Israel’s Messy Package (Part 2)

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Yesterday, in Part 1, I told my personal family's jewish history in an attempt to put the existence of Israel into a broader context. Earlier enough, I had dispensed with the myth of my youth, that Israel was simply the world's and Palestine's gift to the jewish culture, a safe harbor for Jews following the atrocities of WWII. In fact, Israel was conceived by a militant zionist movement begun in the late 1800s, so it is motive that has to be understood for anything to change. (We use the word, zionists, as we use the word, christianists, to denote ...

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Israel’s Messy Package (Part 1)

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"Creating land already occupied by Palestinians would 'imperil not just American but all Western interests in the Middle East.'"

--Dean Acheson, 1947, statesman and foreign policy expert for several presidential administrations, including as Harry Truman's Secretary of State

In the early 1900s, both sides of my Jewish family fled the Kiev countryside because of the militant anti-Jewish pogroms, leaving dead my paternal great grandfather and my grandmother's infant sister killed by armed men on horseback who burned their farm to ground. Both my grandfathers were born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They didn't ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Influences

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  How do you describe it? What culture, family, or church constraints do you think interfere with full equality for all people? Let's hear your voice. Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay -- or even create an original work of art -- and express your thoughts on these topics. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. More videos.

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Counting on what is good

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By everyone's estimation, last week was bad, in fact we are having many bad weeks piling up for sometime now. But, these horrible events distract us from all the good that is emerging at the same time. It's not Pollyanna-like to see that this cauldron of world-wide strife is now bubbling over for all to see and evaluate and soundly reject.  Universal human rights, environmental protection, and self-determination, and all that they convey, will prevail, not just because of their rightness but because they represent survival. Science-denying, theocratic fundamentalists, here and abroad, simply have no future. Previously I have ...

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Our Horrible Days

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How Do We Respond to This Really Horrible Day?

"It's too late to reverse the death and destruction, but it's never too early to advocate for peace and life." -- 

Just 3 days ago, believing things are getting worse at a faster pace than ever before, we revisited Where Does of All This F*cking Evil Sh%t Come From? to offer up some explanation of why the world seems to be plummeting downward. Yesterday, everything got much worse. While the media was fixed on the passenger jet that was shot out of the sky by Russian-backed Ukrainian ...

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Transreligion for Athiests and Non-Athiests Alike

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Religious myth has only degraded and inhibited human progress. Essentially all contemporary religions are myth based. Christianity fails the test of worth when it relies on Hebrew racial myth (the old testament) and Greek philosophical myth (the concept of the Christos and related ideas) as absolute truths. We know that nothing that draws on such ancient Sci-Fi can be either true, good, or beautiful, except by accident, and thus stands forever opposed to the power of love in the world. There are, fortunately, many people (now and in the past 2000 years) who love others, serve others, do good ...

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Where Did All This F*cking Evil Sh%t Come From? (revisited)

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Evil is not itself a reality. Rather, it is the absence of meaningful reality.

Believers, Atheists, and Humanists alike are asking questions, trying to rationalize evil in the world. It seems like civilization is in retrograde when it appears to us that right-wingnuts are making more progress than they should. So what's the answer? We tried to address this a couple of years ago, and feel it is worthy of reprinting here. Let us know what you think.

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También en español It is undeniable that there is often a lot of pain and suffering in a ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: What stands in the way?

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(También en Español) What stands in the way of your sexual freedom? We want to know! Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. More videos.

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Discussing Polyamory

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Polyamory, loving more than one partner, is finally getting the exposure it needs in the media and elsewhere. These are natural relationships based on shared values and deserve just as much respect as any other relationship. This may not be your cup of tea but that doesn't mean you are incapable of recognizing and respecting relationships that are different from your own. Consider this: monogamy, and the rigid jealousy with which it is partnered, has long been the cause of so many broken families, needlessly, because of a general misunderstanding of what fidelity is all about. It's not about ...

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Arrow’s Paradox Dismembers Supreme Court Illogic

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A few years ago around July 4, we wrote about the fallacy of the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in the Citizen's United v Federal Communications Commission case opened the door to giving personal rights to corporations by prohibiting the government from restricting political expenditures. These same fallacies underpin the recent ruling in Burwell v Hobby Lobby  newly bestows on corporations the right to assert religious freedom when considering their employees birth control. Neither were good decisions. They were irrational and false because they are devoid of any valid national vision. As Congress waves its arms trying to rectify ...

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