Douglas Berger

Douglas Berger
Location
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Birthday
January 14
Bio
Living in the Midwest watching TV and noodling on the computer. This is also a narcissistic attempt to create a cult following to hide my lack of talent and intelligence about a wide range of topics.

screencap of FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne

The Wrangler, the best selling nameplate for Jeep, which has been produced in Toledo Ohio for decades, might be produced elsewhere. Fiat Chrysler (FCA) owns Jeep and at the end of last year CEO Sergio Marchionne indicated that it might move Wrangler product… Read full post »

Charlie Hebdo coverThe massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris this week showed the breadth and width of views and comments on ridiculing religion. A lot of Muslims think that killing someone who ridicules their religion is a good thing while other Muslims and non-muslims don’t think that is rat… Read full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2014 3:44PM

Suicide Is Not A Solution For Change

photo of tears in an eyeThe news came out the other day that Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen in living in the Cincinnati area had died after getting hit by a truck on I-71 near her home. Later it was found out that Leelah had committed suicide. I have never been able to wrap my head… Read full post »

clip art of the Happy HumanistOn Christmas Eve, a letter to the editor in the Coloradoan newspaper caught my eye. Titled ‘Democrats force secular-humanist views’ kind of gave away the view point of the letter writer. The letter gives a good example of faulty irrational thinking and is a good opportunity to show how one… Read full post »

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I’m sure there are plenty of believers in a strip club

One tool local governments use to protect religious privilege are zoning laws. They are regulations that spell out what people can and can’t do with their property. Many zoning regulations specifically spell out protections for… Read full post »

created clipart of an atom wreathI remember the time when I revealed to my family I was a Humanist. It was at our family Christmas shindig. I wore my Humanist Community T-shirt. My Grandma asked me if I was a heathen and some cousins asked how could I celebrate Christmas if I was an atheist. Holidays… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2014 3:11PM

New Commandments For The Non-Believer

created clipart showing book cover with words Guidelines for the Non-BelieverA new book titled ‘Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century‘ by Lex Bayer and John Figdor, included a set of 10 ‘non-commandments’ for the non-believer. The authors also held a contest to crowdsource an alternative set. I was pleased tha… Read full post »

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Ohio Governor John Kasich

A new Ohio law gave tax money to groups who mentored public school children, which is a good thing. However Gov. Kasich decided to force mentoring programs to partner with faith-based groups. Kasich believes, wrongly, that the public school should be where children ge… Read full post »

created image with word AtheistsFor some years there has been a faction of atheists who use their atheism to be bigots. When asked to take some action on social justice issues like feminism or racism, some of these atheists go out of their way to ‘prove’ why their lack of values causes them to either… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 12:37PM

Where Did My Thanksgiving Parade Go?

screencap of Jack Lord hosting the Aloha Floral Parade in 1979 on CBS
Jack Lord hosting the Aloha Floral Parade in 1979 on CBS

So I got up earlier than usual on Thanksgiving morning specifically to watch the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I turn on the TV to watch but where is the parade? It is suppose to be on two networks… Read full post »

poster for the movie The Hunger Games: Catching FireI missed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie when it hit theaters last year and I thought, with Mockingjay Part 1 coming out this week, that I should get caught up. I thought for sure it would be just a rehash of the first movie and there was some of that… Read full post »

clipart showing a prohibited line through a coat hangerIn what seemed like deja vu, Republicans in the Ohio legislature rigged a committee vote on the anti-abortion law known as the Heartbeat Bill (House Bill 248). The GOP pulled a similar stunt back in 2011 in the Ohio Senate to pass out of committee Senate Bill 5 that attempted to… Read full post »

image of Bible and stethoscopeDid you know that many states, including Ohio, have religious exemptions for child abuse written into law? Short of killing the child, parents and people having custody of children can harm the health or safety of the child, by violating a duty of care, protection, or support – like refu… Read full post »

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The Alamo is the scene of another battle over historical truth

A conservative friend on Facebook posted a link to an article written by Mike Gonzalez on the The Daily Signal website that complained the reason people don’t know more about the contributions of Tejanos toward the Texas Revoluti… Read full post »

cartoon showing a line through a Christmas treeAfter being asked to add an Islamic holiday to its official calendar, a Maryland school board instead decided to remove all religious references from the calendar. Not only was it a slap to Muslims but is actually the best solution to the problem of religious privilege in public.

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image of the Athens County Ohio CourthouseOhioan Eliot Kalman intention was good but his actions in protesting an obvious church and state violation was wrong. Kalman put large stickers over a church directory in a county courthouse. While law breaking can sometimes help draw attention to civil rights violations, vandalism is almost n… Read full post »

image of the new GOP logoBoy the midterm elections held yesterday was a kick in the gut for Democrats. The party failed to get their voters to the polls. Running away from your accomplishments will do that. So why did they run away? It was combination of corporate money, a biased media, and organizational incompetence… Read full post »

image of 2014 NaNoWriMo participant badgeSaturday November 1st is the start of the annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This is where writers across the country try to write a novel with at least 50,000 words by November 30th. This year I plan to participate for the first time. In connection with the project and to… Read full post »

image of Kasich yellingBeing election season, I get campaign mailers. One mailer I got the other day was from Governor John Kasich. On the mailer, Kaisch crows about adding 250,000 jobs. Normally that would be a good thing but when you start from a 400,000 total job loss it actually looks bad.

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photo of Steve Green President of Hobby Lobby
Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby

Contrary to the views of Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, who spoke at a religious freedom summit at Cedarville University last week, standing up for his form of religious freedom would be imposing his beliefs on others.

“We have no desire, in

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image of No Poll Tax Here buttonI got my absentee ballot this week for the coming general election in November. Checking out the document and filling it out reminded me of a point about the process I wanted to make. Although it’s great people in Ohio can vote absentee without a reason, the powers that be –… Read full post »

screencap of Elly Jackson from the band La Roux
Elly Jackson from the band La Roux

The other night on Late Night with Seth Meyers I got a chance to hear La Roux, a band from the UK, and I loved the music. I really loved a song that wasn't used on the show.

 

 


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OCTOBER 6, 2014 2:28PM

It Is Not Racist To Criticize Islam

screenshot of Ben and Bill debatingThis weekend social media blew up when comedian Bill Maher and actor Ben Affleck debated Maher's views about Islam on his HBO show. Affleck makes the same mistake most liberals make when religion is involved in a debate, they conflate criticism with 'racism'. Ideas like that lead us to blasphe… Read full post »

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John Freshwater

The long drawn out saga of John Freshwater, the Mount Vernon Ohio middle school teacher who was fired for injecting his religious beliefs into his science classes, is officially over after the US Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal from a 2013 Ohio Supreme Court ruling tha… Read full post »

logo for Pulpit Freedom Sunday eventThis Sunday, October 5th, Alliance Defending Freedom’s Pulpit Freedom Sunday will take place. They claim it’s about religious freedom when in fact it’s about creating a lawsuit they can use to try and get tax regulations against electioneering by churches tossed out as uncons… Read full post »