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June 7th, 2018 - 8:21 am § in Politics, Religion

China Adapts Buddhism to the Corporate Values of the State

Party vs Profit Sacred Chinese Buddhist sites have in recent years become major tourist attractions in the new China. This tourism boom has been fueled by a growing spiritual vacuum amid China’s newly-moneyed classes, but efforts to cash in on it now appear to have been stymied by a state drive to[...]

March 5th, 2017 - 1:13 am § in Religion

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: The Largest Religion In Every State Other Than Christianity

What The REST OF US Believe by Christina Sterbenz  Business Indsider This map, first seen on Mark J Perry’s Twitter, answers the burning question of what faiths come in second place in each state. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies Based on data from Association of S[...]

May 1st, 2016 - 10:10 am § in Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS

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July 16th, 2015 - 7:18 am § in Misc., Religion

On Abortion

I am a devout atheist and a  scientist. But I  understand that religious people live in an alternative reality. Whether that reality is Fox, Ayn Rand, Marx, Medical Marijuana or fundie Islam, the only “rules” I can make are 2. 1. Your reality can not interfere with mine. 2. You can no[...]

November 22nd, 2013 - 1:21 pm § in Hypocrisy, Politics, world

Hypocrisy in Sri Lanka

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November 7th, 2013 - 12:33 pm § in Jews, Misc.

What Buddhism Teaches About Mitzvot

Ed. Central to Judaism is the idea of “mitzvah.” Mitzvah is one of those words that do not translate well. It can mean law, good deed, and religious obligation all at the same time. Moreover, in Judaism, the mitzvot (plural) are themselves eternal, not so much mandated by God, but like G[...]

November 1st, 2013 - 9:23 am § in Jews, Misc.

Of Costumes and Being a Jew

Nonjews and many Jews themselves have trouble understanding our diversity. Some Jews reject these cheredim just as my own family seems not to understand that Jews can be atheists. I wonder what they would think if I became a JUBU?[...]

August 13th, 2010 - 9:42 am § in Jefferson

Call Me a Negri

Recently “Dr. Laura” got herself into great trouble by using the “N” word. I really dislike Dr. Laura, in part because she shows a side of Judaism that comes frighteningly close to the arrogance I associate with the worst of Christianity and Islam . Would her words have evoke[...]