Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Boy Scouts Of America And Other Updates


Two people in the whole wide world have actually seen me go full-balls into the subject of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It wasn't pretty. My rant occurred the same night which caused me to swear off gin. I was knocking back gin and tonics like they were water. (I'd like to say this happened a long time ago when I didn't know any better, but I was in my mid-forties.) My rant started innocently enough with the subject of the British monarchy (unsurprisingly I am a small r republican), and then the BSA came up in conversation. That was the thing that spiraled me into a red faced, Bid them achieve me and then sell my bones  state of mind.

But I'm better now.

However, the BSA is one of my, well, we'll call it pet peeve and not obsession. That sounds healthier, psychologically speaking. Their recent decision to allow some gay scout leaders in some of their troops requires derision. I thought I would give you all a chance for the airing of grievances -- even though its not Festivus --  over at my Patheos blog, Laughing in Disbelief. I wrote a post titled Boy Scouts Of America Fill In the Blank! I hope you go over there and lob a comment or two.

Otherwise, my kids are out of town next week. This summer has been a grind for me with working four jobs, getting the new blog off the ground, and making a good faith attempt at being a decent father. I plan to write the monthly email letter next week to Purgatory subscribers and catch up on some much needed sleep.

LiP


Monday, July 20, 2015

My Experience At Sunday Assembly Boston XVI


My newest meme. It has nothing to do with this post whatsoever.

I'm a jerk.

And I'm a fully committed jerk, too.

Some writers or comics won't admit to going to an event just for the sake of looking for new material. And when I say looking for new material I mean making fun of whatever I find there. That's half  (the other half is alcohol) of the reason why I socialize -- especially with new people who I'm not sure I can tolerate or that they can tolerate me. One of the worse case scenarios is that I go somewhere, find no one interesting to talk to, discover that nothing crazy is going on, and that there is none of the drink to be had.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Laughing in Disbelief


I started Laughing in Purgatory (LiP) in 2009. I only wanted to be funny, share some of my personal life, and write about atheism. There have been many changes to the blog over the past years. Thanks to all of you who have been around from the early days. I have shared some of my experiences of being an atheist dad (even more if you subscribe to the monthly email letter). When I started blogging my youngest was four years old and my oldest seven. Time flies.

Oh, I'm not quitting. That last paragraph sounds like this is a goodbye post. It isn't.

This is a Hey, I'm doing this new thing over there and you should check it out post. First, the new thing is over at Patheos, and the new blog is Laughing in Disbelief (LiD). I'm not only going to be a contributor to the site, but I am the Chief Engineer of Mishegas. Second, I'm hoping that Laughing in Disbelief is going to be Laughing in Purgatory on speed. Envelopes will be pushed. The grey beards will gasp and respectable ladies will clutch their pearls. Third, I'm still posting on Laughing in Purgatory. My heart is here.

That being said, you can check out the first post on LiD: Man's Penis Converts And Becomes A Born Again Christian.



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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Catholic Church Says It's Done With God

Vatican City Pope Francis addressed an early morning crowd in St Peter's Square this morning and dropped a theological bombshell: The Catholic Church is no longer in the God business. Reading from a prepared statement that had been certified by a full vote of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis stated that since it is impossible to discern the existence of God it was more productive for the Catholic Church to focus on assisting people without the burden of a dogma that only dulled the compassion that people have for one another.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Chatting with Zee Crazy Atheist


This is me! At the Dawkins/Dennett event!!
I'm overly caffeinated.!!!

(Hank Fox took this pic, and made me not look
too hopped up.)
Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett had a fireside chat (sans fire) in front of a live audience two weeks ago in Boston. The event was billed as being in Boston, but it was in Medford, just north of Boston. It happened to be fifteen minutes away from my apartment. While The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion influenced me quite a bit, I wasn't planning to attend. You see I'm a bit of a misanthrope and not a huge fan of, well, anything. And fan I mean not being ready to shell out 35 dollars (for those of you who don't know I'm still officially ranked as poor in the socio-economic standings) for a ticket. However, as the event got closer I started to get the itch to go. The itch is irrational. The itch creates, or maybe discovers,  reasons to attend a function like this.  Regardless, a friend of mine had an extra ticket, and I decided to to go.

And happy I was to attend.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Conservative Fathers’ Heads Explode While Explaining Caitlyn Jenner


Caitlyn Jenner. I just want to point out something for those of you who believe that her popularity has peaked with her Vanirty Fair photo shoot, and that something is that you are 100% wrong. You may scoff and say, "Of course, that is obvious. Her upcoming reality series will propel her into the limelight and bring trans awareness to new heights." You would be correct with that statement.

However...

We live in the shadow of the Dark Side. The shadow of  the Dark Side is, of course, the 2016 Presidential Elections. Let's not forget that every single representative and a gaggle of senators are up for re-election along with POTUS. And with a lot of power and money and bad decisions being thrown about it is only a matter of time before the social conservatives use Caitlyn Jenner as the poster child of what will happen if the Democrats win big: men will be forced by the federal government to lose their genitalia.

In that spirit I wrote Conservative Fathers’ Heads Explode While Explaining Caitlyn Jenner over at the Random Journal. I hope you go over there and read the piece.

LiP

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