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The Polls Showing Sanders Beating Trump

05/26/2016 17:52:00 PM

You've seen the polls or at least heard about them from many a supporter of Bernie Sanders on social media. Some national polls show Donald Trump either tied with or slightly ahead of Hillary Clinton, and these same polls tend to show Sanders beating > read more

How We Think About Racism

05/25/2016 06:29:00 AM

We often talk about racism as if it was a dichotomy. We hastily label others as racist or not racist, acknowledging no gradations. This is misleading because most human characteristics, including racial prejudice, do not work this way.Consider intell > read more

Political Correctness, Identity Politics, SJWs, and the Regressive Left: Resources on Reddit and Voat

05/24/2016 05:09:00 AM

Rocks at Otley Chevin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)With more and more people on both the political left and the political right tiring of political correctness, identity politics, social justice warriors, authoritarianism, and the regressive left, online > read more

Segregation in Church and in Humanism

05/22/2016 13:47:00 PM

When I hear the word "segregation," I immediately think of the sort of racial segregation that could be found throughout much of the southern U.S. prior to the Civil Rights movement. I think of racially segregated schools, drinking fountains, restaur > read more

Don't Leave Your Child Unattended in a Hot Car

05/21/2016 13:25:00 PM

Tower Hall, San José State University. San Jose, California, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It is starting to feel like summer here in Mississippi, my least favorite season by a long shot. It is 84 degrees F as I write this post, and it is only 1:00pm > read more

Who Deserves the Blame for Handing the Election to Trump?

05/19/2016 04:52:00 AM

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Christian Makes Good Points About Our Cultural Dysfunction

05/18/2016 04:49:00 AM

The Church of Holy Spirit in Žehra, Slovakia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Admittedly, it is not very often that I read an opinion piece by a self-identified Christian who makes multiple references to some sort of "Holy Spirit" in said opinion piece and > read more

When Outraged Mobs Deprive Us of Creative Content

05/17/2016 07:11:00 AM

When I read assorted atheist blogs or write posts of my own, I almost always do so while listening to music. And while it is quite rate that one of the songs playing ends up inspiring the post, it does happen every once in awhile. This is one of thos > read more

When Being Reasonable Seems Revolutionary

05/16/2016 06:31:00 AM

We live in an age of intense political polarization where individuals who prefer different candidates are often regarded as enemies, where tribalism and identity politics fuel misunderstanding and petty conflict, and where many people seem to have ha > read more

Additional Thoughts on the Transgender Restroom Wars

05/14/2016 07:45:00 AM

In my recent post about the ongoing transgender restroom wars, I indicated that I was having trouble understanding why some people were so upset over the prospect of allowing transgendered persons to use public restrooms that correspond to their gend > read more

Maajid Nawaz Suggests We Call Out Those Who Advocate Islamic Theocracy

05/11/2016 06:26:00 AM

Laura-C-F, CC By-SA 3.0While referring those who advocate Islamic theocracy during a recent discussion with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Maajid Nawaz recommended that we "call them out" in order to make their ideas "a taboo."After watching a recent discussion on > read more

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders Supporters

05/10/2016 05:06:00 AM

To everyone who has been supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign...thank you! Seriously, you kick ass! You have had a meaningful influence on U.S. politics in 2016, and nobody can take that away from you. Without Sanders - and you - we > read more

Is There a Minimum Blog Post Length for SEO?

05/09/2016 05:13:00 AM

The three biggest web search engines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Scroll down and take a look at this post for a moment. According to the MarsEdit software I am using to write it, it is exactly 406 words in length. So this is what roughly 400 words looks > read more

Abolish the National Day of Prayer

05/07/2016 07:51:00 AM

The U.S. government recently had another unconstitutional National Day of Prayer, an occasion where they ignore the "spirit" of the Establishment Clause and celebrate theism. Legal rulings aside, the annual tradition has continued despite the objecti > read more

Finding Good Ideas Amidst the Bad Ones

05/05/2016 05:13:00 AM

So there I was watching a YouTube video by some pro-Ayn Rand libertarian person I'd never heard of and disagreeing with nearly everything he said. But I wasn't just disagreeing; I was calling him names in my head. "What a moron!" It was as if my mind > read more

Ted Cruz is Out But Christian Extremism is Still Alive

05/04/2016 17:21:00 PM

The departure of Ted Cruz from the Republican primary is great news for all of us who oppose Christian extremism and are less than eager to live under Cruz's interpretation of the bible. He was the Republican candidate I thought posed the biggest thr > read more

Rejecting #VoteBlueNoMatterWho

05/04/2016 05:12:00 AM

I cannot think of anything about freethought that would necessarily prevent a freethinker from being loyal to others. Many freethinkers are loyal to their friends and families. Many are loyal to their countries, employers, organizations, groups, and > read more

Ex-Christian to Atheist: The Most Influential Book

05/03/2016 04:43:00 AM

There are many excellent books on atheism that are ideal for those just beginning to explore it, but one stands above all others when ex-Christians are asked what they found most influential in their journey from Christians to atheists. Yep, you gues > read more

Remembering Atheist Blog Carnivals

05/01/2016 08:03:00 AM

Queen of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This carnival is one of the largest in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Not so long ago, between and 2005 and 2010 for instance, the atheist blogosphere was a very different place than it is today. > read more

How Do Fiscally Conservative Atheists Vote?

04/29/2016 07:10:00 AM

I think it is fair to say that most Democrats who run for national office are not fiscal conservatives. Obviously, there is some variability in that some are more fiscally conservative than others. But on balance, few probably deserve to be character > read more

Support Ex-Muslims of North America

04/27/2016 04:42:00 AM

As much as many religious believers seem to hate atheists, what they often hate even more are atheists who were once part of their religious faith and then left it behind. I've lost count of the number of Christians who have insisted that I was "neve > read more

What Happens to All the Churches?

04/26/2016 05:07:00 AM

Lake Eustis Christian Church. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Drive through any small town in the U.S., and you will see Christian churches everywhere. This is particularly true here in the South. It seems like there are so many of them that there couldn't > read more

Transgender Restroom Wars

04/25/2016 05:39:00 AM

Restroom signs at Wikimania 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It is starting to appear that the next front in the culture wars may involve the use of public restrooms by transgendered persons. Should they have their own restrooms or use those that alread > read more

Losing Prince

04/24/2016 07:43:00 AM

This has been a bad year for losing influential musicians well before their time, and we lost another good one in Prince. While I have not listed to Prince's music on a regular basis since the early 1990s, I was a big fan of his during and shortly af > read more

Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris 'Have Awful Reputations for Misogyny'

04/23/2016 06:15:00 AM

National Geographic was once something I regarded as a relatively reputable source. At least, I assumed that they engaged in real journalism most of the time. A recent feature article by Gabe Bullard is making me rethink this assessment. While it doe > read more

I Don't Want To Drive Bigotry Underground

04/21/2016 04:53:00 AM

Anti-Racist Action banner from Art Against Racism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If someone hated you - I mean truly hated you - wouldn't you want to know about it? For your own safety, wouldn't this be relevant information to have? Suppose that this perso > read more

When Being Wrong is Cause for Celebration

04/20/2016 04:51:00 AM

I didn't think that the U.S. would elect a Black president during my lifetime. We did. I didn't think that same-sex marriage would be legal in the state of Mississippi during my lifetime. It is. I didn't think that a secular Jew who proudly calls him > read more

The Gay Wedding Cake Scenario

04/19/2016 05:09:00 AM

Do you remember the "ticking time-bomb" scenario that Republicans used during the brief debate over torture we had in the U.S. before deciding that it was a perfectly acceptable part of our legacy and that those who ordered it should face no legal co > read more

What Sharia Law Teaches Us About Islam

04/18/2016 05:18:00 AM

To understand the effects of religion, it can be instructive to examine what happens when church and state merge into a single entity (i.e., there is no separation of church and state whatsoever). This is precisely what one observes in a theocracy, a > read more

Election Fatigue Setting In

04/17/2016 14:32:00 PM

2008 Democratic Primary Results (Photo credit: Wikipedia)While watching the recent Democratic debate from Brooklyn, I found myself realizing that the more I hear from these two candidates, the less I like either of them. I can find plenty of things t > read more

When Did "Liberal" Become a Dirty Word?

04/16/2016 13:01:00 PM

Conservative politicians and many of their fans use "liberal" as if it was an insult of some sort. Moreover, it seems that relatively few liberals refer to themselves as liberals. Some even go out of their way not to do so. Why? When did liberal beco > read more

Mississippi Governor Signs Church Protection Act

04/16/2016 10:56:00 AM

Here's a quick update on a previous post about the rapidly deteriorating situation in the state of Mississippi.To nobody's surprise, Gov. Phil Bryant (R), already taking heat for legalizing anti-LGBT discrimination based on "sincerely held religious > read more

Criticism vs. Call Outs: Is There a Difference?

04/15/2016 04:43:00 AM

It seems fairly easy to distinguish between criticizing an idea and criticizing a person who holds the idea (unless we're talking about Islam, of course, in which case any criticism would be "gross" and "racist"). But what about the distinction betwe > read more

Left is Failing on Muslim Immigration

04/13/2016 18:34:00 PM

The Muslim population of the world map by percentage of each country, according to the Pew Forum 2009 report on world Muslim populations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It occurs to me that if I lived in Western Europe or the U.K., I'd likely have a very d > read more

Twitter Tips: The Art of Tweeting

04/13/2016 05:16:00 AM

You created your Twitter account and have been finding interesting people to follow. You have been reading others' tweets and getting a sense for what you like and do not like about how others use Twitter. Now it is time to figure out how you will us > read more

Sam Harris on Why Even Moderate Religious Belief Must Go

04/11/2016 14:56:00 PM

I think that many well-intentioned, reasonable people probably believe in some version of the following statement:Religious extremists are a problem, but religious belief itself is often a positive force that is simply misused by extremists.Until rou > read more

Bernie Bros, Hillary Hawks, and Tribalism on the Left

04/11/2016 05:05:00 AM

We have grown used to seeing irrationality and infighting within groups where members share many of the same goals. Small differences are amplified until tribes form, litmus tests are established, and fractures inevitably result. What once might have > read more

Jefferson's View of Church and State

04/10/2016 14:23:00 PM

A Portrait of Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)History rarely provides us with a clean and purely objective accounting of events and personalities. Instead, we are left with various narratives, many of which are so div > read more

Preserving Free Speech on Social Media

04/10/2016 08:44:00 AM

Love it or hate it, I think we can agree that social media has had a significant impact on how we access information and interact with one another. One of the most appealing things about social media is that it is immediate. You can receive breaking > read more

Mississippi's New Religious Freedom Law Creates Controversy

04/09/2016 08:28:00 AM

With the recent passage of HB 1523, legislation that legalizes discrimination against LGBT couples based on "sincerely held religious belief," Mississippi has been receiving quite a bit of negative attention. This is not particularly surprising when > read more

Some Cultural Values are Superior to Others

04/07/2016 04:27:00 AM

A campaign against female genital mutilation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I live in the United States. And while living in a state that just passed what is being heralded as the worst anti-LGBT law in the nation and is in the process of passing a bill th > read more

The Small Government Myth

04/05/2016 18:32:00 PM

Republicans in the U.S. often accuse Democrats of wanting big, inefficient government. They point to social welfare programs as examples of government waste and argue that the size and role of the federal government should be significantly reduced. T > read more

Treating Atheists Better Than Christian Extremists Treat Abortion Doctors

04/04/2016 12:15:00 PM

A very small number of Christian extremists - a tiny fraction of the total number of Christian extremists and an even more minuscule percentage of the total number of Christians - demonize physicians who perform abortions, regarding them as agents of > read more

Mississippi: Christians with a License to Kill and Discriminate

04/03/2016 07:32:00 AM

What the hell is going on in the state of Mississippi? In February, our Republican governor and Republican-controlled state legislature decided that the best way to respond to several months of concerns raised by private citizens, members of the bus > read more

We Need More Reason in the Debate Over Immigration

04/02/2016 13:29:00 PM

Of all the political issues I can think of, the one where I am probably the closest to deserving to be characterized as a "moderate" or a "centrist" might be immigration. I think that some aspects of both the current Republican and Democratic plans h > read more

An April Fools' Resolution: Be More Skeptical

04/01/2016 06:10:00 AM

April Fools plant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Sure, April Fools' Day may be best known to atheists as the day of the year when Christians flock to social media to quote their bible at us, demonstrating just how little of it they have actually read. And > read more

Donald Trump and His Supporters are Not Fascists

03/30/2016 19:07:00 PM

No sane person would attempt to take on each and every ridiculous narrative he or she encountered on social media. To do so would not only be a full-time job, but it would probably be more than any one person could handle without considerable assista > read more

Is Christianity a Soft Target?

03/29/2016 05:21:00 AM

Those of us who use Twitter regularly love to complain about it. At least, we love to complain about some of Twitter's policies and many aspects of how others use the service. But there is a big upside to Twitter. There has to be or I wouldn't contin > read more

Clinton Has it Harder Than Sanders Because She's a Woman

03/28/2016 05:23:00 AM

Senator Clinton @ Hampton, NH (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Here's an article from Time written by Deborah Tannen, a professor at Georgetown, that seems to suggest that those of us who do not support Hillary Clinton's run for president may be sexist. Okay > read more

6 Ways Atheists Can Have Fun on Easter

03/27/2016 08:00:00 AM

As I am sure you have heard, some Christians do not think that we atheists should be permitted to celebrate any of the holidays they stole from pagans. Hmm...I wonder why nobody is screaming "cultural appropriation" over these stolen holidays? Anyway > read more

Do You Ever Feel Sorry for the Bigots?

03/25/2016 14:57:00 PM

Hildegard von Bingen [Public domain]Do you ever feel sorry for the bigots? I know their behavior creates problems for others, and I'm not denying that. I'm also not excusing it. Many of them manage to make life quite miserable for others, and I know > read more

Good Friday: A Celebration of Torture

03/25/2016 06:40:00 AM

Today is Good Friday, a day that some Christians (and many state governments in the U.S.) embrace as a holiday. Mississippi is one of those states, and that means I have the day off work. All this really means is that I'll be working from home today > read more

Different Perspectives on Free Speech

03/23/2016 20:51:00 PM

Damion Reinhardt (Background Probability) wrote an interesting post on the topic of free speech and how there are at least two vastly different ways of understanding its importance. I found his post to be relevant because I've been thinking about fre > read more

Twisting Words to Advance an Ideologically-Driven Narrative

03/22/2016 05:31:00 AM

Cenk Uygur in 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bill Maher, Maajid Nawaz, Peter Boghossian...I don't know how they do it. I don't know how they stay sane in the face of the near constant barrage of crap that > read more

Ted Cruz is a Christian Extremist

03/21/2016 05:12:00 AM

Ted Cruz speaking at CPAC on February 10, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Many of us on the political left are less than thrilled by the prospect of our country electing Donald Trump as our next president. This is certainly understandable, and there ar > read more

Mississippi Wants More Guns in Church

03/19/2016 07:39:00 AM

By Augustas Didžgalvis, via Wikimedia CommonsWhat is worse than large numbers of politically conservative evangelical fundamentalist Christians with a persecution complex? How about large numbers of politically conservative evangelical fundamentalis > read more

Two Presidential Candidates with High Negative Ratings

03/18/2016 05:53:00 AM

With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton moving closer to securing the nominations of their respective parties, we could be moving toward a historic general election. How so? Among the primary voters in each of their respective parties, both Trump and C > read more

You Are Wrong Not to Find Her Attractive

03/17/2016 12:34:00 PM

Physical attractiveness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Physical attraction is something that has never struck me as being particularly rational. What I mean by that is that I've rarely understood or been able to clearly express why I am attracted to some p > read more

Rubio's Departure Leaves Kasich as the Establishment Candidate

03/16/2016 05:49:00 AM

Well, I certainly was wrong about Marco Rubio! As the Republican establishment began to consolidate behind him as the anti-Trump candidate, I thought this would be enough to propel him forward to the nomination despite his lack of experience and one > read more

Outrage Fatigue and Activism

03/15/2016 12:32:00 PM

Animal Rights Days in Vilnius, Lithuania. One of the activists gives out leaflets in the street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I'm going to start this post by making two assumptions that might or might not be accurate. My first assumption is that nobody c > read more

The Atheist President

03/14/2016 13:02:00 PM

White House Front (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It is possible that the U.S. has already had an atheist president. What we have not had is a president who openly identified himself as an atheist while running for and then serving in office. Will we ever h > read more

Freethought, Tribalism, and O.J. Simpson

03/13/2016 09:39:00 AM

I have been watching The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on FX. No, I'm not particularly proud of this. I started watching a few weeks into the show, making sure to start from the beginning, after a couple of my co-workers convinced me t > read more

The Trump Rally in Chicago

03/12/2016 07:41:00 AM

Trump International Hotel and Tower, ChicagoI will not to pretend to be aware of everything that transpired around Donald Trump's planned rally in Chicago last night. Details are fuzzy and still emerging. Thus, I will keep these comments brief and to > read more

Clinton v. Sanders in the Univision Debate

03/11/2016 07:02:00 AM

President Obama confers with U.S.Secretary of State Clinton during the NATO summit in Strasbourg, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I finally got around to watching the most recent Democratic debate. While I certainly prefer Bernie Sanders to Hillary > read more

Adventures in College Radio

03/10/2016 05:00:00 AM

New Orleans: French Quarter studio of radio station WWOZ; turntables and cd players. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)College was a time for exploration and risk-taking. It marked a key transition point for me in terms of both atheism and freethought. I was > read more

The Trump Phenomenon: Living Through Interesting Political Times

03/08/2016 05:12:00 AM

Trump (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The rise of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, his popularity among voters, the degree to which establishment Republicans are concerned about him, and the overall implications of his candidacy for both the > read more

The Lack of Community Standards in Atheism

03/06/2016 07:51:00 AM

By Speculos, via Wikimedia CommonsAtheists are incredibly diverse, and there is little aside from our shared view on gods to bring all of us together. While groups of atheists can and do organize around some of what many (but not all) of us have in c > read more

Persuading Others to Support Your Candidate: A Guide for Freethinkers

03/03/2016 05:12:00 AM

Around election time, the blogosphere and social media fill up with posts extolling the virtues of various political candidates, begging others to support them, and name-calling directed against those who dare to support different candidates. Much of > read more

Generational Cohorts and Atheism

03/01/2016 05:12:00 AM

Coat of arms of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1958 to 1991 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)This post will be about atheism. I'm mentioning this at the outset because it is going to take me awhile to get there. But I will get there.The Nationa > read more

Sunday Read: What's the Point of Moral Outrage?

02/28/2016 10:54:00 AM

There was an interesting article in today's New York Times by Jillian Jordan, Paul Bloom, Moshe Hoffman, and David Rand titled What's the Point of Moral Outrage? After noting that many humans seem to have "an appetite for moral outrage," the article > read more

Beginning of the End for Bernie Sanders

02/28/2016 08:45:00 AM

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)After Hillary Clinton's crushing defeat of Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina primary yesterday, some are suggesting that we are witnessing "the beginning of the end" for Sen. Sanders. I tend to agree > read more

Valuing Diversity of Thought

02/25/2016 05:12:00 AM

I'm not going to unfriend, unfollow, or block anybody on social media solely because of which political candidate they like. I'm also not going to use my platform to call them names because they might prefer a different candidate to ones I prefer. An > read more

Spirituality After Atheism

02/23/2016 05:08:00 AM

My transition from Christian to atheist was gradual, rocky, and anything but a direct path from one to the other. I've written about this here many times. What I haven't written much about is what came next. Although I had left gods behind, I was not > read more

Rubio vs. Clinton

02/22/2016 05:18:00 AM

Official portrait of US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We are still early in the primary season, but the pool of Republican candidates is finally beginning to narrow. This is where things get interesting, as we get a glimpse > read more

The Opposition to #BlackLivesMatter

02/21/2016 08:25:00 AM

By The All-Nite Images I have seen a fair amount of opposition to the #BlackLivesMatter movement being expressed on social media. Unfortunately, the nature of the opposition seems rather vague and does not often extend beyond name calling. This leave > read more

Twitter's Trust and Safety Council

02/18/2016 05:15:00 AM

This post is not about whether Republican front runner Donald Trump is a racist, xenophobe, or whatever else. I suspect that the majority of my readers are convinced that these labels probably apply to Mr. Trump and most of his supporters. While I ha > read more

Attracting Search Traffic to Your Atheist Blog

02/16/2016 05:05:00 AM

Back in 2012, I wrote a brief post about how bloggers who track traffic to their blogs can use services like Google Analytics to learn about what search terms bring visitors to their blogs. By knowing what people are searching for when they land on o > read more

RIP Antonin Scalia

02/15/2016 07:04:00 AM

Photo by Steve PettewayI'm not here to condemn those who have been shitting all over recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on social media. I understand that there are many valid reasons people have been upset with him over the years > read more

The Lessons of Trump

02/14/2016 07:07:00 AM

I've suggested in previous posts that Donald Trump is doing us all a favor by running for president. I believe that his approach and his popularity among voters can teach us some important lessons about our political process, our society, and ourselv > read more

Outrage Culture: Continuing the Discussion on Voat

02/13/2016 06:34:00 AM

Interested in keeping up with outrage culture and related subjects like political correctness, social justice warriors, the regressive left, and others who aim to suppress the free expression of ideas to protect people from the horror of experiencing > read more

Growing Up Without Religious Indoctrination

02/11/2016 05:27:00 AM

I was indoctrinated into a mainstream Protestant denomination of Christianity from an early age. I sometimes wonder what would have been different if I had grown up in a secular household and not been subjected to religious indoctrination of any kind > read more

Does Growing Opposition to Political Correctness Help Explain Trump's Popularity?

02/10/2016 05:10:00 AM

By Gage Skidmore - Donald Trump, CC BY-SA 2.0 It is easy for me to understand why many people insist that our political system is broken, that their votes don't matter, that real reform is virtually impossible due to polarization and gridlock, and so > read more

Your Freedom is Worth More Than My Feelings

02/09/2016 05:25:00 AM

"I'm offended by that" and "I find that offensive" are statements about the person making them. They tell you something about how this person feels. They are not indicators of any sort of objective metric of offensiveness. No such thing exists. They > read more

A Super Bowl Compilation

02/07/2016 08:05:00 AM

Planning to watch the big game today? It is kind of hard to believe this is the 50th Super Bowl. I'm still not sure if I'll bother to watch it this year or not. I don't particularly care for either team, but I really despise the Broncos. I guess that > read more

God Talk in Political Speeches as Virtue Signaling

02/05/2016 05:15:00 AM

Have you heard the term virtue signaling? I've encountered it only recently, but the concept certainly is familiar. In this article from The Spectator, James Bartholomew takes credit for being the first to use it.I coined the phrase in an article her > read more

Learning to Appreciate Art After Discarding Christianity

02/03/2016 05:12:00 AM

Marcel Duchamp, via Wikimedia CommonsThis post was based on one I wrote back in 2007. Rather than updating the original, I decided to revise it as a new post.I have often heard that great art is supposed to be provocative, eliciting strong and not ne > read more

The No-Platforming of Richard Dawkins

02/01/2016 05:55:00 AM

Richard Dawkins at New York City's Cooper Union to discuss his book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)No-platforming refers to preventing someone from speaking, sometimes through policy and other times th > read more

Undecided No More: I'm Supporting Bernie Sanders

01/31/2016 08:17:00 AM

Until quite recently, I have been undecided about how I will vote in the 2016 presidential primary election. After giving the matter much thought, I have finally made up my mind. Assuming that Sen. Bernie Sanders is still in the race when Mississippi > read more

This Atheist is Easy to Persuade

01/28/2016 04:54:00 AM

What to convince me of something like the dangers of GMOs, why I should vote for your favorite political candidate, that intelligent alien life is out there somewhere or had an important role in shaping human history, that you have seen Bigfoot, or e > read more

My Evolving Political Orientation

01/27/2016 05:13:00 AM

My political orientation as of October, 2015Back in October of 2015, I wrote a post about how we need more than the traditional left-right dimension to adequately capture someone's political orientation. The left-right dimension does a decent job of > read more

Is Satanism Ethically Superior to Christianity?

01/26/2016 05:18:00 AM

Toward the end of November, Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) wrote a post with a great title that I meant to address here. It appears that I filled it incorrectly in my poor excuse for an online bookmarking system since I just found it this weekend by > read more

Moral Triage: How We Direct Our Outrage

01/25/2016 05:31:00 AM

Wounded arriving at triage station, Suippes, France from sanitary train. Selected by Scott. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The term "moral triage" is something I heard Dr. Peter Boghossian use during an interview. It was only mentioned in passing, but it s > read more

If I Was Voting in Iowa, I'd Still Be Undecided

01/22/2016 06:28:00 AM

The Iowa caucuses are rapidly approaching, and so we will soon have the first presidential primary vote of 2016. What Iowa voters do does not always decide the eventual nominees, but the mainstream news media certainly loves to talk about the "moment > read more

How We Talk About Islam and Muslims

01/21/2016 05:51:00 AM

Harper's Muslims and Christians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)One of the earliest mistakes I made in writing this blog was to use the term "Christians" without attaching any specifiers. This was a mistake because Christianity is extremely diverse, and it > read more

Rock Music is Still Evil

01/20/2016 04:41:00 AM

By David Shankbone [CC BY 3.0]A left-leaning atheist woman I follow on Twitter whose profile contains the hashtags #FreedomOfSpeech and #FreeSpeech recently tweeted about how a particular game should be pulled from Apple's App Store and Google Play b > read more

Someone's Choice of Candidate is a Poor Indicator of His or Her Moral Worth

01/18/2016 08:39:00 AM

We are observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today here in the U.S. Instead of writing about civil rights, as I have done in past years, I thought I'd do something a bit different today. I'd like to take a brief look at one puzzling example of our po > read more

How David Bowie Influenced Me

01/17/2016 09:13:00 AM

By AVRO [CC BY-SA 3.0]As you know, the world lost a great one recently in the form of David Bowie. I thought it was time for me to join the chorus of voices expressing sadness at his passing and attempting to communicate how he affected me.I always t > read more

Trump and Cruz: How Nervous Should We Be?

01/16/2016 16:38:00 PM

Here's a question for my fellow liberals: should we be celebrating the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are leading in the polls as we near the start of primary season?In watching the last Republican presidential debate the other night, I cou > read more

The Regressive Left

01/14/2016 05:15:00 AM

We need terms to group and classify people. This is an important function of language. Without such terms, communication quickly becomes unwieldy. Imagine if we lacked words such as skeptic or freethinker. Every time you or I wanted to refer to some > read more

Future Trends: Expect More Secular Households

01/13/2016 05:31:00 AM

If current trends regarding the decline in some indicators of religiosity and the increase in the number of religiously unaffiliated persons (aka, the "nones") in the United States continue, we could soon find ourselves entering the next phase of an > read more

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