Nepatized Book Tour: April 22 Book Signing #3

Author Kenny Luck and I will be at Barnes and Noble at the Arena Hub Plaza (behind the Wyoming Valley Mall and near Best Buy) on April 22nd at 7PM to 9PM. Kenny Luck and I will be singing books and having conversations with whoever would like to come. You can buy the book on Amazon or pick it up on the 22nd. Hope to see you there! Upcoming events will be Northern Light Espresso Bar at 536 Spruce Street in Scranton on May 6…and hopefully some more such as Harrisburg, PA Borders.

Since 2008, Northeastern Pennsylvania has been the crossroads for presidential politics, the national media, and, above all: Fraud. Dominating the headlines are stories of greed and controversy; news reports that reveal the corrupt, the immoral, and the idiotic. With so much attention given to the region in recent years, it inevitably leads one to ask: Who and what defines us?

NEPATIZED! investigates the most recent scandals, controversies, and corruption in Northeastern Pennsylvania. With more than thirty interviews by local politicians, media figures, and activists, this book takes a critical look at some of the people and events that have redefined the region. Lou Barletta’s anti-minority rage; Bishop Martino’s divinely-inspired bigotry; and Steve Corbett’s cacophonous diatribes are all part of, what the author calls, “a spectacle of unequivocal idiocy.”

With wit and intellect, author Kenny Luck’s fact-filled expose, complimented by Ted Michalowski’s engaging illustrations, explores the region through the people who have helped to mold it: Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Evie Rafalko McNulty, former WILK host Kevin Lynn, Filmmaker Josh Fox (“Gas Land”), Political Scientist G. Terry Madonna, Union Leader Michael Milz, Blogger Dan Cheek, and King’s College student Justin Vacula tell the recent story of Northeastern Pennsylvania in their own words…

Critical Response to John Haught’s Speech at King’s College

Haught believes that the universe would be a boring place if there were no suffering and evil and sees suffering and evil as part of God’s plan to offer a grand cosmic story.

“God likes drama” is no answer to the problem of evil…and why so much drama, anyway? I think the universe would be a much better place without millions of people dying to natural disasters…

Theologians like John Haught constantly say that the “New Atheists” have a very simplistic view of God and refute a common conception of God that theologians don’t believe in. I hear this criticism quite often, but I never hear these theologians offering plausible answers to common objections such as the problem of evil, problem of miracles, Euthyphro’s Dilemma, and the Free Will/Omniscience problem. I hear explanations that admit there is a problem and just drag us deeper into the problems. Theists say “You need to read more theology,” but I find this useless when the theologians aren’t answering the problems and just make god smaller, smaller, and smaller to the point of metaphor (even though they insist that He still exists). Read More

Michael Voris – Banned and Exposed!

The Diocese of Scranton has BANNED (and exposed) Michael Voris from speaking at any of its facilities! According to their website,

The Diocese of Scranton has determined that Mr. Voris will not be allowed to speak in a Diocesan or parish facility. After these engagements were scheduled, the Diocese became aware of concerns about this individual’s views regarding other religious groups. In videos posted on the Internet, Mr. Voris makes comments that certainly can be interpreted as being insensitive to people of other faiths. The Catholic Church teaches us to respect all people, regardless of their faith tradition. Read More

NECSS – See you there!

I’m going to be attending the Northeastern Conference on Science and Skepticism this weekend. I find that this is the rational antidote to Michael Voris coming to my area. I hope to see many of my Facebook friends there!

The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS – pronounced “nexus”) is an educational conference held annually in New York City. As its name suggests, NECSS explores the intersection of science, skepticism, the media, and society for the purpose of promoting a more rational world.