All posts by Dr. Robert N. Minor

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A Mandate to Teach Stupid Design

In all my student years, I never thought the teaching of biological evolution was anti-God or religion. Even when I studied the two creation stories in the Bible’s first book, Genesis, it didn’t seem as if they forced anyone to choose between God and evolution.

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Why Are Gay People the Way They Are?

You’ve heard the question in a number of forms: Why are gay people the way they are? I’m not talking about the complaints of critical right-wingers. They refuse to accept a rational answer, and don’t want one. I’m talking about the generalizations we make about

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After Doing Everything Right for Marriage Equality

The anti-marriage-equality juggernaut moves on successfully every time it’s put to the people. These religious and political extremists know how to use an apparently democratic process because they’ve borrowed the business lobby’s issue-distorting techniques to win referenda. Meanwhile, pro-equality activists work hard to fight a

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How to Wreck a Relationship: “Be a Lady”

Part 4 of an occasional series The ideals our culture installs in little girls to make them into “real women” hurt close relationships. The goal is to make women the warrior support personnel needed to maintain masculine-based warrior culture. The pattern of masculinity that destroys

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A Meditation on Addictive Religion

Take right-wing religion’s teaching that people are basically so evil and lost that they deserve eternal, abusive punishment. Add its effectiveness at convincing people of their innate evil because they’re prepared for it through childrearing methods that punish inherently bad children. Enforce such messages with

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When Religion is an Addiction

I remember hearing popular psychological speaker and writer John Bradshaw say that the “high” one gets from being righteous was similar to the high of cocaine. As both a former monk and addict, he knew the feelings personally. As the religious right pushes its anti-gay,