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Bad Acts Motivated By Religion

05/26/2015 05:13:00 AM

Fans protest Michael Jackson's innocence in the child molestation scandal in 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If you were keeping a file in which to store all the evidence pointing to the harm caused by religion, it would have overflowed long ago. While > read more

Bishop: The Catholic Church Will Outlive the Victims of Its Crimes

05/25/2015 08:10:00 AM

The Big Miner at Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As many of you are probably aware, the Catholic church is under fire once again for...well...the usual reason. Australia is the location this time, and hearings are underway t > read more

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Duggared

05/24/2015 07:44:00 AM

Judge not, that ye be not judged.For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is > read more

If You're Not Gay, Why Do You Care About Gay Rights?

05/23/2015 13:01:00 PM

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Logo. HRC is one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equal rights organizations in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I receive more questions from readers than I'll ever have time to ans > read more

A Concise Summary of the Josh Duggar Debacle

05/22/2015 14:06:00 PM

Let me see if I've got this right. Someone I've never heard of, Josh Duggar, who is part of a reality TV show I've never heard of ("19 Kids and Counting") and the Executive Director of the Family Research Council's FRC Action is in the news because r > read more

No Response to My Prayers

05/21/2015 13:58:00 PM

Prayers at the entry of the Jokhang temple (Photo credit: Wikipedia)After several years of regular prayer, I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with the total lack of response. Other Christians claimed that the god in which we all believed > read more

Freethought and the Opportunity to Learn

05/21/2015 05:38:00 AM

Let the child explore and learn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have certainly had the experience of reading content that was largely consistent with my point of view and learning something from it. I would never dismiss the value of content with which I > read more

Can a Judge Legally Lead Prospective Jurors in Sectarian Prayer?

05/20/2015 11:01:00 AM

This is Swampyank's copy of "The Jury" by John Morgan, painted in 1861, and now in the Bucks County Museum in England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Many of you have been summoned for jury duty. And if so, you know that you are legally obligated to report > read more

Making Jesus Cool

05/20/2015 05:30:00 AM

Many of the Christian churches that litter the U.S. landscape undoubtedly notice when the number of empty pews in their sanctuaries seems to increase year after year. If the numbers we keep seeing reported in the news media concerning declining relig > read more

Religious Groups Engaging in 'Competitive Philanthropy'

05/19/2015 13:39:00 PM

By Clemensmarabu, via Wikimedia CommonsNalika Gajaweera has an interesting post up at Religion Dispatches in which she examines competition among faith-based groups doing charity work in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal. While she seems to ha > read more

Increasing the Political Activity of Atheists

05/19/2015 09:00:00 AM

United States Presidential Primaries 2008, Democratic turnout as a percentage of total turnout. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Don't let anybody ever tell you that voter apathy doesn't win elections. Voter apathy does win elections; it just wins them for t > read more

Christian Terrorist Awaiting Sentencing

05/18/2015 13:52:00 PM

FBI Police charger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Most U.S. Christians are not terrorists. Not even most Christian extremists are terrorists. But again and again, it seems that those few who actually deserve the "terrorist" label rarely receive it because > read more

A Bleak Future Without Freethought

05/18/2015 05:54:00 AM

Massimo Pigliucci (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Those of us living in the U.S. received a bit of good news last week in the form of the 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study from the Pew Research Center. The number of adults identifying themselves as Christ > read more

What I Read This Morning

05/17/2015 07:51:00 AM

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Expressing Ourselves Without Trying to Silence Others

05/16/2015 08:26:00 AM

When a university decides to bring a controversial speaker to campus, the students have a right to express their disagreement with the decision. I think that everyone can agree with this. Where the agreement breaks down is (1) whether students should > read more

Using the #FtBullies Hashtag Unironically

05/15/2015 06:04:00 AM

Photo by Richard Leeming For those of you who use Twitter, how would you describe the purpose of hashtags? If I'm not mistaken, the primary point of adding a hashtag to one's tweet is that doing so indicates the topic bei > read more

Which God Are You Talking About?

05/14/2015 05:32:00 AM

Do you remember that hour-long documentary on atheism CNN aired awhile ago? It was called Atheism: Inside the World of Non-Believers, and I believe it was broadcast in late March. I was busy when it aired, so I recorded it to the DVR and then forgot > read more

Don't Put Your Faith Over Your Child

05/13/2015 10:43:00 AM

I'd like to address this one to the Christian parents out there who are feeling upset because they have recently learned that their child is an atheist. If you are a Christian parent to whom this has not yet happened, you might want to save this post > read more

Christianity in Decline

05/13/2015 05:16:00 AM

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Supporting Freedom of Expression But...

05/12/2015 06:06:00 AM

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Is #BlackLivesMatter the Next Civil Rights Movement?

05/10/2015 09:01:00 AM

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I need to begin this post with a disclaimer in order to help the reader put what I am about to s > read more

My Day of Reason

05/07/2015 14:30:00 PM

Today is the National Day of Prayer in the U.S. And by prayer, everyone knows we mean Christian prayer. No, we aren't quite a Christian theocracy, but we're closer than some of us would like. And while some of us would prefer a National Day of Reason > read more

Free Expression for Employees of Secular Organizations

05/07/2015 05:20:00 AM

When an employee of a non-profit organization that relies heavily on donations to support itself uses her public Twitter account - a Twitter account that clearly identifies her as working for the organization - to express views that are potentially c > read more

Atheists With a Broad View of Social Justice

05/06/2015 06:19:00 AM

By Tesseract2, via Wikimedia CommonsBeing an atheist does not mean that one necessarily wants to make the world a better place. One could be an atheist and be completely apathetic about such things. One could be an atheist and feel thoroughly hopeles > read more

Christians: We Are Not Bigots!

05/05/2015 05:29:00 AM

By Brendan Hickey, via Wikimedia CommonsAs I'm sure you have noticed, many evangelical fundamentalist Christians have been struggling to face up to their bigoted attitudes toward LGBT persons. It is almost as if they are beginning to recognize that t > read more

Atheist Infighting as the Bad Reality TV Show We Love

05/04/2015 06:09:00 AM

Stars of the original reality tv show, colour (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The thing about bad TV is that we do not always stop watching it even after we recognize it is bad. Sometimes we even end up watching it because it is so bad.What is the appeal of > read more

Not Sure Whether You Believe in God(s)?

05/03/2015 07:38:00 AM

Do you believe in god(s)? What's that? You say you're not sure you believe in god(s). It sounds like you might be an atheist. Specifically, it sounds like you might be an agnostic atheist like me. Wait a second! How can you be an atheist if you aren' > read more

Christian Pastor Says LGBT Persons Deserve Death

05/01/2015 06:49:00 AM

According to WGXA News, a Christian pastor in Milledgeville, GA, has placed a sign outside his church that reads, "Homosexuality is A Death Worthy Crime!" and references Leviticus 20:13. They note that Pastor Robert Lee of the Ten Commandments Church > read more

Third Party Voting

04/30/2015 05:03:00 AM

Ralph Nader speaking in front of the White House at the September 15, 2007 protest against the Iraq War. The full speech (ca. 10 minutes) was broadcasted on C-SPAN on September 16, 2007. See: > read more

How Our Scripts Lead to Apathy

04/29/2015 05:34:00 AM

Baltimore Light Rail outside Camden Yards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Have you ever had the experience of watching a new episode of a TV show and having the strong feeling that you have seen it before? No, I'm not talking about your "sixth sense" or any > read more

Obstacles Atheists Face in Gaining Acceptance

04/28/2015 04:49:00 AM

By MartinD (Own work), via Wikimedia CommonsIn honor of the recent Openly Secular Day, Tom Krattenmaker wrote an article for USA Today in which he discussed five challenges atheists in the U.S. face as we work to improve the manner in which we are tr > read more

What Does Secular Mean?

04/27/2015 05:16:00 AM

Manifestacion Anti Clerical or (The Street Gazzete: Anti Clerical Manifestation) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Despite widespread confusion, secularism is not synonymous with atheism. So what is secularism? The National Secular Society explains it quite w > read more

Are Atheist Chaplains Needed in the Military?

04/26/2015 07:26:00 AM

Stained glass window, U. S. Pentagon, honoring the Four Chaplains, USAT Dorchester, 1943 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Using data from a recent Christianity Today article, Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) wrote a post a couple days ago in which he noted th > read more

Advancing Secular Goals

04/24/2015 07:51:00 AM

Picture I made for my goals article (Photo credit: Wikipedia)What are your personal goals when it comes to atheism or the larger secular community? Do you have any? Are you seeking to bring about some sort of social change, provide support to other a > read more

Atheist Activist Whack-a-Mole

04/23/2015 04:30:00 AM

You know how the Whack-A-Mole game works. You stand there in front of the game waiting on the moles to pop up. You don't know exactly when or where they will appear, but you know they will appear. And when you whack one, others will pop up momentaril > read more

Dealing With Hostility From Christian Co-Workers

04/21/2015 05:26:00 AM

Photo by methodshopAn atheist recently asked for advice on Twitter about a difficult situation she encountered at work. She indicated that a Christian co-worker had found out that she was an atheist and had started spreading vicious rumors about her. > read more

A Tale of Two Hospitals

04/20/2015 04:47:00 AM

Cancer Hospital in final stages of construction at the University of Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Let's build two large hospitals in one lucky city. One of them will be a state-of-the-art medical center offering evidence-based medicine from a co > read more

Rise of the Christian Robots

04/16/2015 18:34:00 PM

In case you missed the recent episode of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart about the future of Christianity, you'll want to check this out. Evidently, we may have Christian robots to look forward to in the future.Of course robots will be Christian! Why > read more

Dealing With Bad Ideas: Some Options

04/15/2015 05:20:00 AM

In the first post in this series, I explained what I mean by "bad ideas," at least for the purpose of the series. I said that for now I am content to let us define them subjectively as nothing more than ideas we consider to be bad ones for whatever r > read more

Atheist Morality

04/14/2015 05:15:00 AM

Detail from James Gillray's "New Morality" published in the Anti-Jacobin Review (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have never been convinced that one's answer to the question of whether gods exist has much of anything to do with whether one is a decent and m > read more

No, We Shouldn't Shun PZ Myers

04/13/2015 05:50:00 AM

Conservative Skeptic recently asked whether skeptics and atheists should shun those we deem toxic. I will get around to elaborating on my views about this in my dealing with bad ideas series, but I wanted to give my initial reaction to the question n > read more

Do Humans Need Religion?

04/12/2015 09:15:00 AM

A schematic showing the spreading of humans in history. The schematic is made based on an image in the magazine "Natuurwetenschap en techniek, oktober 2009". This image in the magazine was an image made using data from the (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Do > read more

Atheist Blogosphere Weighs in on PZ Myers

04/10/2015 05:54:00 AM

After Atheist Ireland issued their statement dissociating from PZ Myers, I wasn't sure what would happen next. Would other individuals and/or organizations sign on, or would the statement be met with uncomfortable silence? Then something I did not ex > read more

Dealing With Bad Ideas: Introduction

04/09/2015 05:22:00 AM

The philosopher John Stuart Mill and Helen Taylor, daughter of Harriet Taylor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As we moved into 2015, I indicated that I planned to focus more on free speech. I am happy to report that this is exactly what I have been doing. > read more

Atheist Ireland Rebukes PZ Myers

04/07/2015 17:07:00 PM

Atheist Ireland issued a statement today announcing that they are "publicly dissociating" themselves from "the hurtful and dehumanising, hateful and violent, unjust and defamatory rhetoric" of PZ Myers, author of the Pharyngula blog. They explain tha > read more

Jesus is Not Your Conscience

04/07/2015 05:13:00 AM

3rd quarter of 16th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Many Christians claim that Jesus provides them with comfort, inspiration, and guidance. If we assume that a historical Jesus actually lived, we can be quite sure that this person died a couple thou > read more

Atheists Need Legal Protection From Discrimination

04/06/2015 05:13:00 AM

The state capitol of Madison, Wisconsin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Atheists face plenty of barriers to being fully open and honest about who we are. Many of these barriers are symbolic in the sense that they communicate that we are not part of mainstre > read more

Sin, Salvation, and Social Control

04/04/2015 07:48:00 AM

Damnation/Salvation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Sin and salvation are prominent aspects of Christian doctrine. They have something else in common too. Sin and salvation are made up constructs that do not actually exist. Nothing is inherently sinful, and > read more

Help Repeal the RFRA

04/03/2015 13:52:00 PM

Indiana and Arkansas have been receiving quite a bit of attention for their Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) legislation. Amidst the calls for statewide boycotts, it is important to note that many other states have adopted similar legislation > read more

Good Friday and the Other Paths to Salvation

04/03/2015 07:48:00 AM

Altar of St George's church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)This is Zombie Jesus Weekend. It begins with Good Friday, the occasion where many Christians celebrate the brutal death of a man they claim to love and revere, and ends with Easter, the day when ma > read more

Twitter Tips: Using Followerwonk to Know When to Tweet

04/02/2015 05:11:00 AM

I recently told you about the benefits of using Buffer to schedule your tweets (and posts on other social media platforms) so that they can be automatically sent out when you aren't online. As helpful as Buffer is, there is one very important thing i > read more

I'm an Atheist, Now What?

03/31/2015 05:14:00 AM

Photo by Clinton SteedsAtheists are a diverse bunch, and we come to atheism in many different ways. Some are life-long atheists who were never subjected to any form of religious indoctrination; others had to go through a lengthy process of discarding > read more

The #BoycottIndiana Campaign

03/30/2015 05:07:00 AM

Indiana quarter, via Wikimedia Commons. If you support basic civil rights and live in a state like Indiana (or Mississippi), you might have mixed feelings about seeing legions of people take to social media to call for a boycott of your state. That t > read more

The Price of Safe Spaces in Higher Education

03/26/2015 04:50:00 AM

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Christopher Hitchens on the Importance of Free Expression

03/25/2015 05:26:00 AM

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

How Will Atheists Treat Christians in the Future?

03/24/2015 05:55:00 AM

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

Atheism+ Block Bot in the News Again

03/23/2015 05:20:00 AM

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

Profiles in Social Justice: Meet Lori

03/22/2015 07:16:00 AM

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

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

03/19/2015 05:27:00 AM

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

Someone Disagrees With You on the Internet

03/18/2015 04:27:00 AM

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

My Holy Book Says That People Like You Should Be Killed

03/16/2015 05:41:00 AM

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

The Sunday Post

03/15/2015 08:46:00 AM

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

Who Gets to Be Christian?

03/13/2015 05:53:00 AM

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

Profiles in Social Justice: Meet Will

03/12/2015 05:18:00 AM

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

Aiming at Faith Instead of Religion

03/11/2015 05:17:00 AM

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

Their Freedom to Express Ideas We Do Not Like

03/10/2015 07:17:00 AM

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

Atheism and Violence

03/09/2015 06:22:00 AM

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

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

03/08/2015 11:44:00 AM

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

Profiles in Social Justice: Meet Beatrice

03/08/2015 07:25:00 AM

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

Religion and Violence

03/04/2015 05:21:00 AM

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

Twitter Tips: Using Buffer to Schedule Tweets

03/03/2015 05:31:00 AM

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

Our Toxic Atheist Rift

03/02/2015 05:23:00 AM

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

Mere Atheism is Sufficient For Some

02/27/2015 07:56:00 AM

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

Popularity and the Truth of a Belief

02/24/2015 05:19:00 AM

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

We Lost a Couple of Good Atheist Blogs

02/22/2015 08:45:00 AM

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

10 Years of Atheist Revolution

02/20/2015 05:23:00 AM

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

Mob Justice Should Make Atheists Nervous

02/19/2015 05:25:00 AM

By Henry de Groux ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsEvery individual has a right to express his or her opinion. I would assume that we can all agree with this statement. It seems rather uncontrovers > read more

Islamic Extremism and Freedom of Speech

02/17/2015 07:36:00 AM

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

Little Nuance in Our Political Narratives

02/16/2015 06:41:00 AM

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

Seeking Plaintiffs for Removal of 'In God We Trust'

02/14/2015 10:54:00 AM

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

Atheists Condemn Murder

02/13/2015 06:20:00 AM

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

The Appeal of Christian Hell

02/12/2015 05:21:00 AM

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

If You Could Drive Any Car...

02/10/2015 05:09:00 AM

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

Harvard Humanist of the Year: Anita Sarkeesian

02/08/2015 13:34:00 PM

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

Atheist Nonconformity: Against the Grain

02/05/2015 05:18:00 AM

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

Disclosing One's Identity: Atheist or Christian

02/04/2015 05:19:00 AM

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

Taking the Lead on Defending Freedom of Speech

02/02/2015 05:35:00 AM

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

Stop Christian Radio Station From Using Public School Children to Proselytize

02/01/2015 08:00:00 AM

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

Super Bowl: An Exercise in Reaffirming One's Faith

01/31/2015 07:35:00 AM

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

Most Social Justice Advocates are Not Social Justice Warriors

01/28/2015 05:30:00 AM

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

Redefining Faith

01/27/2015 11:15:00 AM

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

David Cameron on the Right to Cause Offense

01/26/2015 05:24:00 AM

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

Base Rate Fallacy: Gender and Atheism in Britain

01/24/2015 07:13:00 AM

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

Difficulty Explaining Something is Not Useful Evidence

01/21/2015 05:18:00 AM

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

#Manspreading and Publicly Shaming Strangers

01/20/2015 05:23:00 AM

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

Coalition Building for Atheists

01/19/2015 07:23:00 AM

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

Muhammad Cartoons, Pork Sausages, and Muslim Outrage

01/18/2015 11:09:00 AM

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

Keeping Comments Civil

01/18/2015 07:39:00 AM

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

Discouraging Human Rights Violations

01/17/2015 09:17:00 AM

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

Introducing Nuzzel

01/16/2015 06:20:00 AM

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

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