Category Archives: consumerism

Atheist Scruples: the killer concert

A concert is supposed to be something fun and entertaining and create good memories you can bring home with you and treasure. Here’s today’s scenario: Before the rock concert, the crowd loses control and people are trampled to death. After … Continue reading

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Because there aren’t enough actual issues to be pissed off about?

Apparently. Urban Outfitters had the “audacity” to feature Ganesh on a blanket and now we must be upset about that. Who cares about the starving, the abused, the killed for religion? Ganesh is featured on a kitchy fucking blanket… Rajan … Continue reading

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Banned Book Club – Catch-22

What’s the catch? For Captain John Yossarian and the rest of the characters in Joseph Heller’s classic novel it was Catch-22, a semi-unofficial rule best explained by the author. From chapter five: Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All … Continue reading

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A Question of Atheist Scruples – Round 2

I found a copy of A Question of Scruples a while back and decided it might be entertaining to go through the questions and answering them as honestly as possible. Like last time, I’ll answer three questions and add one … Continue reading

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Creationist propaganda matters more than education in Kentucky

Based on were they want their money spent, at any rate. From Forbes: In one of the most spectacularly mis-prioritized state budgets in recent memory, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D), is suggesting over $50 million in cuts to education – … Continue reading

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Less than 3 months away..must be time for War on Christmas!

The most recent casualty, at least going by the Daily Mail, is a release of Thomas the Tank Engine on DVD: The team behind the much-loved children’s TV series has angered campaigners by setting a story during the ‘winter holidays’. … Continue reading

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Art can be an enlightening emotional experience…

even when it’s tacky as all get out. Andrew Brown at the Guardian has a short post about bad Jesus art, a topic I can’t seem to leave alone. He includes a link to Ship of Fools and their Gadgets … Continue reading

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I’d rather be a “Flying Spaghetti Monster Slapper”

Via a blogger at the New York Times I learn a new phrase: Fish Slapper. It’s used to describe those who use religion in their advertising of products and services. The inevitable question gets asked: do they invoke religious iconography … Continue reading

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I may have to see Green Lantern after all

I don’t know why I go to comic-themed movies when I never read the comics in the first place but action is action and they tend to be fun. Now, I’m intrigued on a completely different level, though; I found … Continue reading

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A link between religion and consumerism?

Here’s a story up my alley. I’m reading a book right now called Can’t Buy my Love: How advertising changes the way we think and feel. Jean Kilbourne wrote it more than a decade ago so it’s not completely up … Continue reading

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