I’m convinced that Lil Wayne is party to some kind of dark sorcery occurring in the suburban sound systems of America’s mini vans, rendering Lollipop not only listenable but actually enjoyable.

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From what I understand, his popularity comes from allegedly delicious punning, but I’m sorry if confusing “rapper” and “wrapper” with salacious results doesn’t strike me as a particularly high minded lyrical achievement.

And let’s not even get started on the whole Prom Queen debacle.

This being said, here are three current hip hop artists putting out wicked material — all of them more worthy of accolade than Lil Wayne and his vocoder riddled trash.

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Sam Harris, author of Letter to a Christian Nation and End of Faith argues that we need to stop treating faith as an untouchable subject.  Just as we expect people to defend their political beliefs, we should also expect them to defend their religious beliefs.  Simply answering, “It’s just what I believe,” should not entitle anyone to a lack of critical inquiry.

I know that the host cut the debate short, but I think Hewitt skirted the final issue by simply telling Harris his ideas weren’t new.  This may be true, but doesn’t address the actual point Harris was making.

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For a moment, let’s put aside the issue of whether or not file sharing is right or wrong.

Whether or not file sharing is morally permissible, it’s here and it’s not going any where. If the rest of the world learns nothing else from the internet, they should at least take home the following truism: The internet will always do whatever the internet wants.

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Yeah, I know. It’s been a while since an update. If you’ve actually been dropping by every once in a while and shaking your head in disapproval, I’m sorry. Here is a picture of a kitten.

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Perhaps we can forgive and forget?

I’d like to start updating a bit more regularly now, and on some topics a little more diverse. There are really only so many ways one can say there is no god before it gets repetitive.

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I don’t watch a lot of television, but whenever I catch the beginning of Law & Order, even if I’m in the other room, I can’t help but finish the episode.

The one I caught today, Episode 406 from Season 18 (“Angelgrove”) reminded me an awful lot of Jesus Camp. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s been some heavy stuff on this blog in the last little while, so here’s a video to make you smile — theist and atheist alike.

Blogger Doug from dougsploitation premiered a video by ska praise-band Sonseed called “Jesus is a Friend of Mine” a few weeks ago. Ever since then, it’s been a source of online controversy. Real? Or a goofy jab at praise music?

The general feeling on the interwebs is that it’s legit. But really, who cares? The song is catchy, and the words are good for a chuckle.

Choice lyrics (1:40):

Once I tried to run,
I tried to run and hide.
But Jesus came and found me,
And he touched me down inside.

He is like a mountie,
He always gets his man,
And he’ll zap you any way he can…
Zap!

more_you_know.jpgOften enough, I get visitors that read a post or two of mine and then leave a comment that they think is going to change my mind about all this atheism business. Sitting in my comments list, I routinely find nicely formatted arguments that invariably end with “Therefore, God must exist.”

Now let’s think about this for a moment. I run a website dedicated (mostly) to atheism and secular humanism. It stands to reason that I’ve done a fair bit of research about the things that I believe. I’m not just some “Sunday Atheist,” passively not believing in God. And I have no reason to cling to my ideas if I change my mind about their validity. In fact, a little over a year ago, I stopped eating meat. Previously an avid omnivore, I chronicled my decision and the reasons for my new-found vegetarianism on this blog. Clearly, I’m capable of admitting when I’m wrong about something when new information presents itself.

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