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Tom Regan
Interests: the internet, politics, online media, star wars, the boston red sox, coaching soccer, bill forsyth films, michael connolly novels, tommy douglas, the lord of the rings film trilogy, robertson davies books, anything fried, defending the us constitution, figuring out what it means to be an american after growing up canadian.
Recent Activity
Anyone who reads this blog or my Facebook page knows that I don't hide my atheism under a bushel, so to speak. It has become one of the defining aspects of who I am. It's not that I'm pushy about it; when I meet people for the first time, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at The Happy Atheist
I was interested to read of the Texas mom who recently wrote about raising her kids without god for CNN's iReport. Her column drew hundreds of thousands of page views, the second highest for an iReport and the most comments of any submission on the citizen journalism platform. This is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at The Happy Atheist
I want to talk about death. Not because I'm pre-occupied with it. I'm not Woody Allen. But there have been incidents in the news recently that push me to write about how an atheist looks at death. As an atheist, once you die, that's it. No hanging around the pearly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at The Happy Atheist
I don't think it's ever a good idea to tell the Supreme Court to go pound sand, but that's basically what the owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of stores have decided to do. After losing a bid to deny their employees contraceptive coverage mandated under Obamacare, Hobby Lobby has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at The Happy Atheist
I struggled for a long time thinking about what I wanted to say in a post about religion and guns. I have many good friends who cherish their religious beliefs, and after a tragedy like the one that happened Friday in Connecticut, I completely understand why they turn to religion... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2012 at The Happy Atheist
I guess all those years under Tony Blair turned the Brits into "none of the above." Particularly the Welsh. I wonder how Americans would feel about the 'close ties between Britain and America' if they knew that one-quarter of the British population say they have no religion. (Thanks to Harold... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2012 at The Happy Atheist
Can I just say I'm tired of this whole 'War on Christmas" thing. I don't like wars of any kind, let alone ones about something as nice as Christmas. All that tinsel and holly and sugar cookies. What's not to like about such a warm and fuzzy celebration? Well, malls... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2012 at The Happy Atheist
Just read about Timothy Kurek, an evangelical Christian, and his decision to spend a year pretending to be gay. And more important what he learned in that year. What this kid did reminds me a lot of what John Howard Griffin wrote about in "Black like me" back in 1961.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at The Happy Atheist
An atheist. I am an atheist. Now I won't go into the story of how I became atheist. I was once a good Catholic boy. I was an altar boy. I taught the Catholic equivalent of Sunday School to defenseless young children. I even thought about being a priest at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2012 at The Happy Atheist
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Mar 15, 2010
It seems that in Iraq, the best way to make -- but not necessary keep -- a friend is to let the cash flow without strings attached. Mother Jones reports that it's known as the "make-a-sheik" program: [Sheik Eifan Saddun al-Isawi]is a beneficiary of what some American personnel call the "make-a-sheikh" program, a semiofficial, little discussed policy that since late 2006 has bankrolled Sunni sheikhs who are, in theory, committed to defending American interests in Iraq. The program was a major part of the Awakening, which the Pentagon has touted as a turning point in reducing violence and creating the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2009 at Facing East, Eyes Wide Open
A few days ago, the Israeli Consul-General in Boston, Nadav Tamir, raised a few eyebrows when an internal memo he wrote -- very critical of the Israeli government's handling of its relationship with the US -- to the Foreign Ministry back in Israel somehow found its way into the hands of the media. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) In the memo, Tamir said "The manner in which we are conducting relations with the American administration is causing strategic damage to Israel. The distance between us and the U.S. administration has clear consequences for Israeli deterrence." Ha'aretz reports today that Israel's Foreign... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2009 at Facing East, Eyes Wide Open
Inside Higher Ed muses on the influx of Iraq war vets into the Middle East Studies departments of major colleges across the U.S., and how this might change the focus of this field of study. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2009 at Facing East, Eyes Wide Open
The Pakistani newspaper Dawn reports the U.S. and Pakistan are "almost certain" that much hunted Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud is dead, and that his dead has sparked an intense struggle - complete with the kind of shootout that US movies like to show about gang wars in the US - among the remaining leaders. The Taliban are denying everything, claiming that Baitullah is alive and that there is nothing but love and brotherhood among the other commanders. But this BBC story adds an interesting twist. The Taliban is also claiming that Baitullah is "very sick" - apparently he has diabetes,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2009 at Facing East, Eyes Wide Open