OKLAHOMA CITY — In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument on the S &
Legally, it is either ALL allowable or NONE of it is. This is the slippery slope the religious right creates in trying to entrench *their* religion in the government and public spheres. They will have to relent and accept that other faiths have the same opportunities, otherwise, they will openly violate the First Amendment.
This is the reason for a secular government. These issues do not even occur and everyone has the freedom to practice their religion on their own with no help, nor hindrance from a government. The religious right, of course, does not want that. They seek dominion.
Everyone Else Is Doing It! My Top Ten Albums of 2013.
This isn’t the type of post I envisioned for this space, but considering I don’t use it much…what the hell? Right? That’s enough of an intro I think.
#1 Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
This isn’t the most upbeat of QOTSA’s albums and I do miss the songs that pack more an “oomph” to nod your head to, but lyrically and musically: brilliant. Between the subject matter and mood of the music, I feel sucked into Josh Homme’s nightmare.
There has been a lot hand-wringing over this album and the band in general. There seems to be only two reactions: love or hate. Truthfully, my opinion of this album has waxed and waned since its release. Initially I was surprised at the sound of it compared to its predecessor, Opus Anonymous. Then I was in love with it, then kind of sad it wasn’t Opus Anonymous, then back to loving it. Sure, I really wanted (and still do) more of the first album and the new album’s pop music sound is really weird considering the lyrics, images, and vibe; but that is exactly why I think it is great. Who the hell else is going to write songs about the weirdness of Transubstantiation and that one shits out Christ afterwards or satanic songs just as catchy as The Beatles? Who I ask you?!
Heroes. That’s who.
Also, please realize they are trolling us. All of us.
“The problem with agnosticism is that in the last 2,400 years of intellectual history, not a single argument for the existence of God has withstood scrutiny. Not one. Aquinas’s five proofs, fail. Pascal’s Wager, fail. Anselm’s ontological argument, fail. The fine-tuning argument, fail. The Kalam cosmological argument, fail. All refuted. All failures.”—Excerpt From: Boghossian, Peter. “A Manual for Creating Atheists.” Pitchstone Publishing, 2013. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright. (via divineirony)
“Republicans don’t care if you live or die unless you’re a fetus. That’s it. There may be a gray area here and there especially among people we admire and respect, like Cal. But for the most part, their political morals are beneath contempt. It’s like Senator Rand Paul blaring his libertarian trumpet on behalf of greedheads and scumbags, but not for the needy. He’s “pro-life” because the anti-abortion, anti-sex social conservatives are such a potent force in the GOP. It’s hardly an coincidence that his own not-so-murky relationship to unreconstructed racists, much like his father’s, reveals such loathsome sentiments about the poor. They don’t hate abortion unless the fetus is white. But we’re not really permitted to say this out loud. When we do, we’re told to sit down and recall that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican and Robert Byrd was a Democrat. The media play along with this conceit that parties never change, partly because the screamers on the right will make their lives hell otherwise. So, the conventional wisdom has evolved in this state that Republicans are fiscally responsible even though Arizona is now one of the worst states in the union for median income, poverty, and various social pathologies like teen pregnancy, suicide, and child abuse.”—soleri (via azspot)