Essays and Commentaries By Scott Bidstrup

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Commentary on Politics and Culture

The Gathering Darkness: America In The 21st. Century is a discussion of the trends in American culture and politics -- and some of the alarming directions in which America is headed...

The Darkness Arrives: America in the 21st. Century includes some thoroughly shocking examples of the degree to which the Bill of Rights is ignored when the rich and powerful are in jeopardy of being embarrassed. Powerful evidence of the above essay's contentions...

Causes of the Culture Wars explains why the argument between conservatives and liberals is vastly more significant than just a disagreement about politics...

Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives looks at gay marriage and the arguments against legalizing it -- and neatly demolishes them, one by one...

Homophobia: The Fear Behind The Hatred looks at how homophobia has come to be, why homophobia is the right word to describe the hatred, and the terrible price all of American culture pays for its homophobia...

Stranger in Your Own Home Town is an autobiographical essay on the experience of growing up gay in America, and how it is different from the heterosexual experience in some really surprising ways...

The Politics of Ignorance and Self-Interest explores how conservatism is borne of personal experience and self interest rather than broad education and a sense of egalitarianism, and therefore has fundamental flaws that prevent it from being a philosophy of politics consistent with cherished American values...

Just What Is A "Secular Humanist Liberal," Anyway? answers the question of just who those people are that "religious right" so loves to hate...

A Shameful Legacy The results of what I've seen from living on the public lands, this essay explains why we have vast forest fires, why we don't have enough timber for our needs, why our rangelands are degrading and why we're ruining the legacy we're leaving for our children...

The Natural "Crime Against Nature" talks about the commonality of homosexuality among animals, and shows how those who refer to sodomy as "the crime against nature" are actually exposing their ignorance...

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme discusses the fact that the fierce new debate about RU-486 and other abortifacients is actually quite irrelevant in the light of the historical options available to women...

Living to Work or Working to Live is a discussion of the increasing work week, why the length of the work week is rapidly increasing, and why the "Dotcom Generation" should be gravely concerned about it...

Commentary on Religion

Why Fundamentalism is Wrong talks about the logical errors of fundamentalist religion, Christian and otherwise...

Creationism: An Argument Against Reason is a discussion of the current debate over the nature of Creationism and why it is dangerous to teach it in the public schools...

Mormonism: Legitimate Religion Or Cult? discusses that church's unsettling resemblance to the Cult Awareness Network's definition of a cult...

The Bible and Christianity: The True Origins demystifies the real origins of Christianity and the Bible, and brings a dramatic new perspective to the origins of traditional Christian values...

The Mind Virus is an exploration of how ideas in society can behave like viruses in the body, and a look at the most successful mind virus in world history...

Experiencing God: The Neurology of the Spiritual Experience discusses the recent discoveries of neurophysiology about how the brain produces such experiences as the out-of-body experience, the near-death experience, the visions of religious figures and more...

What the Christian Fundamentalist Doesn't Want You To Know: a Brief Survey of Biblical Errancy is a discussion of some of the more glaring problems with the Bible, and why they are insoluble from a rational perspective...

Towards A New World Religious Philosophy explores the failures of existing religions, the need for a new world religion, and the characteristics that religion should have...

Why Am I Me? discusses the deep significance of that simple question from childhood, and why its answer is deeply important to an understanding of religion and even modern physics...

The Case Against "The Case For Christ" is a look at one of the more popular Christian apologetic propaganda pieces, which attempts to open the minds of skeptics to the Christian meme complex...

Thoughts On My Experiences In Africa

Scott's Excellent Adventure In Nigeria is a travelogue/essay about some of my truly incredible experiences living in that country and the conclusions I reached about Africa's message for the West...

Africa's Agony: A Plan For Action is my ideas of how Africa can overcome the terrible plight in which it finds itself...

So You're Planning A Trip To Africa is a page of advice for those planning a trip to Nigeria or anywhere else in sub-Saharan Africa. It's sobering reading...

Personal Adventures and What They Mean To Me

Playing In The Backyard is the story of my living in the motorhome I built myself, on the road full-time with no permanent address for six years...

RV Fulltiming: Is It Right For You? is my advice and a few tips for people considering full-time life in an RV...

My Biography surprises me with the amount of mail it generates, compared to the number of hits it gets. Seems everyone who reads it comments on it...

Let's Rodeo! is the story of gay rodeo, and why I am so passionately in love with it...

Humor

"Remove Me From Your Rooster" is a fun little collection of the best of the hate mail received by myself and a few others in response to gay rights activism on the Internet and elsewhere...




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