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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

Different Opinions Are Often Thought-Provoking

06/16/2014 04:58:00 AM

Thinking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn DeLight (back again))I have referenced the writing of Chris Stedman (Faitheist at Religion News Service) here a few times. I enjoy reading Chris' work even though I disagree with much of what he says. Wait, what? N > read more

Praying for the Trivial

06/13/2014 05:25:00 AM

When Christians pray to their god, what do they say? I suspect the answers are quite diverse. Ask 20 Christians, and you'll probably get 20 different answers. But it is an interesting question because how an individual Christian answers probably reve > read more

Some Small Parts of the Atheist Movement May Be a Joke

06/12/2014 04:38:00 AM

The meme that the atheist movement is a joke is quickly gaining popularity in the atheist social justice warrior crowd. Here is one of many recent examples of what one now finds with some regularity on Twitter:In other words, "anybody who disagrees w > read more

Criticizing Religious Belief

06/11/2014 05:56:00 AM

I am a sensitive artist (Photo credit: kevin dooley)I had not initially planned to write follow-up posts to my Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post, but I have decided that I'd like to do so. This one focuses on the first of my four sugge > read more

Liberation Atheology

06/10/2014 05:43:00 AM

Austin Cline (About Agnosticism/Atheism) wrote an excellent post back in April that I have been meaning to share since I first read it. In "Goals of Liberation Atheology: What Should Liberation Atheology Strive For?" he posed a fascinating question a > read more

Speech to Text Software for Blogging

06/09/2014 14:19:00 PM

For those of you who are bloggers, have any of you tried using speech to text software when you write blog posts? I'm not quite sure why I have been thinking about it lately; it might just be the opportunity to try something different. I am using the > read more

Mischaracterizing the Atheist Movement

06/08/2014 09:06:00 AM

Feminist Suffrage Parade in New York City, May 6, 1912. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Some errors in reasoning are innocent in that they are unintentional and made out of ignorance. When we engage in confirmation bias, overgeneraiztion, dichotomous thinki > read more

The Worst Thing About Christianity

06/05/2014 06:05:00 AM

Christian views on Hell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If you were to ask me once a day for seven consecutive days what I thought the single worst thing about Christianity was, you might get seven different answers. There are many bad things about Christia > read more

4 in 10 Americans are Creationists

06/04/2014 05:19:00 AM

As you've undoubtedly heard by now, Gallup came out with some depressing news this week:More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past th > read more

Why People Hate Atheists

06/03/2014 05:10:00 AM

reflection (Photo credit: greg westfall.)Should we respect racist beliefs? How about sexist or misogynist beliefs? Homophobic beliefs which justify the hatred of LGBT persons? How about Holocaust denial? Suppose we decided that we should respect all > read more

Traffic Drop During a Blogging Break

06/02/2014 06:26:00 AM

English: a chart to describe the search engine market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As regular readers know, I was away for a bit recently. Specifically, I did not post between May 15 and May 24. When a blog suddenly stops posting, traffic plummets, right > read more

Be Cautious When Applying Social Pressure to Shape Discourse

06/01/2014 07:28:00 AM

English: Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and Boston Celtics Larry Bird in Game two of the 1985 NBA Finals at Boston Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In the United States today, using racial slurs is not a criminal offense. As distasteful as most of u > read more

Markuze Enters Guilty Plea

05/30/2014 06:37:00 AM

Flag of the City of Montreal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Atheist bloggers are going to encounter trolls on their blogs, and unless their commenting systems are far more effective than the one I use, readers will encounter trolls when at least a few of t > read more

Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists

05/28/2014 04:42:00 AM

Some atheists have little interest in de-converting religious believers or anything we might call secular activism. They do not care whether others are religious, as they are not convinced that widespread religious belief is detrimental to humanity. > read more

Back to the Grind

05/27/2014 06:36:00 AM

Keep up and blog on (Photo credit: futureshape)It used to seem like I had a similar experience whenever I took a break from blogging. I'd miss it initially, forget about it after a few days, and return with an adjusted perspective. I have since learn > read more

Global Secular Council Launches

05/24/2014 13:37:00 PM

Abstract Colorful Universe - TTdesign (Photo credit: tomt6788)Think tanks play a valuable role in modern politics. It seems like the growing secular community might benefit from having more organizations serving working as think tanks. And now we've > read more

Time for a Break

05/14/2014 07:04:00 AM

What do you do when you are feeling tired, burned out, or less interested in things you normally enjoy? You take a break! In the first post I wrote in 2014, I said that one of the things I hoped to do differently this year was to take more planned br > read more

Opting Out of the Implicit Prayer Agreement

05/12/2014 06:08:00 AM

Silence (Photo credit: Mara ~earth light~)Nearly all of the atheists have known do something similar when faced with public prayer: they politely feign respect for it. I'm not being accusatory here; I do exactly the same thing. When I am in a meeting > read more

Empathy for Atheists Has Been Unnecessary for Many Christians

05/11/2014 07:01:00 AM

Student pledging to the flag, 1899 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have written previously about the potential value of empathy among atheists in the sense that having empathy for Christians can be helpful if we truly seek to understand them. For those of > read more

Many Christians Ignorant of Their Bible

05/09/2014 05:17:00 AM

Israel MK Effie Eitam at the American Bible Society's Bible Library in New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)People sometimes lie, claiming one thing and doing another. Besides lying, which implies intent, people often engage in self-deception. They > read more

Frustrated, Angry, and Impatient? Choose Activism

05/08/2014 04:30:00 AM

Demonstrators in front of the Delaware, OH office of Citibank at a demonstration against the Citibank's unfair investment policies in poor countries. Taken on November 16, 2001. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Maybe it is the recent Supreme Court ruling in > read more

Freedom of Speech, Not Freedom From Consequences

05/07/2014 05:23:00 AM

Freedom of Speech (Photo credit: cliff1066™)Most of us realize that freedom of speech does not mean that one is free to say whatever one wishes without experiencing any negative consequences whatsoever. If you use your freedom to insult someone, he > read more

SCOTUS Makes Another Poor Decision

05/06/2014 05:59:00 AM

West Facade of the United States Supreme Court Building (Photo credit: Wikipedia)While conservative Christians here in Mississippi are jubilant over the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Greece v. Galloway that it is perfectly acceptable for town board > read more

Openly Secular Takes Aim at Discrimination Against Atheists

05/05/2014 05:26:00 AM

Diversity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Several secular groups, including the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, Secular Student Alliance, Secular Coalition for America, and Stiefel Freethought Foundation, have launched a new project calle > read more

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Seeks Christian Theocracy

05/04/2014 08:44:00 AM

August 2003 rally in front of the Alabama state judicial building in support of Roy Moore. Taken from the Re-taking America website, copyrighted by Kelly McGinley at Re-Taking America, from whom permission has been received to license this material u > read more

The National Day of Prayer

05/02/2014 08:03:00 AM

National Day of Prayer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer. I did not post anything about it yesterday because I had other things on my mind and because I feel like I've already said pretty much everything I have to say > read more

The Right to Die

05/01/2014 05:14:00 AM

English: Skull and crossbones (Photo credit: Wikipedia)This is not a suicide note. I'm not ready to die just yet. There are still a few things I'd like to do first. This is also not some sort of abstract thought experiment in which I write about some > read more

I Don't Get It

04/30/2014 05:24:00 AM

Neil Diamond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Have you ever had the experience of trying something with which you were unfamiliar because it was recommended to you by several people, only to discover you do not like it one bit? Of course you have! We've all > read more

Efforts to Restrict Free Expression From the Left

04/29/2014 05:17:00 AM

Censorship (Photo credit: IsaacMao)I prefer to reserve the word censorship for situations in which a government entity intervenes to restrict free expression (i.e., making certain speech illegal) in violation of one's First Amendment rights. I like t > read more

The Christian Bible: Holy or Not?

04/28/2014 04:58:00 AM

The Christian bible is either holy or it is not holy. If it is not holy, it could still be appreciated for its historic influence or its literary beauty. Even if it is not holy, one could still find parts of it to be meaningful or inspiring in some w > read more

Losing Unreasonable Faith

04/25/2014 05:53:00 AM

Hemant Karkare (Photo credit: Koshyk)It is difficult for me to imagine that any atheist blogger who keeps at it for awhile won't have times when he or she gives serious consideration to hanging it up. I have been writing Atheist Revolution since 2005 > read more

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Still Finds Atheism Offensive

04/24/2014 05:16:00 AM

New Jersey, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have been asked by a few readers if I heard about the case of Shannon Morgan, the atheist in New Jersey who filed a complaint in court after her request for a vanity license place reading "8THEIST" was denie > read more

Pismo Beach City Council Votes to Halt Prayer at Meetings

04/23/2014 05:03:00 AM

The coast at Pismo Beach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The following press release is being posted by request from a reader and was received on April 16, 2014. I hope it will serve as yet another reminder that church-state activism can be effective.The P > read more

Should Atheists Seek to Be More Like the Religious?

04/22/2014 05:21:00 AM

A sign posted by the Connecticut Valley Atheists in Rockville's Central Park in December 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Should atheists seek to be more like religious believers? Why, exactly would we want to do that? I don't think we necessarily shou > read more

Zombie Jesus is Risen

04/20/2014 08:09:00 AM

The phrase "He is Risen" inevitably shows up this time of year in the form of Christian propaganda, and it has always grated on me. Thus, I figured I might as well mock it with the title of this post.Christians have co-opted a number of holidays, cre > read more

Zombie Jesus Weekend is Finally Here

04/18/2014 15:20:00 PM

You might think I'd have grown tired of the Zombie Jesus meme by now, but you'd be wrong. I continue to be fascinated with the zombie genre and the notion that someone who returns from the dead is in fact a zombie. I also continue to think that a bel > read more

Atheism and the Decline of Religion in the U.S.

04/17/2014 04:59:00 AM

United States (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)There is some evidence that certain indicators of religiosity appear to be going through a slight decline in the United States. That is the good news. The bad news is that the size of the apparent decline in m > read more

Technology Undermining Religion

04/15/2014 05:23:00 AM

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Farsi Wikipedia for the 13th week, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Even though we all benefit greatly from technology, we are also quite fond of complaining about it. It is becoming almost cliche > read more

Easter is Coming, Churches are Advertising

04/13/2014 07:57:00 AM

I scanned the image to the right after it showed up in my mailbox last week in the form of a slick 5x7 postcard. The back is an invitation to attend Easter services at the largest Southern Baptist megachurch in the town where I live.Based on the qual > read more

Some Opinions Are Better Than Others

04/11/2014 04:41:00 AM

Opinion (Photo credit: Kevin Steinhardt)We all have opinions. Some of our opinions are based on reason, critical inquiry, and even time-consuming research to learn more about the world around us. These are the sorts of opinions we can defend because > read more

Monotonous Proselytizing

04/09/2014 04:54:00 AM

For reasons I will not pretend to understand, the number of comments Christian trolls attempt to leave on this blog is quite variable. I'll have some weeks where I do not get any and others where I end up with 20 or more. I let most of them through t > read more

Attending Church on the Holidays

04/08/2014 05:30:00 AM

Holy Week at Santhome Basilica, Chennai (HDR) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In terms of church attendance, Christmas and Easter always drew the biggest crowds in the church I was forced to attend as a child. There were a handful of other religious holiday > read more



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