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Men and Women of God: Leave Me Alone

Perfection. I feel humbled.

The Blog of The Re-Enlightenment

DoorIf God has anything to tell me, The Lazy Fucker can speak to me directly instead of using brokers like you.

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Musical Roots

Sod it, I've had more than enough of the serious stuff for today. Instead, this…

If you want to know where my musical roots lie (you do, you do!), then this is it. My tastes have expanded over the years, but this is my benchmark. Two to three minutes of frenetic guitar and the choppy rhythm of a slapped double-bass. Drums optional.

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Offence—Yet Again

My, but we seem to be getting a lot of comments about offence and hurt feelings around here lately. This is the first of two posts talking directly to that. It is, I suppose, a brief "Why I do what I do" post. The next, hopefully this evening but probably tomorrow morning (I have a computer to rebuild for a friend in the meantime), will be about what goes on under the line, in comments.

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I've been meaning to do this since Sentamu made his little rant speech, but what with one thing and another, I never got past the third paragraph. Which means it's hardly topical any more, in this fast-paced world we live in. Still, I ran across the document I'd saved my first partial draft in, and thought "Why not?" So here is my parafisking of The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu's speech in the House of Lords, during the same-sex marriage debate, some weeks back.

Oh, and I think I've just invented the word "parafisk." To fisk is to take someone's speech, blog-post or such, and criticise it in a point-by-point essay. To paraphrase is to, well, paraphrase; to say the same thing in different words; to reiterate with changed vocabulary; to rephrase but keep the same meaning. So to parafisk is to paraphrase on a point-by-point basis, okay?

Anyways, Gentle Reader, here's Sentamu, to start us off…

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Checks & Balances

You'll never see such a zealot as those who claim
Their zealotry's done in a god's holy name.
For those who would harm in secular cause—
Whose greed for power leads to secular wars—
Eventually fall as they're shown to be liars;
Are tested in Earthly and visible fires.
But those who aim for the sweet by-and-by
Say their proof is in Heaven, their pie's in the sky.
No check's close to hand, to balance their claim,
No cost's too high, of death, fear and pain.
No Earthly reason can temper their acts—
No test in this life will hold them to facts.
Their Paradise trumps an ocean of blood
Spilled in God's name; a Biblical flood.

Daz

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Yoiks, it's Friday again! Okay, this week's Friday Night Is Music Night might be a bit tougher. It's on the theme of "historical stuff," given recent conversations. For the purposes of this post, "history" will be defined as referring (at least in passing) to actual events or people, and placed in time at least twenty years before the song in question was published.
Daz

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Back when I first stumbled into the online atheist community, one of the first blogs I regularly engaged with, after a short spell of arguing under YouTube videos (not a great venue), was that of the sadly now inactive Blessed Atheist, who had set himself the rather too monumental task of examining the entire Bible from a literalist perspective (something many fundamentalists claim to, but seldom actually, do). It's been over a year since his last post appeared there, and the occasional comment which turns up in my feed is nearly always spam. Such is life; bloggers become non-bloggers, or move on to other projects; and Mr Hedegaard always was something of a workaholic, having way more irons in way more fires than is conducive to a relaxed life. Something had to go, and apparently it was that blog which went. Ho-hum.

Anyways, partly because I feel something of a debt of gratitude to him, having been so warmly welcomed at his blog, and partly because the subject is both interesting and important, here's Waylon Hedegaard, in a video spotted some time back by Rustiguzzi, talking about the history of the labour union. It's a four-part series, and I intend to post them weekly for, obviously, four weeks. If you're impatient, though, the rest of the series is available here.
Daz


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