3 Steps for Converting Atheists to Christianity

09/21/2017 05:07:00 AM

What I am about to write is going to be a review for most atheists. At least, nearly every atheist I have encountered over the years seems to be at least moderately familiar with what I am about to outline. I am writing it because I still come ...

On the Evil of North Korea

09/19/2017 05:24:00 AM

If there is one thing the mainstream news media in the U.S. seems to agree on, regardless of whether we're talking about those platforms that lean to the left or to the right, it would have to be that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is crazy. ...

Opening Up Commenting at Atheist Revolution

09/18/2017 17:53:00 PM

By Pianopianissimo, LinkSince 2009, readers wanting to leave comments on posts at Atheist Revolution have been required to have an IntenseDebate or Wordpress.com account. This change was implemented primarily to reduce comment spam. Once readers ...

Clinton on What Happened

09/17/2017 08:55:00 AM

I caught the first part of Hillary Clinton's interview with Judy Woodruff on the PBS NewsHour this week, following the release of her new book. With one glaring exception, I thought she came across reasonably well. I even found myself able to ...

Donating to 'Racist' Disaster Relief Organizations

09/16/2017 12:46:00 PM

With so many natural disasters in the news recently, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised to see a number of articles and social media posts condemning disaster relief organizations and suggesting that those of us who donate to disaster relief ...

Christian Closed Mindedness

09/15/2017 05:36:00 AM

Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) had a great find, a Christian textbook explicitly urging students to "keep a closed mind." I suppose this could be filed in the "we knew it was happening but had few examples this blatant" category. The best part ...

Natural Disasters Everywhere

09/13/2017 05:17:00 AM

Forrest fires, flooding, hurricanes, and earthquakes. It seems like natural disasters have been in the news way too much lately. Are they becoming more frequent or getting worse? If so, are at least some of these disasters the result of the ...

The Celebrities Who Legitimized Trump

09/11/2017 05:18:00 AM

The Celebrity Apprentice was a well-funded and slickly produced infomercial for Donald Trump. I suspect it was instrumental in shaping public perceptions of him in such a way that it helped him win the presidency. I do not think it is too much ...

Time to Pray Away the Hurricane

09/09/2017 06:18:00 AM

By NOAA - Public Domain, LinkAdmittedly, I've made some fun of the Christians who have been claiming that their preferred god sends hurricanes to punish us for assorted "sins" like voting for someone they didn't like, maintaining reproductive ...

How to Stop the Atheist Infighting

09/06/2017 05:12:00 AM

What if all the online infighting we see taking place among atheists was not merely a harmless oddity or the sort of minor distraction that did not have any real consequences? What if it was seriously undermining our ability to pursue many of ...

Another Reminder to Backup Your Hard Drive

09/04/2017 20:05:00 PM

Here's a quick story that gets off to a scary start but has both a happy ending and an important message that might save you some pain someday. I just lost a hard drive. Specifically, the Western Digital drive that held my entire iTunes music ...

My Silence on Hurricane Harvey

09/03/2017 07:58:00 AM

I was asked recently why I haven't written anything about Hurricane Harvey. It is a massive story, and Christian extremists have been coming out of the woodwork ever since it happened to point their fingers at "teh gay," "abortionists," tolerance, ...

Too Many Nazis, Not Enough Reason

08/31/2017 04:56:00 AM

By dbking [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsWhen you refer to people as "Nazis" because you think they are racists, white nationalists, members of the alt-right, skinheads, or merely because they dare to express political views with which you ...

They Are Still Complaining About Manspreading

08/29/2017 04:41:00 AM

I found this gem on Reddit. Actually, I didn't find it on Reddit but through a Google image search that took me to Reddit. And yes, I was searching for images of manspreading. What can I say? It is a bit of an obsession. Hell, I even set up ...

Raising Christian Bigots

08/27/2017 08:30:00 AM

Try to put yourself in the shoes of an evangelical fundamentalist Christian parent for a moment. Not surprisingly, you are raising your children to love them some Jesus and share your fundamentalist Christian values. They are expected to view ...

She Understands Free Speech

08/24/2017 05:31:00 AM

I'm not usually one for memes, but some images deserve to go viral. This is one of them. The only thing that needs to be going viral is this picture. pic.twitter.com/BDGgYqKHuP— Hi, I Think I'm Real (@thinkimreal) August 20, 2017It is always ...

Atheists Fail to Consider the Historical Context of the Bible

08/22/2017 05:08:00 AM

Perhaps Christians' complaint of atheists using bible verses out of context is not terribly persuasive, but there is a different sort of "out of context" argument that seems to have some merit. Some Christians respond to an atheist pointing ...

Little Rapture Talk on Day of Eclipse

08/21/2017 07:04:00 AM

With a solar eclipse taking place today, I am somewhat surprised that I have not heard more about the rapture from the local evangelical fundamentalist Christians. Then again, I have been busy and have not invested much time perusing the various ...

False Equivalence or Not

08/20/2017 07:35:00 AM

I've seen quite a few people complaining about "false equivalency" related to President Donald Trump's troubling references to "many sides" following the alleged murder in Charlottesville, VA. Accusations of false equivalence are nothing new ...

My New Favorite Thing on Twitter

08/16/2017 05:22:00 AM

Helen Pluckrose (@HPluckrose) is one of the many fantastic people I follow on Twitter. She's a secular humanist in London. She also happens to be one of the very few people I follow on Twitter who regularly interacts with people with whom she ...

Progressive Responses to Charlottesville

08/14/2017 15:23:00 PM

A recent article by David Weigel in The Washington Post reported on the conclusion of the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta. As suggested by the title, Progressives quickly organize responses to Charlottesville, it mentioned how those at ...

What If Nobody Showed Up When the Far-Right Came to Town?

08/13/2017 09:01:00 AM

I support the free expression of views I find objectionable, and I welcome non-violent protests even when I disagree with the reasons for the protests. As long as those protesting do not interfere with others who are not involved in the protest, ...

Nuclear Threats and Climate Change: The Toxicity of End Times Theology

08/11/2017 07:00:00 AM

Consider the important decisions facing those in the highest levels of the U.S. government with regard to North Korea's nuclear program and/or the scientific consensus pointing to the role of human behavior in the global climate crisis. In both ...

The Opposite of Wisdom

08/10/2017 05:23:00 AM

I'm not sure what to call it, but I think we've all seen a trend where people dismiss anyone who disagrees with them as uninformed, a "denier," or just plain stupid. Some will go so far as to label the person "evil" as well, although most seem ...

Trump: Did We Know What We Were Getting?

08/08/2017 05:25:00 AM

Since he has been in office, a few of President Donald Trump's spokespeople have said something along the lines of, "I'm not sure why you seem so surprised by how President Trump is running things. You knew what you were getting." Unlike the ...

No Beer on Sunday Mornings

08/06/2017 08:32:00 AM

Depending on where you live, your experience with this will vary. I cannot think of a single state in which I've lived where it was legally permissible to buy beer on Sunday morning. Why? Jesus, of course! The real question is why the rest of ...

Secular Self-Segregation

08/03/2017 09:23:00 AM

Mike D. (The A-Unicornist) concluded an interesting post about the failings of the "Christianity as counterculture" movement with the following:In many respects though, the evangelical community is still thriving—especially here in the Midwest. ...

The Question of Whether Atheism is a Choice

08/02/2017 05:42:00 AM

Back in 2009, I wrote a post titled To What Degree is Atheism Voluntary? In it, I wrestled with the question of whether atheism is a choice people make, and I explained that my own lack of god belief did not seem to be a choice I had made for ...

A Test of the Uninformed Outrage Hypothesis

08/01/2017 06:58:00 AM

At the end of June, I wrote a post called Uninformed Outrage: Reacting Without Reading in which I noted that I have seen an increase in the number of people attempting to interact with my content on social media without reading it. I mentioned ...

U.S. Lacks Moral Authority to Prevent Others From Developing Nuclear Weapons

07/29/2017 10:30:00 AM

Beginning shortly before President Obama took office in 2008 and continuing for several months into his administration, we heard an awful lot from him about how we needed to "look forward as opposed to looking backwards." To place this in the ...

Church, State, and Satanism

07/28/2017 06:58:00 AM

When a local government disregards what our Constitution says about separation of church and state by permitting Christian displays on public property, a group of Satanists comes along seeking permission to erect their own display alongside ...

Can the Democratic Party Survive the Rift?

07/26/2017 05:44:00 AM

Much has been made of the rift in the Democratic Party, the one between the establishment wing represented by Hillary Clinton and the progressive wing represented by Bernie Sanders. With regard to the party's strategy for the future, the rift ...

The N-Word

07/24/2017 17:13:00 PM

I often laugh when I hear adults referring to "the F-word" when no children are present. It strikes me as more than a little silly that adults wouldn't either say the word they want to say or replace it with something more appropriate if they ...

Blogging More Efficiently

07/22/2017 07:11:00 AM

I had an idea that other day about one way I might approach blogging so that it requires less time than I've been devoting to it. Since I know some of you are bloggers or have been bloggers in the past, I thought I'd run it by you and see if ...

An Unholy Alliance

07/20/2017 05:26:00 AM

When the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was trying to censor heavy metal music in the 1980s, who empowered them? They were highly influential women, so-called "Washington wives," with the sort of impressive connections that allowed them ...

Puking on the Floor and the Unintended Consequences of Progress

07/18/2017 05:15:00 AM

When I was in college, there was a bar a short distance from campus. Actually, I suppose it was a tavern instead of a bar because I don't think they sold anything stronger than beer. At least, I never saw anybody with anything stronger than ...

Atheists Using Bible Verses Out of Context

07/16/2017 07:37:00 AM

Many atheists have read at least one of the many versions of the bible some Christians characterize as "holy." Not surprisingly, this is especially true for those of us who are ex-Christians. Some of us have read it many times.Many atheists ...

Bible Gives Good Advice About Prayer

07/12/2017 17:02:00 PM

The problems with prayer are too many to list, and I've written about several of them over the years. In fact, I've written about one of them (i.e., Christians praying publicly even though their bible explicitly condemns the practice) several ...

Trump Is Our President, Just As Obama Was Theirs

07/11/2017 06:25:00 AM

Remember when Barack Obama was the president of the United States? I sure hope so. It wasn't that long ago, after all. You probably still remember when he was elected to his first term in 2008. I bet you even remember how some conservatives ...

Isn't There Anything You Like About Christians?

07/09/2017 08:42:00 AM

In the early days of Atheist Revolution, it was common for Christians to visit and leave questions in the comments section on various posts or to email them to me. There were not more than a handful of active atheist blogs in 2005, and so it ...

Time for Single Payer Health Care in the U.S.

07/06/2017 05:02:00 AM

It seems to me that most Americans, regardless of political affiliation, would like to have access to high-quality and affordable health care for themselves and their families. The quality issue is an important one, even if it isn't the one ...

A Day Off From MAGA

07/04/2017 06:31:00 AM

In the United States, there is one day a year on which many people come together in celebration of patriotism, nationalism, and American exceptionalism. They gather to grill meat and drink watered down American beer. In some regions of the country, ...

Changing Tastes and Priorities

07/02/2017 07:48:00 AM

Pancakes have never been a favorite dish of mine. We had them once in awhile when I was growing up, usually while camping. I liked them fine, but they were never something I'd request. I've tried some fantastic pancakes in restaurants as an ...

Uninformed Outrage: Reacting Without Reading

06/30/2017 14:11:00 PM

Here's a quick thought that will strike most of you as incredibly obvious: if you are going to comment on a blog post, newspaper article, YouTube video, or some other content you encounter online, read/watch it first. I know, this should go ...

Embracing Christian Extremism to Fight Islamic Extremism

06/28/2017 05:49:00 AM

I don't think that the optimal strategy for dealing with the threat posed by Islamic extremism (i.e., Islamism and jihadism) is to double-down on Christian extremism and establish a Christian theocracy. Secularism strikes me as a far more desirable ...

Republican Health Care: Is This the Best We Can Do?

06/26/2017 17:49:00 PM

However close we might have come to having a real debate over health care in the U.S., it seems that it may soon be over. In yet another reminder that elections have consequences no matter how poor voter turnout may be, the Republican side of ...

Rituals I Miss

06/25/2017 08:00:00 AM

By John Snyder [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsI haven't smoked a cigarette in over 20 years. Every once in awhile, I suddenly experience a craving to do so. This always surprises me because there is very little I miss about smoking.I don't ...

Dismissing Calls for Civility as Privilege

06/22/2017 05:28:00 AM

There have been quite a few articles like this one from The Clarion-Ledger appearing across various media outlets lately. I've seen several over the past couple weeks. It seems that even Ted Nugent got in on the action. Of course, it isn't like ...

Democratic Infighting

06/20/2017 20:00:00 PM

I had CNN on for about 30 seconds tonight. That was about 30 seconds too long. But seriously, I'm glad it happened. It was on just long enough for me to hear one of their pundits say that even if Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff wins the special ...

Atheist Groups Doing More Than Atheism

06/20/2017 05:31:00 AM

I think that one of the main problems with trying to establish any sort of atheist community, from a small group of people who meet face-to-face to a large coalition who gather online online, is that atheism is virtually content-free. I say ...

A Well-Rounded Approach to Obtaining News From Reputable Sources

06/18/2017 06:09:00 AM

This image comes from Vanessa Otero and can be found on her website.It is becoming clear to me that it is no longer possible to get all of one's news from any single source and feel like one is not only not missing anything but that one is getting ...

Why Were There No Guns at the Republican Baseball Practice?

06/16/2017 06:52:00 AM

By MarkTraceur (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsThe recent shooting of Republican members of Congress and their staffers at a public park in Alexandria, VA, raises many troubling questions. Was the shooter motivated by political ...

Voting for an Evangelical Christian

06/15/2017 05:22:00 AM

I have a few quick thoughts about Mark I. Pinsky's recent post for Religion News Service, "Can an evangelical, progressive Democrat succeed in Florida?" Although I find some of his claims to be far-fetched, I think it is worth considering the ...

Atheism is Not Synonymous With Liberalism

06/14/2017 06:36:00 AM

When faced with inaccurate criticism or bizarre accusations from strangers online, it can be difficult to know how (or if) one should respond. It can sometimes be hard to tell whether what one is hearing is sincere and warrants a thoughtful ...

Thoughts on the Anti-Sharia Demonstrations

06/13/2017 06:18:00 AM

By Matt57 - Own work, Public Domain, LinkI was asked what I thought of the recent anti-Sharia demonstrations. And since the person posing the question clearly wanted something more than a flippant "not much" sort of response, I figured I'd provide ...

Critical Self-Examination Among Atheists

06/11/2017 09:48:00 AM

I came across a thought-provoking post by Godless Mama, and although I've already shared it across many of my social media accounts, I wanted to give it an added boost by writing about it here. The post, A Crisis of Lack of Faith, is one that ...

Brief Reflections on the Comey Testimony

06/09/2017 07:53:00 AM

By FBI http://www.fbi.gov/, Public Domain, LinkRegardless of whether you had the luxury of taking time off work yesterday to watch former FBI Director James Comey's testimony live (wouldn't that have been nice?) or had to settle for watching ...

Liberals Need Allies to Win Elections

06/07/2017 05:17:00 AM

Michael Tomasky's recent article in The Atlantic is a must-read for liberals in the U.S. who would like to win some elections in the future. He takes on the question of what we have learned from our recent high-profile losses that could help ...

50th Anniversary of Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' Sounds Fantastic

06/05/2017 15:25:00 PM

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released a few years before I was born, but it was one of the albums I heard most often during my early childhood. It was (and still is) one of my parents' favorites. It also had the distinction of being ...

An Even Greater Threat Than Radical Islam

06/04/2017 09:39:00 AM

More terrorist attacks, this time in London. First, a van hit pedestrians. Then three men exited the van and stabbed a number of people before being shot by police. According to one eyewitness, the men shouted "this is for Allah" as they stabbed ...

A Brief Review of the Green Inferno

06/03/2017 08:01:00 AM

What is the worst thing one can say about a horror movie? Saying that it was not scary comes to mind as one possibility. A horror movie that does not deliver on the scares might not be worth watching. But I think there might be an even more ...

Ignoring Climate Change for Jesus

06/01/2017 15:48:00 PM

Shortly before President Trump announced that he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement today, Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) brought us the story of Erick Erickson, a conservative who wants us to know that he does not care ...

Trust in the Mainstream News Media is Relative

06/01/2017 05:50:00 AM

I do not have complete and unquestioning trust in the mainstream news media as an institution or in any specific news media publication, channel, or outlet. All the major players have made high-profile mistakes that we know about. Some of these ...

Being an Open Atheist in the Bible Belt

05/31/2017 05:34:00 AM

An earlier version of this post appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in 2011. It has been revised to make it somewhat more applicable to a wider audience, and the links have been updated.We know there are atheists in Mississippi and throughout ...

Media Hyperbole is Not Helping

05/28/2017 13:47:00 PM

 Bob Woodward offered some worthwhile advice to reporters tasked with covering the Trump administration: "calm it down and listen more" (video available here). I sincerely hope that they hear him and that the on-air personalities at our nation's ...

What This Liberal Thinks About Islam

05/26/2017 05:34:00 AM

I am a liberal. When it comes to the left-right political spectrum, I am far to the left. And when it comes to the libertarian-authoritarian pole, I am far to the libertarian side (you can see a visual representation of where I fall if you are ...

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 ...