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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
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Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
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Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
The atheists who purport to speak for all other atheists, absolutely, positively, do not want her on a stamp. It trashes our freedoms or something.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation is urging its supporters to boycott the stamp — and also to engage in a letter-writing campaign to spread the word about what it calls the “darker side” of Mother Teresa.
“Mother Teresa is principally known as a religious figure who ran a religious institution. You can’t really separate her being a nun and being a Roman Catholic from everything she did,” Gaylor told FoxNews.com.
But…but…but Rev. Martin Luther King got a stamp. And Malcom X got a stamp. And Father Flanagan got a stamp. And Fox put up a whole slide show of other religious/controversial persons & events that were stamp-worthy. What about them?
Gaylor said the atheist group opposed Father Flanagan’s stamp but not those for King and Malcolm X, because she said they were known for their civil rights activities, not for their religion.
Martin Luther King “just happened to be a minister,” and “Malcolm X was not principally known for being a religious figure,” she said.
“And he’s not called Father Malcolm X like Mother Teresa. I mean, even her name is a Roman Catholic honorific.”
Accepting their arguments most charitably, one must conclude the urge to protest comes not quite so much from the prospect of establishment of a government-sponsored religion, quite so much as the prospect of diminishing the probability that the typical child might grow up to become an atheist. And that, of course, is a subtly different motivation.
Now how can that be, if the objective is to preserve our freedoms, and not to indoctrinate the next generation into a secularist worldview? Is it really quite so illegitimate to portend that the no-mention-of-God-anywhere crowd, in fact, is the one trying to establish an “official” religion? Is “Atheism Is A Religion Like Bald Is A Hair Color” really a valid argument?
Maybe I’m reading too much into this. I just fail to see how the blockade against Mother Teresa’s face being on a stamp, enhances or preserves our religious freedoms. I can’t help but pick up a whiff of “All you folks doing something wonderful, you’d better not be religious or you can fucking forget about ever being immortalized on a stamp.” It looks like intimidation, it walks like intimidation, it quacks like intimidation…and you know what that means.
Hat tip to Cassy Fiano.
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