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Enjoying the Silence Before the Christmas Music Begins

11/22/2016 05:18:00 AM

I went to the grocery store on Sunday morning, as I do almost every week. It is the least busy time by far, and I can usually manage not to go more than once a week if I give some thought to what I need ahead of time. Since this is likely to be the l > read more

Not All Trump Supporters Are Racist

11/21/2016 05:21:00 AM

By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsSince the 2016 U.S. presidential election, anyone using social media has almost certainly been bombarded with the tribalistic message that everyone who voted for Donald Trump is a racist, misogyni > read more

Why I Don't Donate to the Salvation Army

11/20/2016 10:12:00 AM

An earlier version of this post appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in 2009. It has been revised to better fit an audience not limited to Mississippi and updated to improve clarity and provide links to more recent information.There are many wor > read more

Are Safety Pins Poised to Make Comeback?

11/19/2016 14:25:00 PM

I, for one, think it is fantastic that some liberals have apparently decided that they are going to wear safety pins when out in public to communicate something to somebody who will probably have no idea what is being communicated. I miss the punk lo > read more

Is Bannon the Worst Thing About Trump?

11/17/2016 20:08:00 PM

By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsI am not sure I understand why many in the mainstream news media seem to have decided that Donald Trump's unusual approach to the transition is such a big story. I mean, one cannot very well elect > read more

When Our Inner Filters Fail and Our Thoughts Slip Out

11/17/2016 05:17:00 AM

Hindu funeral (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In our dealings with other people who might be described as less than close friends or loved ones (e.g., acquaintances, co-workers), we are generally expected to refrain from expressing what we are really thinki > read more

We Can Be More Rational and Less Tribalistic

11/16/2016 05:17:00 AM

I've noticed that the run-up and aftermath of every U.S. presidential election leaves me with the impression that the degree of political polarization, tribalism, and irrationality on display is getting progressively worse. That means that every elec > read more

The Urban-Rural Divide

11/15/2016 05:17:00 AM

One of the emerging theories we've been hearing about in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election concerns the urban - rural divide, the degree to which urban voters are out of touch with rural America, and the anger some rural Americans have > read more

Declining Religiosity Does Not Guarantee a Better World

11/13/2016 08:54:00 AM

Religions in Europe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Daytime temperatures here in Mississippi stayed in the mid-80s throughout the end of October and well into November. As a result, it has not felt much like Fall until last week. And yet, there were some si > read more

The Anti-Trump Protests

11/12/2016 09:01:00 AM

I support the right of all Americans to engage in non-violent protest, and this extends to those who are protesting the election of President Trump. I admit that I am not sure what they are hoping to accomplish with these protests. The election is ov > read more

Complex Problems Rarely Have Simple Solutions

11/10/2016 05:37:00 AM

By Nuggetkiwi [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsWhenever something awful happens (e.g., a mass shooting, a Catholic priest molesting countless children, the election of Donald Trump), we seek explanations. This is natural. Unfortunately, it is als > read more

Brexit 2: Electric Boogaloo

11/09/2016 05:50:00 AM

By Gage Skidmore (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsIf you went to sleep at a decent hour last night, you might just be waking up to the news that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. Seriously. President Tru > read more

If You Can't Trust a Demonic Whore...

11/09/2016 04:53:00 AM

I guess this might not come as much of a surprise to some of you, but it appears that I am a demonic whore who will burn in some sort of hell. There's no love quite like Christian love, is there? I think what I appreciate most about this is that this > read more

How I Came to Vote for Jill Stein in the 2016 Election

11/07/2016 05:23:00 AM

Two days before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it is clear that Donald Trump is going to win the state in which I reside by a large margin. A Trump victory in Mississippi was never really in doubt. The only question was whether it would be even > read more

The Most Important Election Ever?

11/06/2016 08:00:00 AM

As far back as I can remember, I have been told prior to each and every U.S. presidential election that this election is "the most important election of our lifetimes." Every single one of them has been the most important ever. The 2016 presidential > read more

Early November Catholic News Update

11/05/2016 07:29:00 AM

By Cameltrader (Own work) [GFDL], CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons > read more

Trump Supporters Will Still Be Here on November 9

11/03/2016 05:18:00 AM

On November 9th, the United States will still be here regardless of the outcome of our presidential election. You know what else will still be here? A whole lot of Americans who are intensely disappointed and angry over the outcome of that election. > read more

Changing Our Minds

11/02/2016 05:12:00 AM

One of the most damning bits of criticism we atheists have of religious believers is that many of them admit that there is no amount of evidence that would change their mind about the various gods in which they believe. When they ask us what would ch > read more

October 2016 Horror Watching, Part 3

11/01/2016 05:19:00 AM

I figured my October 2016 horror watching diary would be one post, if that. It quickly expanded from one to two. I look forward to watching way too many bad horror movies on cable every year, and I couldn't stand the thought of missing it this year. > read more

Southern Poverty Law Center Equates Reasoned Criticism of Islam With Hate and Bigotry

10/30/2016 09:48:00 AM

Southern Poverty Law Center. Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It has been clear for some time that at least some of the regressive left would like nothing better than to convince us that the criticism of Islam is "gross and racist." They > read more

JesusWeen Approaches

10/28/2016 05:39:00 AM

Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A version of this post initially appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in 2014. It has been revised and updated.I was using the Internet to read up on JesusWeen the other day. Yeah, I know. I just can't hel > read more

Smart Phone Zombies

10/27/2016 05:11:00 AM

When you drive past an elementary school and see the school zone sign that tells you to slow down near the school, there is no mystery about the point of the sign of why it is needed. Young children are not always as attentive around traffic as they > read more

Do Ghosts Have Vocal Cords?

10/25/2016 05:26:00 AM

If we were to completely remove someone's vocal cords, this person would cease to have a voice. If you do not have vocal cords, I cannot hear your voice. Nobody can. You can still communicate with me in a variety of ways (e.g., writing, using technol > read more

Liberal Voting in a Red State

10/24/2016 06:59:00 AM

Wouldn't it be cool if presidential elections in the U.S. were based on the total popular vote without any of this electoral college and state-by-state nonsense? Red states and blue states would be irrelevant because elections would be determined by > read more

October 2016 Horror Watching, Part 2

10/23/2016 20:25:00 PM

Admittedly, I did not have much luck finding good horror films on cable during the beginning of October. With a couple of exceptions, most of what I found was of limited interest. I am happy to report that things have improved since then. Maybe there > read more

Not Every Post Will Be Exactly What You Are Looking For

10/23/2016 07:29:00 AM

I realize this isn't going to surprise anybody, but I am a fan of the atheist blogosphere. Even if I can no longer justify spending as much time as I used to reading atheist blogs, it continues to be something I enjoy when I can. There are so many ta > read more

Please Don't Ignore the Ambulance Behind You

10/21/2016 11:53:00 AM

I have a feeling I might have written about this bizarre subject before, but it just happened again today so I am now truly curious. When you are driving and you see an ambulance behind you with its lights and siren on, what do you do? Do you attempt > read more

An October Fright

10/20/2016 13:52:00 PM

I suppose that not all fear is irrational. If you are facing a genuine threat to your safety or well-being, fear could be a perfectly rational response. Still, I think it is fair to say that much of the fear we experience is irrational. Even though w > read more

2016 Voter Turnout May Be Better Than Anticipated

10/19/2016 06:01:00 AM

At this point in time, I'm not sure I have much interest in the outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election. None of the candidates are the sort of leaders I'd like to see running things, and I am not going to feel good about voting for any of > read more

Halloween and Zombie Jesus

10/18/2016 05:17:00 AM

An earlier version of this post appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in 2009. It has been revised and updated.Technically, I suppose that Easter is Zombie Jesus Day. Still, Halloween always seems like a good excuse to remember that many Christia > read more

Replacing Religion With Something Else

10/16/2016 07:16:00 AM

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Locker Room Banter Does Not Involve Bragging About Groping Women

10/15/2016 10:29:00 AM

Social media has been in full outrage mode ever since the Access Hollywood tape showing comments Donald Trump made in 2005 was released. The comments were outrageous, so this is an understandable reaction. Some insist that Trump's comments are irrele > read more

October 2016 Horror Watching

10/14/2016 06:04:00 AM

I did not anticipate that I was going to have much time to enjoy horror movies this October. The more I thought about that, the more it pissed me off. You know what they say about all work and no play...And so I'm happy to report that I decided to ma > read more

Just in Time for Halloween...Jesus

10/12/2016 05:50:00 AM

We tend to hear the most about Jesus around Christmas and Easter. I suppose that makes sense. Still, this graphic makes a compelling case for the relevance of Jesus to Halloween too. Oops! I meant JesusWeen.And while I'm on the subject of Halloween a > read more

An Atheist in Mississippi

10/11/2016 05:15:00 AM

Port Gibson, Mississippi. "Piggly Wiggly" grocery store (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A version of this post initially appeared on the no longer active Mississippi Atheists blog. It has been revised and updated.While perusing various atheist blogs, I have > read more

Quick Thoughts on the Second Presidential Debate

10/10/2016 05:56:00 AM

No time for a full post this morning, but I still want to share my thoughts on last night's shitshow - I mean presidential debate. Here are a few quick thoughts: Donald Trump scored more points vs. Hillary Clinton than he did during the first debate, > read more

Are Evangelical Christians Unprincipled for Continuing to Support Donald Trump?

10/08/2016 14:43:00 PM

Donald Trump & Melania enter the Oscar De LA Renta Fashion Show, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)How can evangelical fundamentalist Christians possibly continue to support Donald Trump now that his 2005 comments have surfaced? Seems like a fair que > read more

My Take on the Vice Presidential Debate

10/08/2016 07:08:00 AM

I was planning to watch the Vice Presidential debate the night it aired. As the event drew closer, I realized I was not feeling terribly enthusiastic about doing so. And when I saw that the Republican Party had released a statement hours before the d > read more

A Hillary Clinton Presidency

10/05/2016 05:49:00 AM

By S. Bollmann, via Wikimedia CommonsAlthough I remain doubtful that I will be able to support Hillary Clinton for president, I will say this for her: we know what to expect from her as president. I don't mean that we can accurately predict every dec > read more

Maintaining an Atheist Blog Over Time

10/04/2016 05:19:00 AM

Blogs do not last forever, and atheist blogs are no exception. In fact, the blog "I am an Atheist and this is why" closed last month. And in that same month, both Cephus (Bitchspot) and I announced that we were slowing down (maybe in his case and hop > read more

Ready for October

10/02/2016 12:06:00 PM

I've been ready for the beginning of October since the end of April. I'm no fan of the Mississippi heat and humidity. I wish I could just skip the summer months altogether. I was thrilled when the last couple days of September brought a taste of cool > read more

When You Are Trolled on Twitter

09/30/2016 05:21:00 AM

Jack Dorsey and Barack Obama at Twitter Town Hall in July 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Here's an odd fact about me that you might not know unless you follow me on Twitter: I have little interest in arguing with Christians on Twitter. Among the athei > read more

My Take on the First Presidential Debate

09/28/2016 19:59:00 PM

My take on the first presidential debate is fairly simple and does not require a lengthy exposition. I was disappointed but not surprised that Gary Johnson and Jill Stein were not invited to participate. I suspect that their involvement would have sh > read more

You Just Gotta Believe

09/27/2016 05:22:00 AM

The Belief Wall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When I was about 14 and struggling to come to terms with what I was just beginning to recognize as a lack of god belief, I sought help from several Christians. You see, I had no desire to stop believing in god > read more

The Two-Party System is Broken

09/26/2016 04:53:00 AM

Donald Trump by Rob13; Hillary Clinton by Gage SkidmoreI wrote this post a couple weeks ago. I suppose it might be more than a coincidence that I'm finally getting around to posting it on the day of the first televised debate between the two major pa > read more

How to Rig an Election: The 2016 Presidential Election

09/21/2016 05:26:00 AM

In Part I of this series, I looked at the 2016 Democratic primary and how our mainstream news media provided Hillary Clinton with an unfair advantage over her competitors by labeling her "the presumptive nominee" and pushing the narrative of her inev > read more

Peer Review Week: Recognition for Review

09/18/2016 08:04:00 AM

I could be wrong about this, but I suspect that most people, including those without much of a science background, have at least a vague understanding of the peer review process. A scientist submits a paper to a scientific journal. The editor assigns > read more

Post Number 4,000

09/17/2016 05:35:00 AM

I have been writing Atheist Revolution since February of 2005, celebrating my 10 year anniversary in 2015. That seems like a long time to write a blog. I just noticed that I have posted 3,999 posts in that time, making the post you are now reading nu > read more

Forced Marriage in Isolated Religious Communities

09/15/2016 18:29:00 PM

Criticism about the Azeri society tradition from domestic violence to the social and political participation of women in community (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I caught a story on the topic of forced marriage in the U.S. the other night on the PBS NewsHo > read more

Sustaining One's Atheism, Skepticism, and Freethought

09/14/2016 05:25:00 AM

When I first started the process of coming to terms with the fact that I no longer believed in gods, I remember that it involved some degree of effort. Prior to about age 14, I had believed in gods without question. As it gradually began to dawn on m > read more

The Basket of Deplorables

09/12/2016 18:04:00 PM

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately, there are peop > read more

Battles With Pneumonia

09/11/2016 20:21:00 PM

I've only had pneumonia once as an adult. It happened when I was in the middle of graduate school at what was undoubtedly one of the most stressful points in my life. Initially, it felt like I had a mild cold with a cough. I told myself that I did no > read more

Atheist Blogging on Sunday Morning

09/11/2016 08:24:00 AM

Going back to the early days of Atheist Revolution, writing posts on Sunday morning has been a part of my routine. There was little intent behind it initially; Sunday mornings just happened to be when I could almost always count on having a few minut > read more

Hillary Clinton: Next President Should Be Praying Person

09/10/2016 07:02:00 AM

Hillary Clinton spoke to the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City this week. According to The New York Times, there was at least one notable moment during her speech, one that has been generating quite a bit of attention among atheists in the U > read more

Posting Less Often

09/09/2016 06:22:00 AM

I love the feeling of sitting down in front of my computer and seeing the words pour out on the screen as quickly as I can hit the keys. I can't claim that this was ever a common experience, but it was one that used to happen much more often than it > read more

The Big Questions of Atheism

09/07/2016 05:11:00 AM

I find myself thinking about atheism this morning and wondering about the big questions which nearly all atheists ask themselves at one time or another. I realize this may sound a bit vague, so I'll throw out a specific example right away. I think th > read more

The High Price of Low Prices

09/05/2016 11:05:00 AM

The city in which I attended graduate school was a great college town. It was big enough that it was rarely necessary to travel to the city but small enough so as never to feel overwhelming. Best of all, it had a fantastic downtown area, the type we > read more

Tiring of the Social Media Outrage

09/04/2016 08:27:00 AM

In April of 2013, I wrote a post in which I reported that my decision to stop watching cable news in December of the previous year led me to feel far less angry. For the most part, I kept the cable news turned off until 2015 when my curiosity about h > read more

Coming Out as an Atheist in Mississippi

08/31/2016 17:41:00 PM

Photo via Good Free PhotosA version of this post initially appeared on the no longer active Mississippi Atheists blog in 2008. It has been revised and updated.One of the main reasons I started writing the Mississippi Atheists blog in the first place > read more

How to Rig an Election: The 2016 Republican Primary

08/30/2016 05:07:00 AM

Based on everything I said in Part I of this series, I suspect that most of you can anticipate where this post is heading reasonably well. If our corporate-owned mainstream news media "rigged" the Democratic primary for Hillary Clinton, they "rigged" > read more

Why Hasn't #AtheistVoter Caught On?

08/28/2016 08:34:00 AM

I know there are a number of websites that help users track the popularity of various hashtags on Twitter over various intervals of time. I think it would be great to be able to enter a few hashtags, the desired time frame, and see them graphed based > read more

How to Turn Off Twitter's New Filter

08/27/2016 14:43:00 PM

Do you use Twitter? Do you oppose censorship? Would you prefer to decide for yourself what sort of content you are exposed to rather than someone you don't know deciding on your behalf? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you may be interested > read more

Jill Stein Accuses Critics of Mansplaining

08/24/2016 18:59:00 PM

Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein seems determined to do her best to make it impossible for me to vote for her in the upcoming election. While she still has an edge over Hillary Clinton with regard to the likelihood of receiving my v > read more

A Post I Wish I Had Written

08/23/2016 15:16:00 PM

It is not every day that I come across a post on a blog I've never heard of written by an author I've never heard of and find myself thinking, "Damn, I wish I had written that." When it happens, it seems almost criminal not to share it with as many p > read more

Stop the Christians From Knocking on Your Door

08/23/2016 05:06:00 AM

I've made no secret of my distaste for evangelical fundamentalist Christian door-to-door proselytizing. I've written about it here several times, mostly because I was not sufficiently prepared for how much worse it was going to be when I moved to Mis > read more

Christian Privilege in Mississippi

08/22/2016 05:10:00 AM

This post originally appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in July of 2012. It has been revised and expanded.While running errands recently, I parked my car and was in the process of heading into the store. As I did so, I noticed that I had parke > read more

Best Thing I've Seen on YouTube

08/20/2016 06:39:00 AM

Okay, so the video below is probably not the best thing I've ever seen on YouTube. I think that particular honor still belongs to Phil Davison. Still, this video from Dave Rubin explaining who he plans to support in the 2016 general election and why > read more

The Left Needs to Acknowledge the Realities of Islam

08/18/2016 05:31:00 AM

I was not raised a Muslim, and I have never been a Muslim. I have never studied Islam, and I have read only portions of the Quran. I did not grow up around Muslims and did not have the opportunity to get to know Muslims as more than casual acquaintan > read more

How to Rig an Election: The 2016 Democratic Primary

08/16/2016 05:07:00 AM

Let's get this out of the way from the start. "Rigging" an election is going to mean different things to different people. To some, it will be narrowly defined to refer only stealing an election in the sense that the outcome is predetermined because > read more

Atheists, Please Register to Vote

08/14/2016 07:55:00 AM

If you live in the United States, are at least 18 years of age, are religiously unaffiliated (i.e., you are an atheist, humanist, skeptic, and/or freethinker), value the separation of church and state, and have not previously registered to vote, plea > read more

I Don't Want to Be An Atheist Anymore

08/11/2016 15:26:00 PM

It seems that quite a few people disagree quite strongly with my suggestion that atheism is not a conscious choice one makes. Perhaps I'm wrong about that. In any event, it occurs to me that I do not particularly want to be an atheist. In fact, I nev > read more

Second Amendment Remedies

08/10/2016 05:37:00 AM

A Republican candidate subtly suggesting to his or her supporters that there was some sort of Second Amendment solution for dealing with his or her political opponents is not something Donald Trump invented. Those calling Trump's recent statements a > read more

The Implications of Recognizing That Atheism is Not a Choice

08/09/2016 06:42:00 AM

The question of whether one's belief (or lack of belief) in gods is a conscious choice one makes is not merely an interesting subject to consider; it is one with important implications for atheists and theists alike. When I polled atheists about whet > read more

The Attacks on Jill Stein

08/07/2016 08:09:00 AM

Jill Stein by Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia CommonsSome supporters of Hillary Clinton are becoming nervous about the number of liberal voters who are not interested in supporting their preferred candidate and are instead looking to third party options. Of > read more

On the Lack of Democratic Outreach to Atheists

08/04/2016 04:32:00 AM

Here is how David Gibson (Religion News Service) opened his recent post, The divided soul of the Democratic Party:To judge by public perceptions, and more than a few pundits, the Democratic Party is the default home of secularists and atheists, with > read more

My Results From ISideWith.com

08/03/2016 06:00:00 AM

I just completed the political survey at ISideWith.com again. I last took it at the beginning of the primary season. I took it again to see which of the remaining presidential candidates I most closely matched with, as I was particularly interested i > read more

Assigning Responsibility for Religious Extremism

08/01/2016 05:12:00 AM

Do religious moderates have any responsibility for the behavior of religious extremists? Many atheists, including this one, would probably answer in the affirmative. Religious moderates provide cover for religious extremists, making it more difficult > read more

Sexism: Clinton's Sometimes Shrill Tone is a Liability

07/29/2016 12:52:00 PM

Hillary Clinton by Gage SkidmoreAmong people who consider sexism to be one of the worst things of which one can be accused, accusations of sexism are a powerful way to shut down disagreement and silence one's opponents. It does not matter if the accu > read more

Atheistophobia

07/28/2016 05:14:00 AM

When I write about bigotry, I generally use the word bigotry. This works reasonably well when I am referring to bigotry at the broadest level; however, it is often helpful to be able to address bigotry directed at specific groups of people. For examp > read more

We Cannot Afford a President Trump

07/27/2016 05:01:00 AM

Forget about the wild claims that Donald Trump is a fascist or Hitler. I think most reasonable people will recognize that they are little more than hyperbole. Forget the possibility that Trump is sexist and/or racist. Even if these labels are accurat > read more

Media Hype and a Divided Democratic National Convention

07/26/2016 06:14:00 AM

Illustration of the 1876 Democratic National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Did you watch any of the first day of the Democratic National Convention? Depending on what channel you were watching, it might have looked like > read more

Preventing Radicalization

07/25/2016 10:55:00 AM

Tibetans as a main ethnic minority group in Sichuan Province, China. Aba County, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I wrote this post over two months ago, before the senseless mass murder in Orlando or those that have followed it. I mention this in an e > read more

A Growing Feeling of Political Homelessness

07/23/2016 10:25:00 AM

I suppose I should have written a post summarizing my impressions of the 2016 Republican National Convention. I ended up watching more of the convention and the convention coverage than I had planned. I could have written up some sort of summary of t > read more

When Atheists Read the Christian Bible

07/20/2016 06:09:00 AM

When an atheist reads the Christian bible, he or she can expect to receive praise for doing so from many Christians. They think it is a good book, and some think that reading it might finally bring us around to Jesus belief. Of course, whatever prais > read more

How We End Up With President Trump

07/19/2016 05:33:00 AM

The 2016 Republican National Convention got underway in Cleveland yesterday. I watched as much of it as I could stand, which did not end up being all that much. It really did remind me of, as more than one pundit has described it, a bad late night in > read more

U.S. News Media Coverage of Turkey

07/17/2016 07:49:00 AM

Like most Americans, I do not know much about Turkey. I have little understanding of their political system, what their leaders are like, what the political opposition is like, how they are on human rights, and so on. When news of the attempted coup > read more

How Religious is Mississippi?

07/15/2016 06:44:00 AM

This post is based on one I wrote > read more

Ideas vs. Insults in the General Election Campaign

07/14/2016 05:10:00 AM

Gary E. Johnson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As the field of U.S. presidential candidates in our two largest political parties has narrowed, we find ourselves in the strange situation of having nominated two of the least popular candidates we've ever had > read more

Shopping as an Opportunity to Proselytize

07/13/2016 05:28:00 AM

I had to do some shopping today, so I found myself at one of those popular warehouse stores where everything comes in bulk. I don't shop at such stores very often, but I've always liked them for some reason. And since I actually needed large quantiti > read more

The Power of Freethought

07/12/2016 05:26:00 AM

Freethinkers don't have superpowers or anything, but we are capable of doing some pretty cool things. Some of these things seem to be quite rare among people these days. In this brief post, I'll share a timely example of the sort of thing I have in m > read more

Be Skeptical of Breaking News

07/10/2016 08:54:00 AM

In the United States, we all love to criticize our mainstream news media. We like to accuse them of pushing a political narrative contrary to our own while conveniently forgetting that such an accusation would have to mean that we too have a politica > read more

Violence is Not the Solution to Police Brutality

07/09/2016 10:50:00 AM

Lots of people are fed up with police brutality in general and with the disproportionately higher rates of police brutality aimed at Black men and other persons of color in particular. This strikes me as a perfectly sensible reaction. We should all b > read more

Police Officers Who Enjoy Bullying Others

07/08/2016 06:58:00 AM

Four young men who graduated from my high school a couple years before me became police officers, employed by the small town in which we all grew up. It would surprise no one living in that town at the time that all four were Christian. What was a bi > read more

Saying Goodbye to Mississippi Atheists

07/07/2016 05:05:00 AM

I recently shut down Mississippi Atheists, a blog I had maintained for the last 8 years. In the end, it was an easy decision. Of course, that is only because I deliberated over it for more than a year. I had known it was time to shut it down for at l > read more

It Still Feels Like Trump is Trolling Us

07/05/2016 06:33:00 AM

I know that this is completely irrational on my part, but there is a part of me that thinks that sometime between now and the general election in November, Donald Trump will reveal that we've all been the victims of the greatest political trolling of > read more

Murica in 2016

07/04/2016 07:57:00 AM

Today is 'Murica Day, and if you aren't celebrating it, you can "giiiit out" (if you are not a South Park fan, the clip at the bottom of the post provides the context for that reference). I wasn't planning on writing anything new today. I'm still not > read more

Before You Go Nuts With the Fireworks

07/03/2016 08:58:00 AM

Men Shun Rocket packs (Photo credit: EpicFireworks)This post was re-purposed from the now defunct Mississippi Atheists blog. It has been edited to improve clarity.Over the years during which I have been blogging about my experiences as an atheist liv > read more

Back Up Your Hard Drive

07/02/2016 06:45:00 AM

This is just a quick PSA reminding you to back up your hard drive(s). If you are anything like me, you have heard this piece of advice thousands of times. You've probably even given this advice to others. I know I have. Even people who know as little > read more

When Calling Others Out for Bigotry Becomes Bigotry

06/30/2016 05:29:00 AM

A recent post on the subject of call-out culture and whether anyone who fails to utilize every opportunity to call others out for expressing views we regard as bigoted is morally responsible for the continued existence of bigotry has spawned some int > read more

The Pro-Life Movement Seems to Have Little Interest in Reducing the Number of Abortions

06/29/2016 06:41:00 AM

It sure was nice to see the U.S. Supreme Court hand down the Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt decision, overturning a Texas law that has resulted in the closing of many clinics that provided abortion services. The 5-3 decision is being heralded as > read more



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