Milo wrote in and said, "The quiet spell over here is starting to get a little disconcerting... "
I know and I apologize. Part of my silence stems from the fact that I *really* can't talk about what happened. But, "what happened" is constantly on my mind. The last two weeks have been intensely emotional and draining. I think I've experienced every emotion possible. And, when you have a disease like the one I deal with everyday, this constant swing of emotions leads to a breakdown of the physical. And, to a large extent, I'm really trying to focus on my family until I know we're all okay and can move on. That may take some time. I know that means losing readership. But, as much as I love 99% of you, I love my children and my husband more.
That said, I do have some issues I'd like to comment on.
If you haven't done so, then do go over to The Atheist Experience and watch this week's episode. Apart from getting to see Matt D with a jester's hat and Russell's air drumming, you'll also get to see the take-down of Patrick Greene. Greene is an atheist who, after some previous success in a law suit regarding the Establishment Clause, has become seemingly additcted to finding more things to sue about. He's an atheist. But, as this episode of AE illustrates,...just because you share an opinion on the non-existance of a deity does not guarantee you share an opinion on anything else. I want to write more on this, but words fail to adequately convey the level of Green's delusion.
I'd also like to say that I commend PZ for his handling of CrackerGate08. Not only did he succesfully prove that a consecrated cracker does not bleed when you stick a nail through it (as one might expect from human flesh), but he also managed to highlight some brilliant hypocrisy from the Catholic Church.
Finally, over the last two months, I've been having a conversation with a theist (Barbara) via e-mail. Normally, this isn't that noteworthy. However, in this case, the discussion has remained congenial and informative for over fifteen exchanges. While I would categorize Barbara as a deist, she claims to be "an ordinary Christian". I think she's far more than ordinary. For one, it's rare that a theist e-mails an atheist with the sole purpose of learning more about what atheists are or believe. Yet, that's exactly what she did. Thought we agree to disagree, I have to give her kudos for her attitude and desire to educate herself about people on the other side of the table. Cheers and Happy Birthday to Barbara.