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Islam and the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas: The Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck Debate
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

I agree with Bill Maher and Sam Harris that we have to criticize bad ideas. But the “mother lode of bad ideas” doesn’t come from Islam. That’s an arrogant claim that will only kindle the spirit of violence and ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

Defeating Satan at Harvard
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

How do you defeat Satan? That was the question the University of Harvard had to answer last week when the Harvard Extension School’s Cultural Studies Club planned a satanic “Black Mass” at the university. ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Invaluable Gift: Revealing Our Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

Hoffman gave us an invaluable gift. He revealed to us the humanity of our scapegoats. We couldn’t unite in hatred against his characters because they were complicated; indeed, because they were human. ...

Surviving Chiberea: On Scapegoating the Weather
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The relentless snow and the extreme cold provide an opportunity to build a sense of community. Neighbors suffer through this weather together. We check in on one another to make sure people are surviving and s ...

In Search of the Real Alec Baldwin
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

Is Alec Baldwin a raging (literally) homophobe or is he a decent guy protecting his family and neighbors? Or, are we in the presence of scapegoating? Alec Baldwin was caught on ...

Drones and Terrorism: Is the U.S. Scapegoating Al Qaeda?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s an odd question, I know, but it reared its ugly head as I read about the new reports from Amnesty International and Humans Rights Watch on U.S. drone strikes. The scapegoating mechanism is a very precise ...

Another Way for Jews to Atone This Yom Kippur: The eScapegoat
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

The weeks leading up to the Jewish High Holy Days are supposed to be marked by self-questioning: What failings must I atone for, and to whom must I apologize? A group of artists, writers and animators are hopi ...