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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

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



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