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Preventing Radicalization

07/25/2016 10:55:00 AM

Tibetans as a main ethnic minority group in Sichuan Province, China. Aba County, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I wrote this post over two months ago, before the senseless mass murder in Orlando or those that have followed it. I mention this in an e > read more

A Growing Feeling of Political Homelessness

07/23/2016 10:25:00 AM

I suppose I should have written a post summarizing my impressions of the 2016 Republican National Convention. I ended up watching more of the convention and the convention coverage than I had planned. I could have written up some sort of summary of t > read more

When Atheists Read the Christian Bible

07/20/2016 06:09:00 AM

When an atheist reads the Christian bible, he or she can expect to receive praise for doing so from many Christians. They think it is a good book, and some think that reading it might finally bring us around to Jesus belief. Of course, whatever prais > read more

How We End Up With President Trump

07/19/2016 05:33:00 AM

The 2016 Republican National Convention got underway in Cleveland yesterday. I watched as much of it as I could stand, which did not end up being all that much. It really did remind me of, as more than one pundit has described it, a bad late night in > read more

U.S. News Media Coverage of Turkey

07/17/2016 07:49:00 AM

Like most Americans, I do not know much about Turkey. I have little understanding of their political system, what their leaders are like, what the political opposition is like, how they are on human rights, and so on. When news of the attempted coup > read more

How Religious is Mississippi?

07/15/2016 06:44:00 AM

This post is based on one I wrote > read more

Ideas vs. Insults in the General Election Campaign

07/14/2016 05:10:00 AM

Gary E. Johnson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As the field of U.S. presidential candidates in our two largest political parties has narrowed, we find ourselves in the strange situation of having nominated two of the least popular candidates we've ever had > read more

Shopping as an Opportunity to Proselytize

07/13/2016 05:28:00 AM

I had to do some shopping today, so I found myself at one of those popular warehouse stores where everything comes in bulk. I don't shop at such stores very often, but I've always liked them for some reason. And since I actually needed large quantiti > read more

The Power of Freethought

07/12/2016 05:26:00 AM

Freethinkers don't have superpowers or anything, but we are capable of doing some pretty cool things. Some of these things seem to be quite rare among people these days. In this brief post, I'll share a timely example of the sort of thing I have in m > read more

Be Skeptical of Breaking News

07/10/2016 08:54:00 AM

In the United States, we all love to criticize our mainstream news media. We like to accuse them of pushing a political narrative contrary to our own while conveniently forgetting that such an accusation would have to mean that we too have a politica > read more

Violence is Not the Solution to Police Brutality

07/09/2016 10:50:00 AM

Lots of people are fed up with police brutality in general and with the disproportionately higher rates of police brutality aimed at Black men and other persons of color in particular. This strikes me as a perfectly sensible reaction. We should all b > read more

Police Officers Who Enjoy Bullying Others

07/08/2016 06:58:00 AM

Four young men who graduated from my high school a couple years before me became police officers, employed by the small town in which we all grew up. It would surprise no one living in that town at the time that all four were Christian. What was a bi > read more

Saying Goodbye to Mississippi Atheists

07/07/2016 05:05:00 AM

I recently shut down Mississippi Atheists, a blog I had maintained for the last 8 years. In the end, it was an easy decision. Of course, that is only because I deliberated over it for more than a year. I had known it was time to shut it down for at l > read more

It Still Feels Like Trump is Trolling Us

07/05/2016 06:33:00 AM

I know that this is completely irrational on my part, but there is a part of me that thinks that sometime between now and the general election in November, Donald Trump will reveal that we've all been the victims of the greatest political trolling of > read more

Murica in 2016

07/04/2016 07:57:00 AM

Today is 'Murica Day, and if you aren't celebrating it, you can "giiiit out" (if you are not a South Park fan, the clip at the bottom of the post provides the context for that reference). I wasn't planning on writing anything new today. I'm still not > read more

Before You Go Nuts With the Fireworks

07/03/2016 08:58:00 AM

Men Shun Rocket packs (Photo credit: EpicFireworks)This post was re-purposed from the now defunct Mississippi Atheists blog. It has been edited to improve clarity.Over the years during which I have been blogging about my experiences as an atheist liv > read more

Back Up Your Hard Drive

07/02/2016 06:45:00 AM

This is just a quick PSA reminding you to back up your hard drive(s). If you are anything like me, you have heard this piece of advice thousands of times. You've probably even given this advice to others. I know I have. Even people who know as little > read more

When Calling Others Out for Bigotry Becomes Bigotry

06/30/2016 05:29:00 AM

A recent post on the subject of call-out culture and whether anyone who fails to utilize every opportunity to call others out for expressing views we regard as bigoted is morally responsible for the continued existence of bigotry has spawned some int > read more

The Pro-Life Movement Seems to Have Little Interest in Reducing the Number of Abortions

06/29/2016 06:41:00 AM

It sure was nice to see the U.S. Supreme Court hand down the Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt decision, overturning a Texas law that has resulted in the closing of many clinics that provided abortion services. The 5-3 decision is being heralded as > read more

Milo Yiannopoulos on Trump's Appeal

06/28/2016 06:24:00 AM

Milo YiannopoulosWhy do people vote for one presidential candidate over all the others? That's obvious, isn't it? People listen to the candidates' positions on the relevant issues, and they select the candidate whose policies they believe would be be > read more

New Atheists and Atheist Tribalism

06/27/2016 05:53:00 AM

In my Internet travels, I've come across a surprising number of people lately who openly identify themselves as atheists, frequently criticize religion (and oftentimes religious believers), and who go out of their way to disparage those they refer to > read more

What Lessons Should the U.S. Take Away From Brexit?

06/25/2016 08:09:00 AM

I am not going to do you the disservice of pretending that I understand all - or even most - of the relevant factors leading up to Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union (EU). My understanding of British politics and how the EU operate > read more

The Mindset That Fuels Call-Out Culture

06/24/2016 06:57:00 AM

Prof. Robert A. Rees has written a post at Religion News Service, Anti-LGBT bias means we are all responsible for Orlando, that seems to do the best job of concisely capturing the mindset that has been fueling our ridiculous call-out culture of anyth > read more

Christian Extremists React to Tragedy in Orlando

06/23/2016 05:14:00 AM

We atheists are often asked whether we consider all religions equally bad or if we think that some religions might be worse than others. Opinions on this subject vary quite a bit, which is exactly what one should expect when one recognizes that athei > read more

Obama's Refusal to Address Islam

06/22/2016 06:01:00 AM

Both President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been criticized for the level of denial present in some of their public statements about Islam following the mass murder in Orlando. This criticism is nothing specific to Orlando, and it is nothing > read more

Is Compromise Possible on the Gun Debate?

06/21/2016 15:23:00 PM

By Stephen Z (S&W 22/32 Kit Gun Pre 34), via Wikimedia CommonsIt is often said that one can identify an effective compromise because both sides are inevitably unhappy with it. There's probably some truth to this notion. After all, nobody gets everyth > read more

French Media Explores Christian Extremism in Mississippi

06/21/2016 05:38:00 AM

When I was a teenager who had recently started to have doubts about gods, I remember that one of the few things that made being forced to attend church somewhat tolerable was trying to adopt the mindset of an anthropologist. I lacked a sophisticated > read more

Speaking Out in Support of Free Expression

06/20/2016 06:20:00 AM

There's a thought-provoking article in the recent issue of The Economist, Under attack: Curbs on free speech are growing tighter. It is time to speak out. It addresses three ways that free speech is under attack these days:Government repression (e.g. > read more

Some Criticism of My Orlando Posts

06/17/2016 07:06:00 AM

I received some criticism for what I wrote about the tragedy in Orlando this week, or rather for what I did not write about it. The criticism centered on two points: I said nothing about the LGBT community.I did not characterize the shooting as a "ha > read more

I Want an AR-15

06/16/2016 05:17:00 AM

According to The Washington Post, the alleged gunman in the Orlando shooting did not use "an AR-15-type assault rifle" as the Orlando police initially reported; he used > read more

Orlando: More Than One Thing Can Be True at the Same Time

06/15/2016 06:28:00 AM

CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12266998 It is possible for two things to be true at the same time, and it is possible for at least some people to entertain two or more ideas as being potentially true at the same time. With r > read more

Hillary Clinton: This is One Nation Under God

06/14/2016 20:46:00 PM

Maybe I'm not being sufficiently charitable in how I read this. I'm sure whichever member of Hillary Clinton's campaign staff tweeted this was trying to project a message of unity and inclusion. No matter how one looks, who one loves, or how one wors > read more

Orlando: Nothing to Do With Islam?

06/14/2016 06:28:00 AM

Orlando Skyline at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When a Christian allegedly commits an act of violence and subsequently tells us that he or she was at least partially motivated by some aspect of his or her Christian faith, most of us have little dif > read more

Orlando

06/13/2016 06:57:00 AM

Orlando (Photo credit: Wikipedia)How did I feel when I first heard about the recent mass murder in Orlando? Initially, I'd describe it as overwhelming sadness. It was the sort of sadness that made my entire body feel heavy. I had checked Twitter afte > read more

How to Lose at Facebook: Unfriend Anyone Who Disagrees With You

06/11/2016 07:14:00 AM

Let me preface this by pointing out that I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. For reasons I don't fully understand, I am convinced that Facebook brings out the worst in many people, especially when it comes to politics. I often find myself > read more

Atheist Proselytizing

06/09/2016 05:02:00 AM

I had to laugh the other day when I encountered Christians on Twitter complaining about how those pesky atheists are always proselytizing. "Why are atheists so intent on proselytizing?" I rarely bother trying to have discussions on Twitter anymore, s > read more

Democratic Primary: It is Almost Over Now

06/07/2016 20:16:00 PM

I suppose it was not very nice of me to share this image the day the Associated Press declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic nominee. Many of my fellow supporters of Bernie Sanders have invested so much of their time and energy into tryi > read more

Encouraging Atheists to Own Our Humanity

06/07/2016 04:56:00 AM

Sometimes I write things that are so obvious that they probably should go without saying. And yet, they often need to be said anyway. This will be one of those things.Atheists are, above all else, human beings. We have the same faults, limitations, s > read more

Hemant Mehta on the 2016 Reason Rally

06/06/2016 07:15:00 AM

Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) wrote a thoughtful post on the subject of the relatively poor attendance at the recent Reason Rally in Washington DC. After describing his experience at the rally as a positive one, he noted that the attendance was far > read more

Condemning Violence at Political Rallies

06/05/2016 08:03:00 AM

I could probably be accused of virtue signaling for sending this particular tweet. Perhaps it would even be a fair accusation. At the same time, I can tell you that my intent in sending it was not to indicate my value to others. I sent this tweet in > read more

Campus Political Correctness and the Consumerist Model of Higher Education

06/02/2016 05:07:00 AM

I'll be the first to admit that Camille Paglia's lengthy article in The Smart Set, Free Speech & the Modern Campus, did not exactly resonate with me. Her experience with political correctness as a faculty member is fairly different from my own, which > read more

How Do Economically Liberal Atheists Vote?

06/01/2016 05:07:00 AM

Jill SteinI wrote a post recently in which I posed the question of how fiscally conservative atheists vote given that they seem to have few options in the Republican Party of candidates who are both fiscally conservative and not openly hostile to sec > read more

The Most Common Misconception About Atheism

05/31/2016 06:18:00 AM

There are many misconceptions about atheism floating around out there. It seems to me that the most harmful of them is probably the insistence of many religious believers that we atheists cannot be good people without believing in their preferred god > read more

When Words Lead to Violence

05/30/2016 06:05:00 AM

Assault is a criminal offense. I happen to think that is a good thing. The intentional infliction of physical harm on someone who does not wish to be harmed should be against the law. I do not expect this to be a terribly controversial idea. What see > read more

Fury Road, Ghostbusters, and Feminist Movies

05/28/2016 06:20:00 AM

I used to love watching movies as soon as they were released on Blu-ray. A few years ago, I could be counted on to watch at least one a week. I rarely watch movies at all any more. I'm not sure why. I guess I just don't enjoy it like I used to. In fa > read more

The Polls Showing Sanders Beating Trump

05/26/2016 17:52:00 PM

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

How We Think About Racism

05/25/2016 06:29:00 AM

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

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

05/24/2016 05:09:00 AM

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

Segregation in Church and in Humanism

05/22/2016 13:47:00 PM

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

Don't Leave Your Child Unattended in a Hot Car

05/21/2016 13:25:00 PM

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

Who Deserves the Blame for Handing the Election to Trump?

05/19/2016 04:52:00 AM

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Christian Makes Good Points About Our Cultural Dysfunction

05/18/2016 04:49:00 AM

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

When Outraged Mobs Deprive Us of Creative Content

05/17/2016 07:11:00 AM

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

When Being Reasonable Seems Revolutionary

05/16/2016 06:31:00 AM

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

Additional Thoughts on the Transgender Restroom Wars

05/14/2016 07:45:00 AM

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

Maajid Nawaz Suggests We Call Out Those Who Advocate Islamic Theocracy

05/11/2016 06:26:00 AM

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

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders Supporters

05/10/2016 05:06:00 AM

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

Is There a Minimum Blog Post Length for SEO?

05/09/2016 05:13:00 AM

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

Abolish the National Day of Prayer

05/07/2016 07:51:00 AM

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

Finding Good Ideas Amidst the Bad Ones

05/05/2016 05:13:00 AM

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

Ted Cruz is Out But Christian Extremism is Still Alive

05/04/2016 17:21:00 PM

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

Rejecting #VoteBlueNoMatterWho

05/04/2016 05:12:00 AM

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

Ex-Christian to Atheist: The Most Influential Book

05/03/2016 04:43:00 AM

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

Remembering Atheist Blog Carnivals

05/01/2016 08:03:00 AM

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

How Do Fiscally Conservative Atheists Vote?

04/29/2016 07:10:00 AM

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

Support Ex-Muslims of North America

04/27/2016 04:42:00 AM

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

What Happens to All the Churches?

04/26/2016 05:07:00 AM

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

Transgender Restroom Wars

04/25/2016 05:39:00 AM

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

Losing Prince

04/24/2016 07:43:00 AM

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

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

04/23/2016 06:15:00 AM

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

I Don't Want To Drive Bigotry Underground

04/21/2016 04:53:00 AM

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

When Being Wrong is Cause for Celebration

04/20/2016 04:51:00 AM

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

The Gay Wedding Cake Scenario

04/19/2016 05:09:00 AM

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

What Sharia Law Teaches Us About Islam

04/18/2016 05:18:00 AM

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

Election Fatigue Setting In

04/17/2016 14:32:00 PM

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

When Did "Liberal" Become a Dirty Word?

04/16/2016 13:01:00 PM

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

Mississippi Governor Signs Church Protection Act

04/16/2016 10:56:00 AM

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

Criticism vs. Call Outs: Is There a Difference?

04/15/2016 04:43:00 AM

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

Left is Failing on Muslim Immigration

04/13/2016 18:34:00 PM

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

Twitter Tips: The Art of Tweeting

04/13/2016 05:16:00 AM

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

Sam Harris on Why Even Moderate Religious Belief Must Go

04/11/2016 14:56:00 PM

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

Bernie Bros, Hillary Hawks, and Tribalism on the Left

04/11/2016 05:05:00 AM

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

Jefferson's View of Church and State

04/10/2016 14:23:00 PM

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

Preserving Free Speech on Social Media

04/10/2016 08:44:00 AM

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

Mississippi's New Religious Freedom Law Creates Controversy

04/09/2016 08:28:00 AM

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

Some Cultural Values are Superior to Others

04/07/2016 04:27:00 AM

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

The Small Government Myth

04/05/2016 18:32:00 PM

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

Treating Atheists Better Than Christian Extremists Treat Abortion Doctors

04/04/2016 12:15:00 PM

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

Mississippi: Christians with a License to Kill and Discriminate

04/03/2016 07:32:00 AM

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

We Need More Reason in the Debate Over Immigration

04/02/2016 13:29:00 PM

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

An April Fools' Resolution: Be More Skeptical

04/01/2016 06:10:00 AM

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

Donald Trump and His Supporters are Not Fascists

03/30/2016 19:07:00 PM

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

Is Christianity a Soft Target?

03/29/2016 05:21:00 AM

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

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

03/28/2016 05:23:00 AM

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

6 Ways Atheists Can Have Fun on Easter

03/27/2016 08:00:00 AM

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

Do You Ever Feel Sorry for the Bigots?

03/25/2016 14:57:00 PM

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

Good Friday: A Celebration of Torture

03/25/2016 06:40:00 AM

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

Different Perspectives on Free Speech

03/23/2016 20:51:00 PM

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

Twisting Words to Advance an Ideologically-Driven Narrative

03/22/2016 05:31:00 AM

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

Ted Cruz is a Christian Extremist

03/21/2016 05:12:00 AM

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



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