Tag: #religion

Religious Intellectual Dishonesty

The story goes that I got in trouble with the priest when I was a kid because I asked too many questions. My inquiring mind wanted to know the context of biblical sayings, not just the quotes themselves. That carried on into my teenage years, when I sat in the back of the church and read the Bible, cross-referencing verses…

The way things used to work doesn’t work anymore

I’ll be one of the first people to admit that I wish things were like they were 20 years ago. I was a teenager, and the world was mine for the taking. I was in college, and I had a ton of places that I would go “conquer.” My friends and I played soccer once or twice a week, and…

Colombia, Day 20

Remember that feeling you got when you were thrown into a seemingly impossible situation, far from all your friends and family, far from all your comforts? I had that feeling for a few days at the beginning of this adventure. Even now, 20 days in, I get the feeling from time to time. But I’ve adapted. I’ve come to understand that different people in different cultures may or may not do things differently. We’re all people. Here are some thoughts of the last three weeks and how my brain has come to let me understand how things work here, and come to terms with them.

A cake and an agenda

A friend of mine on Facebook, whom I’ve known since I was a teenager, posted a story about a couple who was forced into bankruptcy because of a cake. Or, rather, that’s the way that the story is being spun. The owners of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” didn’t want to sell a wedding cake to a homosexual couple because homosexuality,…

American Humanist Association, just as annoying as churches

It’s not a secret that I’m not an atheist. In fact, in some of the circles I used to run in, it was a problem. People with scientific minds and people who were supposedly open-minded used to tell me that they found it hard to believe that such a science-oriented, evidence-relying person like myself could believe in a higher power.…

God and the candidate for coroner in York County, Pennsylvania

If you’ve been reading my blogging material for a while, you probably know two things. One, I am a Christian and I make no apologies for it. Two, I am a scientist and will always, always, always go with the evidence on science, medicine, public health, whatever. It is not enough to see a plague happening and just chalk it…

That whole “end of the world” thing

I grew up in a somewhat religious family. Mom and dad were not religious, though. They believe in God and are Christians, but they’re not the types to get fanatical about religion. Mom goes to church every Sunday. Dad doesn’t. Mom is Protestant. Dad is Catholic. Their families are that way, too. My aunts and uncles varied in their approaches…

For God’s sake!

There is a mega church in Texas that is being shamed a little bit. See, their pastor has a helicopter, and the helicopter needed new blades. (Helicopters need blades to fly, I’ve heard.) The upgrade would cost some money, so the pastor sent out a letter to the congregation: “My Aviation manager stated that while repairing our helicopter they discovered…

Too much religiosity

I went to a mental health summit today which was hosted by a faith-based mental health counseling organization. I was excited to go because it was aimed at the mental health needs of the Hispanic (Latino) population in Pennsylvania. Indeed, there were plenty of people there of Hispanic descent, and some of the presenters repeated their comments in Spanish. But…

You need to know your Chavezes

March 31, 2013, was Easter in the United States. For quite a while now, March 31 has been Cesar Chavez day in some States in the country. Also for some time, Google has been displaying “doodles” on their homepage. These doodles are images or even small computer games to celebrate the date. On March 31, 2013, Google posted a doodle…