Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Resistance: Fighting Assimilation by the Borg (Bannon.Org)


Miracle GirlResistance: Fighting Assimilation by the Borg (Bannon.Org)

Sorry, Borg (Bannon.org), but resistance isn't futile. You may have taken over the ship of state, but we will fight your hostile takeover to the end. Our ideals are at stake and we've only begun to fight.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Trump Administration to Investigate Illegal Zombie Voters


Miracle GirlTrump Administration to Investigate Illegal Zombie Voters


Satire: The Trump Administration announces a major investigation into millions of zombie voters casting votes illegally. Said 
President Trump, "When Mexico sends its undead, they're not sending their very best."

Fear the walking dead voters. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Why I Don’t Hit Men: A Satirical Answer to C.R. Wiley


Miracle GirlWhy I Don’t Hit Men: A Satirical Answer to C.R. Wiley

Whenever a woman usurps the power invested in men by the Lord above it saps his glory seed, says Mrs. Jeanie N. DeSky in this evangelical satire. 

Every sperm is sacred...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Theism: The Great Gaytheist Manifesto Debate

Miracle GirlAnti-Theism: The Great Gaytheist Manifesto Debate

The sparks flew during my Gaytheist Manifesto podcast debate with Danthropology's Dan Arel and host/Patheos Nonreligious blogger Callie Wright.
Let's just say there were a few points of disagreement!

Old Man Trump’s Chip Off the Old Block


Miracle GirlOld Man Trump’s Chip Off the Old Block

The Big Apple real estate developer doesn't fall far from the family's racist tree. Fred Trump left his racist legacy to his son Donald Trump. Woody Guthrie called him on it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Barack Obama: Waving Goodbye to the Humanist-in-Chief


Miracle GirlBarack Obama: Waving Goodbye to the Humanist-in-Chief
President Obama looks like a humanist and quacks like one too. Our next president? Not so much.


Indeed, Barack Obama has been the most atheist-positive president in history. He was also the first president raised by a humanist. Coincidence?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Heedlessly Diving off the Healthcare Cliff



Miracle GirlHeedlessly Diving off the Healthcare Cliff

The GOP is diving over the healthcare precipice, but it will be the American people buried under its rubble. It won't be the fall, but the sudden stop that destroys the healthcare of millions.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Meryl Streep’s Golden Plea for Empathy


Miracle GirlMeryl Streep’s Golden Plea for Empathy



Empathy didn't die on November 8. Like Hollywood liberals, humanists need to take every opportunity to defend the defenseless, fighting for the values we care so deeply about. 

If we don't make our voices heard, the schoolyard bully wins.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Secondhand Prayer: I Prayed to the God-Monster Under My Bed



Miracle GirlSecondhand Prayer: I Prayed to the God-Monster Under My Bed

I prayed to a god I didn't believe in as a child because he had become the monster under my bed. I also learned that fear of Hellfire is a communicable disease.

It was a crazy, mixed up kind of secular childhood.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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In July of 2013, I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died. When I awoke from the coma, I could barely lift my head. It has been a hard road to recovery. The doctors advised my loved ones to give up all hope for my full recovery, but while they were shining lights in my eyes to gauge my level of consciousness, I was telling them grumpily to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep...in my coma-dream. I was experiencing covert cognition, and the coma-dream was my version of a near-death experience. I'm a skeptic, so I saw surreal images instead of spirits or dead loved ones. According to my research, as many as one in five people with consciousness disorders have covert cognition.

Not a miracle recovery, but a miracle of modern medicine

In 2013 I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died after I contracted legionella. The Legionnaire's disease was in turn triggered by immunosuppression caused by the prednisone I was taking for my rare autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis.

I suffered a series of strokes on both sides of my brain when the sepsis caused my blood pressure to plummet. I fell into a deep coma. My kidneys and lungs began to fail, as my body was began dying one organ at a time. My doctors told my loved ones to give up hope for my full recovery. They expected me to die, and even if I somehow lived, I would remain a vegetable or at best left so hopelessly brain-damaged that I would never be same. But unbeknownst to them, while they were shining lights in my eyes and shaking their heads, I was telling them in my coma-dream--my secular version of a near-death experience--to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep. I was experiencing what is known as covert cognition, the subject of my Skeptical Inquirer article "Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience," which appeared in their July/August issue.

But it wasn't a miracle--despite what so many continue to believe--that I recovered so fully. I owe my life not to God, but the miracles of modern medicine, as well as the nature of the watershed-area brain damage I suffered, as I detailed in my article and in this blog.