk of my life in the hotter areas of the U.S. — and it’s hotter than it used to be — so I learned early that objects of a darker color are hotter that light colored objects when left out in[…]

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