Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Samhain

Here's wishing everyone a pleasant, fulfilling, and indulgent Samhain!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Devil's Night Interviews

I have conducted two exciting interviews that will run on 89.7 KMSU FM on October 30th.

First is with author Peter Bracke, author of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th. This is a beautiful book and constitutes the definitive history of the series. Bracke discussed the production of the book, the cultural and commercial legacy of Friday the 13th, and the future of the franchise. The interview will air as a part of Maverick at the Movies between 11am and noon (CST) on Sunday, October 30th.

Second is an interview with Magistra Peggy Nadramia, a high priestess in the Church of Satan. Magistra Nadramia spoke about the form and function of satanic rituals and the interview is followed by a broadcast of "The Satanic Mass" as recorded by Anton LaVey. The program will air at 11pm (CST) on Sunday, October 30th.

Both programs can be heard on 89.7 KMSU FM in the southern Minnesota area or online here.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Intelligent Arguments

The Intelligent Design trial in Pennsylvania recently featured testimony by Michael J. Behe, one of the lead architects of the theory. In his testimony he "acknowledged that under his definition of a scientific theory, astrology would fit as neatly as intelligent design" and said "'Intelligent design is certainly not the dominant view of the scientific community.'" These two statements are major strikes against many of the advocates of Intelligent Design, who often claim that Intelligent Design is not religion and that the theory has scientific backing.

Satire has a way of making arguments clearer.

Friday, October 14, 2005

The Politics of Denial

Right now the talking heads on television are obsessed with discussing the nomination of Harriet Miers for Supreme Court justice. A worthy debate, although the ADD media has once again drowned out all other news stories, like the situation in Iraq.

Much has been made about Miers close ties to the President and her lack of experience; even Ann Coulter, who has typically been a defender of the administration, has protested the nomination. Christopher Hitchens has written a piece on the subject from a slightly different angle. While it is well known that Miers is a conservative Christian, her nomination is not that different from John Robberts, who, according to Hitchens, once said that if a conflict arose between the law and the teachings of the Vatican, he would recuse himself. If Roberts is unable to separate his faith from a matter of secular law, why is he a justice at any level? This is the kind of question that should have been asked of Roberts during his hearing process, one I am hoping that our senators will raise during Miers' hearing. We should not be surprised that Bush has nominated Christian for the post. For Bush, her religious zeal is her qualification to serve on the bench.

This article describes a Bush's press conference to defend the attacks on the nomination:

"'Of all the people in the United States you had to choose from, is Harriet Miers the most qualified to serve on the Supreme Court?' Mr. Bush was asked. 'Yes' he answered. Has he ever discussed abortion with her? 'Not to my recollection.' How much political capital does he have left? 'Plenty.' With a straight face he promised that Ms. Miers was 'not going to change' and that '20 years from now she'll be the same person with the same philosophy that she is today.' Even were that a praiseworthy attribute, it would still contradict the history of a woman who abandoned her Roman Catholic faith for evangelical Christianity and the Democratic Party for the Republicans."

With outrage coming from the right and the left, I don't feel so concerned about this nomination because I do not think it is going anywhere. But what does concern me is the level to which this president is disconnected from reality.