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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Jesus Potter, Harry Christ

I was contacted by Derek Murphy, the author of a new book entitled Jesus Potter, Harry Christ because he is doing a contest you blasphemous heathens might be interested in. Oh, did I mention you could win $500? Well you can.

Here's what Derek said to me:
To promote the launch, I decided to sponsor a $500 writing contest ("Harry Potter, Christ Figure?") based on short reviews of the book, and give a pre-publication PDF copy out to anybody who wants to participate.
So how about you check out the book because it seems like it will be pretty interesting and, hey, how often do you get to review a book and maybe win something?

Here is the contest page giving you all the deets. Check it out, read the book, and write a review! Bam!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sooo, Condoms Are OK Now?

The Pope said recently that condoms might just be ok after all. Well, ok in the sense that he said perhaps it was alright for a male prostitute to wear a condom.
Benedict said that for male prostitutes — for whom contraception isn't the central issue — condoms are not a moral solution but could be justified "in the intention of reducing the risk of infection."

He called it "a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way of living sexuality."

It is imperative here that we take a second and congratulate the Vatican and Pope Benedict for at least partially removing head from ass. I do not mean that in a condescending way; it's sincere. However, with respect to the Catholic church, I always feel like society is Tyler Durden telling the church that we'll bring you through this. As always. We'll carry you - kicking and screaming - and in the end, you'll thank us.

Benedict said that abstinence and marital fidelity were the only sure way, but that's standard dogma. It will change in another hundred years or three and they will act as if they are on the vanguard of human rights and decency. It has happened before (slavery, women's rights and suffrage...) and it will surely happen again with condoms and GLBT equal rights.

I will take the quote by Stephen Frye who, while debating whether the Catholic church is a force for good in the world, made a statement in response to a question about the church condemning homosexuality. He mentioned that the church is a product of its time and as such held some views that required changing, saying, "What is the point of the Catholic church if it says, 'Oh, well we couldn't know better because nobody else did'...then what are you FOR?!"
What are they for, indeed. The quote comes at the very end of this clip, but the whole debate is worth watching for the sheer slamming Hitch and Fry dish out.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Letter to A&E re: Psychic Kids

Here's the letter I wrote as part of a campaign organized by the Skepchicks. If you want to join and contact them about this horrible, exploitative program, here's their deets:

Online: You can use the form here to send them an electronic message.

Phone: (212) 210-1340

Mail:
A&E Television Networks
235 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017

My two-cents:

I want to talk about the program "Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal". I would have to think quite hard to find another program that is as despicable as this particular show.


I do not understand how a network could, in good conscience, show children who, at best, have vivid imaginations and, at worst, have actual psychological problems, and subject them to people who indulge their fantasies. You, as a network, are responsible for putting delusional adults in a position of authority, in charge of "coaching" these kids so they can deal with their "powers", all for money and entertainment.

I want no part of this show and if the moral standing of your network allows children to be exploited by charlatans and insecure "communicators", then I want nothing more to do with A&E.

This show needs to be taken off the air immediately.