Theoblogical Tumblings
The New Atheists will not let us off the hook simply because we are not doctrinaire believers. They condemn not just belief in God but respect for belief in God. Religion is not only wrong; it’s evil. Now that the battle has been joined, there’s no excuse for shirking. Three writers have sounded this call to arms. They are Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. A few months ago, I set out to talk with them. I wanted to find out what it would mean to enlist in the war against faith.

Wired 14.11: The Church of the Non-Believers

A description of the proselytyzing zeal of the “New Atheists”

Jockerty: “I’m fully committed to trying to get this team back into the postseason, because I think we’re good enough to do that with a little bit of help here. I think our ownership certainly deserves it and our fans deserve it.”

Reds give GM Jocketty multiyear extension | MLB.com

This from a guy who has sat on his ass for 4 years when they had glaring holes and never did squat about them.

in Afghanistan, the Taliban has claimed control of a key district in Ghazni province, killing scores of villagers

Headlines for September 26, 2014 | Democracy Now!

Wow. First thought on reading that is that after THIRTEEN YEARS, Taliban still doing their thing. And what does that say about starting over with ISIS in the same fashion? Do we really want another 13 years of similar “endless war” in the form of air attacks and “boots on the ground” here and there and everywhere?

Kerry has drawn the ire of lawmakers in the past for comparing the threats of climate change to terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction. Still, Kerry hasn’t backed down, and is a key player in President Obama’s diplomatic efforts on climate change.
.from @JesusNeedsNewPR “progressive” is a vague term in today’s culture, nearly as vague as the word “Christian.” It’s no wonder the combo of the two make for a less than definitive idea.
Chomsky: “The road to South Africa has been paved and will not be blocked until the Western world presents Israel with an unequivocal choice: Stop the annexation and dismantle most of the colonies and the settler state, or be an outcast.”
"When I comment on pro-Israel posts to mention that Gaza has a higher death count, everybody thinks I wish Gaza would just bomb Israel off the map, or that I have absolutely no idea what’s going on, or that I don’t believe in the Bible, or that I’m just deceived by the devil. It’s kind of a theme."
This happens inside the churches and outside, in the political realm…the common themes are many between the political right (and often also “the middle”) and the religious right. They blend together in a very creepy way.

"No President in post World War II era has cared less about foreign policy than Obama. Is Obama the worst President? " says the guy who sneered at the very idea of the U.N.

.@Glassdimly: “You really can’t fake what you’ve experienced. And you can’t fake how you live your life. But verbal statements of belief can be faked and usually are.”

When Faith Means Reciting a Social Script: What is a Christian? Part 2 | glassdimly | Christ

More gems on “belief” as “social performance”. Crucial perspective on the “meaning” of “belief”. Remembering the roots of the word as “By-life” or “what you live by”

"Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is scrambling to change his “open Internet” proposal after a torrent of criticism from Internet giants, startups, venture capitalists, public-interest groups and consumers."