Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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The ministers are in duty bound to denounce all intellectual pride, and show that we are never quite so dear to God as when we admit that we are poor, corrupt and idiotic worms; that we never should have been born; that we ought to be damned without the least delay…. The old creed is still taught. They still insist that God is infinitely wise, powerful and good, and that all men are totally depraved. They insist that the best man god ever made, deserved to be damned the moment he was finished.
— Robert Green Ingersoll, “Some Mistakes of Moses” (1879)

Neil Gaiman placed on Minnesota senator’s “hate list”

From the AV Club:

Neil Gaiman personally stepped into the war over funding for public broadcasting earlier today, tweeting that he had been put on the Minnesota Republican Party’s “Hate List”: “Sad & funny,” Gaiman said. “Minnesota Republicans have a “hate” list. Like Nixon did. I’m on it. They also don’t like capitalism.” Gaiman then links to an article by the Minneapolis StarTribune concerning the current debate over funding for public broadcasting, where Minnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean—who took issue with a payment made to Gaiman for a four-hour speaking event at a local library—said that Gaiman, “who I hate,” is a “pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.”

It’s not the first time the event has been singled out: Gaiman blogged about being used as a “political football” nearly a year ago, and at the time mentioned that he’d donated most of the money to charity. Nevertheless, it apparently continues to be an issue—although Gaiman should take some comfort that, really, he’s only on one Republican’s “hate list” so far. And of course, Dean’s appraisal of his neck is the sort of ad hominem attack that doesn’t really count as political discourse.