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The Price of Safe Spaces in Higher Education

03/26/2015 04:50:00 AM

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Christopher Hitchens on the Importance of Free Expression

03/25/2015 05:26:00 AM

Although I enjoyed some of Christopher Hitchens' books, especially God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, I have only recently started watching videos of his various speeches and debates. As I do so, it is hitting me once again that we lo > read more

How Will Atheists Treat Christians in the Future?

03/24/2015 05:55:00 AM

Dear Christians,If Christianity and other religions continue to decline in the U.S., as some are predicting and as has already happened in many Western nations, we could eventually reach the point where there are more atheists than Christians. Gasp! > read more

Atheism+ Block Bot in the News Again

03/23/2015 05:20:00 AM

Frontispiece from Matthew Hopkins' The Discovery of Witches (1647), showing witches identifying their familiar spirits (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I haven't written much about the Atheism+ Block Bot, and what I have written has mostly focused on the mis > read more

Profiles in Social Justice: Meet Lori

03/22/2015 07:16:00 AM

By Malene Thyssen, Wikimedia CommonsIn the first part of our Profiles in Social Justice series, we met Beatrice, a Catholic who devoted her professional life to social justice work with women and children escaping domestic violence and who has contin > read more

Why My Lack of Belief in Bigfoot Creatures Is Not Part of My Identity

03/19/2015 05:27:00 AM

Photo of an unidentified animal the Bigfoot Research Organization claims is a "juvenile Sasquatch" "Jacobs Photos" . . Retrieved 2009-09-16 . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I am an "aBigfootist" in that I am someone who does not believe in Bigfoot creature > read more

Someone Disagrees With You on the Internet

03/18/2015 04:27:00 AM

I'd like to make three bold statements that do not strike me as even remotely controversial but which many people seem to have trouble accepting:Just because someone disagrees with me does not make him or her crazy, stupid, or even wrong.The fact tha > read more

My Holy Book Says That People Like You Should Be Killed

03/16/2015 05:41:00 AM

11th Century North African Qur’an in the British Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Suppose I told you that I considered a particular book to be holy and/or sacred. Suppose I told you that I considered it to be the inspired word of some sort of god(s) > read more

The Sunday Post

03/15/2015 08:46:00 AM

"Guilt". Oil on board. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Several years ago, I unintentionally started what would become an enduring tradition here at Atheist Revolution. Every Sunday morning right around the time all my neighbors could be seen leaving for chu > read more

Who Gets to Be Christian?

03/13/2015 05:53:00 AM

Latter-day Saints believe in the resurrected Jesus Christ, as depicted in the Christus Statue in the North Visitors' Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As an atheist, I find myself perfectly content to leave the decisi > read more

Profiles in Social Justice: Meet Will

03/12/2015 05:18:00 AM

In the first part of our Profiles in Social Justice series, we met Beatrice, a Catholic in her late 60s with a life-long commitment to social justice advocacy. In this part, we'll meet Will. He is in his early 40s, and he has quite a few things in co > read more

Aiming at Faith Instead of Religion

03/11/2015 05:17:00 AM

Photo by Eric FischerInfluenced by a few of Prof. Peter Boghossian's videos and other street epistemology videos, I've been thinking lately about Prof. Boghossian's suggestion that we focus our efforts on faith instead of religion. The more I think a > read more

Their Freedom to Express Ideas We Do Not Like

03/10/2015 07:17:00 AM

I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again: It is easy to support free speech as long as one is talking about one's own speech or about the expression of ideas with which one agrees. When we agree with the content of the speech, we are quick > read more

Atheism and Violence

03/09/2015 06:22:00 AM

Jämsä old church burning in Finland in 1925 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If a religious believer commits a violent act and tells the world that he did it for his gods, I think it makes sense to take a look at his religious beliefs. They probably aren't > read more

Republicans Calling for U.S. Ground Forces to Fight ISIS

03/08/2015 11:44:00 AM

Coat of Arms of Saudi Arabia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)One question I've seen popping up with increasing frequency on some of the atheist and/or political blogs I read has been whether it is time for the U.S. to send ground troops into combat against > read more

Profiles in Social Justice: Meet Beatrice

03/08/2015 07:25:00 AM

Thomas Aquinas depicted in stained glass (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There is a great deal of confusion out there about what social justice means and what social justice advocacy looks like. This confusion is understandable. After all, there are many de > read more

Religion and Violence

03/04/2015 05:21:00 AM

The skyline of Ahmedabad filled with smoke as buildings and shops are set on fire by rioting mobs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Continuing on with the recent topic of the relationship between religious ideology and violent behavior, we are forced to conf > read more

Twitter Tips: Using Buffer to Schedule Tweets

03/03/2015 05:31:00 AM

One of the keys to using Twitter effectively is to spread out one's tweets with reasonable intervals of time between them. Few of us particularly like to see someone rapid fire a barrage of tweets at the same time. Another key to effective Twitter us > read more

Our Toxic Atheist Rift

03/02/2015 05:23:00 AM

By Icelandknight (Own work)I follow more atheist blogs than I can possibly keep up with. I really should limit myself to a more manageable number so that I might feel less overwhelmed, but I can never seem to do so. There is just too much great conte > read more

Mere Atheism is Sufficient For Some

02/27/2015 07:56:00 AM

By D. Wiberg at en.wikipediaFollowing the murders of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, NC, and the arrest of a suspect who appears to be an atheist, Neil Carter (Godless in Dixie) wrote a post in which he made a couple of interesting points which a > read more

Popularity and the Truth of a Belief

02/24/2015 05:19:00 AM

Logic probe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In a recent post about belief, I mentioned that reality is not a popularity contest in the sense that a false belief does not somehow become less false because large numbers of people hold it. This is something wi > read more

We Lost a Couple of Good Atheist Blogs

02/22/2015 08:45:00 AM

Atheist blogs come and go. Many emerge on the scene, generate great buzz in their promise to offer something different, and then disappear before we know what happened. Some stick around for quite awhile, lasting several years and building a consider > read more

10 Years of Atheist Revolution

02/20/2015 05:23:00 AM

By Mireia Garcia Bermejo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons > read more

Mob Justice Should Make Atheists Nervous

02/19/2015 05:25:00 AM

By Henry de Groux (http://expositions.bnf.fr/zola/grand/z264.htm) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsEvery individual has a right to express his or her opinion. I would assume that we can all agree with this statement. It seems rather uncontrovers > read more

Islamic Extremism and Freedom of Speech

02/17/2015 07:36:00 AM

Photograph of RMIT Muslim students praying outside. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I'm inclined to agree with this post by Sean McGuire (My Secret Atheist Blog). Freedom of speech does apply to forms of speech we do not like, including that which comes fro > read more

Little Nuance in Our Political Narratives

02/16/2015 06:41:00 AM

Hillary ClintonBeginning with President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign and extending well beyond his election, it was not difficult to find a fascinating narrative from some of his supporters. The basic idea was that anyone who did not support him was > read more

Seeking Plaintiffs for Removal of 'In God We Trust'

02/14/2015 10:54:00 AM

Michael Newdow speaking at the Atheist Alliance International Convention in Long Beach, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I received the following email from secular activist Michael Newdow and am sharing it with you at his request.There have now b > read more

Atheists Condemn Murder

02/13/2015 06:20:00 AM

A 46 year-old North Carolina man by the name of Craig Hicks is in police custody, charged with the murder of three of his neighbors: Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. In the United States, things like this happen e > read more

The Appeal of Christian Hell

02/12/2015 05:21:00 AM

Domenico Beccafumi's Inferno: a Christian vision of hell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When atheists discuss the concepts of afterlife that feature so prominently into most varieties of Christianity, we tend to focus on the notion of eternal life and heav > read more

If You Could Drive Any Car...

02/10/2015 05:09:00 AM

Bugatti Veyron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)How about a fun little off-topic thought experiment for a change?You are minding your own business one day when a mysterious stranger knocks on your door with a deal that sounds too good to be true. The wealthy > read more

Harvard Humanist of the Year: Anita Sarkeesian

02/08/2015 13:34:00 PM

Greg Epstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I've been asked a few times what I think of the recent news that the Humanist Community of Harvard has decided to give their Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014 Award to Anita Sarkeesian. I haven't addressed the su > read more

Atheist Nonconformity: Against the Grain

02/05/2015 05:18:00 AM

Wooden bleachers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)This post was inspired by a recent comment from 1HappyHeathen on this post that struck a nerve. Thanks for the inspiration!Sporting events, commencement ceremonies, and even government meetings often begin wi > read more

Disclosing One's Identity: Atheist or Christian

02/04/2015 05:19:00 AM

Photo by Joe Mabel, via Wikimedia CommonsAt a party, you meet someone for the first time. You know nothing about her except her name and what little you can infer from her appearance and attire. She appears to be a woman of approximately your age. Sh > read more

Taking the Lead on Defending Freedom of Speech

02/02/2015 05:35:00 AM

Free Speech. Luis Ricardo cartoon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I wrote in a previous post that I thought those of us who are secularists, freethinkers, skeptics, and/or atheists need to take the lead on defending free speech from those who attack it, reg > read more

Stop Christian Radio Station From Using Public School Children to Proselytize

02/01/2015 08:00:00 AM

Before you spend the day enjoying the Super Bowl (or not), here's a quick opportunity for you to help some parents with children attending a public elementary school in Texas who find themselves in an odd situation.Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) bri > read more

Super Bowl: An Exercise in Reaffirming One's Faith

01/31/2015 07:35:00 AM

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday in the U.S., one of our most popular and most ridiculous national celebrations. Don't get me wrong - I certainly understand why someone who likes football and whose favorite team is playing would enjoy the game. I'd be g > read more

Most Social Justice Advocates are Not Social Justice Warriors

01/28/2015 05:30:00 AM

By Mercurywoodrose (Own work)The term social justice warrior has a specific meaning that is clearly distinct from "social justice advocate" or "social justice activist." Most social justice advocates are not social justice warriors. I tried to addres > read more

Redefining Faith

01/27/2015 11:15:00 AM

1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, showing personifications of dementia, megalomania, acute mania, melancholia, idiocy, hallucination, erotic mania and paralysis in the gardens of the Hospice de la Salpêtrière. Reprinted in Madness: A Brief History > read more

David Cameron on the Right to Cause Offense

01/26/2015 05:24:00 AM

Guillaume Paumier, CC-BYOne of the real problems with guilt-by-association is that it often prevents us from encountering good ideas from sources we don't particularly like. And even when we do encounter such an idea, we may have difficulty acknowled > read more

Base Rate Fallacy: Gender and Atheism in Britain

01/24/2015 07:13:00 AM

If you are an atheist living in the U.K., you might have noticed that your local secular activist groups seem to attract more men than women. What might this mean? Does this mean that the secular movement in the U.K. is "hostile to women" like some h > read more

Difficulty Explaining Something is Not Useful Evidence

01/21/2015 05:18:00 AM

By Colibri1968 at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia CommonsSuppose I planted a small vegetable garden in a corner of my yard. In spite of my lack of any real gardening ability, it is coming along well. Everything is growing as it is suppos > read more

#Manspreading and Publicly Shaming Strangers

01/20/2015 05:23:00 AM

I have a confession to make. When I've had a long day, am in dire need of a laugh, and find myself craving the sort of absurdity that will always bring a smile, I check out the #manspreading hashtag on Twitter.If you haven't heard of manspreading, yo > read more

Coalition Building for Atheists

01/19/2015 07:23:00 AM

I cannot think of very many areas where we atheists, humanists, skeptics, and/or freethinkers can bring about meaningful change all by ourselves. Even if we look at the few things most (though certainly not all) of us have in common, we are quite li > read more

Muhammad Cartoons, Pork Sausages, and Muslim Outrage

01/18/2015 11:09:00 AM

Here are three statements to consider: I don't like pork sausages.Eating pork sausages is wrong.Anyone who eats pork sausages should be punished.Statement #1 is a preference that tells us something about the person making the statement, and nothing m > read more

Keeping Comments Civil

01/18/2015 07:39:00 AM

We've had some commenters here over the past couple of weeks who have veered away from the comment policy. I've been giving considerable leeway to the off-topic and excessive comments. They have generally been respectful to others, and some have even > read more

Discouraging Human Rights Violations

01/17/2015 09:17:00 AM

Flag of Saudi Arabia (Public Domain Images)I find myself wishing these days that the United States had not seriously undermined our moral standing in the world by refusing to hold our political leaders accountable for war crimes, including torture. E > read more

Introducing Nuzzel

01/16/2015 06:20:00 AM

What if you could receive an email a day containing links to the top stories your Twitter and Facebook connections have been talking about during the past 24 hours? From the perspective of a blogger, it seems like this might be helpful. It would give > read more

Preferences Are Neither Right Nor Wrong

01/15/2015 05:18:00 AM

Justin Bieber at the Sentul International Convention Center in West Java, Indonesia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We all differ in our preferences (i.e., the things we like), and one of the things that makes preferences so interesting is that there really > read more

Here's Muhammad!

01/14/2015 05:28:00 AM

As I'm sure you are aware, Charlie Hebdo decided on their new cover (below). Unfortunately, many of our mainstream news media outlets, including the New York Times, decided not to show it. This rubs me the wrong way, as I believe the image deserves t > read more

Christian Fatalism

01/13/2015 05:12:00 AM

Fatalism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Many evangelical fundamentalist Christians are fond of talking about how some sort of god works in their lives, and some may actually believe this. They attribute virtually anything that happens to their preferred g > read more

Why is Free Speech So Important?

01/12/2015 05:48:00 AM

Steven Pinker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Nearly all of us agree that our right to free expression is important; it is their right to say things we find objectionable that often seems to become controversial. We are quick to agree in the abstract that f > read more

Ridiculing, Mocking, and Satirizing Religion

01/09/2015 07:19:00 AM

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day - Mohammed by Hlkolaya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Philosopher Stephen Law (The Outer Limits with Stephen Law) wrote an informative post following the Charlie Hebdo murders in which he explains the point of making fun of reli > read more

More Violence From Offended Muslims?

01/08/2015 05:35:00 AM

When a major news story breaks, especially an emotionally charged one, I generally try to keep my thoughts to myself for at least the first 24-48 hours or so. Not only am I much more likely to say something stupid when I'm emotionally aroused, but I > read more

According to Gallup, U.S. is Still Christian Nation

12/29/2014 06:27:00 AM

A recent Gallup poll based on 173,490 interviews conducted between January 2 and December 21, 2014 found that approximately 75% of adults in the U.S. identify themselves as Christian, with 50% identifying as Protestant and 24% as Catholic. The poll s > read more

Michael Nugent vs. PZ Myers

12/28/2014 07:57:00 AM

Michael Nugent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Michael Nugent has been working tirelessly to document what he considers to be smears, hypocrisy, and other objectionable behavior on the part of PZ Myers. His collection of thoroughly sourced posts about Myers > read more

A Record of Christian Hate

12/27/2014 06:59:00 AM

Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) brings us news of Pastor Steven Anderson's (Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, AZ) hate-filled film, AIDS: The Judgment of God. Pastor Anderson is a Christian extremist, but that does not mean that the views he espou > read more

Do You Believe in Aliens?

12/26/2014 05:54:00 AM

Cupcakes in the shape of orange extra-terrestrials. These may not be a fully accurate representation of aliens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I saw a question someone posted on Facebook yesterday: Do you believe in aliens? I guess someone else wasn't too > read more

Atheists Mocking Christmas

12/24/2014 07:14:00 AM

By Pixuk (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0] One extremely popular form of symbolic protest involves deliberately defacing or damaging a symbol or item another group considers "sacred" or "holy." I'm not talking about vandalism here where one destroys the prop > read more

Happy Festivus!

12/23/2014 06:03:00 AM

Many atheists celebrate their favorite secular aspects of Christmas. Others prefer to replace Christmas with one of many recently proposed secular alternatives. Still others prefer to skip Christmas and have little need to replace it with anything. I > read more

Trigger Warnings and Personal Victimhood in Higher Education

12/22/2014 06:11:00 AM

Photograph of front facade, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) recently released a report on speech codes at U.S. colle > read more

Will We Accept the Legacy of Torture?

12/21/2014 07:57:00 AM

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011, after receiving the "Defender of the Constitution Award". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Those of us living in the United States have known for some time that our country tortured people following 9 > read more

The Historical Jesus

12/20/2014 11:07:00 AM

4th century depiction of Christ as the Good Shepherd, Museum for Epigraphy, Terme di Diocleziano, Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Most of the Christians I encounter, both in my day-to-day life and on the Internet, treat the existence of a historical Je > read more

Atheists as Persecuted Minority

12/19/2014 14:13:00 PM

Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Taken by BroadArrow in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As an atheist, are you a member of a persecuted minority group that regularly faces discrimination and bigotry by the religious? Could you be a member of such > read more

Coping Tips for Atheists at Christmas

12/19/2014 07:05:00 AM

Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)With travel, winter weather, crowds, and crass commercialism, the holiday season can be a stressful time for anyone. Many atheists face additional pressures this time of year related to b > read more

Being a Better Believer

12/18/2014 06:13:00 AM

A Raelian discussing his beliefs with a passerby in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)"Everybody has the right to believe what they want." This statement, while accurate, is practically nonsensical. It isn't like anyone can prevent another p > read more

Does Pat Robertson Have a Point About Christians Not Seeking Medical Care?

12/17/2014 05:36:00 AM

Pat Robertson is still preaching on TV, reaching out to many Christian households through his 700 Club. And while he manages to provide endless fodder for atheist blogs, there seems to be a dark side to the advice he dispenses to gullible viewers. Mu > read more

Secular Organizations Should Make it Easy to Opt Out of Receiving Mail

12/15/2014 05:40:00 AM

Automatic sorters inside a major postal facility. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have what will strike some of you as a fairly trivial complaint that applies to most of the large national secular organizations, including the Freedom From Religion Foundat > read more

Review of the Fitbit One

12/14/2014 08:35:00 AM

Fitbit OneAs you will undoubtedly guess from the name of this blog, most of what I post here has to do with atheism, skepticism, reason, secularism, and the like. I also like to write off-topic posts from time-to-time, and this will be one of them. I > read more

Political Correctness and the Tyranny of Silence

12/13/2014 07:14:00 AM

I am sure you remember how enraged Muslims became violent after a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published cartoons they did not like in 2005. It was a big story for some time and probably one that was hard to miss. In fact, the it has been in th > read more

Outrage Culture: Don't Be Too Inclusive

12/11/2014 06:57:00 AM

Illustration of the sun. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Every once in awhile, a story comes along that manages to provide a perfect illustration of a serious problem that is tough to describe clearly and concisely. When such a story does emerge, we can oft > read more

What Do Atheists Want?

12/10/2014 05:26:00 AM

First page of the 1905 French law on the separation of Church and State. Rendered from a scanned PDF on the site of the French National Assembly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Atheists are a diverse bunch, and we want different things. This is true even w > read more

When Words Hurt

12/09/2014 05:06:00 AM

The Free Speech Cafe in Moffitt Library at the University of California, Berkeley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)"Words hurt." Yes, I suppose that is true. Words can indeed hurt one's feelings. This is especially true for children who have not yet develope > read more

Joel Osteen on Faith

12/08/2014 05:12:00 AM

In the unlikely event that you haven't already seen the tweet above, I had to share it. Joel Osteen is an evangelical fundamentalist pastor who presides over one of the largest Protestant churches in the U.S. He and his wife, Victoria, are all over T > read more

Christian Terrorism in Kansas City

12/07/2014 07:29:00 AM

Picture taken from the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO. High Resolution. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Imagine that a Muslim man living in the United States with a long history of making threats against Christians living in his community climbs into h > read more

American Atheists' Skip Church Billboard

12/06/2014 06:59:00 AM

In what is rapidly becoming a holiday tradition, American Atheists has a new billboard this year. Here is the billboard they have placed in a few locations in the South to promote their 2015 national convention in Memphis, TN. The story here probably > read more

In Defense of 'Black Atheists' Groups

12/04/2014 05:50:00 AM

Racist graffiti found in the restroom of a Borders in San Mateo, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Ready for what will strike some of you as an uncharacteristically pro social justice rant? As I've said repeatedly, I distinguish between social jus > read more

Street Epistemology is Inspiring

12/03/2014 05:43:00 AM

I have not yet read Peter Boghossian's book, A Manual for Creating Atheists, but it is on my list of books to read. In the meantime, I have been watching Anthony Magnabosco's excellent street epistemology videos on YouTube and enjoying them very much > read more

Altruism Among Atheist Bloggers

12/02/2014 05:14:00 AM

Which Social Network is Most Altruistic? (Photo credit: cambodia4kidsorg)Can a blogger be altruistic, or is everything we do ultimately self-serving? When I write a post with the explicit goal of helping others learn from my mistakes, am I doing some > read more

When Their Religion Restricts Our Rights

12/01/2014 05:59:00 AM

Logo of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I'm not a Republican, a libertarian, or a fiscal conservative. I have no issue with progressive taxes (e.g., capital gains, income, or property), althou > read more

How I Became a Christian

11/30/2014 07:20:00 AM

By Paul M. Walsh [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsIf you are an atheist, I'd say the odds are fairly good that you have uttered something close to the following words on at least one occasion:How can anyo > read more

Atheist Bloggers, Join Our Tribe

11/28/2014 05:37:00 AM

Are you an atheist blogger? That is, are you an atheist who writes a blog in which you address atheism and related topics? Are you active on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Linkedin? Would you like to connect with other atheist bloggers and possibly drive > read more

When No Candidate Represents One's Positions

11/10/2014 05:16:00 AM

One of the comments left on my recent post, Why Are the Religiously Unaffiliated Less Likely to Vote?, expressed the sort of frustration we have probably all experienced when it comes to voting. I thought it was worth addressing here because I agree > read more

Go to Church...or Else

11/09/2014 05:34:00 AM

"Go to church..." by The Pug Father - Flickr: Go to church.... Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. I love this picture, as it captures something important about how children are indoctrinated into evangelical fundamentalist Christianity > read more

Why Are the Religiously Unaffiliated Less Likely to Vote?

11/07/2014 05:38:00 AM

4 U.S. Presidents. Former President Jimmy Carter (right), walks with, from left, George H.W. Bush (far left), George W. Bush (second from left) and Bill Clinton (center) during the dedication of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in > read more

What Happened to the Short Posts?

11/06/2014 04:48:00 AM

Fishy Lamp Post All the lamp posts had this fish decoration on them - a nice touch I thought for this seaside town (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As I have been looking back through some of my old posts, I've noticed that I used to write a lot of very shor > read more

Ancient Aliens: A Secular 'God of the Gaps'

11/04/2014 05:27:00 AM

Moai at Rano Raraku, Easter Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)One of the most concise ways to think about the "god of the gaps" (or argument from ignorance) concept would be something like the following (via Iron Chariots): I don't understand how X cou > read more

Twitter Tips: Getting Started

11/02/2014 10:14:00 AM

Tweeting bird, derived from the initial 't' of Twitter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Not everyone who tries Twitter will find it to be particularly useful, relevant, or entertaining. That's to be expected. I know of no social media service that everyone f > read more

364 Days Until Jesus Ween

11/01/2014 06:02:00 AM

I'm Not Going Back Outside Till November! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)November 1 is always such a sad day, as the realization that we must wait a whole year for the return of Jesus Ween sets in. You'd think I would have it out of my system by now, but t > read more

Why I Am So Fond of Halloween

10/29/2014 07:23:00 AM

Costumers in bar, Halloween in New Orleans. Jesus! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)October has been my favorite month for as long as I can remember, and I always look forward to Halloween even though I haven't really celebrated it since college. I recognize > read more

Outrage Culture: When You're the Target

10/28/2014 04:35:00 AM

If you contribute online atheist-oriented content in the form of blog posts, podcasts, YouTube videos, or social media posts, you will likely be the target of outrage culture sooner or later. If you think you'll be immune because you do not have enou > read more

Ouija Boards and the Demonic

10/26/2014 07:38:00 AM

Original ouija board (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Have you seen the previews for the new horror movie that just opened called Ouija? It looks quite silly, but the previews were enough to bring back memories of something I'd long forgotten: the sheer terr > read more

Mormons: Our Underwear is Not Magic

10/25/2014 14:01:00 PM

Temple garments, underwear worn by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS; Mormons). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)According to Kate Seamons' recent article for Newser, the LDS Church recently put out a video to clear up misconcep > read more

Some of the Atheists Who Mock Christians Believe in Ghosts

10/24/2014 05:14:00 AM

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 29th week, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have encountered quite a few Christians during the course of my life who report that they believe in angels. This isn't exactl > read more

Join the #AtheistVoter Campaign

10/22/2014 08:28:00 AM

The #NormalizeAtheism campaign used Twitter to bring attention to the important goal of normalizing atheism, and now American Atheists has brought us a new one. On October 21, American Atheists announced a two-week #AtheistVoter campaign. This one is > read more

A Blogging Revival

10/21/2014 05:26:00 AM

Gothic revival church of St John the Baptist (1894 – 96) in Dohalice, Hradec Králové District, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The evangelical fundamentalist Christians in the part of the U.S. where I live have something called revival. I > read more

Religious Atrocities in the Age of Transparency

10/19/2014 09:59:00 AM

Daniel Dennett at the 17. Göttinger Literaturherbst, October 19th, 2008, in Göttingen, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Sooner or later, every atheist blogger writes about religious atrocities (e.g., clergy sexual abuse). Howls of protest sound fr > read more

Daily Show Mocks Exorcism

10/18/2014 05:51:00 AM

I love The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and the clip below is an example of why. The clip reminds viewers that the Catholic Church is still performing exorcisms. I know you knew that; I'm not sure the entire audience did, and so I think that was an i > read more

Reducing Spam Comments

10/17/2014 14:37:00 PM

no spam! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I made a change to the commenting system here today. I'm not sure this will affect any of you, but I wanted to let you know about it just in case.The Intense Debate commenting system appears to use a low-quality spam > read more

The Atheist Community is Dead; Long Live the Atheist Communities

10/17/2014 06:23:00 AM

Flags of Coalition of the Radical Left supporters in a coalition rally in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If is is true, as I believe it is, that atheism begins and ends with the lack of god belief, I suppose it makes sense that most atheists who write > read more

Free Speech on Campus

10/15/2014 05:38:00 AM

US Secretary of State, Ms. Condoleezza Rice, speaking on climate change in Washington DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)My views on the importance of free expression and what threatens it have evolved over time. I do not have to go back more than a couple > read more



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