Tag Archives: Religion

State of the Week: A Monumental Fight

This week Oklahoma removed a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn of the state capitol. I’ve got nothing against Ten Commandment monuments, but I do have a problem with violating the separation of Church and State. Fortunately, in this instance, all sorts of hilarity ensued leading up to the removal, including a typo etched into read more »

St. Darwin Day

  Today is Charles Darwin’s 203rd birthday, so I wish to extend holiday greetings to any devout atheists or agnostics planning to attend services. There are services, incidentally. They’re called “Phylum Feasts,” and hearken back to Darwin’s days at Cambridge where he and like-minded members of the Gourmet Club met weekly to devour whatever novel read more »

Do Lesbians Cause Tornadoes?

My state’s constitution seems to contain a provision requiring that once every two years we must pass a bill which dazzles the entire country in its glittering, bejeweled stupidity. Not all of them are bad. I rather like the absurd ones. For instance, it is illegal to go whale hunting in Oklahoma. That law is read more »

Lack of Warfare Makes Geneva Boring

I wake up at my second alarm and groggily accept a cup and pill from Young before my eyes have fully opened. “Here,” he says, “pop this.” Having traveled with me before, Young has struck onto the brilliant plan of stuffing me full of caffeine pills each morning before my groggy demeanor compels me to read more »

Monks & Hippies

With the exception of the abbot and a couple of monks, most of Samye Ling’s tonsured are Brits. Which is funny, as all Scots look like thugs when their heads are shaved. An effect heightened by the many tattoos which creep out from the shadows of the monks’ red robes. I suspect several of the read more »

Holy Islands and Live Burials

Iona is a grand volcanic belch, crumbled by time and blanketed with thick, furry grass. It’s only a mile and a half by three miles, which means it’s small enough to explore in a day, but large enough to escape other travelers amidst a range of hills, beaches and bogs. Significant chunks of my time read more »

St. Andrew’s

St. Andrew’s is a small coast-nudging college town which sports Scotland’s oldest university and the birthplace of golf. Named after the Apostle Andrew, who allegedly journeyed to the Kingdom of Fife posthumously at the behest of a Greek monk. You can see the ruins of the cathedral today; huge spires of Gothic rubble peaking out read more »