Trumpery

{Private note to Hillary: please take one minute in a debate with The Don to calmly quote this page from Webster’s.  Just quote this and ask for the next question. . .} Trumpery a : worthless nonsense b : trivial or useless articles Synonyms applesauce [slang], balderdash, baloney (also boloney), beans, bilge, blah (also blah-blah), […]

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Blaspheme Boldly

The class I teach is reading great American freethinkers–Thomas Paine, Frances Wright, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Walt Whitman, Robert Ingersoll and others (see Susan Jacoby’s books for their courageous stories).  Each of these revolutionaries, reformers and champions of human rights was attacked by the “fearfully faithful,” calling them heretics, infidels, apostates and other happy titles meant to […]

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Thoughts and Prayers

Ouch.  This is so true it hurts. Thoughts and Prayers sent to the Red Cross. . . “We truly appreciate all the thoughts and prayers that have been donated”, he said, “They won’t help at all in terms of rebuilding homes, or feeding people, or treating the sick – but I’m sure the people in […]

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True (Religious) Freedom

I took this photo of the Jefferson memorial in Washington, DC a few years ago.  Jefferson can be criticized, like all freethinkers, for some “blind spots,” yet he continues to offer some wise reflection on reasonable living and a good, secular government. This comes from the Monticello website (highlights in bold): Thomas Jefferson was always reluctant […]

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