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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

The "Real Christian" Phenomenon

10/13/2014 05:03:00 AM

Christian IV's Brewhouse at Christians Brygge in Copenhagen, Denmark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have written about the "real Christian" phenomenon here more times than I can count (here's a particularly sarcastic example). I think that must be becaus > read more

Specialized Knowledge Does Not Constitute a Professional Relationship

10/11/2014 15:51:00 PM

Wiberg Professional (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Joe is what someone of my generation might refer to as a computer whiz. He worked for a large company designing security applications for some time before getting burned out and wanting to do something he > read more

The Atheists Who Would Silence You

10/08/2014 06:37:00 AM

Freethought (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In continuing on with a recent theme, let's talk about the people who want to shut you up. Who are these people who not only do not like what you have to say but want to stop you from saying it? Many of them are r > read more

In Support of #NormalizeAtheism

10/04/2014 08:40:00 AM

I'm going to be away for a bit, and I don't have time to write anything lengthy now. But I wanted to take the few minutes I do have this morning to express my support for the #NormalizeAtheism campaign taking off on Twitter. I think this is an excell > read more

Having Different Priorities Does Not Make Someone a Bad Person

10/03/2014 05:42:00 AM

Rank FR (Photo credit: Spaces and Places)We all have particular socio-political issues that are important to us (e.g., reproductive rights, the environment, animal rights, separation of church and state, poverty, civil liberties, LGBT rights). If we > read more

Pressuring High-Profile Atheists to Address Misogyny

10/01/2014 06:53:00 AM

Sam Harris speaking in 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Some of the feminist bloggers who write for Freethought Blogs and their supporters have been using social media to pressure high-profile atheists like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins to speak out ag > read more

Content to Ignore Gamergate

09/30/2014 05:26:00 AM

Gamer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have been asked a few times why I have had nothing to say about the gamergate controversy currently raging on social media. I have explained that I don't know enough about it to have much to say.To unpack that a bit m > read more

Liberals Giving Islam a Pass

09/29/2014 05:15:00 AM

Bill Maher attending a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)What is it called when we routinely criticize one group of people for objectionable behavior while virtually ignoring the same behavior when com > read more

Biblical Immorality

09/28/2014 08:12:00 AM

Titlepage of the New Testament section of a German Luther Bible, printed in 1769. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When atheists criticize the sort of morality found in both the Old Testament and New Testament of the book Christians call "holy," we tend to s > read more

Outrage Culture: Effects

09/24/2014 05:53:00 AM

Richard Dawkins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Now that we have at least a cursory understanding of what we mean by outrage culture, we can ask ourselves why it is worth discussing. Is it merely an annoyance we are likely to encounter from time-to-time th > read more

Cutting Back My Blogging and Other Online Activity

09/22/2014 05:20:00 AM

Man thinking on a train journey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have been writing Atheist Revolution since February of 2005. In that time, I have had fleeting thoughts of quitting but nothing I'd call serious. I've always had something to say, and I've a > read more

Criticizing Dogpiling vs. Defending the Target

09/20/2014 14:39:00 PM

Clachan Yell Looking North towards the summit of Clachan Yell. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In the typical social justice warrior dogpile one sees on the Internet, someone says something at which others take offense, and the the offended pounce. The rhet > read more

Keep Speaking Out

09/18/2014 05:35:00 AM

Salman Rushdie presenting his book "Shalimar the clown" at Mountain View, USA, October 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Anything one says that is truly meaningful will end up offending someone. Of course, the fact that a meaningful statement will inevit > read more

Who and Why Does Jesus Save?

09/16/2014 05:35:00 AM

I said something recently on Twitter about how it seems that there is no one unified Christianity but many Christianities, almost as many as there are Christians. This was hardly an original thought or an attempt at profundity. It was a passing obser > read more

Skeptical Women Need to be Careful on Twitter

09/15/2014 06:53:00 AM

Who thought this was a good idea? Yuk! Someone had vomited in the one next to this one. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If you use Twitter and other social media platforms even occasionally, you have almost certainly shared content created by someone you do > read more

Dismantling Pascal's Wager

09/14/2014 09:16:00 AM

Blaise Pascal argued that if reason cannot be trusted, it is a better "wager" to believe in God than not to do so. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Like it or not (and I don't like it one bit), it is apparent that those of us who limit ourselves to producing > read more

Secular Spirituality

09/11/2014 05:33:00 AM

The subject of spirituality has long been controversial among atheists. Some argue that no self-respecting atheist should talk about spirituality because it implies supernatural entities of some sort. Perhaps they do not realize that not all atheists > read more

Principles of New Atheism

09/09/2014 05:12:00 AM

As you have undoubtedly heard, Victor Stenger died recently. He was an influential voice writing on atheism, and it is clear that his contributions will be missed. I really enjoyed his book, God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does > read more

Church Billboards

09/07/2014 08:15:00 AM

Smithville Christian Church and its billboard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Many of the larger churches around here have billboards on the larger roads around town, and many of the smaller ones have electronic signs that are visible to passing drivers. S > read more

Outrage Culture: Introduction

09/04/2014 05:06:00 AM

An Internet troll in its native habitat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The Internet has been referred to as a great equalizer in the sense that it puts the power to disseminate ideas in the hands of many who previously lacked an effective way to spread th > read more

Many Atheists Do Care About Religion

09/03/2014 06:04:00 AM

Kevin Sorbo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Why do so many atheists seem to care so much about religion? If we don't believe in gods or share religious beliefs, why do we spend so much of our time thinking about them, talking about them, writing about them, > read more

Bigotry Against Atheists is Still Socially Acceptable

09/01/2014 06:36:00 AM

Touro Synagogue, built in 1759 in Newport, Rhode Island, is America's oldest surviving synagogue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Today is Labor Day in the United States. I do have the day off, but I'll be working from home in the hope that I can get somewha > read more

How to Win Any Argument About Social Justice

08/31/2014 13:18:00 PM

If it was possible to communicate everything wrong with the behavior of the social justice warrior approach to "winning" arguments on the Internet in one silly graphic, this one would come fairly close:See more on Know Your MemeI accept that I may be > read more

Separation of Church and State is a Social Justice Issue

08/28/2014 05:31:00 AM

Rally for social justice, Beersheba, Israel, Aug 13 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We don't usually think of separation of church and state as a social justice issue or regard church-state activism as a form of social justice activism. I think this is > read more

The Right to Believe

08/27/2014 04:36:00 AM

Nest of the flamingo according to old beliefs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We hear quite a bit about one's right to believe certain things these days. I'm not sure why this is such a popular subject. It is almost as if many people are convinced that this > read more

Is Separation of Church and State Still Relevant?

08/25/2014 05:55:00 AM

Mouzinho da Silveira, whose influence during the post-War era would result in changes to the economy, the separation of church and state and the reorganization of municipalities (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The question contained in the title of this pos > read more

Christians Disregard Jesus to Pray Publicly

08/24/2014 09:25:00 AM

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Confronting Our Own Hypocrisy and Repudiating Bad Behavior

08/21/2014 05:08:00 AM

Hypocrisy at Glasgow Cathouse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The last of the four suggestions in my Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post was the one that will probably be most controversial. I said that I thought we needed to take a look at our > read more

Political Extremism is Part of Our History

08/20/2014 04:56:00 AM

The western front of the United States Capitol. The Neoclassical style building is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the National Mall. The Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. (Photo credi > read more

The Optics of Community Volunteerism

08/19/2014 05:06:00 AM

The Student Volunteer Army after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Admittedly, I've never been a fan of the argument that atheists should be overly concerned about public relations. I'm still not sold on the notion that we sh > read more

Atheist Finds Acceptance at Episcopal Church

08/18/2014 06:10:00 AM

Trinity Parish Church (Episcopal), First Hill, Seattle, Washington. Erected 1902; listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It is no secret that many atheists are rather hostile toward religion, and this seems to be > read more

Chromecast for My Media Streaming Needs

08/17/2014 07:21:00 AM

About a month ago, I asked for reader input on media streaming devices. I received some helpful suggestions, and I finally got around to picking up a Chromecast. As simple as my needs were (i.e., wanting to stream YouTube videos), I figured I'd give > read more

Even Without Philosophy, I'd Still Be An Atheist

08/14/2014 05:49:00 AM

Cover of a publication of Baruch Spinoza's work (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have little doubt that I'd be an atheist today even if I had never discovered philosophy. I'd be an atheist even if my favorite high school teacher had not inspired me to seek > read more

PZ Myers Does Not Speak For Us

08/13/2014 14:40:00 PM

Electronic red megaphone on stand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Atheists routinely criticize religious moderates for not doing more about their extremist colleagues. What is it that we expect them to do? For starters, we want them to speak out. We want t > read more

Manipulating One's Audience: A Different Sort of Outrage

08/13/2014 05:26:00 AM

Rush Limbaugh Cartoon by Ian D. Marsden of marsdencartoons.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I wrote yesterday about the pattern of social media outrage where a public figure says something insensitive in response to a news story, is met with outrage, and > read more

Robin Williams, Shepard Smith, and the Appeal of Outrage

08/12/2014 11:32:00 AM

Robin-Williams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Not every instance of social media outrage is the same. There are bound to be exceptions to the general pattern. What is the general pattern? I think it looks something like this:A major news story breaks, and > read more

Claims of Offense From the Religious vs. Claims of Offense From Atheists

08/12/2014 04:54:00 AM

A sign posted by the Connecticut Valley Atheists in Rockville's Central Park in December 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When an atheist expresses himself or herself and is promptly accused by Christians or Muslims of offending them, how does the athe > read more

What Does It Mean To Be Secular?

08/11/2014 05:16:00 AM

In the briefest possible sense, I think we can agree that secular means non-religious. Someone who is secular, whatever else he or she may be, is not religious.In a recent post on The Secular Life, Dr. Phil Zuckerman drew upon the social sciences to > read more

Disclosing Bias

08/10/2014 07:57:00 AM

Bias is something most of us seek to avoid; at least, we seek to avoid it when we are trying to be objective. This is an important point because we are not trying to be objective much of the time. For example, most of the personal blogs you read, inc > read more

Time For Reeducation Camps?

08/07/2014 08:28:00 AM

Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) is working on a new book, and it seems that not everybody is happy about it.From what I can tell after reading as much of the outrage as I could stand, the primary complaint seems to be that by using an analogy in whic > read more

When Atheist Gatherings Are Too Church-Like

08/07/2014 05:34:00 AM

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Purging the Atheist Community of Content We Don't Like

08/05/2014 14:43:00 PM

Let's get hypothetical for a moment. Suppose that there's an atheist out there somewhere making YouTube videos. This video blogger has been at it for several years, and he's put together roughly 500 videos so far. As would be true of anyone producing > read more

Policing the Atheist Community

08/04/2014 07:19:00 AM

I have used the phrase "atheist community" many times to refer to all of us who identify as atheists. A couple of years ago, I wrote:When I refer to the atheist community, I am using the term in a global way to characterize all of us who identify as > read more

Time to Stop Watching the Discovery Network Channels

08/03/2014 09:04:00 AM

Discovery HQ Shark Week 2012 (Photo credit: Glyn Lowe Photoworks.)Did you enjoy Cosmos: A Spacetime Odysseywhen it aired on television? Based on the number of favorable mentions the show received in the online atheist community, I'll assume that many > read more

Atheist Blogs Inspire Me

08/01/2014 07:36:00 AM

The choir of Lambrook School circa 1960/61 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There is a question that I can almost guarantee every atheist blogger has asked at one point or another: am I just preaching to the choir? We suspect that most of our readership is m > read more

It's Okay When We Do It

07/31/2014 06:07:00 AM

Photos from a protest against waterboarding, on the occasion of Condoleezza Rice's visit to Iceland, by Campaign Against Military Bases. Condoleezza Rice was invited to the protest and to try waterboarding for herself but as she didn't show some volu > read more

The Greatest Cop-Out Ever

07/30/2014 06:16:00 AM

English: St Annes Nursing Home (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Suppose I wanted to do something bad, something with which I know a great many people will disagree. This thing I want to do will lead many people to conclude that I am a truly despicable person > read more

Civil Rights Era Lessons for Secular Activism

07/29/2014 05:35:00 AM

Crowds surrounding the Reflecting Pool, during the 1963 March on Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I don't write many posts on subjects about which I feel so confused, but this will be one of them. Some version of this has been floating around in > read more

Join Statement from Benson and Dawkins

07/28/2014 08:16:00 AM

© Copyright Dave Spicer and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LicenceA few days ago, Ophelia Benson and Richard Dawkins released a joint statement suggesting that while disagreement is inevitable in the atheist/humanist/skeptic/secu > read more

Gender and How We Evaluate YouTube Videos

07/27/2014 07:56:00 AM

Jaclyn GlennWhen a man makes a YouTube video, it seems like the audience tends to focus more on his content and how he expresses himself than they do on his appearance. Yes, I recognize that this is a generalization and that there are certainly excep > read more

But That's What I Believe!

07/24/2014 05:57:00 AM

It is fairly common for atheists to feel frustrated with the religious believer who maintains belief in gods despite the lack of evidence. We are fond of pointing out that this is irrational and that beliefs should be based on evidence. We are right, > read more

Supporting Atheists

07/23/2014 05:11:00 AM

Atheism (Photo credit: thinboyfatter)Following the Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post, I elaborated on the ideas of criticizing religious belief and promoting atheism. In this post, I'll expand on the idea of supporting other atheists. > read more

I Have Seen Angles Too

07/22/2014 06:13:00 AM

A right angle is equal to 90 degrees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I imagine there would be fewer atheists if only we'd get our heads out of our asses and accept everything Christians tell us uncritically. I mean, many of them have had experiences they c > read more

Familiar Images of Hate

07/21/2014 04:54:00 AM

Attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama, Governor stands defiantly at the door while being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I can't say I've never hated anyone, but the few people I have hated > read more

Why Does a Perfect God Have Human Flaws?

07/20/2014 09:00:00 AM

cuadro que representa a la Trinidad (santuario della Santissima Trinità - Vallepietra RM) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If the Christian god exists and is a perfect being, as Christians tell us, why is it that this god would have attributes that are wide > read more

Seeking Input on Media Streaming Devices

07/18/2014 06:01:00 AM

Apple TV (Photo credit: bfishadow)I suspect that many of my readers are far more tech-savy than I am. A recent post by Sean over at My Secret Atheist Blog reminded me of something off-topic I've been meaning to ask you for some time. I'm in need of s > read more

Skeptic Ink Blog Network Releases 13 Reasons to Doubt

07/17/2014 07:10:00 AM

Congratulations to the members of the Skeptic Ink blog network on the release of their new book, 13 Reasons To Doubt: Essays from the writers of Skeptic Ink, now available for Kindle. Pulling a volume like this together to feature the work of blogger > read more

Atheism, Race, and Social Justice

07/16/2014 06:02:00 AM

Color Your life (Photo credit: Capture Queen ™)I read Sikivu Hutchinson's article, Atheism has a big race problem that no one's talking about, in The Washington Post when it first appeared. I then took some time to do what I have been taught to do: > read more

Renting a Serial Killer's House

07/14/2014 06:44:00 AM

Drawing of a serial killer John Wayne Gacy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Imagine that you are searching for a place to live and you find a house for rent that seems too good to be true. It is in a nice area, seems well maintained, and the rent is surprisi > read more

Room For More Atheist Blogs

07/13/2014 07:57:00 AM

Thinking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)I heard from a reader recently via email who is thinking of starting an atheist blog. She noted that the atheist blog niche has expanded considerably over the last several years, and she's certainly right about tha > read more

It Looks Like Christian Extremism

07/11/2014 05:20:00 AM

The picture of Holly Fisher below and one showing it side-by-side with a Muslim terrorist in an eerily similar pose have been making the rounds. In the last few days, I've seen them both on Twitter more times than I can count. Although the two images > read more

Internet Name Calling as Social Justice Work

07/10/2014 05:11:00 AM

Sexual equality symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There are many different issues that can be placed under the broad heading of social justice. For the purposes of this post, we just need to pick one that can be used as an example to inform the questio > read more

No Ex-Christian Was Ever Really a Christian

07/09/2014 05:57:00 AM

MC Donalds in Wodzis?aw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It is no secret that Christianity, in some form or another, is quite popular in the United States. Thus, it makes sense that most of the atheists I've encountered who have grown up here are ex-Christi > read more

Holding Back When Blogging

07/08/2014 05:51:00 AM

Skulptur "Refrain" von Juraj Gravula im Fennpfuhlpark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The first part of the tagline of this blog includes the phrase "breaking free from irrational belief," and this is something I've always understood as applying to me as we > read more

Not All Charities Are Equally Trustworthy

07/06/2014 09:44:00 AM

The chains securing a Mazda MPV minivan being donated to a charitable organization to the flatbed of a tow tuck by its rear axle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There are a near infinite number of ways to spend money to assist others. But because none of u > read more

Healthy Patriotism vs. Blind Loyalty

07/04/2014 06:49:00 AM

Little patriot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I suppose it would be fair to say that the subject of patriotism has always been a bit of a struggle for me. I value the form of patriotism that involves giving a damn about one's country and wanting to improve > read more

I Turned Myself Into An Empty Carcass

07/03/2014 14:22:00 PM

English: Jeff Walker of Carcass, live at Hole In The Sky, Bergen Metal Fest 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Like most atheist bloggers, I receive my share of unsolicited email from Christians. Although I'm often ambivalent about doing so, I try to shar > read more

Jesus and Freddy Krueger

07/02/2014 05:44:00 AM

Englund as Freddy Krueger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In the horror genre, there is a recurrent theme one finds in many stories in which a supernatural villain derives its power from victims' fear. As long as potential victims believe in the monster, it > read more

What To Do With Your Outrage Over the Hobby Lobby Ruling

07/01/2014 11:07:00 AM

Hobby Lobby in Mansfield, Ohio (Photo credit: Nicholas Eckhart)Everyone has heard about the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby by now. And if your experience is anything like mine, most of what you have heard has been heavy o > read more

Sacrifice and Prayer

07/01/2014 05:10:00 AM

Category:Ancient Greek buildings and structures in Athens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Many ancient civilizations made sacrifices to their gods. Far more common than the few notorious examples of human sacrifice were those involving the sacrifice of anim > read more

Richard Dawkins Stirs Up New Outrage on Twitter

06/29/2014 08:05:00 AM

You know that moment when you are scrolling through your Twitter feed and see something that makes you think, "Oh boy, this isn't going to end well" or something along those lines? This is what it looks like:That this tweet from Richard Dawkins was g > read more

Mubarak Bala Receiving Media Attention

06/26/2014 13:45:00 PM

Mubarak Bala with his motherIt took awhile, but Mubarak Bala, the 29 year-old engineer hospitalized against his will in Nigeria for being an atheist, is beginning to receive some attention by the news media. Without looking too hard, I have seen repo > read more

The Loss of Privilege

06/26/2014 05:23:00 AM

Bumper sticker car parked in Santa Cruz, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It makes sense to me that the loss of privilege would be difficult. Even if one doesn't perceive the privilege one has, as is often the case with privilege, I have to think > read more

The Point of Atheist Invocations

06/25/2014 05:19:00 AM

Invocation by Gustave Doré. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We have seen the following scenario countless times. The Christians who run a local government decide to erect a nativity scene in a public building. They do not expect to encounter any problems, > read more

The Atheist Community Isn't About Me

06/24/2014 04:39:00 AM

Football pitches at Aulton (Photo credit: Bill Harrison, Wikipedia)I often share posts I have enjoyed from other atheist bloggers on social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr). When I remember to do so, I also like to share their content > read more

Godless Mom Seeking Help to Free Mubarak

06/22/2014 13:13:00 PM

Have you seen the #FreeMubarak hashtag on Twitter and wondered what it was about? According to Godless Mom, a man by the name of Mubarak Bala has been beaten, medicated, and hospitalized in Nigeria for being an atheist.Evidently, his father decided t > read more

The Real Victims of Intolerance

06/22/2014 09:33:00 AM

The reactions of conservative Christians in the United States to the issue of same-sex marriage have been interesting to watch. Embarrassing, sick, and twisted, but interesting nonetheless. Here's how JT Eberhard summarized them in a recent post:The > read more

Atheist Happiness and Humanity

06/20/2014 05:13:00 AM

Smiley from the sMirC-series. laughing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Snowbrush recently wrote a thought-provoking post that is worth a read. He makes many points worth highlighting, but I'll limit myself to mentioning two of them here: Some atheists are n > read more

Social Justice Activists vs. Social Justice Warriors

06/19/2014 05:51:00 AM

English: Rally for social justice, Beersheba, Aug 13 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When a blogger links to something in a post, he or she assumes that readers follow the link to learn more about the subject. Suppose I were to write, "The meaning of a > read more

Promoting Atheism

06/18/2014 05:33:00 AM

Wonder (Photo credit: Frode Inge Helland, Wikipedia)Of the suggestions I made in my Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post, the one about promoting atheism probably requires the most elaboration. I noted in that post that we have done an ex > read more

Proselytizing Mormons Peeking in My Windows

06/17/2014 06:21:00 AM

A door in Topkapi palace (Photo credit: j0sh (www.pixael.com))My feelings about the door-to-door proselytizing in which many evangelical fundamentalist Christians engage are extremely negative. I tend to interpret these knocks on my door as an invasi > read more



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