new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Monday, May 31, 2010

pz myers on patriotism

this is by no means an american issue, as i see it in greece as well, where there is, unfortunately, no separation of church and state, where one often hears the motto, πατρίς θρησκεία οικογένεια, translating to country, religion, family.

here's pz:

'i usually complain about religion here, but today i have to add another target: patriotism. it's the same thing, opening a door to unthinking authoritarianism, and it always leads to oppression. quite contrary to the claims of fanatical christians, the heart of a thriving democracy has to be constant questioning of the operation of the government — to marry religion to our government is antithetical to its founding principles, and even to regard those founding principles as inviolate and somehow imbued with godly authority is a betrayal.

when i was growing up in the 60s and 70s, there was a common slogan thrown around by defenders of the status quo: "my country, right or wrong." even at my young age, that always seemed insane: if my country is wrong, shouldn't i want to change it?

question religion. but also question your government. it wasn't founded by gods.'

read the entire piece here.

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