Posts Tagged ‘government


Do you approve of capital punishment? Explain.

(This is the 18th question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

I used to strongly support capital punishment, but in recent years, I have begun to rethink my position. I have heard some pretty convincing arguments against it, and I am still considering them.

Since I can’t offer a definite answer at this time, I’m going to bow out of this one for now.


How do you feel about government/politics?

(This is the 12th question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

How do you feel about government/politics?

I hate* politics**, and I am frequently let down by my government.

And in most cases, I do not discuss religion or politics with anyone. Both subjects are practically guaranteed to reverse the opinion that some people have about you, and usually for the worse.

Oddly enough, I’m a big fan of elections, however. Not the smear campaigns that invariably result, but the debates, the strategies, the predictions, the issues, the counting of the polls on election day – I enjoy those parts of it a lot. I figure that enjoy it the same way that most other people enjoy a big sporting event.

(* Yep, you caught me using the word “hate.” You may also notice that I never use it about people, only ideas and concepts.)

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