Same Old Craziness

September 25, 2016

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October 31, 2006.  Ten years ago on Halloween night 12 people burned to death at the historic Mizpah Hotel in downtown Reno, Nevada. Their assailant, Valerie Moore, got drunk and became angry enough to place a mattress against another tenant’s door and throw a match.  A convicted felon on parole following a murder conviction with two life sentences, Ms. Moore was able to get drunk and kill 12 people despite the fact that she had a known drinking problem, had murdered before and had a parole officer. That Halloween night, all available law enforcement officers in Nevada, not otherwise detailed helped conduct Operation Scarecrow, the annual exercise designed to show the public that state government is keeping people safe…from sex offenders, felons with a documented low rate of recidivism.   No one in the media picked up on the fact that in a world of finite tax dollars available to spend on public safety–personnel were pulled from other duties allowing people like Ms. Moore to literally get away with murder–mass murder in this case. We allow such public policy because of our own discomfort with sexuality. The flames that consumed the hotel were fueled by the public servants who began...

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Best Sermon (I Ever Slept With) Ever

August 9, 2016

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In the US churches have been struggling for decades with declining membership and frankly, declining relevance.  Naturally for them, it is unthinkable to consider the content of their message and, this being the USA, it is time to call in marketers rather than examine their product. Recently, a friend of SF shared a presentation he was making to church denominational leadership.  A central feature of his presentation was "the best sermon I ever heard, one that gives people a sense of meaning, wonder and belonging."  It was a video of astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson in which Tyson describes the sense of meaning, wonder and belonging he gets from contemplating the universe.  Please watch it, full screen, it's beautiful and inspiring. Churches may once have given a sense of meaning, wonder and belonging to people but no longer are they able to do so.  Nowadays, recreation, professional sports, politics, charities, environmentalism, and yes, even astrophysics represent the known competition to church attendance.  Yet there is little danger of Americans en masse becoming political junkies or trying to break down the doors to the nearest university's astrophysics department.  Churches' greatest competition is the same as it has always been:...

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We’re All Sexual Beings

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For the last few years Sexual Futurist has helped make possible a discussion about human sexuality that could be based on reason and knowledge.  Our most recent effort is a book--the type of book that has never been available before.  Using everyday language with no vulgarity, no scientific terms for anatomy (no discussion of anatomy whatsoever!), and no religious tie-ins we examine the notion of "sexual needs" in the same manner one might take a look at intellectual needs, emotional needs or any other kind of human need.  The book is a celebration of human diversity and human unity: we may be of different ethnicity, different sexual orientation, different stages in the life cycle--but we all nevertheless are united in being as sexual as we are social, intellectual, emotional or spiritual. To see what the book looks like (at least the first few pages) you can click the link on the image of the book above or here or click on "our book" at the top of our home page.  You can also get a better price on (where else?) Amazon if you like.  If you're open to a new way of talking about human sexuality, if you want a...

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