Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Things are hopping here. I’m working on two sci-fi novels (one the sequel to Free Radicals), am translating Rodolfo Montes de Oca’s “Contracorrientes” (in English, not that it corresponds, “Venezuelan Anarchism: The History of a Movement”), am doing a bit (not enough) to expanded 20 Reasons to Abandon Christianity to book length, have resurrected with new and old friends the Pinche Blues Band, and am just getting a good start on an as-yet-unnamed acoustic project with Michael Turner, another old compañero, bassist, and former bandmate, who just moved back to town.

Beyond that, I’m taking a very useful studio recording class out at Pima (great instructor), am writing a lot of songs all over the map (funk to fusion to jazz to blues to country–the next for public performance is probably the alt-country/hard-rock tune “Sieg Heil Y’all”), am spending an hour a day on the  veggie garden (just spent two hours mixing potting soil and compost, and then filling the containers — cut-off soda bottles, etc.–for the spring starts); I’ll have just over 300 starts this year, with various types of tomatoes, bell peppers, chiles, eggplants, beans, squash, melons, herbs, etc. I’ll give, as usual, about two-thirds of them away–I always try to get other people into gardening: it’s a form of self-reliance and mutual aid, and in general just a good thing to do. (Fuck selling this shit for three bucks a start. Just fucking give it away. Do your friends and neighbors  “a solid,”)

Anyway, here’s what’s coming up:

  • A review of Charles Stross’s wonderful new novel, Empire Games;
  • A long post on loneliness, the reasons for it, and how to combat it;
  • Another good old-fashioned religious roundup;
  • Excerpts from the various upcoming books;
  • A long interview with alt-country player Al Perry;
  • A very long post on who’s to blame for the present political crisis;
  • A perhaps even longer post on what to do about it.


See Sharp Press will publish two titles during the Fall season:

Cutlure Wars (revised & expanded) coverCulture Wars: The Threat to Your Family and Your Freedom (revised & expanded), by Marie Alena Castle, graphically describe religious intrusions into the most intimate aspect of our lives — our rights to contraception, abortion, the right to marry, end-of-life decisions — and how preferential treatment of religion harms all of us financially.

The new edition with provide additional information on the rise of the religious right, its recent anti-women’s rights, anti-reproductive rights, and anti-LGBT campaigns, the Mormon Church’s misogynistic and homophobic attitudes and practices, the harm religious-right policies inflict on us when put into practice, with a particular focus on the havoc wrought in Mike Pence’s Indiana and Sam Brownback’s Kansas, and what we can do to combat the religious right’s assaults on our freedom.

Venezuelan Anarchism: The History of a MovementVenezuelan Anarchism: The History of a Movement, by Rodolfo Montes de Oca, is the newest title in our “History of a Movement” series. (The two previous titles are Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement and African Anarchism: The History of a Movement.) In it, Venezuelan author, attorney, and human rights activist Rodolfo Montes de Oca traces the rise of the Venezuelan anarchist movement from colonial times to the present day.

During the Spring 2018 season we plan to publish at least one, probably two, new science fiction titles and a new atheist title. We’ll announce them when it’s nearer to their release dates.


cartoon by Pamela Sutter

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This is  the latest from our friend Pamela Sutter, author of the e-book May the Farce be with You: A lighthearted look at why God does not exist.

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May the Farce be with You

Belated Christmas Cartoon

Posted: January 12, 2017 in Humor, Religion

Here’s the latest from our friend Pamela Sutter, author of the e-book May the Farce be with You: A lighthearted look at why God does not exist.

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God & Santa cartoon by Pamela Sutter

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May the Farce be with You

"tommy Shelby" from Peaky Blinders

¨All religion is a foolish answer to a foolish question.”

–“Tommy Shelby” in Peaky Blinders (season 3 episode 3)

Things have been popping in the wild and wacky world of religion recently. Here are a few interesting, horrifying, and amusing things from the last few weeks:

  • Yes, there’s now MormonWikiLeaks, for whistleblowers who want to expose the LDS Church’s secrets. One particularly useful feature of the site (on its front page) is its detailed information on installing and using the Tor browser (for secure, anonymous browsing and communications).
  • Speaking of Mormons, reports six members of the horrific cult known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) reached a plea deal on Wednesday with federal prosecutors over a four-and-a-half-year SNAP (food stamp) scam in which FLDS members defrauded the federal government of over $12 million dollars in SNAP benefits, and handed them over to FLDS leaders who shockingly enough didn’t use them on food. The plea deal let all of the fraudsters skate, without jail time, probation or paying restitution. This might seem unjust, but one can rest assured that, in the land of “equal justice under the law,” the “punishment” would have been the same had the criminals been Muslims or atheists.
  • Truthdig has a good piece titled The Truth About Jesus, which explores the historical background of Jesus and his followers and considers the historicity of the deeds and words attributed to Jesus in the Bible. The piece relies fairly heavily on the work of the Jesus Seminar, a colloquium of over 200 Protestant Bible scholars, mostly employed by religious colleges and seminaries, who undertook in 1985 a multi-year investigation into the historicity of the deeds and words attributed to Jesus. They concluded that only 18% of the statements and 16% of the deeds attributed to Jesus in the Bible had a high likelihood of being historically accurate.
  • “Family values” South Carolina Republican representative and Confederate flag waver Chris Corley was arrested the day after Christmas for first-degree domestic violence. According to the arrest report, he beat his wife on the head and in the face with a closed fist before threatening her with a gun — in front of their eight-year-old daughter, who was recorded on the 911 call pleading, “Just stop Daddy. Just stop…Daddy, why are you doing this?” Earlier in the year, Corley voted to, yes, increase the punishment for domestic violence.
  • In another heartening example of religion inspiring ethical behavior, the Detroit Free Press reports that Eaton Rapids, Michigan resident Kyle Craig was arrested last month for erratic driving, hitting several vehicles, and hit-and-run involving injuries to victims. Why — and do we even need to ask? — did he act so irresponsibly? Craig was powerless — he said that the devil made him do it. The Free Press reports: “Craig said he didn’t get much sleep the night before the crashes because he was reading the Bible, and was ‘sucked right in’ while he was driving.” Craig also thanked God for saving him from injury even though he wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Craig, however, had no explanation for why God didn’t save his victims from injury. (And yes, we know, God moves in mysterious ways — much as a blind, wildly swing swordsman moves through a kindergarten.)
  • Finally, in a story that has no obvious connection to religion, though it certainly seems that it should, Deadspin has published its annual list based on emergency room reports, “What did we get stuck in our rectums last year?” There are some real gems, both figurative and literal, in the list. Enjoy!

Cartoon of the Day 1-5-17

Posted: January 5, 2017 in Atheism, Religion
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Here’s the latest from our friend Pamela Sutter, author of the e-book May the Farce be with You: A lighthearted look at why God does not exist. More to come.

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May the Farce be with You