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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-24 05:32
Subject: [links] Link salad is where the falling angel meets the rising ape
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Tags:cancer, christianism, climate, culture, health, personal, process, science, tech, tv

Where’s My Niche? The Unique Challenges of the Writer Blogger — Catherine Shaffer on blogging for the writer.

Some thoughts on death (my own) and cancer (my own), for those who were sensibly away from their keyboards over the weekend: Here [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] and here [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Notes while watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for the xxth time since childhood — Mark Bourne is funny and thoughtful.

In Montana, an old arcade game worth a fortune

Steve Jobs refused on/off switch for iPhone because he hoped there was an afterlife — Umm…

Annual Halloween ritualsSlacktivist Fred Clark on Christianist loon opposition to Halloween. He makes a good point about comparing Halloween hysteria to hysteria about the so-called ‘War on Christmas’. Also, this: I suppose the best way to get knee-jerk social conservatives to stop whining about Halloween would be to point out to them that all this free candy undermines Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity. Hahahahah.

GOP Candidates Wax Stupid on Religion — I quote the same Constitution the strict constructionists in the GOP all fetishize so much: no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. Hey, GOP, picking and choosing what’s convenient to your prejudices from your every-word-is-sacred Founders? Kind of like how your Christianist core treats the every-word-is-literally-true Bible, huh? Wonder if there’s a connection…

Climate Change Deniers Abandon ‘Befuddled Warmist’ Physicist Who Came Around On Global Warming — This is classic Republican thinking. When one of their own takes a careful, objective look at the facts on the ground and concludes that a cherished conservative talking point is wrong, instead of looking at the evidence, they attack the messenger.

W. enters my wife’s schoolboard raceOur family gets a close-up look of how big money has taken over politics — even at the local level. (Via [info]shsilver.)

?otD: What did you read this weekend?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Weight: 216.4
Currently (re)reading: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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scarlettina: I've been reading
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-10-24 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: What did you read this weekend?
Keyword:I've been reading
Started reading "License to Ensorcel" by Katharine Kerr, urban fantasy set in San Francisco about a psychic agent and her Israeli counterpart and their first case together. Fun stuff. Also various web and magazine articles about SEO, RPG design, ghost hunting, and Halloween decor. My tastes are nothing if not eclectic. :-)
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2011-10-24 20:39 (UTC)
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While I get very annoyed at people who want to use Mitt Romney's Mormonism (and, to a lesser extent, Jon Huntsman's) against him as he's running for President, what they're doing is not against the Constitution's prohibition against a religious test for office. Neither is saying that one doesn't think an atheist should be elected.

With only one exception (the ban on slavery in the 13th Amendment), the U.S. Constitution does not restrict the actions of private citizens, or even government officials when they are not acting in their official capacities.

The "No Religious Test" clause only applies to official requirements. So a law or regulation that established a religious test for federal office would be unconstitutional. But prejudice by voters is not.

The blogger you linked to has, therefore, waxed stupid himself.

(And yes, conservatives are making this mistake, too, in talking about anti-Mormon sentiment among GOP voters.)
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Jay Lake: politics-sideways_flag
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-24 20:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Still, while telling voters they should only vote for their co-religionists is not a test-in-law, as you correctly point out, it's a hell of a violation of the intent and spirit of the Constitution.

And while I have manifold reasons for opposing a Romney presidency, and only somewhat fewer for Huntsman, I think making an issue of their being Mormons is beyond idiotic. It's much like the criticism in the last election of McCain for being old -- specifically that he was out of touch because he couldn't use a PC -- a total red herring that has nothing to do with their qualifications for office.

Frankly, as an atheist, Perry's religious beliefs scare me a lot more than Romney's. He's close to both Millenialists and Dominionists, who are people with beliefs that have deeply frightening implications for the reality of governance. That doesn't mean I think it's a legitimate political issue per se against Perry, either. And personally, I'd love to see an avowed atheist as a major party candidate, but I'm more likely to grow a third arm than see that happen in our political system.

Edited at 2011-10-24 08:51 pm (UTC)
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