Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
This image was inspired by all the beautiful girls and women who have been murdered because of traditions claiming to have something to do with 'honor.' (Hat tip to Pamela Geller for her hard work in putting together the stories and images of these girls and women.)
Sunday, September 19, 2010
As Christianity possesses its sacramental wine, so too does the Egyptian religion largely focus on a sacred liquid, beer. Numerous verses in the ancient Egyptian holy writings such as the Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts and Book of the Dead discusses the holy sacrament of beer, in the context of the deceased transitioning to the divine afterlife. For example, in the Pyramid Texts - the oldest of Egyptian religious writings, dating to c. 2350 BCE - there are over 40 references to beer...
Friday, September 17, 2010
Women in Buddhism
In August 2010, the Dalai Lama made a somewhat astonishing statement that he could be replaced in his leadership role by a woman, even though he clarified that she "should be attractive." Ignoring the howls of feminists about that last bit, in his remarks Tibet's exiled spiritual leader did break with long-held traditions of sexism and gender discrimination within Buddhism.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The 2011 Astrotheology Calendar serves as a basic introduction into the world of astrotheology and solar mythology. In addition to showing lunar phases and astrological signs, this calendar highlights the solstices, equinoxes and fire festivals with a different color for each of the eight relevant days. In our quest to inspire an interest in astrotheology, mythology and archaeoastronomy, we have also provided fascinating information about the astronomical alignments and astrotheological meanings of various archaeological sites and ancient artifacts from around the world.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
A collection of videos of speakers who appeared at the 9/11 rally by the Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America headed by Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller and held near Ground Zero in Manhattan on 9/11/2010. This rally also represents those who oppose the Ground Zero mosque.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years, women's progress has been cast as a struggle for equality. But what if equality isn't the end point? What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women? A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way—and its vast cultural consequences...
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little tired of this freedom of religion thing. When did religion get such a good name anyway? Hundreds of millions of people have died in religious conflicts!
Monday, September 06, 2010
Sunday, September 05, 2010
The Gospel Dates | When Were the Gospels Written?
What are the most accurate dates for the canonical gospels in the New Testament as we have them? Are these texts really the faithful accounts of eyewitnesses written shortly after Jesus's advent? Or does the evidence point to the gospels as anonymous compositions dating to the late second century?
Friday, September 03, 2010
No, that's not a misspelling of "bikinis." It refers to a female Buddhist monk.
Naturally, the females must do more penance in order to attain to enlightenment. In fact, it's generally taught that women must reincarnate as men to become Buddhas, the penis being all important in this quest, apparently.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
This government report concerning the Muslims of America-connected group Jamaat ul-Fuqra is from 2005, but critics point out that the compounds are still thriving, even though several members have been arrested over the past couple of decades. The map on the right shows known Jamaat ul-Fuqra terrorist acts in the United States during the 1980s and 90s. Despite this wide variety of crimes extending back many years, the government, media and 'neighbors' are downplaying the danger of this group continuing to operate on U.S. shores.