Updated blogroll and my same-sex marriage rants

As I’m trying to actually blog again, I figured it was probably a wizard idea, you know, to cleanup the ‘ole blogroll. I got rid of some of the blogs that appear inactive for some time and added some new(ish) ones that I’m about to plug.

First of all, if any of my visitors bothered to peruse my site, they probably noticed that many of my posts attack the push for same-sex marriage. Admittedly, I got pretty polemical in those takedown pieces, especially when I asserted criticisms of the movement seemingly without basis. Well, here’s that basis that has really informed my thinking on the issue to conclude that same-sex marriage, as a means for granting rights, has really no legs to stand upon once you get a philosophical, cultural and historical understanding of what marriage has been through time. Of course, we never hear that side of debate from the mainstream media in their rather finite wisdom. And you’re just going to have to take my word on that claim given my pedigree: six years at the world’s oldest and best journalism school, now four years of work at a professional-level newspaper and my master’s thesis centers on what’s known in mass media scholarship as the social responsibility theory of the press.

But don’t take my word on same-sex marriage. Instead, please give The Public Discourse a try. It’s edited by Ryan T. Anderson who coauthored a book entitled What is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, which was cited in one of the dissents of the Windsor vs. United States ruling. I’ve read summaries of the book’s arguments on this site, and they’re philosophically robust, certainly more so than the strawman United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner mistakenly appraises in his recent decision for the cases in Indiana and Wisconsin.

If you find their logic cold, perhaps you’ll find the narrative experience of a mother who was raised by a same-sex couple more compelling. The “bigot” of askthebigot is hardly a hate monger. She has saintly patience and always treats those interlocutors who disagree with her with the utmost dignity.

Thirdly, I give you Professor Robert Oscar López of EnglishManif. He too was reared by a lesbian couple, but has become staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage based on the implications for child rights. Although married and raising a child, he openly identifies as bisexual, so calling him a bigot is dubious. Plus, he has intimate knowledge of the nature of gay communities and relationships because he lived them. He is a fantastic writer and cuts to the heart of the matter with incisive verve.

On a different note, you all should go to Pretentious Musings, which is overseen by Oscar Rivera. Oscar was the first person to welcome me on this journey I started four years ago. He and I have similar interests but agree on absolutely nothing. He still is top drawer guy and one of the most open-minded individuals I have ever encountered online. Like me, it looks like he’s back from hibernation and now doing something a little different but still definitely worth a clicksey to checkout. 

Best of browsing,

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A New Look and a New Post

Yeah so,

I’ve been gone for a while.  School and just life in general does not want me to have a prolific blogging career.  The summer, however, is almost upon us and I hope to put out more content.  What’s forthcoming is definitely a response to Oscar and the Euthyphro Dilemma.

What also was long forthcoming was a redesign overhaul of the site.  This past semester I learned a few tricks about visual aesthetics and readability/legibility and realized my blog didn’t failed miserably in those respects.  So, hopefully it’s easier on the eyes and just more pleasant to interface with.

Plus, as an added bonus, I’ll show you a paper I wrote for my ethics class.  I don’t think it’s particularly good or insightful as I’m still a LONG way from being a well versed and argument-hardened “philosophizer,” but I feel it would interest the philosophically inclined out there like Oscar or Occam.  I’ll post it right after this but offer a PDF of it here because it’s long for a blog post.


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Borders, Betrand Russell, and the Mind


I’m planning on getting some new stuff up here soon.  Topics I want to post have been percolating in my brain for some time now.  I’ve just been very else where lately and haven’t gotten to it yet.

I’m inspired to crank out some posts because I took a visit to my local Borders.  They had a going-out-of-business sale, and I picked up a few books.  One is an overview of philosophy of mind, which I consider a subject I need to learn more about.  The second is Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a  Christian.  I’ve wanted to read what one of the greatest atheistic thinkers of the past century had to levy against Christian theism.  As of now, I’m only a few pages in, but it feels a little too reminiscent of the vitriol of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris.  With my choice in Russell, I intended to avoid the sophistry of the “four horsemen.”  Pardon the pun, but I sincerely hope I haven’t misplaced my faith in the wrong atheist with my selection.  Anyway, I’ll be posting my thoughts on it when I’m finished for everyone to see.

And not to borrow from Ron Burgundy too much:

Stay classy, Internet world,

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I’m Alive!

Hey everybody,

I just wanted to let you know that I will post something either tonight or tomorrow.  The reason for my lengthy absence has been I’ve been working over 70 hours a week at my internship and job.  But don’t fret; new content is on its way.


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Enter the Pownage: An Introduction to Modus Pownens


Before I get to writing purposefully for this freshly started blog, I wanted to let visitors know what the actual purpose of this blog is.  Simply enough, it’s an attempt at dialogue.  Of course, I’ll be expressing my opinion and worldview on this medium, but this is a means to my stated end.  Let me unpack this.

The ideas I espouse and the arguments I will put forth are to incite the people who find this blog into expressing their own beliefs and ideas in response, and in doing so, to think.  The comment section should be the forum for this exchange to occur.  It should function as a “marketplace of ideas,” where different worldviews are passed around and subsequently weighed and measured to see if they survive critical scrutiny in the crucible of civil and rational discourse.

And what sort of ideas will I be putting forth?  Oh, the controversial ones.  The ones that induce passionate outcries of anger, especially in this post-modern, civilized, reason-loving society.  I’m referring to religion, God, atheism and things of that ilk.  Personally, I’m a Christian theist, and therefore, that bias will be overtly and blatantly evident.  This means there will be various apologetic arguments featured on this blog, so if you don’t like that, well, no one is forcing you to read this.

This predilection of mine does not mean I won’t be fair, or this is a blog spewing “Christian propaganda.”  Nor am I masquerading with the above paragraphs as a rational individual who really is a dogmatic religious fundamental.  I actually value reason, and one of the hoped for side effects of Modus Pownens is to combat the common, yet erroneous belief that holds those who believe in God or subscribe to a faith are irrational, (and to borrow from a well known popularizer of this claim) “delusional” idiots.  I strongly agree with Galileo Galilei’s quote, “I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reasons, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.”  Furthermore, I am more well trained than most at keeping my bias bridled, and just because I possess one, does not mean I can’t be reasonable and open-minded with the operation of this blog.

It should be noted, however, although I’m a strong advocate for freedom of speech and ideas, I will not approve comments that don’t attempt to add something meaningful to the dialogue.  This means vulgarity, indecency and hate speech will not be tolerated.  This is not a censorship on free speech.  A Ku Klux Klan member can type away, expressing his racist views until his fingertips bleed insofar he does so civilly and respectfully.  I will participate in the comments section, but I can’t necessarily engage in robust dialogue/debate because I am busy enough as it is, and I can’t afford to allocate gratuitous amounts of time on this.  I’m a part of the conversation, certainly, but my goal is to start it, and it’s up to you people to perpetuate it.

Another thing you should know is I’m still learning.  I do not claim to be an expert in the chosen topics of discussion, but I do consider myself well versed enough to write intelligently about them.  The topics I do post about on this blog are aimed to be pertinent and intellectually stimulating, and in striving for this, I will avoid spending great lengths of time on things embedded with clearly poor reasoning that have been dealt with post nauseam.

And lastly, I’m not trying to convert or evangelize to you.  I’m not a preacher or a missionary.  Just a person who loves to write and engage in good, healthy, yet respectful argument.  I want to make you think, and whatever follows, is a result of your thinking and introspective reflection.

On a different note, I’d like to end by explaining the reasoning behind the name of this blog “Modus Pownens.”  The title is a play-on-words of the Latin phrase “modus ponens,” which means “affirming the antecedent.”  It refers to a common and valid form of argument recognized by philosophers and logicians.  In choosing this phrase, I hoped to convey my interest in philosophy while being relevant to the goal of the blog.  The reason for the spelling to include the wonderful little contraction using today’s slang of  “play” and “own” known as “pown” is to grab people’s attention.  “Pown” is a very popular word in the vernacular of the contemporary digital world.  “To pown,” in the other words taken from a previous generation’s jargon, is “to school.”  And to be utterly clear, I don’t want to “school” or “pown” anyone with this blog, and I honestly hope I made that abundantly clear in the above paragraphs.  Other than being a catchword, I just wanted it to allude to the spirit of rational discourse behind the creation of this blog, and such spirit, of course does entail the competitive nature of argument and debate.


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