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Like alcohol and driving, it’s hard to mix cultures

(Below is blog post. It contains naive ramblings and no great conclusions---and lots of mizpellings and grammatical errors.) Why is it hard to mix cultures?...What is a culture? A culture is a collection of people who share certain beliefs and values and, to some...

Coming of age musically with Blue Oyster Cult while in Catholic school

My Mom loved rock music of all sorts. So when I came of age (musically speaking) and found a song and band I loved, it didn't matter that the band had a satanic cult reputation and I was going to a Catholic school. If I liked Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult,...

If you’re happy and you know it, that’s a sin!

I bust up every time I see this. Having gone through six years of Catholic school, I know there's more than a little truth behind the image: If you're happy and you know it, that's a sin! I tease about my Catholic schooling, but I was very lucky--even blessed--to have...

Pope Francis to Jesus: “You shouldn’t have provoked them” ~ by Heathwood & Lee

This cartoon commentary by Heathwood and Lee illustrates so brilliantly my reaction to Pope Francis' recent...advice...that one should expect a physical or violent reaction if criticizing another's faith, so just don't criticize. Would Pope Francis have said the same...

If you’re happy and you know it, that’s a sin!

I bust up every time I see this. Having gone through six years of Catholic school, I know there's more than a little truth behind the image: If you're happy and you know it, that's a sin! I tease about my Catholic schooling, but I was very lucky--even blessed--to have...

What atheists need to ask the faithful ~ JT Eberhard

JT Eberhard is a persuasive young man. An atheist and advocate for freedom of thought, he speaks regularly about atheism and how to discuss religion and atheism with religious believers. During this talk, JT Eberhard asks a number of questions that hit home and trace...

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The 7 deadly sins…of our society

The 7 deadly sins, a list created, appropriately, by the Catholic Church is familiar to many: Lust Gluttony Greed Sloth Wrath Envy Pride Below is a revised, non-secular list, which also provides insights on our weaknesses. The 7 Deadly Sins of Our Society Apathy...

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Stephen Fry ~ Catholic Church is not a force for good

Stephen Fry makes a strong case that the Catholic Church is NOT a force for good. I can't agree that it's an all or nothing proposition, but I totally agree with Fry's critique regarding the Church's position on contraception and the many deaths that thoughtless...

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Epitaph found in Vatican encourages Hedonism

"Tivoli is my home town, Flavius Agricola my name . . . Friends who read this, do my bidding. Mix the wine, drink deep, wreathed in flowers, and do not refuse to pleasure pretty girls. When death comes, earth and fire devour all." -epitaph of Flavius Agricola via...

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