Christopher Hitchens debates Barry Brummett

I haven’t watched this debate yet, but I really (really) want to.

I’m posting it here now, so that I can return to it when I have time.

About the vid:

Debate between renowned journalist and author Christopher Hitchens and Dr. Barry Brummett (Chair, Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin) on the resolution “Religion has been a positive force in culture,” June 4, 2011. Organized by the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo (, as part of the Literature, Rhetoric, and Values Conference, 3-5 June 2011.

Moderated by Jian Ghomeshi, an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer. He is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk program, Q, on CBC Radio One and CBC TV ( Since its inception in 2007, Q has garnered the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has become the highest-rated show in its morning time slot in CBC history.

What the funny kids are posting

The funny guy over at Tastefully Offensivemakes me laugh.

Here is a quick collection of recent posts that I thought you would LOVE to pieces.

iPhone text conversation says, “Hey girl it’s melanie from old navy could you take my 4:45-9 shift tonight.” “Yea I’d love to take your hours.” “Yay thanks you’re the best.” “BTW you have the wrong number, you should probably get ready for work.” “What?”

Things I do at costco. SHop for stuff. Eat free samples. Think about how badly I want to climb those giant shelves.

What’s brown and rhymes with snoops? Dr. Dre. 

reblog: Why Are Christians Leaving the Church? Turns Out It’s the Churches’ Fault

The Friendly Atheist
Image by alvaroprieto via Flickr

You should check out this post from Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta.

It’s a rundown from a Christian author as to why church attendance among young people is declining.

The book he references is called, “You Lost Me,” by David Kinnaman.

It appears brainwashing isn’t working as well as it used to.

What, with all the sources of information available and all, why would church attendance increase? Common sense should be the culprit for church attendance decline, but we’ll settle for information dissemination.

Anyway, check out the post here.

Here are the six reasons that Hemant posted from the book:

  1. The Church is too insular — They tell you everything outside the church is bad and wrong… even though young people know that’s not the case.
  2. Church isn’t important, relevant, or interesting to the younger generation.
  3. Christians are too anti-science.
  4. Christians are sex-negative, wrongly pushing abstinence-only education and avoiding frank discussions about sex.
  5. Christianity is too “exclusive” — you’re either one of them or you’re the enemy.
  6. Christians are hostile to those who doubt any part of the faith.

Those aren’t all the reasons in the book, but they are the ones that Hemant pulled out.

We all know the real reason why church is in decline … it’s because a little red man, with horns, hooves and a pitchfork has tempted the kids away … with his magical powers.

Isn’t it obvious?

On the road again

World's Largest Chest of Drawers in High Point, NC
Image via Wikipedia

Tina-beans and yours truly are hitting the road this weekend. We’re driving deep into the Yeshua Fog™ with Talulah to land at my parents’ house in High Point, NC.

This trip is something we’ve been hoping to do for a couple months. So we’re going.

At the time that this blog posts, we will have been on the road for 30 minutes. So be sure to say a little godless prayer for us and all the other drivers … that they and we know how to drive without hitting each other.

In the meantime, it’ll be breakfast as usual.

In case you were wondering, High Point is considered (by some) to be the Furniture Capital of the World. Do you like how I all-capped that?

The image is a large chest-o-drawers that is located downtown. It’s a landmark, and if you get your photo near it, you’ll never be the same again.

You’ll get a lot of chances to see our progress through the week. You’ll be updated with hilarity and photos that you’ve NEVER EVER seen before.

You’ll thank yourself endlessly for following this blog and wonder why there is any other blog you ever considered following.

It’s true.

Believe me.

I speak-a dah truth.

Postscript: Don’t be a stranger today … there are plenty of posts scheduled throughout the day. It’ll be as if my alter-ego has taken over and he’s posting today.