A Brief Review of 10 Cloverfield Lane

05/24/2017 19:16:00 PM

Although I liked Cloverfield (2008), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) was a film I forgot to see when it was first released. I wanted to see it because I liked the first one and because I have liked John Goodman in almost everything I've seen him ...

Could Atheism Replace Religion?

05/23/2017 05:05:00 AM

I was asked recently whether I thought atheism could replace religion. I said that I thought atheism could replace religion only in the sense that religion could eventually die out and then I suppose one might say that atheism had replaced it. ...

No Politician in History

05/21/2017 14:54:00 PM

I imagine most of you have already seen this image countless times, but I couldn't resist sharing it. The quote is yet another in a long series of "Trumpisms" from our president, complete with his characteristically oblivious narcissism and ...

Who is Responsible for the Negative Media Coverage of Trump?

05/19/2017 14:15:00 PM

Believe it or not, my Trump fatigue has subsided a bit. With virtually all the news in the last couple weeks being Trump-related, I wouldn't have guessed it either. My second wind probably won't last long, but I'll ride it out for now.President ...

Anti-LGBT Bigotry and Discomfort with Same-Sex Attraction

05/18/2017 06:48:00 AM

Religious protesters of gay pride event, 2006. North Carolina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)For nearly as long as I've been alive, there has been a popular theory floating around that says that anti-LGBT bigots are overcompensating for their own ...

Facebook Needs to Stop Removing Atheist Pages

05/16/2017 06:35:00 AM

The story about Facebook punishing secular pages for offending religious believers has taken off, with many atheist blogs and a growing number of other media outlets reporting on it. Having read quite a bit about this over the last few days, ...

Atheist Mother's Day

05/14/2017 08:27:00 AM

In all the years I've been writing Atheist Revolution, I think it is strange that I don't recall ever writing a Mother's Day post. I am not completely sure that I have not done so, but I don't recall doing so. And so, I think I'll fix that this ...

Review of the Krups KH732D50 Toaster

05/13/2017 08:34:00 AM

Over 15 years ago, I bought my maternal grandmother a toaster. I think this was a Mother's Day gift, although it could have just as easily been her birthday. She was an extremely thrifty woman who would never buy anything beyond the least expensive ...

Brief Thoughts on Antifa

05/12/2017 05:28:00 AM

When those who describe themselves as anti-fascists (Antifa) adopt violence as a tactic, it becomes difficult to see how they are any better than those they label as fascists. I suppose the anti-fascists would claim that their violence is justified. ...

Facebook Punishes Secular Pages for Offending Religious Believers

05/10/2017 12:02:00 PM

I suspect most of you have already heard about Facebook's recent punishment of two secular pages, Ex-Muslims of North America and Atheist Republic. Punishment? That's right, I chose that word deliberately because that is what appears to have ...

The Obligation to Call Out Bigotry

05/10/2017 06:12:00 AM

I was writing a blog post the other day, and I had my Twitter app open on my desktop as I often do when I am writing blog posts. Out of the blue, someone I was not following and with whom I was unfamiliar tweeted a bigoted statement to me. I ...

A Brief Review of Don't Breathe

05/09/2017 05:08:00 AM

I recently watched Don't Breathe (2016) and liked it very much in spite of some plot holes and a weak ending. I think it is a good example of a film that is likely to be more effective the less one knows about it going in. That being the case, ...

Tired of Hearing About Trump?

05/07/2017 08:21:00 AM

In the past month or two, I have read many social media posts about how tired people are of hearing about President Trump. Although the people posting these sentiments are probably hearing about Trump from nearly every news source they consume, ...

Teaching Others About Atheism

05/04/2017 05:29:00 AM

Atheism isn't about hating gods. Atheists don't believe in gods, and it is not at all clear how we could meaningfully hate entities in which we don't believe. Assuming you do not believe in fairies, it would be a safe bet to assume that you ...

Can Atheists Unite on Church-State Separation While Disagreeing on Muslims?

05/02/2017 05:24:00 AM

By JayCoop - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, LinkAtheism does not mean anything more than the lack of god belief, and this may well be one of the reasons it can be so difficult to unite atheists for the purpose of activism. Not believing in gods does ...

Shooting First Online

04/30/2017 08:29:00 AM

"Shoot first, ask questions later." You've all heard this expression. Are there situations where shooting first and asking questions later, if at all, makes sense? Hell yes, there are! It is not difficult to imagine combat scenarios where shooting ...

A Brief Review of The Babadook

04/28/2017 07:42:00 AM

I went into this one with high hopes but also trying to temper my expectations to avoid disappointment. I had read a few reviews in which the reviewers had compared this film to what is probably my favorite horror film of all time, The Shining. ...

Free Expression is Much Broader than the First Amendment

04/26/2017 05:14:00 AM

The free expression of ideas (i.e., free speech) is much broader than the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The concept of free expression is not unique to the U.S., did not originate with our Constitution, and is not limited in scope ...

Some Atheists Choose to Be Kind to Others

04/25/2017 05:10:00 AM

A couple of the comments on a previous post about social media discourse got me thinking. I know that atheism does not mean anything other than the lack of belief in gods. I also know that atheists suffer from all the same flaws that afflict ...

The March for Science

04/23/2017 08:19:00 AM

The March for Science took place in Washington DC yesterday, with other marches happening in many other cities around the world. It generated some controversy because - well, what isn't these days? It generated controversy primarily because ...

A Brief Review of The Witch

04/22/2017 07:08:00 AM

Since I was not at all impressed with It Follows, I was eager to take a chance on a film that made practically every "Best Horror of 2016" list, so I watched The Witch. In a word, wow! Even though I thought it was a bit of a stretch to classify ...

Respecting Those With Whom We Disagree

04/20/2017 05:16:00 AM

I respect many people with whom I rarely agree on matters of religion, politics, or practically anything else. I can recognize their intelligence, kindness, and other positive attributes even though I disagree with them on many issues. I read ...

What Should Democrats Learn From the 2016 Election?

04/18/2017 05:12:00 AM

Photo by Gage Skidmore [CC by-SA 2.0]What has the Democratic party learned in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election that might help them in the future? What should the Democratic party have learned from the 2016 election that might ...

Atheists Mocking Religious Holidays

04/16/2017 17:38:00 PM

Atheists only mock [insert name of any particular religious holiday] because they are jealous of those of us who are celebrating it.Have you heard this one before? I hear it quite often, which probably shouldn't be surprising given the sort ...

An Atheist Revolution Easter Collection

04/16/2017 07:48:00 AM

When it comes to Christian holidays, Christmas receives all the attention. I suppose it isn't fair to blame Christians for this given that much of the popularity of Christmas is likely secular. Still, it seems like Easter should be far more ...

Good Friday Posts

04/14/2017 07:03:00 AM

For those Christians who believe at least some of what they claim to believe, Good Friday is the celebration of the torturous death of the Jesus character described in their bible. It strikes me as a fairly odd thing to celebrate too. Then again, ...

Easter Was Barely a Holiday

04/12/2017 17:36:00 PM

I was raised to be a Christian by a Christian family in a predominately Christian region of a predominately Christian country. Because of this, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that Easter was a particularly important holiday during ...

Efforts to Restrict Free Expression are Not New

04/11/2017 05:18:00 AM

In 1980, film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel publicly characterized slasher films (e.g., Friday the 13th) as misogynistic. They argued that those responsible for making such films hated women, and they went so far as to insist that those ...

Changing Mississippi for the Better

04/10/2017 05:23:00 AM

St. Paul, Minnesota May 6, 2010 Humanists, atheists and agnostics held this event in support of the separation of church and state and as a protest to the government-endorsed National Day of Prayer. Fibonacci Blue 2010-05-06 (Photo credit: ...

A Brief Review of It Follows

04/08/2017 21:39:00 PM

When I started watching horror flicks in mid-October like I do every year, I was not feeling terribly satisfied with much of what was available on cable. It had been a few years since I had seen any of the newer releases, so I took a look at ...

Introducing Minds

04/06/2017 05:04:00 AM

If you like the idea of Facebook but aren't thrilled with their algorithms, censorship, questionable privacy and security, or willingness to assist authoritarian regimes in blocking criticism of religious ideas, you might consider checking out ...

Finding a Therapist in the Bible Belt

04/04/2017 05:16:00 AM

There is no question that finding a mental health professional who will not attempt to infuse treatment with Christianity can be more challenging for atheists living in the Bible Belt than it is likely to be in less religious regions of the ...

Secular Activism: Two Things You Can Do To Make Things Better for Atheists

04/02/2017 07:42:00 AM

Atheists in the U.S. complain about all sorts of things. We live in a country where more than 70% of the adult population and well over 90% of Congress identifies themselves as Christian, so it is not surprising that we'd have some complaints. ...

Signaling Group Membership

03/29/2017 05:17:00 AM

By Timothy Colgan [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsThe methods we use to signal in-group membership often involve the use of group-specific jargon that will be unfamiliar to outsiders. This helps us mark who "gets it" as in-group members ...

Motivating Activism Without Relying on Outrage: Raising Awareness

03/27/2017 05:25:00 AM

Child enjoying clean and safe drinking water from a newly built well (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I wrote a post here a little over a year ago about outrage fatigue and activism. The thesis of the post was that the strategy of deliberately provoking ...

Feminists Quiet on Kellyanne Conway

03/26/2017 08:13:00 AM

By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsI have observed surprisingly little outrage from liberal feminists directed at those making fun of Kellyanne Conway's physical appearance. Maybe I've just missed it. Still, the number of ...

Vacuum Insulated Tumblers Really Work

03/25/2017 07:16:00 AM

There are many benefits to skepticism, including how being skeptical of product-related claims from advertisers can save us money. Of course, one can also take this too far, potentially missing out on products that really do deliver. Here's ...

The Key Health Care Question: Is It a Right or a Privilege?

03/23/2017 05:10:00 AM

Not everyone appreciated my recent bit of snark around how to do universal health care on the cheap. Perhaps health care is one of those issues that is just too important for weak attempts at humor. Even though that post was more about prayer ...

A New Blog Focusing on Scientific Literacy

03/22/2017 05:20:00 AM

Are you sad because many of your favorite atheist-oriented blogs have closed up shop and you aren't sure what else to do with your free time? Do you find some of the science-related blogs written by career scientists a little too dense and/or ...

Fact Checking Resources

03/21/2017 05:15:00 AM

It seems like "fake news" is everywhere these days, along with questionable stories from extremely biased websites that churn out click-bait. Perhaps this is the inevitable consequences of most web-based advertising. Or maybe this stuff has ...

Uniting Atheists in Support of Secular Activism

03/18/2017 06:54:00 AM

Secular activist, Lee Moore, recently posted "a letter to the atheist community" on Facebook. I'm friends with him on Facebook, so I was able to see the letter. I have since been told that no one who is not friends with him is able to see it ...

Happy (End) St. Patrick's Day

03/17/2017 10:03:00 AM

I used to think I was reasonably good at not falling victim to Poe's law in that I could usually tell the difference between genuine content from a sincere author with extreme views (e.g., a Christian extremist) and content designed to mock ...

Social Media Ultimatums

03/16/2017 18:20:00 PM

I realize it is mid-March (the constant stream of college basketball games on my TV is a good clue), but I've been giving the matter of New Year's resolutions some thought lately. I think I'd like to make some changes in my use of social media. ...

Reducing Your Bounce Rate

03/15/2017 17:42:00 PM

A visual clickpath analysis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Here's another tip in the "Jump-Starting Your Blog" series. For this one, we are going to need to go into Google Analytics and take a quick look at the numbers for your blog. You have installed ...

An Inexpensive Way to Do Universal Health Care

03/14/2017 05:25:00 AM

I announced my own health care plan back in July of 2008. I put quite a bit of thought into it, but it was greeted with little fanfare. President Obama went on to win the election in November of that year and managed to get the Affordable Care ...

But Insults Aren't Funny When They Are Aimed At Me

03/13/2017 05:35:00 AM

When someone makes a career out of insulting others, whether he or she is a comedian, an actor, an author, a blogger, or whatever else, there is always a risk that he or she will eventually get around to insulting you or one of the groups with ...

Why They Take Atheism Personally

03/09/2017 05:35:00 AM

Why do some religious believers seem to take it personally when you or I say, "I am an atheist," almost as if we have just insulted them by making such a simple statement about ourselves? I don't have any profound answers to this question, but ...

Some Thoughts on Protests

03/08/2017 05:15:00 AM

Anti-Scientology Protest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I support non-violent protests as a part of the right to free expression. It doesn't particularly matter to me what is being protested. As long as the protests remain peaceful, I'm going to support ...

Avoiding Fake News, Extreme Bias, and Click-Bait

03/05/2017 08:34:00 AM

Shortly after I tweeted a link to a post from the Freedom From Religion Foundation about the theocratic leanings of some of the key players in the Trump administration, someone tweeted me claiming "They are all part of the Christian Dominionist ...

The Left is Helping Trump

03/04/2017 06:34:00 AM

Who's helping Trump? Certainly not you! Or maybe you have been helping Trump without realizing it. In fact, maybe some of the specific things you have been doing to oppose and resist Trump have actually been helping him. Wouldn't that be so ...

Atheists in Mississippi

03/02/2017 05:28:00 AM

Image by The Library of Congress via FlickrAn earlier version of this post appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in 2009. It has been edited to improve clarity and replace inactive links.One of the most common reactions I receive whenever ...

Letting Go of the Atheist Movement

02/28/2017 05:37:00 AM

Gerry Dantone of NYC Atheists Godless Americans March on Washington Saturday, 2 November 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If you take a quick look at the topic cloud in the right sidebar of Atheist Revolution (under "Topics"), you will see an ...

Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins Condemned Because Alt-Right Likes Them

02/27/2017 07:04:00 AM

In the "great rift" that has divided many atheists over the years, guilt by association generally referred to negatively evaluating someone on the basis of who they associate with and/or promote. For example, a blogger who promoted the work ...

I Am Come

02/26/2017 09:03:00 AM

Most of the Christian churches I pass whenever I leave my home have electronic reader boards out front near their signs. I suppose this makes it far easier for them to change the text they want to display to passersby. Some of the more sophisticated ...

Bracing for the Christian Proselytizing While Shopping

02/25/2017 07:22:00 AM

I need to do some shopping today, and so I will soon be heading out to the local warehouse store to stock up on several bulk food items I've been using a lot of lately. I've discovered that as long as I know I am going to use everything I buy, ...

That's Not a Threat

02/24/2017 12:25:00 PM

This has been a pet peeve of mine for several years, and I suppose it is kind of a strange one as far as pet peeves go. I don't expect anyone will agree with me on this, but here goes. The following statement is not a threat:You should be dragged ...

When Our Leaders Deny Reality

02/23/2017 05:03:00 AM

You are standing outside a big box store in which you have just finished shopping. It is pouring rain, and you are scanning the parking lot for a clue as to where your car might be. You know you are going to get wet anyway, but you'd hate to ...

To Move or to Stay and Fight

02/21/2017 05:16:00 AM

No state is really safe for non-believers. You find creationist ideas in schools from Louisiana to New Jersey. You find efforts to send secular tax dollars to religious schools in Indiana and Florida. And, finally, you find polls done of all ...

Not Being a "True Liberal" is Fine With Me

02/19/2017 14:25:00 PM

I live in an age where it does not matter one bit that I have been a liberal for the past 25 years or so. All I have to do is promote a conservative blog or two on social media, and suddenly, I must be a conservative or even part of the dreaded ...

Facing the World as It Is

02/15/2017 05:03:00 AM

No sexism racism homophobia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The world we have is different from the world I would like to have in more ways than I can count. If I could design my perfect world, it would bear little resemblance to this one. But of course, ...

Destroying the Johnson Amendment

02/12/2017 08:20:00 AM

US Postage stamp: LBJ, 1973 issue, 8c (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There are many excellent reasons to preserve the separation of church and state and make sure that the U.S. government remains secular. It is encouraging to hear that at least some ...

Discussing Ideas vs. Discussing People

02/09/2017 05:24:00 AM

Of all the quotes I see floating around on the Internet these days, the one pictured here would have to be one of my favorites. Although it has often been attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, it was attributed to others before then 1987. Regardless ...

Is Trump Using Our Outrage Against Us?

02/07/2017 05:14:00 AM

By Mark Dixon [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsFor those of us who do not support the Trump administration, it seems fairly clear that the presidency of Donald Trump is not off to a good start. He has continued to issue statements that provoke ...

Praying for a Super Bowl Win

02/05/2017 08:12:00 AM

By Chris J. Nelson, via Wikimedia CommonsWhen I was a young child, I used to think that the professional wrestling I saw on TV was real in the sense that I did not think it was any more choreographed and scripted than any other sport. This belief ...

What I Want From the News Media in 2017, Part 2

02/02/2017 05:25:00 AM

Just so you know, this post was almost a rant titled, "Rachael Maddow is awful." Perhaps I'll write that post one of these days, but this isn't it. I decided that it made more sense to continue with my previous post, What I Want From the News ...

Education and Critical Thinking in Mississippi

02/01/2017 05:28:00 AM

This post originally appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in 2013. It has been updated and expanded.I have done my share of complaining about the state of public education in Mississippi, focusing mostly on what I see in the context of ...

What I Want From the News Media in 2017

01/31/2017 05:18:00 AM

Rachel Maddow in Seattle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Some good discussion about the role of the mainstream news media has been taking place around my recent post about whether the news media should be covering Donald Trump's Twitter account to ...

Trump: Brawndo Has Got What Plants Crave

01/30/2017 05:12:00 AM

I've never been one for conspiracy theories, but I've found myself thinking lately that if a foreign power were to destabilize the United States from within, it is difficult to imagine that they could do a better job of it than what we are seeing ...

Show Visitors Which Social Media Platforms You Use

01/28/2017 06:55:00 AM

Ready for another tip in the "Jump-Starting Your Blog" series? For this one, we're going to visit your blog as if we were a first-time visitor. You'll find that this is an exercise I will recommend many times because I think it is a good way ...

Assaulting People Who Say Things We Don't Like

01/25/2017 18:30:00 PM

I have a few brief comments on this post by Kevin Davis at Secular Voices. If he's correct that he loses followers or friends because he has chosen to express the opinion he expresses in this post, I find that to be incredibly unfortunate. I ...

A New Ex-Mormon Blog to Check Out

01/24/2017 18:28:00 PM

It occurs to me that one of the better ways for atheists curious about various religions to learn more about them is by hearing from former adherents of those religions. Former adherents are unlikely to preach or attempt to sell others on the ...

Facing the New Reality of President Trump as a Freethinker

01/22/2017 07:42:00 AM

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsI'm not convinced that it matters much whether 3 people or 3 million people attended Donald Trump's inauguration. Who cares? If there is one thing reasonable atheists should be ...

Find a Women's March Near You

01/20/2017 07:24:00 AM

I suspect you have already heard about the Women's March on Washington taking place tomorrow (January 21, 2017) in Washington D.C. If you are not familiar with it, the basic idea appears to be both an expression of dissatisfaction with the election ...

Interacting With Those Who Disagree With Us

01/19/2017 05:17:00 AM

The Charlotte Observer headquarters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When you care deeply about a particular sociopolitical issue (e.g., reproductive rights, LGBT equality, immigration, income inequality, secularism), it can be difficult to see the ...

Demons Licking My Face and Other Missed Emails

01/17/2017 05:11:00 AM

I just discovered that a number of legitimate emails received through the contact form I use here at Atheist Revolution have been routed to my junk folder. This is a problem because I check the junk folder even less often than I check my inbox, ...

Are We Aiming for a Post Racial Society?

01/16/2017 05:22:00 AM

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s likeness, words, and pretty much everything else about the man has been thoroughly co-opted to serve many activist-oriented agendas, some of which Dr. King surely would not have embraced. I suppose one could complain ...

Post-Truth Politics

01/15/2017 07:46:00 AM

Terms like "post-truth politics" and "post-truth era" are being thrown around a lot lately. With what we have seen from President-elect Trump so far, they seem likely to become a part of our language for some time. As we hear references to ...

Jump-Starting Your Blog in the New Year

01/13/2017 05:12:00 AM

One of the factors contributing to the feelings of frustration, burnout, and perceived pointlessness of blogging is the sense that nobody is listening. It is easy to feel unappreciated when one sees little evidence that one's content is being ...

Enjoying the Silence Before the Christmas Music Begins

11/22/2016 05:18:00 AM

I went to the grocery store on Sunday morning, as I do almost every week. It is the least busy time by far, and I can usually manage not to go more than once a week if I give some thought to what I need ahead of time. Since this is likely to ...

Not All Trump Supporters Are Racist

11/21/2016 05:21:00 AM

By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsSince the 2016 U.S. presidential election, anyone using social media has almost certainly been bombarded with the tribalistic message that everyone who voted for Donald Trump is a racist, ...

Why I Don't Donate to the Salvation Army

11/20/2016 10:12:00 AM

An earlier version of this post appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in 2009. It has been revised to better fit an audience not limited to Mississippi and updated to improve clarity and provide links to more recent information.There are ...

Are Safety Pins Poised to Make Comeback?

11/19/2016 14:25:00 PM

I, for one, think it is fantastic that some liberals have apparently decided that they are going to wear safety pins when out in public to communicate something to somebody who will probably have no idea what is being communicated. I miss the ...

Is Bannon the Worst Thing About Trump?

11/17/2016 20:08:00 PM

By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsI am not sure I understand why many in the mainstream news media seem to have decided that Donald Trump's unusual approach to the transition is such a big story. I mean, one cannot very well ...

When Our Inner Filters Fail and Our Thoughts Slip Out

11/17/2016 05:17:00 AM

Hindu funeral (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In our dealings with other people who might be described as less than close friends or loved ones (e.g., acquaintances, co-workers), we are generally expected to refrain from expressing what we are really ...

We Can Be More Rational and Less Tribalistic

11/16/2016 05:17:00 AM

I've noticed that the run-up and aftermath of every U.S. presidential election leaves me with the impression that the degree of political polarization, tribalism, and irrationality on display is getting progressively worse. That means that every ...

The Urban-Rural Divide

11/15/2016 05:17:00 AM

One of the emerging theories we've been hearing about in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election concerns the urban - rural divide, the degree to which urban voters are out of touch with rural America, and the anger some rural Americans ...

Declining Religiosity Does Not Guarantee a Better World

11/13/2016 08:54:00 AM

Religions in Europe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Daytime temperatures here in Mississippi stayed in the mid-80s throughout the end of October and well into November. As a result, it has not felt much like Fall until last week. And yet, there were ...

The Anti-Trump Protests

11/12/2016 09:01:00 AM

I support the right of all Americans to engage in non-violent protest, and this extends to those who are protesting the election of President Trump. I admit that I am not sure what they are hoping to accomplish with these protests. The election ...

Complex Problems Rarely Have Simple Solutions

11/10/2016 05:37:00 AM

By Nuggetkiwi [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsWhenever something awful happens (e.g., a mass shooting, a Catholic priest molesting countless children, the election of Donald Trump), we seek explanations. This is natural. Unfortunately, ...

Brexit 2: Electric Boogaloo

11/09/2016 05:50:00 AM

By Gage Skidmore (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsIf you went to sleep at a decent hour last night, you might just be waking up to the news that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. Seriously. President ...

If You Can't Trust a Demonic Whore...

11/09/2016 04:53:00 AM

I guess this might not come as much of a surprise to some of you, but it appears that I am a demonic whore who will burn in some sort of hell. There's no love quite like Christian love, is there? I think what I appreciate most about this is ...

How I Came to Vote for Jill Stein in the 2016 Election

11/07/2016 05:23:00 AM

Two days before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it is clear that Donald Trump is going to win the state in which I reside by a large margin. A Trump victory in Mississippi was never really in doubt. The only question was whether it would ...

The Most Important Election Ever?

11/06/2016 08:00:00 AM

As far back as I can remember, I have been told prior to each and every U.S. presidential election that this election is "the most important election of our lifetimes." Every single one of them has been the most important ever. The 2016 presidential ...

Early November Catholic News Update

11/05/2016 07:29:00 AM

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Trump Supporters Will Still Be Here on November 9

11/03/2016 05:18:00 AM

On November 9th, the United States will still be here regardless of the outcome of our presidential election. You know what else will still be here? A whole lot of Americans who are intensely disappointed and angry over the outcome of that election. ...

Changing Our Minds

11/02/2016 05:12:00 AM

One of the most damning bits of criticism we atheists have of religious believers is that many of them admit that there is no amount of evidence that would change their mind about the various gods in which they believe. When they ask us what ...

October 2016 Horror Watching, Part 3

11/01/2016 05:19:00 AM

I figured my October 2016 horror watching diary would be one post, if that. It quickly expanded from one to two. I look forward to watching way too many bad horror movies on cable every year, and I couldn't stand the thought of missing it this ...

Southern Poverty Law Center Equates Reasoned Criticism of Islam With Hate and Bigotry

10/30/2016 09:48:00 AM

Southern Poverty Law Center. Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It has been clear for some time that at least some of the regressive left would like nothing better than to convince us that the criticism of Islam is "gross and racist." ...

JesusWeen Approaches

10/28/2016 05:39:00 AM

Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A version of this post initially appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in 2014. It has been revised and updated.I was using the Internet to read up on JesusWeen the other day. Yeah, I know. I just ...

Smart Phone Zombies

10/27/2016 05:11:00 AM

When you drive past an elementary school and see the school zone sign that tells you to slow down near the school, there is no mystery about the point of the sign of why it is needed. Young children are not always as attentive around traffic ...