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I Oppose Wrong Beliefs, Not People
November 13, 2017

I oppose wrong beliefs and ideologies, not people. Had I walked in another's shoes, I might believe and do as they believe and do. I don't oppose people. I seek to persuade them. Wrong beliefs and ideologies are forever wrong, but a wrong person can choose to become right.


Religious Freedom and Sexual Identity
September 13, 2016

Religious freedom and sexual identity are incompatible. Religious freedom requires the ability to treat a behavior as wrong, but sexual identity declares that some behaviors are so intrinsic to one's identity we should not have the freedom to treat them as wrong. Our society can have either religious freedom or it can have sexual identity. It cannot have both.

Related essay:
How Anti-Discrimination Laws Are Used to Discriminate Against Religion


Magical Words
May 19, 2016

You can prove a man's height. You can prove his weight, his blood type, his skin color, his biological sex. But you can't prove a man is a woman, not without the mystical power of "Gender Identity", not without the magical words "I am a woman".

And what if I don't believe those words are magic?

Related essay:
Divine Authority and "Gender Identity"


Psychologists and Biology
May 12, 2016

Psychologists do not hold precedence over biology. The fact that a man feels more comfortable while pretending to be a woman doesn't mean he is a woman. It just means he is a man in need of a better psychologist.

Related essay:
Some Connected Thoughts about Gender


"Transgender" Is a Religious Term
May 11, 2016

"Transgender" is a religious term used by a religion I don't believe in.

Related essay:
Opposition to "Gender Identity" Is Driven by Logic, Not Religion


The Cognitive Dissonance of "Gender Identity"
April 20, 2016

Gender, if divorced from biological sex, is pointless. That's the true core of our society's conflict over "gender identity" today. It's the cognitive dissonance. We're expected to believe that gender actually matters (and therefore we should bother paying attention to it) and to simultaneously believe that gender doesn't matter (and therefore people can claim to be whatever gender they want, despite their biology). It's us staring up at a bright blue sky while activist bullies are screaming in our ears that it's green, and the whole time Darwin is watching from afar, snickering.


Skin Color Doesn't Matter
April 11, 2016

If telling someone their skin color prohibits them from the hair style of their choice isn't an example of blatant racism, then what is the point of even having the word? We are not our skin color. Skin color doesn't matter. It neither defines nor limits us. Those who disagree, who persist in viewing the world through race-tinted glasses, who judge words by the color of the speaker, who judge actions by the color of the doer, who demand that freedom itself be dictated by the color of our skin—those are today's racists.


Discrimination Against Moral Beliefs
March 25, 2016

Self-righteous activists, who claim to oppose discrimination, are advocating for laws and policies that discriminate against those who hold different moral beliefs.


Giants Beget Dwarfs
March 16, 2016

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants, whom I criticize for not seeing as far as I, standing on their shoulders, am able to see.


Gender Is Not a Religious Concept
March 3, 2016

Religion is about the unseen. Gender is not. When gender-identity missionaries knock on Mother Nature's door, she unleashes Darwin to chase them off her lawn.


Corrupted Wisdom
February 27, 2016

Our society seeks wisdom and guidance from those who've been corrupted by fame and fortune. This won't end well.


Behavior Identities
February 20, 2016

Behavior identities (also referred to as identity shells) are manipulative, artificial labels placed around behaviors to force us to accept what we otherwise wouldn't. When you see a behavior identity being used, replace the false label with the behavior it is hiding and notice how much clearer the situation becomes.

You are being manipulated. Doesn't that bother you? Because, frankly, it pisses me off.


It's Not Fun to Say No
February 12, 2016

Because it's not fun (or comfortable) to tell someone no, our moral principles tend to become the lowest common denominator of those we associate with. Oh, that more of us could have the strength to tell family and friends we love them and that's why we expect better of them!


The Discouragement of Wrong Behavior
February 6, 2016

Everyone treats wrong behavior differently from right behavior. There's nothing remarkable about that. All of us do it, each following our own definition of right and wrong. Whether the personal disapproval of individuals or the legal consequences of government, the effect is the same: a discouragement of behavior we consider to be wrong.

There are, unfortunately, some who try to hide certain behaviors behind a facade of identity in an attempt to place those behaviors out-of-bounds for disapproval; but that manipulative tactic is a topic for another day.


Anti-Discrimination Laws
January 12, 2016

Anti-discrimination laws, which in the past were used to protect the equality of people, are now being used to impose the acceptance of ideology. "Thou shalt not discourage this behavior"—that is the message of anti-discrimination laws today. It's time for such laws to be relegated to the past. As long as we allow them to remain, they will continue to become more and more corrupted.


Paying the Price
November 4, 2015

We are paying the price today for mistakes made by prior generations. In like manner, our children and grandchildren will one day pay the price for the mistakes our society is making today.


The Word 'Sexist'
October 26, 2015

If the word 'sexist' is used to describe someone who treats one gender differently than the other, then the word is meaningless and should be retired. The word only has meaning when it refers to someone who treats either gender intentionally worse. If nature is sexist, then nothing is.


Racial Strife
October 19, 2015

As long as those who profit from racial strife are allowed to remain in positions of power and prestige, there will always be racial strife.


Logic
September 28, 2015

There is no perfect argument, no logic that cannot itself be torn down by logic. It all sits upon shifting sands of subjectivity, its inputs and weights constantly changing. That which is considered proven today will be disproven tomorrow. Logic does not lead to truth. It only leads to temporary conclusions.


Society's Roles
January 6, 2015

If a society wants to survive, then one of the most important roles of its men must be that of a father, and one of the most important roles of its women must be that of a mother. If a society recognizes this and has any common sense, then the most important role of its men will be that of a husband, and the most important role of its women will be that of a wife.


Stars and Black Holes
December 27, 2014

Being an emotional black hole is a miserable existence—constantly sucking in energy, a net negative on everyone around them. Fulfillment comes from being like a star instead—always shining outward, intent on being useful to others.


Creation of Persons
December 20, 2014

The greatest thing we can do is create something, and the greatest thing we can create is a person, not just the creation of their body but the development of their mind and soul as well. God feels joy at our progression, and we can feel that same joy at the progression of others.


Deference for Doctrine
November 15, 2014

Those who follow the doctrines of the crowd do not deserve more deference than those who follow the doctrines of a church.


Duty to Stand
October 14, 2014

Although we might believe the decline of society is inevitable, it remains our duty and privilege to stand against it anyway.


Our Favorite Prophets
October 2, 2014

Our favorite "prophets" are those who tell us that everything we're doing is perfectly fine. Prophets who preach hard changes? We don't like those.


Repentance
September 30, 2014

Repentance is about progress, not avoidance of punishment.


Be Purposeful
September 26, 2014

Due to the pervasiveness of Internet pornography, any man who is not taking purposeful measures to resist it is probably looking at it.


Communities
September 19, 2014

Being part of a community allows you to influence others within that community, but it also allows you yourself to be influenced, to come to believe and value what that community believes and values. Choose your communities wisely. Don't join any that would lead you where you don't want to go.


Daily Rhythm
September 17, 2014

We underappreciate the importance of daily rhythm, the chance to start afresh each morning, to do better than the day before. This is especially true for struggles against compulsions and addictions. Yesterday's mistakes are yesterday's mistakes; today is a new today. How beautiful the sunrise!


Two Realities
September 15, 2014

There are two realities. There is what is, and there is what we say is. We can bend the latter to our liking, but the former remains firm, and our foolishness can be measured by the distance we create between the two.


Decent Society
September 12, 2014

You can't kick the decent out of decent society. Well, you can, but the result is a society that isn't decent anymore.


Opponents and Allies
September 10, 2014

Those who oppose you need not be permanent opponents. Always leave an opening for them to become your allies.


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