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God Talk in Political Speeches as Virtue Signaling

02/05/2016 05:15:00 AM

Have you heard the term virtue signaling? I've encountered it only recently, but the concept certainly is familiar. In this article from The Spectator, James Bartholomew takes credit for being the first to use it.I coined the phrase in an article her > read more

Learning to Appreciate Art After Discarding Christianity

02/03/2016 05:12:00 AM

Marcel Duchamp, via Wikimedia CommonsThis post was based on one I wrote back in 2007. Rather than updating the original, I decided to revise it as a new post.I have often heard that great art is supposed to be provocative, eliciting strong and not ne > read more

The No-Platforming of Richard Dawkins

02/01/2016 05:55:00 AM

Richard Dawkins at New York City's Cooper Union to discuss his book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)No-platforming refers to preventing someone from speaking, sometimes through policy and other times th > read more

Undecided No More: I'm Supporting Bernie Sanders

01/31/2016 08:17:00 AM

Until quite recently, I have been undecided about how I will vote in the 2016 presidential primary election. After giving the matter much thought, I have finally made up my mind. Assuming that Sen. Bernie Sanders is still in the race when Mississippi > read more

This Atheist is Easy to Persuade

01/28/2016 04:54:00 AM

What to convince me of something like the dangers of GMOs, why I should vote for your favorite political candidate, that intelligent alien life is out there somewhere or had an important role in shaping human history, that you have seen Bigfoot, or e > read more

My Evolving Political Orientation

01/27/2016 05:13:00 AM

My political orientation as of October, 2015Back in October of 2015, I wrote a post about how we need more than the traditional left-right dimension to adequately capture someone's political orientation. The left-right dimension does a decent job of > read more

Is Satanism Ethically Superior to Christianity?

01/26/2016 05:18:00 AM

Toward the end of November, Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) wrote a post with a great title that I meant to address here. It appears that I filled it incorrectly in my poor excuse for an online bookmarking system since I just found it this weekend by > read more

Moral Triage: How We Direct Our Outrage

01/25/2016 05:31:00 AM

Wounded arriving at triage station, Suippes, France from sanitary train. Selected by Scott. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The term "moral triage" is something I heard Dr. Peter Boghossian use during an interview. It was only mentioned in passing, but it s > read more

If I Was Voting in Iowa, I'd Still Be Undecided

01/22/2016 06:28:00 AM

The Iowa caucuses are rapidly approaching, and so we will soon have the first presidential primary vote of 2016. What Iowa voters do does not always decide the eventual nominees, but the mainstream news media certainly loves to talk about the "moment > read more

How We Talk About Islam and Muslims

01/21/2016 05:51:00 AM

Harper's Muslims and Christians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)One of the earliest mistakes I made in writing this blog was to use the term "Christians" without attaching any specifiers. This was a mistake because Christianity is extremely diverse, and it > read more

Rock Music is Still Evil

01/20/2016 04:41:00 AM

By David Shankbone [CC BY 3.0]A left-leaning atheist woman I follow on Twitter whose profile contains the hashtags #FreedomOfSpeech and #FreeSpeech recently tweeted about how a particular game should be pulled from Apple's App Store and Google Play b > read more

Someone's Choice of Candidate is a Poor Indicator of His or Her Moral Worth

01/18/2016 08:39:00 AM

We are observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today here in the U.S. Instead of writing about civil rights, as I have done in past years, I thought I'd do something a bit different today. I'd like to take a brief look at one puzzling example of our po > read more

How David Bowie Influenced Me

01/17/2016 09:13:00 AM

By AVRO [CC BY-SA 3.0]As you know, the world lost a great one recently in the form of David Bowie. I thought it was time for me to join the chorus of voices expressing sadness at his passing and attempting to communicate how he affected me.I always t > read more

Trump and Cruz: How Nervous Should We Be?

01/16/2016 16:38:00 PM

Here's a question for my fellow liberals: should we be celebrating the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are leading in the polls as we near the start of primary season?In watching the last Republican presidential debate the other night, I cou > read more

The Regressive Left

01/14/2016 05:15:00 AM

We need terms to group and classify people. This is an important function of language. Without such terms, communication quickly becomes unwieldy. Imagine if we lacked words such as skeptic or freethinker. Every time you or I wanted to refer to some > read more

Future Trends: Expect More Secular Households

01/13/2016 05:31:00 AM

If current trends regarding the decline in some indicators of religiosity and the increase in the number of religiously unaffiliated persons (aka, the "nones") in the United States continue, we could soon find ourselves entering the next phase of an > read more

Reading the Holy Bible for the First Time

01/12/2016 05:31:00 AM

The first time I read the bible some Christians consider holy, I had nightmares for several days. I had not previously understood what the phrase "god fearing" meant or how anyone could possibly worship a being they feared. In church, I had been told > read more

Is an Insincere Apology Worth Anything?

01/11/2016 10:56:00 AM

During a recent Donald Trump rally in South Carolina, a Muslim woman was escorted out after she engaged in an act of silent protest. Following the incident, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking Mr. Trump for an apology.Donald Tr > read more

Criticism and Disapproval vs. Public Shaming

01/11/2016 06:51:00 AM

For some time, I have been operating with the assumption that there is a meaningful difference between publicly criticizing or expressing disapproval with something someone has said or done and participating in the public shaming of an individual who > read more

No Crime Committed in the Name of Islam is Really About Islam

01/10/2016 05:01:00 AM

According to police in Philadelphia, a 33-year old officer by the name of Jesse Hartnett was shot several times while sitting in his patrol car. A suspect is in custody, 30 year-old Edward Archer, and police claim that he provided them with a full co > read more

Teenage Satanism

01/08/2016 05:19:00 AM

I've mentioned previously that I briefly dabbled in a cartoonish version of Satanism when I was about 17. My friends and I never took it seriously, but we found it both appealing and useful at this time in our lives. How so? It was fun, helped keep c > read more

Teenage Satanism

01/08/2016 05:19:00 AM

I've mentioned previously that I briefly dabbled in a cartoonish version of Satanism when I was about 17. My friends and I never took it seriously, but we found it both appealing and useful at this time in our lives. How so? It was fun, helped keep c > read more

Most Voters Support Executive Order on Gun Control

01/06/2016 14:47:00 PM

I don't have a great deal of confidence that President Obama's proposed executive actions with regard to gun control are going to have much of an impact in reducing gun violence. But you know what? I admire the fact that he's finally trying to do som > read more

Most Voters Support Executive Order on Gun Control

01/06/2016 14:47:00 PM

This post was updated after publishing in an attempt to improve the clarity. Specifically, the quote from ProPublica was added to provide a clearer description of Obama's actions.I don't have a great deal of confidence that President Obama's proposed > read more

De-Moralizing to Reduce Conflict

01/06/2016 06:22:00 AM

No, that title is not a typo. I did not mean "demoralizing" at all. What I'm referring with the title of this post is the process of deliberately refraining from applying moral judgment to someone else's words, ideas, or behavior. It seems to me that > read more

De-Moralizing to Reduce Conflict

01/06/2016 06:22:00 AM

No, that title is not a typo. I did not mean "demoralizing" at all. What I'm referring with the title of this post is the process of deliberately refraining from applying moral judgment to someone else's words, ideas, or behavior. It seems to me that > read more

Without Dogma, Atheism is Liberating

01/05/2016 06:09:00 AM

One of the consequences of atheism not having any sort of official dogma attached to it is that those of us who write about atheism and closely related subjects (e.g., humanism, skepticism, freethought) lack the sort of anchor that would keep our vie > read more

Without Dogma, Atheism is Liberating

01/05/2016 06:09:00 AM

One of the consequences of atheism not having any sort of official dogma attached to it is that those of us who write about atheism and closely related subjects (e.g., humanism, skepticism, freethought) lack the sort of anchor that would keep our vie > read more

Can You Vote for Hillary Clinton?

01/04/2016 05:41:00 AM

I like Sen. Bernie Sanders. Of the candidates currently running for president, his positions on the issues most closely fit my own. I have taken a couple of the online political quizzes that aim to match voters with candidates based on how they answe > read more

Can You Vote for Hillary Clinton?

01/04/2016 05:41:00 AM

I like Sen. Bernie Sanders. Of the candidates currently running for president, his positions on the issues most closely fit my own. I have taken a couple of the online political quizzes that aim to match voters with candidates based on how they answe > read more

A New Year's Resolution for 2016

01/01/2016 07:15:00 AM

I skipped New Year's resolutions last year because I was hoping to continue working on those I had in for 2014. Instead, I announced that I'd be devoting more time here at Atheist Revolution to addressing the free expression of ideas as a vital aspec > read more

A New Year's Resolution for 2016

01/01/2016 07:15:00 AM

I skipped New Year's resolutions last year because I was hoping to continue working on those I had in for 2014. Instead, I announced that I'd be devoting more time here at Atheist Revolution to addressing the free expression of ideas as a vital aspec > read more

2015: The Year of Trump

12/31/2015 06:57:00 AM

Donald Trump enters the Oscar De LA Renta Fashion Show, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Was 2015 the "year of Trump?" Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone) is not alone in suggesting such a possibility. He and others offering this description may have a poi > read more

2015: The Year of Trump

12/31/2015 06:57:00 AM

Donald Trump enters the Oscar De LA Renta Fashion Show, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Was 2015 the "year of Trump?" Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone) is not alone in suggesting such a possibility. He and others offering this description may have a poi > read more

Atheist Revolution's Most Popular Posts of 2015

12/30/2015 05:38:00 AM

2015 is coming to an end, meaning that it is time for the obligatory year-end post where I share the most popular posts of the year. I suppose it is not really obligatory, but it does seem like I learn something when I write these posts.When a blogge > read more

Atheist Revolution's Most Popular Posts of 2015

12/30/2015 05:38:00 AM

2015 is coming to an end, meaning that it is time for the obligatory year-end post where I share the most popular posts of the year. I suppose it is not really obligatory, but it does seem like I learn something when I write these posts.When a blogge > read more

Atheists' Words Have Consequences Too

12/29/2015 06:07:00 AM

You know how many atheists (including this one) are fond of taking something a Christian (or Muslim) said and using it as an example of what some Christians (or Muslims) believe? As long as we're careful to limit ourselves to making statements about > read more

Atheists' Words Have Consequences Too

12/29/2015 06:07:00 AM

You know how many atheists (including this one) are fond of taking something a Christian (or Muslim) said and using it as an example of what some Christians (or Muslims) believe? As long as we're careful to limit ourselves to making statements about > read more

Planned Parenthood Wants Male Allies to Check Their Privilege

12/27/2015 11:29:00 AM

Planned Parenthood is an organization I have long supported. They perform many vital functions in the communities where they have clinics. While most of the negative attention they receive is for the abortion services offered at some clinics, they ar > read more

Paying Attention to Politics in 2016

12/27/2015 07:40:00 AM

Photo of Sen. Bernie Sanders overseeing the signing of a labor agreement between the Coalition of Immokolee Workers and Burger King Holdings, parent of Burger King Restaurants (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Now that Christmas is behind us and the next war > read more

The Atheist Revolution Christmas Collection

12/25/2015 06:00:00 AM

Happy Christmas, painted by Johansen Viggo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have written quite a bit on the subject of Christmas (and the war on Christmas) over the years. I suppose one of the effects of writing a blog for over 10 years is that one is boun > read more

Privacy, Anonymity, Surveillance, and Atheism

12/23/2015 06:28:00 AM

"Surveillance cameras." Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. Ask any of us whether we value our privacy, and we will almost certainly reply that we do. Take a look at how we behave, and you may have reason to question our claim to value privacy. > read more

Losing Belief in Santa, Magic, and Gods

12/22/2015 05:50:00 AM

magic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I do not remember the point when I stopped believing in Santa Claus as being particularly difficult. Nobody yelled at me, threatened me with eternal torture, told me I was just "going through a phase," or anything of th > read more

Reading the Bible and Other Options

12/21/2015 12:40:00 PM

Have you ever read the bible that many Christians refer to as "holy" from cover to cover? If so, you know that it is long, inconsistent, and confusing in many places. It is almost as if it was written by many different authors over the span of severa > read more

Lying About Santa: Facilitating Indoctrination or Training Future Skeptics

12/20/2015 07:56:00 AM

You have probably heard some atheists suggest that belief in Santa is sort of like a gateway drug for belief in gods. Santa belief may be much easier for a young child to swallow. Perhaps teaching a child to believe absurd things (e.g., Santa) withou > read more

Culture Wars Over, Religious Right Lost

12/18/2015 05:02:00 AM

In case you missed the big news that dropped at the end of November like I did, the culture wars in the United States have officially ended. Oh, and the religious right lost. I know this is difficult to believe, and I certainly don't want you to take > read more

Republican Candidates Agree: The Largest and Best Equipped Military Isn't Good Enough

12/17/2015 09:58:00 AM

Celebrity Apprentice star Dennis Rodman and Donald Trump (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I watched the final Republican presidential debate of 2015 with interest because...Trump. And yet, there were really only two things about the debate that stood out to > read more

Some Stories You Might Have Missed

12/17/2015 05:22:00 AM

I don't write many link posts (i.e., posts that are little more than a collection of links), but I often appreciate it when others do so. I particularly like it when other bloggers pull together a collection of links to a bunch of random stories or p > read more

When Presidential Candidates Promise the Impossible

12/15/2015 05:51:00 AM

When Barack Obama was running for president the first time on a platform of hope and change, I do not recall having serious doubts about him being able to accomplish most of what he said he wanted to do. Hmm...that last sentence seems ambiguous and u > read more

Currently Reading: The Better Angels of Our Nature

12/14/2015 06:00:00 AM

Steven Pinker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I've loved books ever since I first learned to read. These days, I buy quite a few even though I have far too little time to read them. It would probably be fair to say that I hoard books because once I get one, > read more

An Evangelical Christian Struggles With the Lunatic Fringe

12/13/2015 07:22:00 AM

National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Saving Assembly of the U.S.A. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Christian blogger Roger E. Olson wrote a fascinating post: A Call for American Evangelical Leaders to Confront Evangelicalism's Lunatic Fringe. The titl > read more

Trump is Not Hitler

12/10/2015 05:26:00 AM

Donald Trump has been in the news lately for his plan to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the U.S. While this idea is not new and has even been implemented at various times in our history, it is certainly appalling to encounter it from a leading > read more

Winning the War of Ideas Against Radical Islam

12/09/2015 05:01:00 AM

Supplicating Pilgrim at Masjid Al Haram. Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In the war of ideas between radical Islam (including Islamism) and democratic societies, some U.S. Christians have suggested that the only way we will prevail is t > read more

Has Hateful Rhetoric Led to an Epidemic of Violence Against Abortion Providers?

12/07/2015 05:30:00 AM

Planned Parenthood volunteers help bring the fight for health insurance reform to the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We are all familiar with the hateful anti-abortion rhetoric that comes from many Christian extremists. We have > read more

The First Atheist

12/06/2015 06:53:00 AM

I was not the first person in my family to graduate from college. Far from it. I was not even the first to earn a graduate degree. Both of my parents and at least one aunt beat me to that. I was not the first person in my family to move across the co > read more

Hope and False Hope

12/03/2015 04:28:00 AM

Faith, Hope and Charity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Today's "sermon" deals with the important and often neglected topic of hope. It strikes me as one of many topics about which one hears a great deal from religious believers and not nearly enough from a > read more

Political Correctness in Mississippi

12/01/2015 05:58:00 AM

Animated flag of Mississippi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I do not live in California. I live in Mississippi, a red state if there ever was one. In poll after poll, we end up being ranked as the most religious state in the U.S. And "religious" has only > read more

Exploiting the Planned Parenthood Shooting to Promote a Narrative

11/29/2015 08:53:00 AM

Supporters of Planned Parenthood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The tendency to exploit tragedies to push our preferred political narratives seems so common these days as to be nearly universal. The political left and right both do it; political authoritar > read more

Black Friday Shopping Success

11/27/2015 07:04:00 AM

I might not participate in the traditional form of Black Friday shopping that would require me to actually leave my home and venture out to wade through the crowds descending on the local stores, but that does not mean that I can't take advantage of > read more

Thanksgiving 2015: Tradition and Freethought

11/26/2015 07:22:00 AM

By Ben Franske, via Wikimedia CommonsOne of the things that has always drawn me to freethought, starting long before I knew what the meaning of freethought, is its encouragement questioning the things others seem to take for granted. I used to drive > read more

Racism, Nativism, and Xenophobia in the U.S.

11/24/2015 05:21:00 AM

A collage of Native Americans dressed in European attire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Racism, nativism, and xenophobia did not start with the Trump for 2016 presidential campaign. In fact, these phenomena predate the colonization of what would eventuall > read more

Why I Write

11/22/2015 08:23:00 AM

Writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I started writing Atheist Revolution in 2005 for one reason: I was mad. I was not a secular activist hoping to change the world. I did not have anything particularly profound to say or any great ideas I thought would > read more

Activism When Others Are Part of the Problem

11/19/2015 05:04:00 AM

Raging Apathy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I don't recall when I first heard someone accuse someone else of being "part of the problem," but my best guess is that occurred in the context of sexism or racism. It is an accusation I have witnessed many time > read more

Celebrate the Holidays with a Zombie Nativity

11/18/2015 05:17:00 AM

It is no secret that some atheists who were raised as Christians enjoy certain aspects of Christmas. Usually, it is the more secular parts of the holiday they enjoy, but some have retained a fondness for the Christian music or the pagan decorations c > read more

Accusations of Racism at Skepticon 8

11/17/2015 05:57:00 AM

Richard Webb, via Wikimedia CommonsThe latest controversy between skeptics and social justice warriors is an interesting one. We have accusations of racism made against a speaker at Skepticon 8, and we have a video record of everything this speaker s > read more

Atheism Seeming Somewhat Less Important

11/16/2015 05:46:00 AM

Whenever I take time away from blogging, as I did recently, I step away not just from writing blog posts but from reading others' blogs and most other online activities. This recent break was a good example. Aside from quickly checking Twitter period > read more

Advocating Against Regressive Beliefs

11/15/2015 07:57:00 AM

By Medineli from Wikimedia CommonsI don't know about you, but I sometimes find it difficult to put how I am feeling into words until someone else expresses it. It is almost like I need to hear someone else say it, feel it resonate, and then I can jus > read more

Murder in Paris

11/14/2015 09:25:00 AM

Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Yesterday was a long, shitty day. I suppose that makes sense, as it was a fitting end to a long, shitty week. By the time I made it home, I was in no mood to do much of anything. I'd had maybe four hours of sleep the pr > read more

Starbucks: Laughing All the Way to the Bank

11/12/2015 05:08:00 AM

Most businesses advertise, especially when they are trying to grow or fend off competition. Advertising is not cheap, particularly the sort of advertising large companies find necessary to make an impact. Thus, it is easy to imagine that most compani > read more

Pretending to Believe in Service to the Greater Good

11/10/2015 05:06:00 AM

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I am going to refer to Bernie Sanders in this post, but it really isn't about him or his chances of winning the Democratic Party's nomination. I am using him here to present an ethical question. If you a > read more

When Atheists Come to Town

11/08/2015 08:22:00 AM

By Hellohowareyoudoing from Wikimedia CommonsMemphis, Salt Lake City, Des Moines, Washington DC, Denver, New York City, and Austin. What do all of these U.S. cities have in common? They have all been devastated by brief explosions of violent crime, c > read more

Religious Believers and Homosexuality: Two Choices

11/05/2015 05:19:00 AM

Portal of the Church of Pilgrims, in Washington, DC, with a LGBT banner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If the particular strain of Christianity, Islam, or whatever other religion you prefer places you in opposition to LGBT persons, same-sex marriage, or t > read more

Lots of Cultural Critics on the Internet

11/04/2015 04:54:00 AM

By Julio Ruelas, via Wikimedia CommonsI have noticed that quite a few of the social justice warriors I encounter online include the label "cultural critic" in their online bios on the various social media platforms they use. Of course, they are not t > read more

Freethought as the Rejection of Tribalism

11/03/2015 04:51:00 AM

"Cables in Virtual Light" by Jeffrey Horvath - Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Freethought is a broad term that is bound to mean somewhat different things to different people. The definition that has always resonated with me i > read more

Thoughts on the CNBC Republican Debate

11/01/2015 07:42:00 AM

Ben Carson by Gage Skidmore 4, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons I thought that the third Republican presidential debate was the best yet. How so? There was a bit more of a focus on policy, and it seemed like more candidates had good moments in this debate th > read more

Why Do I Like Horror Films?

10/31/2015 13:35:00 PM

After mentioning that I am a fan or horror flicks, a friend asked why I thought people liked such films. I said I wasn't sure but that I assumed that people liked them for all sorts of reasons. People are different and what individuals find appealing > read more

Halloween 2015

10/30/2015 05:12:00 AM

Halloween celebration decorations, New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If I could celebrate only one holiday each year, it would be Halloween. I've felt that way for a long time. As a child under the age of 12, I enjoyed Halloween far more than any > read more

Who is the Least Worst of the Republican Candidates?

10/25/2015 10:21:00 AM

I'm not back yet for regular posting and probably won't be for awhile longer, but I couldn't resist sharing a brief and somewhat random thought. Of the Republican candidates still running for U.S. president in 2016, which would you say is the least w > read more

Taking Some Time Off

10/18/2015 09:40:00 AM

So when exactly is the "quiet October" I mentioned previously going to start? Right now!I have needed a bit of a break from the blogging grind for awhile. The fact that I'll have family in town visiting for the next week or so means that I'm not anti > read more

Clinton vs. Sanders: Round 1

10/17/2015 06:21:00 AM

Hillary Clinton in Hampton, NH (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I was disappointed by the first Democratic debate. Specifically, I was disappointed by the performances of both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. It was hard to be disappointed by the rest of > read more

Dealing With Bad Ideas: Problems With Suppressing Them

10/15/2015 05:18:00 AM

Anti-racist-rally-Sydney-2005-Dec-18 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In my previous post on the subject of dealing with bad ideas, I left off with the question of whether we should seek to suppress the expression of bad ideas through the application of soci > read more

Are Conspiracy Theories Harmless Fun?

10/14/2015 05:13:00 AM

Anti-Obama protester at an Austin, Texas "Tea Party" protest on July 4, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)January 20, 2017. Remember that date. In fact, you might as well put it on your calendar. It is going to be one of those dates we in the U.S. look b > read more

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

10/13/2015 05:16:00 AM

Of all the questions many religious believers will confront at some point in their lives, this might be the most important and most challenging one. It is a question that requires us to define our terms at the outset if we are to have any hope of ans > read more

South Park: I Love the Irreverence

10/12/2015 05:44:00 AM

I've written previously about how much I enjoy South Park. I can certainly understand why some people hate it. We all have different preferences, and that may explain some of it. Then again, I suspect that at least some of those who hate South Park a > read more

Belief in Belief

10/11/2015 07:48:00 AM

Daniel Dennett, at the Second World Conference on the Future of Science, in Venice, 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Daniel Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, has offered what I consider to be one of the most intrig > read more

Criticizing Islam vs. Anti-Muslim Bigotry

10/08/2015 05:13:00 AM

There is nothing inherent in atheism that prevents an atheist from engaging in bigotry. Not believing in gods provides little in the way of protection against bigotry. We are certainly capable of bigotry. We are capable of bigotry not just against re > read more

Gendered Violence and Toxic Masculinity

10/07/2015 05:17:00 AM

This is a chart showing trends in violent crime rates by gender in the U.S. from 1973-2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)One of the narratives I have been seeing on Twitter in the aftermath of the recent mass shooting in Oregon (and there are many narrat > read more

The Real Losers of the 2016 Presidential Debates

10/06/2015 05:04:00 AM

When I tune into a presidential debate, I do so because I am interested in learning about the various candidates. I want to see how they present themselves, and I'd like to hear something about their position on the relevant issues.In many debates, t > read more

Why Are We Surprised the Pope Met With Kim Davis?

10/04/2015 08:03:00 AM

I understand that many atheists do not particularly care for Kim Davis, and the reasons for this make sense to me. While I oppose the efforts to publicly shame her online, I do not approve of her behavior. I also understand that many atheists are no > read more

A Quiet October

10/03/2015 13:57:00 PM

Lon Chaney as seen in The Phantom of the Opera, 1925. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Things are going to be unusually quiet around here this October. So quiet it will be downright spooky! No, I won't be locking myself in a room and watching as many horror > read more

Far More to Political Orientation Than Right-Left

10/01/2015 05:23:00 AM

"Political chart" by Traced by User:Stannered, via Wikimedia Commons. I mentioned in a recent post that I grew up with negative attitudes toward libertarianism because I did not adequately understand it. I'm still learning about it, and I've discover > read more

Jesus and Charles Manson

09/30/2015 06:55:00 AM

Charles Manson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If a large group of people were raised from birth to believe a certain set of stories, it is reasonable to expect that many of them would continue to believe these stories into their adolescent and early adult > read more

We Are In Desperate Need of Improved Media Literacy

09/29/2015 05:16:00 AM

Newspaper "gone to the Web." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There was a topic that came up briefly during SPJ Airplay that I found quite interesting even though it had little to do with GamerGate, gaming, feminism, or even journalistic ethics. It came up s > read more

Welcome to the End Times!

09/28/2015 06:51:00 AM

There was no "super blood moon" for me last night. It was obviously out there somewhere, but I did not get to see any trace of it due to the clouds. I am well aware that there are photos of it all over the Internet, but these hold little interest for > read more

Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers?

09/27/2015 07:51:00 AM

The question in the title of this post is a damn good one. It is one which many religious believers have asked themselves. If you are here now because you have been asking it and are seeking answers, you are in good company.Growing up as a Christian, > read more

Secular Faith and Dogma

09/24/2015 05:13:00 AM

Faith by Karl Bitters (1910) IAS WI000332 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Most atheists speak out against religious faith and dogma. This should come as no surprise, as we have plenty of good reasons for doing so. And yet, it is important to realize that fa > read more

The Best Presidential Candidates

09/23/2015 05:28:00 AM

Party to watch the 2008 vice-presidential candidates' debate at On the Boards, Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As I watched the first two Republican presidential debates this year, I found myself feeling disappointed that these candidat > read more

Reducing Anti-Atheist Bigotry: Coming Out is Only the Beginning

09/22/2015 05:16:00 AM

Bigotry directed at atheists remains a significant problem. How do we reduce it? There are many ideas out there, but one of the simplest and most appealing involves providing religious believers with more opportunities to interact with people who ide > read more

Who Decides U.S. Presidential Elections?

09/20/2015 07:35:00 AM

William Jennings Bryan, Democratic party presidential candidate, standing on stage next to American flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I would guess - and this is a very rough guess indeed - that somewhere around 45% of voters in the U.S. are what we migh > read more

No More Guilty Pleasures

09/17/2015 05:28:00 AM

In a post about the recent TERF war dividing Freethought Blogs (FtB) and leading to the departure of at least one of their bloggers, Joe (Canadian Atheist) wrote something on an unrelated topic that stuck in my head and that I find far more interesti > read more



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