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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

By Cameltrader (Own work) [GFDL], CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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 ...

Do Ghosts Have Vocal Cords?

10/25/2016 05:26:00 AM

If we were to completely remove someone's vocal cords, this person would cease to have a voice. If you do not have vocal cords, I cannot hear your voice. Nobody can. You can still communicate with me in a variety of ways (e.g., writing, using ...

Liberal Voting in a Red State

10/24/2016 06:59:00 AM

Wouldn't it be cool if presidential elections in the U.S. were based on the total popular vote without any of this electoral college and state-by-state nonsense? Red states and blue states would be irrelevant because elections would be determined ...

October 2016 Horror Watching, Part 2

10/23/2016 20:25:00 PM

Admittedly, I did not have much luck finding good horror films on cable during the beginning of October. With a couple of exceptions, most of what I found was of limited interest. I am happy to report that things have improved since then. Maybe ...

Not Every Post Will Be Exactly What You Are Looking For

10/23/2016 07:29:00 AM

I realize this isn't going to surprise anybody, but I am a fan of the atheist blogosphere. Even if I can no longer justify spending as much time as I used to reading atheist blogs, it continues to be something I enjoy when I can. There are so ...

Please Don't Ignore the Ambulance Behind You

10/21/2016 11:53:00 AM

I have a feeling I might have written about this bizarre subject before, but it just happened again today so I am now truly curious. When you are driving and you see an ambulance behind you with its lights and siren on, what do you do? Do you ...

An October Fright

10/20/2016 13:52:00 PM

I suppose that not all fear is irrational. If you are facing a genuine threat to your safety or well-being, fear could be a perfectly rational response. Still, I think it is fair to say that much of the fear we experience is irrational. Even ...

2016 Voter Turnout May Be Better Than Anticipated

10/19/2016 06:01:00 AM

At this point in time, I'm not sure I have much interest in the outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election. None of the candidates are the sort of leaders I'd like to see running things, and I am not going to feel good about voting for ...

Halloween and Zombie Jesus

10/18/2016 05:17:00 AM

An earlier version of this post appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in 2009. It has been revised and updated.Technically, I suppose that Easter is Zombie Jesus Day. Still, Halloween always seems like a good excuse to remember that many ...

Replacing Religion With Something Else

10/16/2016 07:16:00 AM

Locker Room Banter Does Not Involve Bragging About Groping Women

10/15/2016 10:29:00 AM

Social media has been in full outrage mode ever since the Access Hollywood tape showing comments Donald Trump made in 2005 was released. The comments were outrageous, so this is an understandable reaction. Some insist that Trump's comments are ...

October 2016 Horror Watching

10/14/2016 06:04:00 AM

I did not anticipate that I was going to have much time to enjoy horror movies this October. The more I thought about that, the more it pissed me off. You know what they say about all work and no play...And so I'm happy to report that I decided ...

Just in Time for Halloween...Jesus

10/12/2016 05:50:00 AM

We tend to hear the most about Jesus around Christmas and Easter. I suppose that makes sense. Still, this graphic makes a compelling case for the relevance of Jesus to Halloween too. Oops! I meant JesusWeen.And while I'm on the subject of Halloween ...

An Atheist in Mississippi

10/11/2016 05:15:00 AM

Port Gibson, Mississippi. "Piggly Wiggly" grocery store (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A version of this post initially appeared on the no longer active Mississippi Atheists blog. It has been revised and updated.While perusing various atheist blogs, ...

Quick Thoughts on the Second Presidential Debate

10/10/2016 05:56:00 AM

No time for a full post this morning, but I still want to share my thoughts on last night's shitshow - I mean presidential debate. Here are a few quick thoughts: Donald Trump scored more points vs. Hillary Clinton than he did during the first ...

Are Evangelical Christians Unprincipled for Continuing to Support Donald Trump?

10/08/2016 14:43:00 PM

Donald Trump & Melania enter the Oscar De LA Renta Fashion Show, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)How can evangelical fundamentalist Christians possibly continue to support Donald Trump now that his 2005 comments have surfaced? Seems like a ...

My Take on the Vice Presidential Debate

10/08/2016 07:08:00 AM

I was planning to watch the Vice Presidential debate the night it aired. As the event drew closer, I realized I was not feeling terribly enthusiastic about doing so. And when I saw that the Republican Party had released a statement hours before ...

A Hillary Clinton Presidency

10/05/2016 05:49:00 AM

By S. Bollmann, via Wikimedia CommonsAlthough I remain doubtful that I will be able to support Hillary Clinton for president, I will say this for her: we know what to expect from her as president. I don't mean that we can accurately predict ...

Maintaining an Atheist Blog Over Time

10/04/2016 05:19:00 AM

Blogs do not last forever, and atheist blogs are no exception. In fact, the blog "I am an Atheist and this is why" closed last month. And in that same month, both Cephus (Bitchspot) and I announced that we were slowing down (maybe in his case ...

Ready for October

10/02/2016 12:06:00 PM

I've been ready for the beginning of October since the end of April. I'm no fan of the Mississippi heat and humidity. I wish I could just skip the summer months altogether. I was thrilled when the last couple days of September brought a taste ...

When You Are Trolled on Twitter

09/30/2016 05:21:00 AM

Jack Dorsey and Barack Obama at Twitter Town Hall in July 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Here's an odd fact about me that you might not know unless you follow me on Twitter: I have little interest in arguing with Christians on Twitter. Among ...

My Take on the First Presidential Debate

09/28/2016 19:59:00 PM

My take on the first presidential debate is fairly simple and does not require a lengthy exposition. I was disappointed but not surprised that Gary Johnson and Jill Stein were not invited to participate. I suspect that their involvement would ...

You Just Gotta Believe

09/27/2016 05:22:00 AM

The Belief Wall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When I was about 14 and struggling to come to terms with what I was just beginning to recognize as a lack of god belief, I sought help from several Christians. You see, I had no desire to stop believing ...

The Two-Party System is Broken

09/26/2016 04:53:00 AM

Donald Trump by Rob13; Hillary Clinton by Gage SkidmoreI wrote this post a couple weeks ago. I suppose it might be more than a coincidence that I'm finally getting around to posting it on the day of the first televised debate between the two ...

How to Rig an Election: The 2016 Presidential Election

09/21/2016 05:26:00 AM

In Part I of this series, I looked at the 2016 Democratic primary and how our mainstream news media provided Hillary Clinton with an unfair advantage over her competitors by labeling her "the presumptive nominee" and pushing the narrative of ...

Peer Review Week: Recognition for Review

09/18/2016 08:04:00 AM

I could be wrong about this, but I suspect that most people, including those without much of a science background, have at least a vague understanding of the peer review process. A scientist submits a paper to a scientific journal. The editor ...

Post Number 4,000

09/17/2016 05:35:00 AM

I have been writing Atheist Revolution since February of 2005, celebrating my 10 year anniversary in 2015. That seems like a long time to write a blog. I just noticed that I have posted 3,999 posts in that time, making the post you are now reading ...

Forced Marriage in Isolated Religious Communities

09/15/2016 18:29:00 PM

Criticism about the Azeri society tradition from domestic violence to the social and political participation of women in community (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I caught a story on the topic of forced marriage in the U.S. the other night on the PBS ...

Sustaining One's Atheism, Skepticism, and Freethought

09/14/2016 05:25:00 AM

When I first started the process of coming to terms with the fact that I no longer believed in gods, I remember that it involved some degree of effort. Prior to about age 14, I had believed in gods without question. As it gradually began to ...

The Basket of Deplorables

09/12/2016 18:04:00 PM

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately, there ...

Battles With Pneumonia

09/11/2016 20:21:00 PM

I've only had pneumonia once as an adult. It happened when I was in the middle of graduate school at what was undoubtedly one of the most stressful points in my life. Initially, it felt like I had a mild cold with a cough. I told myself that ...

Atheist Blogging on Sunday Morning

09/11/2016 08:24:00 AM

Going back to the early days of Atheist Revolution, writing posts on Sunday morning has been a part of my routine. There was little intent behind it initially; Sunday mornings just happened to be when I could almost always count on having a ...

Hillary Clinton: Next President Should Be Praying Person

09/10/2016 07:02:00 AM

Hillary Clinton spoke to the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City this week. According to The New York Times, there was at least one notable moment during her speech, one that has been generating quite a bit of attention among atheists ...

Posting Less Often

09/09/2016 06:22:00 AM

I love the feeling of sitting down in front of my computer and seeing the words pour out on the screen as quickly as I can hit the keys. I can't claim that this was ever a common experience, but it was one that used to happen much more often ...

The Big Questions of Atheism

09/07/2016 05:11:00 AM

I find myself thinking about atheism this morning and wondering about the big questions which nearly all atheists ask themselves at one time or another. I realize this may sound a bit vague, so I'll throw out a specific example right away. I ...

The High Price of Low Prices

09/05/2016 11:05:00 AM

The city in which I attended graduate school was a great college town. It was big enough that it was rarely necessary to travel to the city but small enough so as never to feel overwhelming. Best of all, it had a fantastic downtown area, the ...

Tiring of the Social Media Outrage

09/04/2016 08:27:00 AM

In April of 2013, I wrote a post in which I reported that my decision to stop watching cable news in December of the previous year led me to feel far less angry. For the most part, I kept the cable news turned off until 2015 when my curiosity ...

Coming Out as an Atheist in Mississippi

08/31/2016 17:41:00 PM

Photo via Good Free PhotosA version of this post initially appeared on the no longer active Mississippi Atheists blog in 2008. It has been revised and updated.One of the main reasons I started writing the Mississippi Atheists blog in the first ...

How to Rig an Election: The 2016 Republican Primary

08/30/2016 05:07:00 AM

Based on everything I said in Part I of this series, I suspect that most of you can anticipate where this post is heading reasonably well. If our corporate-owned mainstream news media "rigged" the Democratic primary for Hillary Clinton, they ...

Why Hasn't #AtheistVoter Caught On?

08/28/2016 08:34:00 AM

I know there are a number of websites that help users track the popularity of various hashtags on Twitter over various intervals of time. I think it would be great to be able to enter a few hashtags, the desired time frame, and see them graphed ...

How to Turn Off Twitter's New Filter

08/27/2016 14:43:00 PM

Do you use Twitter? Do you oppose censorship? Would you prefer to decide for yourself what sort of content you are exposed to rather than someone you don't know deciding on your behalf? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you may be interested ...

Jill Stein Accuses Critics of Mansplaining

08/24/2016 18:59:00 PM

Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein seems determined to do her best to make it impossible for me to vote for her in the upcoming election. While she still has an edge over Hillary Clinton with regard to the likelihood of receiving ...

A Post I Wish I Had Written

08/23/2016 15:16:00 PM

It is not every day that I come across a post on a blog I've never heard of written by an author I've never heard of and find myself thinking, "Damn, I wish I had written that." When it happens, it seems almost criminal not to share it with ...

Stop the Christians From Knocking on Your Door

08/23/2016 05:06:00 AM

I've made no secret of my distaste for evangelical fundamentalist Christian door-to-door proselytizing. I've written about it here several times, mostly because I was not sufficiently prepared for how much worse it was going to be when I moved ...

Christian Privilege in Mississippi

08/22/2016 05:10:00 AM

This post originally appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in July of 2012. It has been revised and expanded.While running errands recently, I parked my car and was in the process of heading into the store. As I did so, I noticed that I ...

Best Thing I've Seen on YouTube

08/20/2016 06:39:00 AM

Okay, so the video below is probably not the best thing I've ever seen on YouTube. I think that particular honor still belongs to Phil Davison. Still, this video from Dave Rubin explaining who he plans to support in the 2016 general election ...

The Left Needs to Acknowledge the Realities of Islam

08/18/2016 05:31:00 AM

I was not raised a Muslim, and I have never been a Muslim. I have never studied Islam, and I have read only portions of the Quran. I did not grow up around Muslims and did not have the opportunity to get to know Muslims as more than casual ...

How to Rig an Election: The 2016 Democratic Primary

08/16/2016 05:07:00 AM

Let's get this out of the way from the start. "Rigging" an election is going to mean different things to different people. To some, it will be narrowly defined to refer only stealing an election in the sense that the outcome is predetermined ...

Atheists, Please Register to Vote

08/14/2016 07:55:00 AM

If you live in the United States, are at least 18 years of age, are religiously unaffiliated (i.e., you are an atheist, humanist, skeptic, and/or freethinker), value the separation of church and state, and have not previously registered to vote, ...

I Don't Want to Be An Atheist Anymore

08/11/2016 15:26:00 PM

It seems that quite a few people disagree quite strongly with my suggestion that atheism is not a conscious choice one makes. Perhaps I'm wrong about that. In any event, it occurs to me that I do not particularly want to be an atheist. In fact, ...

Second Amendment Remedies

08/10/2016 05:37:00 AM

A Republican candidate subtly suggesting to his or her supporters that there was some sort of Second Amendment solution for dealing with his or her political opponents is not something Donald Trump invented. Those calling Trump's recent statements ...

The Implications of Recognizing That Atheism is Not a Choice

08/09/2016 06:42:00 AM

The question of whether one's belief (or lack of belief) in gods is a conscious choice one makes is not merely an interesting subject to consider; it is one with important implications for atheists and theists alike. When I polled atheists about ...

The Attacks on Jill Stein

08/07/2016 08:09:00 AM

Jill Stein by Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia CommonsSome supporters of Hillary Clinton are becoming nervous about the number of liberal voters who are not interested in supporting their preferred candidate and are instead looking to third party options. ...

On the Lack of Democratic Outreach to Atheists

08/04/2016 04:32:00 AM

Here is how David Gibson (Religion News Service) opened his recent post, The divided soul of the Democratic Party:To judge by public perceptions, and more than a few pundits, the Democratic Party is the default home of secularists and atheists, ...

My Results From ISideWith.com

08/03/2016 06:00:00 AM

I just completed the political survey at ISideWith.com again. I last took it at the beginning of the primary season. I took it again to see which of the remaining presidential candidates I most closely matched with, as I was particularly interested ...