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Thoughts on the UCC Shooting

I really do not want to write this.

I really feel I need to.

Another mass shooter who was “involuntary celibate,” a pedantic way of saying that he did not have sex, but wanted to, unlike those who choose celibacy for spiritual or religious reasons or for mental, physical and emotional health. Celibacy as a choice has a lot to recommend it.

So amid the usual rhetoric from the usual chatterers about gun control, race, gender, misogyny and online misogyny, might I suggest another reason?

We are in a culture that values physical attractiveness, in other words people seeing you and wanting to have sex with you above all else. We are in a culture where the worth of a man is too often rated by his ability to have sex with multiple women, the women he chooses and the woman other heterosexual men find attractive.

As a culture, we tell many men that they are not as good as other men because women do not want them as much as they want other men. This thinking is flawed. There have been awesome men, men who found cures for diseases, invented things that made our world better and created great works of art, who were not exactly chick magnets. We have men of low character, who have contributed nothing to this world, who have women fighting over them. There is no correlation between a man’s character, talent or contribution to society and women being attracted to him, just like there is no correlation between race or ethnicity and moral goodness and just like there are good poor people and evil rich people.

The pickup artist subculture, a by-now well-known community in which self-styled “pickup gurus” make fortunes on seminars, DVDs book and I don’t know what else on the connection between self-esteem and sexual success, as much if not more than it does sex drive. In other words, heterosexual men want to feel good about themselves as much if not more than they want to have sex with women.

Men (of all races, in case you are the kind of person who needs this spelled out for you) at the low end of the socioeconomic scale pride themselves and regain a sense of self-esteem and their own masculinity via sexual conquests. Men who are good at making money and nothing else garner envy through the well-known phenomenon of trophy wives.

I will cut to the chase here. We tell many men, many young men, that they do not have value and do not have a right to self-esteem because they are not attractive to women. They see a world around them where everyone else seems to be having more sex, having more fun and having more self-esteem than this culture will allow them to have.

To state the obvious, none of this is an excuse or any kind of a justification for killing other people. To again state the obvious, most of these young men do not become mass shooters.
But some do. And I wish we as a society could reach them before they become so twisted in hate and rage.


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Women Paid More Than Men! Everything you thought you knew about the wage gap is false!

The pay gap is due in large part to women attending and graduating from colleges in much higher numbers than men. This educational advantage has created a predicted future culture of women doing better-paying white collar jobs and men doing lesser-paying blue collar jobs.

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December 17, 2013 · 8:01 pm

The Secrets of Mary Magdalene

Perhaps, the greatest story ever of sin and redemption.

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September 8, 2013 · 9:03 pm

Hateful Life and Violent Death of an Atheist Leader

What to say, really, when viewing the demented rise and even more demented fall of someone who, in a healthier culture than ours, would never had been dispensed the power and privilege she flaunted and abused?

Atheist leader Madelyn Murray O’Haire was given money, fame and power for her activism, which dealt less with making things better for her community and more with attacking religious people, calling them stupid for believing in God and mocking the Pope.

Ironically, after she became the leader of an Atheist organization and the most famous Atheist in America, she would mirror the arrogance, bullying, corruption, egomania, intolerance and bad behavior of the worst of televisions evangelists.

I hate to say this, but I feel like her tactic of going on TV talk shows and acting outrageously for fame and fortune could lead one to believe she was “ahead of her time.”

Another aspect of the documentary is that one of her sons became a Christian and started a Christian political action group, therefore, becoming a commander for the other side in the war against religion that she waged all of her life.

(Note: When I say that she “waged” war on religion, I do not think all Atheist activists wage war with Theists, but just most, instead, fight battles over religion being in public life, such as city-sponsored Nativity scenes. Most Atheists do not insult people who believe differently than they do. She built a career out of mocking and insulting religion.)

Her ugly, hateful life ended in an ugly, violent death.

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September 2, 2013 · 5:19 am

This is so wrong!

When is it right to demonize people for their religious beliefs?
When is it right to go to a house of worship and yell profanity and hatred toward the religion of that house of worship?
When is bigotry against people due to their gender, race, ethnicity or religion OK?

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August 28, 2013 · 10:52 pm