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September 8th, 2014

What I believe, OR: Agnostic Apologetics.

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TL:DR - I'm an agnostic. Sort of.

Just some things I've been sorting out in my head. )

July 11th, 2012

What if they threw a self-righteous asshole party and nobody came?

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Excuse me while I wallow in schadenfreude.

(Short version: a bunch of Catholic bishops got together and threw a rally in support of their freedom to deny women birth control. Nobody showed up. Watch as they desperately attempt to convince the public that they are not completely irrelevant!)

DISCLAIMER: I have nothing against the Catholic religion in general, or you if you happen to be Catholic. I find a lot of beauty in the religion. The current Catholic leadership, on the other hand, I cordially invite to go and feast upon a big bowl of dicks.

June 3rd, 2012

How I "fell away," as the saying goes.

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With the national discourse unable to stop talking for ten gorram seconds about Teh Gay, it was pretty inevitable this episode would pop up in my head. Gather round, kiddies, it's Storytime With Moogle.

Why I'm Not A Christian Anymore )

August 14th, 2009

Real subtle.

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Hay guys! Wanna scare yourself shitless?

What 'worldview' (whatever the hell that means) are YOU? :D Brought to you by 'Worldview Weekend', the online magazine on Christian worldview, Biblical worldview and, I dunno, kicking evolutionary biologists' puppies or something.

Actually, the best that I can figure, 'worldview' is basically a set of rock-hard biases and prejudices through which you filter everything that comes your way. One would think that this would be, y'know, kind of a negative thing, but these guys seem to take it as the Natural Order of Things. The only negative, apparently, is if you have a filter that doesn't quite line up with theirs. Fortunately, if you get a low score, the site provides suggestions about how you can submit to brainwashing improve your Biblical Worldview. These suggestions include attending summit camps or weekend worldview conferences, reading certain books (there is a respectable list, but I notice with interest that the Bible is not on it), and selling all you have and giving the money to the poor. No, wait, that'd just be silly.

Alternatively, you could just memorize the 'correct answers' that they thoughtfully provide for you.

Guys, they're not even trying to pretend anymore, are they?

(For the record: my score was negative 73 points. My classification is "Communist/Marxist/Socialist/Secular Humanist Worldview Thinker", because obviously all those things are exactly the same.)

January 29th, 2008

Pepper's continued adventures in religion.

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So I picked up Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin a while back and I finally got around to reading it. I never expected to be converted to full-fledged magick-with-a-k Wiccanishness, but I do dabble in a few things, so I thought I ought to know about the wider range of beliefs in which they exist. I'd gotten a couple books from the library that impressed me (check out The Body Sacred by Dianne Sylvan, it's basically self-image through a Wicca-ish lens and it's absolutely amazing), but they were written for people who were already In The Fandom, so to speak. I figured I'd get further insight if I started at the beginning. Hence this book.

It wasn't exactly the kind of book I'd curl up with of an evening with a mug of hot chocolate, but it was fairly interesting and followable until I got to this passage:

Once you're comfy [sitting down], rub your hands together until you feel warmth between them. Then hold your hands together in front of you as if you were a child saying a bedtime prayer, and slowly move them apart a few inches. As you move them apart, see if you can feel the energy that you just raised zip between your palms ... or... fingers... wait... um, no, that's... um, that's friction...

[trailing off into incoherence mine]

Possibly I'm cynical. But I know when I'm lying to myself when it comes to the spiritual stuff, I'd been doing it for years, and this shit right here feels no different to me than believing that God created the Earth in six days and that homosexuals are going to hell. It's not a matter of whether it's true - you make yourself believe it because if you don't, you aren't really One Of Us.

...I never got much further on that book. It just... hit a nerve that jangled wrong.

So that's why I'll never be anything but a solitary practitioner in whatever faith I end up settling in. I'm going in with my eyes wide open, and I will not be told what my spiritual experiences should be.

November 12th, 2007


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Published science fiction author John Scalzi (haven't read him, unfortunately, but his latest effort The Android's Dream is getting pretty good reviews) mentioned in his blog a few months back that he was curious about the Creation Museum that had just opened in northern Kentucky, but he didn't want to give money to those nutjobs. So he said he'd go if his readers would donate 500 dollars in two weeks to a free speech charity (can't remember which one just now).

By the first week he'd topped $2500. I officially adore his readers. ^_^

Anyway, here's the fruits of their labor. It's wonderfully snarktastic. I just hope my professor doesn't catch me giggling my way through the Flickr album, as he's already made it clear he's a Churchy Sort. No idea where he stands on the Young Earth thing and I don't feel like finding out.

In other news, I was watching the first few episodes of MMPR yesterday (in case you hadn't got the memo that I'm a geek) and I'll probably post a more detailed List of Impressions later, but for now all I can really say is Billy/Trini OTP. *flails* I have a sinking feeling I'm going to be writing Power Ranger fic in the near future.

Also, I love this week's prompt in ffvii_100. Just so you know.
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