August 10, 2015
I don’t often post pages from the IRS website. In fact, this is my first. The title basically says it all. Any church that espouses a political opinion loses its tax exempt status. Actually, it’s not just churches. This is the reason that contributions to the ACLU are not tax deductible and never have been.
Any 501(c)(3) organization that gets involved in politics is perfectly free to do so, at the expense of their tax-free status. So, the next time you hear some preacher going on about Obamacare or Democrats or anything else that advocates a particular political position, report them to the IRS.
This is not new. This has been the law for a very long time.
Here’s the link directly to the IRS site that talks about this issue.
If we all make the call whenever we hear about it, perhaps word will get around that churches have free speech regarding politics, but it’s not free. (Meaning they are within their rights to say it. But, it could cost them tax dollars.)
August 2, 2015
In an astonishingly short 8.5 minutes, Neil explains it all for us lay folks. Enjoy.
P.S. Major kudos to the sketch artist Henry Reich as well. The illustrations are amazing in their accuracy and simplicity.
June 9, 2015
First, here’s the suicide scene from the movie with a partial song, only 3 stanzas.
Alternately, here’s the complete song with lyrics.
Now here’s my take on the song. The lyrics make it one of my favorites of all time. I know all of the lyrics by heart. Though, I often get the verses out of order. I find the song hugely uplifting in the sense of knowing that when life is no longer better than the alternative, I always have a way out.
The song makes a great sales pitch for death with dignity.
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April 15, 2015
I can’t believe people actually think like this. What a load of horseshit! Holy horseshit, that is. This is actually a serious page with step-by-step instructions for trying to convince atheists to become Christian.
This will convince no one! <== Click this for laughs.
How to Persuade an Atheist to Become Christian: Provide evidence. Hard scientific evidence.
Then, when you’re done with that, be prepared to convince that former atheist that your god is worthy of worship rather than contempt.
March 20, 2015
If String Hypothesis is correct, it is possible that the LHC at full power might actually detect it by creating mini black holes. This would be incredible.
Note that what this particular article is not discussing is the possibility of Kaluza-Klein particles which would, if detected, be able to tell us not only about the existence of extra dimensions, but about the shapes of the compactified dimensions. But, that will have to wait for another article.
Large Hadron Collider Could Detect Extra Dimensions
March 2, 2015
It’s amazing that someone figured out a way to capture this. And, the image is quite beautiful as well.
February 19, 2015
I couldn’t resist posting this comic. Guess I really am a geek.
Click here for larger image, courtesy of xkcd.com