I went to see Atlas Shrugged Part III the night it opened. The evening led me to reflect on what had attracted me to Ayn Rand as a twenty-something graduate student in economics.
And let it be said: I was very attracted to her ideas. I appreciated how she dramatized the evils of a centrally planned economy. I was persuaded by her depiction of the fast descent of economic control into a totalitarian state.
Most of all, I loved how she said it was ok to be selfish. There it is. The naked truth about the appeal of Ayn Rand. Selfishness and an irrational individualism continues to be a glaring weakness of much of the Right today. more >>
Openly Secular, a non-theist organization, has added two new high-profile members to its coalition and released a new trailer encouraging others to come forward.
Former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank and former NFL star Chris Kluwe are the most recent high-profile persons to come forward and speak out about discrimination against atheists, agnostics, and humanists.
"It's important for secularists to be vocal about who they are … in a truly functional society, in a stable society, everyone is afforded the same freedom to be who they are no matter what that is as long as it doesn't infringe upon the rights of other people to be who they are," Kluwe said in a video published by the organization's site. "If you want to enjoy your own beliefs, then you have to fight for everyone else's beliefs just as hard, because if you don't, someday you might be on the other side of that line and you're not going to be very happy when that day comes." more >>
The highly anticipated Satanic "black mass" that was held Sunday night at an Oklahoma City civic center drew exponentially more protesters than actual attendees but the service continued as scheduled despite efforts from some protesters to disrupt the event.
As more than 80,000 people signed an online petition that condemned the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate event, hundreds of people from many different walks of faith and different areas of the country crowded around the outside of the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall in protest of the event which was created by the group's co-founder Adam Daniels. The event itself only had 43 attendees despite selling 88 tickets for a price of $17.50 per ticket.
Although most of the protesters stayed within their limits and maintained a peaceful display of differing religious and christian views, police had to intervene on several occasions to protect the service from being interrupted, according to a spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Department of Parks and Recreations. more >>
One of the lead actors in the hit Christian film "God's Not Dead" recently shared his opinion on why Hollywood tends to make relatively few Christian-themed films.
Kevin Sorbo, an actor who played the skeptical professor in the blockbuster film, recently talked with Peter Heck on his radio program about "God's Not Dead" and Hollywood movies.
Observing the success of "God's Not Dead," Heck noted that there "is a market" for Chrsistian films and asked Sorbo when he thinks Hollywood will "get it." more >>
After being pressured to allow atheists to distribute materials in public schools declaring that "Jesus is dead," the Orange County School District in Florida may soon have to allow satanic books to be distributed to children, all because they allowed the distribution of Bibles in the schools.
In a press release issued Sunday, The Satanic Temple said it was the decision by the Orange County School Board that sparked their push to introduce satanism to children in schools.
"We would never seek to establish a precedent of disseminating our religious materials in public schools, because we believe our constitutional values are better served by respecting a strong separation of church and state," The Satanic Temple's spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, noted in the release. more >>
Physician-assisted suicide, much like abortion and same-sex marriage, has become something of a cultural bellwether. Support for the right to end your own life indicates that you are a progressive-minded, compassionate person sensitive to the unique feelings and experiences of individuals facing terminal illness or chronic pain. It means you value the right of self-determination, and oppose the would-be tyranny of moral absolutes promoted by the politically conservative and spiritually religious.
The Discovery Institute's Wesley J. Smith recently penned a piece for First Things discussing the media's treatment of the issue of suicide. Smith cites a recent NBC story featuring NPR's Dianne Rehm, whose husband John committed suicide by dehydration and starvation to escape the ravages of Parkinson's Disease:
"In the story's telling, John's suicide was necessary. The only question should be how best to get it done. It is a profound disservice to the gravity of this issue that the media give scandalously short shrift to the many stories of people who find meaning and hope in life even as they grapple with the anguish of profound disabilities. But the stories are not hard to find – if only journalists were as interested in promoting hope as they are assisted suicide." more >>