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Date : November 2016

All Politicians Lie. But Why?

Donald J. Trump, 2015 “All politicians lie”, it is said. It’s a political extension of “everyone lies”. While it might not be entirely true, the cliché exists because the behavior is common. And most of the time, it’s easy to see why they lie. Not so with Donald Trump.

Why I Prefer Online Conversations

This N.Y. Times opinion piece is just the most recent example of grumpy people complaining that texting or online conversation is hurting the way we interact with others. “What happened to good old fashioned face-to-face conversations?” they all seem to ask, in whiny little voices. Grumbling about the quality of online conversations is as old[…]

Why Are Atheists So Focused On Religion If They Don’t Believe?

It’s a fairly frequent question, often intended as an accusation: “If atheists don’t believe in God, why are they always talking about him?” First, it’s important to note that many atheists, just like many believers, never talk about God or religion at all (source: Pew Research Center). It just doesn’t come up very often in[…]

Survey Results: Surprising?

Thank you to everyone who participated in my short, non-scientific survey. Here are the results, which surprised me somewhat — the entire reason I conducted the survey was to either support or correct my assumptions about those who follow me on social media. I asked five simple questions relating to the underlying perspectives through which[…]

Short Survey, Please [Closed]

Click here to take the survey Though I’m pretty sure I already know most of my blog readers’ beliefs, I am trying to get a more complete picture of my social media circle’s positions on a few questions — just out of curiosity. If you have 10 seconds, please answer the five questions on this[…]

Do You Live In A ‘Bubble’?

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Published on: 2016.11.21

My results from the quiz in question See larger version It’s tempting to dismiss outright any piece of writing that begins with “So I took an online quiz…” However, I ask that you bear with me long enough to see the larger point. So I took this online quiz (hosted by PBS), called “Do You[…]

Texas Is About To Say ‘Me Too!’ (2017 Legislative Session)

For everyone across the nation who wondered why the Texas legislature wasn’t in the news much this year — specifically, during all the media frenzy about civil rights — it’s not because Texas decided to stop being regressive. It’s because the Texas legislature, by law, does not meet in even-numbered years (except for limited 30-day[…]

No, You’re Probably Not Being Persecuted

I only bring this up because this morning I ran across yet another Christian online who claimed to be “persecuted” — his own words, yet offered no specifics. The persecution complex is strong among certain Christians. I know it’s real because I was one of them; I experienced the very real feelings. We were told[…]

A Christian’s 10 Questions

A student at a small Bible college asked the following “10” questions, with the aim of “being able to have open and honest conversations with people from different religions or with no religion at all.” Some of my readers know all of the following about me, but others may not, so I’m giving my answers[…]

‘Failure’ Depends On Your Goals

Original source appears to be this tweet I’m not sure which logical fallacy this falls under. But it certainly seems to be a poor analogy. (And it has an extraneous comma in the middle.) The meme (based on a real tweet) says: “I hope Donald Trump is a good president. Wanting him to fail, is[…]

When Trump Voters Deny The Racism

Killeen, Texas: a local business flies the Trump-Pence flag just underneath the U.S. flag, including the slogan “Make American Great Again” (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Several times in the past few week, I’ve watched as conservatives denied the inherent racism in Donald Trump’s campaign. Here are two examples, copied and pasted from[…]

The Nonexistent Riots Of ’08 And ’12 (UPDATED)

Remember the riots in 2008 when Barack Obama was first elected? All those conservatives marching, protesting, and eventually getting out of hand and causing property damage? And then again in 2012? I’ll bet you don’t remember it, because — as far as I can tell — it never happened. That seems to be the point[…]

By The Numbers (2016 Election)

As I noted four years ago, I’m fascinated by numbers, so despite how my emotional reaction differs from 2012, I still enjoyed looking at the tallies after 2016’s presidential election.   County-by-county results map from 2016 election (Screenshot from The New York Times.)  

I Have Never Been So Sad To Be So Right

I called it in 2012: “I will now be the first person to project the winner of the 2016 Presidential election. I hereby project* that the Republican candidate will win in 2016.” And I doubled down nine months ago: “To summarize, I think it’s next-to-certain that the Democratic nominee this year will be Hillary Clinton,[…]

American Christians Confused About Own Doctrines?

Apostles’ Creed (from Wikipedia) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the[…]

Do The Math

The meme insinuates we should be able to pay for health care with $2 billion This meme popped into my Facebook timeline three separate times this weekend. It says (I’ve fixed the all-caps issue): “Welcome to America where we will spend $2 billion on an election, but we can’t afford to give everyone free healthcare.”[…]

Online Evangelicals Struggle With ‘Aggressive Atheists’

Mark Woods, Baptist minister and “contributing editor” for evangelical at heart Christian Today

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