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  • Former Megachurch Pastor Convicted of Molesting his Sisters.

    Atheist News Discussions - Atheist Nexus
    Daniel W
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Christianity Today. "megachurch pastor Geronimo Aguilar, 45, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting his two sisters almost 20 years ago, who were only 13 and 11 years old at the time, according to the District Attorney's office in Fort Worth, Texas." Major points - *Aguilar founded the Richmond Outreach Center (ROC) in Richmond, Virginia. *Aguilar stepped down in 2013 after being charged with aggravated sexual assault. *Aguilar denies the charges.Aguilar admits to sexual affairs. *Aguilar reported that he  feels hurt, that he was charged with these offenses. *Aguilar's church, "The…
  • Carbon-Dated Qur’an May Be Older Than Muhammad, Challenging Islam’s Most Basic Tenets

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    Bo Gardiner
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    A Qur’an that may be the world’s oldest made a splash in July, when carbon dating at the University of Oxford placed it at about 1,370 years old — the era of Muhammad. The “Birmingham Qur’an,” named after the English university where it resides, was heralded as proof that modern texts have remained true to Muhammad’s original words.But Houston, we have a problem.  That’s not only very, very old, it’s quite possibly too old.This Qur’an may be older than Muhammad.The “Birmingham Qur’an,” possibly the world’s oldest…
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Food Waste (HBO)

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    Neno December
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:14 pm
  • Valerie Tarico Interviews Chris Johnson, Creator of Atheist-Themed Book and Documentary Film, A Better Life

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    Bertold Brautigan
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    I hadn't run across the name Chris Johnson before reading this article from Alternet/Salon, but Johnson published A Better Life last year, a coffee table book in which he details the lives of various atheists. This year he released a film with the same title and it's being shown around the world. The whole article is here. Some high points: “Our public conversation about atheism is two dimensional,” says Johnson. “It’s time to open the next phase. For ten years we’ve talked about what we don’t believe in. The dialogue kicked off by the New Atheist movement was much needed, but…
  • Ohio Public School District Removes “Higher Power Exists” from List of Core Value for Students

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    Hemant Mehta
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Back in May, a student sent me a page from the Rossford Exempted Village Schools handbook. The Ohio public school district listed its “core values” in the book and one of them was acknowledging that a “Higher power exists”:That was out of place and illegal… (not to mention really grammatically awkward).The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Superintendent Dan Creps asking him to remove that item from the list:Listing “Higher power exists” as a core value violates the First Amendment because it imposes religious sentiments upon students…
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    Debunking Christianity

  • "Here it Comes" My Book Went to Print Today!

    John Loftus
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The following clip from "The Wrath of Khan" expresses my thoughts as I ponder the impact of my book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.Read more »
  • On Ending the Philosophy of Religion *Again* and *Again*

    John Loftus
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Let's do it this way. Consider the following five science related books (I could multiply them if needed). Now grant that what we find in them presents the required objective evidence to say religious faith is false and/or foolish. Okay? Grant it. Say it: "Religious faith is false and/or foolish." Good. Then there would be no reason for teaching philosophy of religion classes. None. Doing so would be unnecessary since science has already shown philosophical arguments for religious faiths to be false and/or foolish. Rather than teaching philosophy of religion classes, we should instead teach…
  • More In Defense of Ridicule *Sigh*

    John Loftus
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    There seems to be a great amount of (willful?) misunderstanding about my defense of ridicule. It's as if people don't even try to understand. The fact that we laugh at ridiculous beliefs is not going away, nor is the social pressure to conform to one's peers. Several important people agree with me and/or have used ridicule successfully. Without needing to write a whole book on the nuances and uses of ridicule, or on what constitutes good ridicule (which might end up being in the eye of the beholder), let's look at three concrete examples below. I like concrete examples. They…
  • “It’s Over, Dad': Son of Long-time Christian College President Exposes Father’s Affair”

    Harry H. McCall
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    “No one was quite sure why North Greenville University’s long-time president, Dr. Jimmy Epting, hastily announced his resignation from the school he had run for 23 years – but his son may have just filled in a few of the missing pieces.In a video released to several social media sites including YouTube, Epting’s son, Paul, films himself confronting his dad about his alleged affair and may have even caught him in the act. It’s not a great look for the esteemed former president of a college that has built everything on conservative family values and Christian morality.”…
  • What Is the Point of Me Saying Christians are Deluded?

    John Loftus
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    Here's a recent exchange:David Bolen: Calling people deluded doesn't help them change their minds, and often prevents it.John W. Loftus: Oh, okay then, indoctrinated minds, brainwashed minds. You see, deluded minds do not know they are deluded. Putting them in the same category of other people whom they are convinced are deluded, tells them what someone like me thinks of their faith. And no one can say I'm ignorant.David Bolin: I agree, deluded minds do not know they are deluded. That is why calling them that just offends people and makes it more likely that they will not change their minds,…
 
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  • Please Support the Work I Do Through This Site

    Hemant Mehta
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:30 pm
    I post this article once a month. Thanks for your support!…Over the past couple of years, what began as a personal blog has turned into a hub with several contributors and multiple posts per day. As always, I’d like to continue expanding the reach of this site. That entails bringing on additional contributors with different voices, including more guest posts from people who can offer interesting and different perspectives, creating more YouTube videos, and making the podcasts sound more professional.In order to facilitate all of this, I’ve created a page at Patreon. (You can…
  • Ohio Public School District Removes “Higher Power Exists” from List of Core Value for Students

    Hemant Mehta
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Back in May, a student sent me a page from the Rossford Exempted Village Schools handbook. The Ohio public school district listed its “core values” in the book and one of them was acknowledging that a “Higher power exists”:That was out of place and illegal… (not to mention really grammatically awkward).The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Superintendent Dan Creps asking him to remove that item from the list:Listing “Higher power exists” as a core value violates the First Amendment because it imposes religious sentiments upon students…
  • The Donald Trumping of the Religious Right

    Lauren Nelson
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    For decades now, the key to securing the Republican nomination for president has been the Religious Right. Comprising a large portion of the GOP’s primary voters, candidates have had to increasingly pander to this socially conservative sect in order to get their shot on the big stage. While every candidate in the race has been engaging in such shameless demagoguery, candidates like Ted Cruz are outright banking on it.Cruz has focused his campaign on religious conservatives from the start. On Tuesday [Aug. 25], he held a nationwide conference call with evangelical ministers,…
  • Five Muslim Extremists Charged with Murder of Bangladeshi Atheist Blogger

    Hemant Mehta
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Some credit where it’s due: It looks like Bangladeshi police officials are finally moving forward on seeking justice for at least one of the slain atheist bloggers.Back in March, Washiqur Rahman (below) was brutally killed, with his face hacked up:Now, five Islamist militants arrested in connection with his death are officially being charged with a crime:Police brought the charges — the first in any of the four murders this year — in a Dhaka magistrates court, which will now decide whether to open a trial or order further investigations.…“They include an…
  • Carbon-Dated Qur’an May Be Older Than Muhammad, Challenging Islam’s Most Basic Tenets

    Bo Gardiner
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    A Qur’an that may be the world’s oldest made a splash in July, when carbon dating at the University of Oxford placed it at about 1,370 years old — the era of Muhammad. The “Birmingham Qur’an,” named after the English university where it resides, was heralded as proof that modern texts have remained true to Muhammad’s original words.But Houston, we have a problem.  That’s not only very, very old, it’s quite possibly too old.This Qur’an may be older than Muhammad.The “Birmingham Qur’an,” possibly the world’s oldest…
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  • Valerie Tarico Interviews Chris Johnson, Creator of Atheist-Themed Book and Documentary Film, A Better Life

    Bertold Brautigan
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    I hadn't run across the name Chris Johnson before reading this article from Alternet/Salon, but Johnson published A Better Life last year, a coffee table book in which he details the lives of various atheists. This year he released a film with the same title and it's being shown around the world. The whole article is here. Some high points: “Our public conversation about atheism is two dimensional,” says Johnson. “It’s time to open the next phase. For ten years we’ve talked about what we don’t believe in. The dialogue kicked off by the New Atheist movement was much needed, but…
  • Atheists Become More Visible and Vocal in Zambia

    Daniel W
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    Institute for Ethics and Emerging  Technologies. ieet.org. ..Zambia is a very religious nation... officially declared a Christian nation by President Federick Chiluba in 1996.. Eighty seven percent of the population is Christian and only twelve percent profess other faiths. The number of non-believers is too low to measure. Apparently, Zambia is 100 percent religious and theistic. But recently, the country’s religious demography has begun to change. Atheists are leaving their closets and are starting to organise. Atheists in Zambia are becoming assertive and are making their voices heard.
  • Former Megachurch Pastor Convicted of Molesting his Sisters.

    Daniel W
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Christianity Today. "megachurch pastor Geronimo Aguilar, 45, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting his two sisters almost 20 years ago, who were only 13 and 11 years old at the time, according to the District Attorney's office in Fort Worth, Texas." Major points - *Aguilar founded the Richmond Outreach Center (ROC) in Richmond, Virginia. *Aguilar stepped down in 2013 after being charged with aggravated sexual assault. *Aguilar denies the charges.Aguilar admits to sexual affairs. *Aguilar reported that he  feels hurt, that he was charged with these offenses. *Aguilar's church, "The…
  • Norway Accuses Catholic Church of Fraud.

    Daniel W
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    We all know the Catholic Church is a fraud everywhere, and in many ways.  It's nice to see they were caught with their financial pants down, instead of the other kind. NewsinEnglish.no "Religious organizations in Norway can apply for and receive money based on their membership. The Catholic Church received a total of NOK 105.4 million in 2014 after having registered 65,500 new members between 2010 and 2014. Of that, fully 56,500 members were registered using methods that are a matter of dispute." I first read this info on Hemant Mehta's website, The Friendly Atheist.  Article Highlights-…
  • Brother Kills Brother Over Ramadan Fasting

    Pat
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Well, the religion of peace has shone its amity and kindness yet once again. Currently, it's Ramadan in the Muslim calendar. The month to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Mohammed. Or, as many of us think, the first time he had a grand mal seizure while having auditory and visual hallucinations. Nevertheless, Muslims of all stripes commemorate this holy time of the year by fasting from sunup to sundown. There are exceptions for health and travelling, but by and large, it is considered to be a major deal for adult followers of Ole Moe. And, apparently, a major deal it is to…
 
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    Daylight Atheism

  • A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 14

    Adam Lee
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is part 14 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hi Andrew - I always like it when people come to our debates and tell us afterward that neither of us was who and what they were expecting. I take [Read More...]
  • Weekend Coffee: August 30

    Adam Lee
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    • Oliver Sacks has died. In his final column, “Sabbath“, he talks about his humanism and his rejection of his Jewish upbringing when his mother discovered he was gay and was violently hateful towards him: “her harsh words made me hate religion’s capacity for bigotry and cruelty”. In his closing words, he contemplates the end [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: The Problem of Original Property

    Adam Lee
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter II Now that his brief moment of genuine, appropriate emotion is over, Francisco goes back to doing what he does best – delivering Randian Monologues. In this one, he explains to Dagny how he joined John Galt’s conspiracy: “Dagny, when I took over my father’s business, when I began to [Read More...]
  • Is Religion Inherently Authoritarian?

    Adam Lee
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    This article was originally published on AlterNet. Human history is a story of gradual moral enlightenment. Over the ages, we’ve become less violent, less xenophobic, more tolerant, more committed to the ideals of democracy and equality under the law. Of course, moral progress is painfully slow, with many holdouts and local reversals, and we have [Read More...]
  • Anti-Sex Dogma Can’t Fail, It Can Only Be Failed

    Adam Lee
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    There aren’t many Christians who’ve been at the center of not just one but two major scandals, but that twice-disgraced distinction now belongs to Josh Duggar, the Quiverfuller and reality-TV star turned pro-patriarchy political activist. First, there was the confession that he had molested his sisters as a teenager, which his parents helped to cover [Read More...]
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  • Atheist Perspectives, Volume 5

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    By Ben Love ~ You want to believe in God. You really do. Death is, after all, somewhat frightening. It’s disheartening to think that everything you are and think and feel and know will cease at death, that there is no afterlife, no beyond. If there was a God, the afterlife is automatically implied, and that is a nice thought. Something deep inside you longs to know that you will last for eternity, that the “here and now” matters and will echo on in infinity. But, as nice as that sounds and feels, your logic tells you that consciousness requires a physical brain, and there is…
  • The Various Stages of the Christian

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    By Ben Love ~ The “A” stands for “America.” Christian “A” is merely that Christian who possesses the title simply because he inherited it by being born to American parents. (Obviously, this only applies to my home country, the United States; the letter differs based on where you’re from; “U” for Uzbekistan.) Christian “A” goes to church on the holidays or, if he is particularly well trained, each Sunday. Why? Because that is his obligation. This is not to say he does not enjoy his time there or that he is there against his will; he may very well love going to church. But…
  • Why the Christian God CANNOT be God

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    By Ben Love ~ One of the most fundamental questions that human beings can ask during their brief stay on this planet is whether or not there is a God, a creator, a divine being that is responsible for our existence and the existence of the entire Cosmos, someone who has a plan, who is in control, who will right certain wrongs, and who will provide a satisfactory afterlife for those who are deemed faithful and deserving. All of us, from all cultures, races, and periods of history have looked skyward and wondered what, if anything, is actually out there. Whether there is a God or not, the…
  • Damn !______I nearly prayed

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    By summerbreeze ~ Last week my 14-year-old Grandson experienced a ruptured appendix.The Porcupine Mountains on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)This may have not been a very serious thing, if it had happened in or near his home, but unfortunately it happened 4 miles into the forest at Porcupine Mountains State Park, Upper Peninsula Michigan. My Daughter, Son-In-law and Grandson were backpacking with 50 pound back-packs each,just starting out on a week long adventure.It took them hours to get out of the forest once his tremendous pains took over.....carrying him and his…
  • Farewell to Christianity

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    By John Shores ~ It's time to see if I can live without Christianity entirely. It seems to me that as long as I am investing time and thought into the Ex-Christian journey, I'm still living in the shadow of Christianity. I'd like to see if I can escape it altogether. This will be my final submission on this site. I hope that the things I have written have helped others on this journey. As I say farewell to you all, I wanted to leave with one last offering of thought and reflection. Well, more a recap of what I have found to be the essentials in the whole question of Christianity. I want…
 
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  • Cultural Libertarians

    Jack Vance
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:18 am
    There's no question that labels can be problematic. If we rely too heavily on them, they can take on too much meaning. We can end up reacting to the label rather than the person or persons we are using it to describe. It is easy to see that labels can fuel tribalism, increase polarization, and drive conflict.On the other hand, labels often facilitate communication. They give us a shorthand way of saying a great deal with maximum efficiency. Once we have defined a particular label, we can communicate considerable information through its use. If you and I have a shared understanding what…
  • Defending Allies and Avoiding Hypocrisy

    Jack Vance
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When someone we like and possibly even respect as a worthwhile contributor to secular activism is shunned, boycotted, demonized, and/or publicly shamed, we tend to come to this person's defense (here's an example of something like this from a few years ago). As we come to such a person's defense, we might believe that some of what he or she has said could have been said better or that he or she made some mistakes along the way and might even owe some apologies. But many of us oppose the application of social pressure by those seeking to marginalize…
  • Ignoring #GamerGate Was a Mistake

    Jack Vance
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:18 am
    I really missed the boat on #GamerGate. I made the choice not to comment on it because I did not feel like I knew enough to say anything remotely useful. Not being a gamer or someone familiar with gaming media, I figured I was the last person who should speak on the subject. Moreover, I was exhausted by what seemed like similar efforts by social justice warriors to disrupt atheist/skeptic/secular communities. I had outrage fatigue, and I wasn't eager to investigate these tactics in another context. I don't regret refraining to comment on something about which I was uninformed, but I do regret…
  • Offending for the Sake of Offending

    Jack Vance
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    The building housing the Danish embassy in Damascus, Syria burning after being stormed by demonstrators. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I support the free expression of ideas. This includes ideas with which I disagree, and it certainly includes ideas which many people consider to be offensive. In fact, I'd suggest that the free expression of ideas has little value if it does not include the freedom to express ideas which many people find offensive (e.g., the criticism of cherished religious beliefs). If we allow fear of causing offense to limit the expression of ideas, we are not sufficiently free…
  • Trolling Jesus

    Jack Vance
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    Gay couple for wedding cake. Picture by Stefano Bolognini. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)You are all familiar with the concept of Internet trolls. There are many different types of trolls, each of which operates in somewhat different ways and may have somewhat different aims. Still, I think it might be safe to say that what most have in common is the desire to agitate, upset, and stir up trouble for their own amusement. The skillful ones know just how to push your buttons to achieve the sort of response they seek.Not all trolling is malicious; in fact, some is both harmless and quite humorous. I…
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    Deity Shmeity

  • An Inconsistent Adherence to Informed Models

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I find that the best premises used in apologetic arguments for God take something that is true for the things we observe then assumes it is true for everything that we don’t observe. An example used in the cosmological argument for God is “everything that begins to exist has a cause outside itself.” We obviously haven’t observed everything’s origin of existence to confirm the premise, but it is seen as true to apologists for the things they have observed and are willing to assume those observations apply to everything everywhere.This isn’t a great way to know objective truth, but…
  • Hard God Questions

    22 Aug 2015 | 5:03 pm
    I'm starting a new project over at HardGodQuestions.com. If you like this, follow me over there.
  • Don't Gotta Have Faith

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Faith is a polarizing word in my circles. Depending on what side one comes down on regarding the existence of God, people have biased meanings for the concept. I know atheists who define it as “belief in something contrary to evidence” and theists who define it as “justified, true belief.” A working definition of faith for which I’ve had the most luck in finding agreement is “belief in something beyond what the evidence warrants.” Let’s plug this common term of “faith” into a few use cases for the word.“I have faith that my wife will never cheat on me.” I think this…
  • What Would I Do If I Were God?

    11 Jun 2015 | 5:33 am
    It’s easy to say that I’d abolish pain and suffering. It’s easy to say I’d end death by making everyone immortal. Too easy to make everyday sunny and meet every desire, answer every prayer, but are any of these the best move?Living life as I perceive it makes me think that taking away failures would lessen the satisfaction of successes. Making a universe in which all is given abolishes the journey because the destination is here. Nothing is learned because all is known and there is nothing to gain because all is possessed. Would such an existence be a blessing or a curse? I honestly…
  • Insights into an Apologetic Mind

    1 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    They See Concepts As TranscendentOver and over again I see believers talk about concepts as if they exist outside of the mind that conceptualizes them. Morals, meaning, purpose, values, emotions, and the like are most often understood by the secular as constructs created as part of the function of the brain. Without sufficiently intelligent creatures to come up with this stuff, they don’t exist.I think, to the theist, the concepts are still conceptualized by a mind, but not our minds. They come from the same mind they believe created everything--God’s. For this reason they are understood…
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • Parenting Without "What Would Jesus Do?"

    Andrew Hall
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Took this at the Fine Arts Museum in Boston.My son is 13 years old. Fictitious god willing, he will live to an old age. But he is 13 years old, and that means he's hip deep in puberty (he grew an inch since June). Any cursory look at crime statistics and YouTube videos of extreme sports will make a parent think Teenage boys are prone to stupid acts of stupidity which can easily qualify them for the Darwin Awards.(Look, for those of you who are teenage guys reading this with butt hurt you may feel a little better knowing there is no age related demographic I am in love with.)My son got into…
  • I Don't Believe In Asteroids And Boston Comic Con

    Andrew Hall
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    I brought my kids to Boston Comic Con a few weeks ago. My daughter (10 years old) was very excited and got herself a new My Little Pony dress for the occasion. And let me say that getting the dress took some time and effort, my friends. First her mum looked online and saw that Target carried the dress, but you couldn't order online. Then I went over with my daughter to the closest store only to find out that the dress was a clearance item and that there were no more around. There were a few tears shed over the sad turn of events. However, the second Target we went to had the outfit and the…
  • Explaining A Logical Fallacy At The Pub

    Andrew Hall
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    I want to tell you all, I am God. Well, I'm going to be playing God in a locally (Boston) made short film. It's an interesting project, and it's going to be a silent film done in the style of film pioneer Geroges Melies, the man behind the classic movie A Trip to the Moon. What? You don't know it? Here it is: We'll be acting in front of a green screen. While I've written and directed shorts this is the first time I get to kick back and simply act. Now, I know it sounds rather cheeky when I say I only have to act. Maybe it's because I've forgotten what it's like to be involved in filming…
  • Non-Bullshit Parenting

    Andrew Hall
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    I was over at the Friendly Atheist, and checking out a clip from Jon Stewart talking about the ambient bullshit that exists in our society. If you haven't seen it, it's worth a gander.As a dad I try to point out bullshit to my kids as it occurs in real time. Of course, that can lead to situations like the one below.Yeah, that's a true story.Subscribe to Laughing In Purgatory
  • Boy Scouts Of America And Other Updates

    Andrew Hall
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Two people in the whole wide world have actually seen me go full-balls into the subject of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It wasn't pretty. My rant occurred the same night which caused me to swear off gin. I was knocking back gin and tonics like they were water. (I'd like to say this happened a long time ago when I didn't know any better, but I was in my mid-forties.) My rant started innocently enough with the subject of the British monarchy (unsurprisingly I am a small r republican), and then the BSA came up in conversation. That was the thing that spiraled me into a red faced, Bid them…
 
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    A Hopeful Hero's View

  • Roads

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:40 am
    As a boyI rememberTraveling across the Landon highwaysStretching likeBlack rivers Of onyx. Connecting me to you,You to me,He to she andWho to who. Today, taking these Highways JaggedBroken linesOf grey,Crisscrossing the LandLike scabs,FailingWho and whoHe and sheBuilt,Decaying linesBetween me to you. 
  • The Desire to ever become a creature of wonder

    17 Aug 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Dear “Friends”:Here is a post I have wanted to write for a while mostly because it is cathartic to put these thoughts out into the universe.  No doubt I shall offend some of you and loose some of you as followers (friends?), but I want to make clear my view on the world and my place in it.  As some of you may know, I genuinely do not have the desire that you should think or believe as I do, but I absolutely must insist that each of us think for ourselves, that we read, research, be open.  I maintain that if our source of information is only the news, media, social posts or…
  • House Carpenter Revisited

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:03 pm
  • Heroics of our LGBTQ family

    4 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Dear Friends and Family: I am compelled to write this post because of the increasing amount of "shaming" regarding Caitlyn Jenner's coming out as transgender and beginning to live her life authentically troubles me. Comparisons being made to what some interrupt as "true heroism" and thus degrading and down playing the life that so many LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer) folks have endured shames me. This coming out of Caitlyn is a national and international opportunity for us to explore in learning and conversation how we can better support and love those in our lives,…
  • St. James Hospital

    13 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
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    Untempered Intellect

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Food Waste (HBO)

    Neno December
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:14 pm
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Televangelists (HBO)

    Neno December
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
  • Sin as a Scapegoat

    Neno December
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    Whenever I find myself in conversations with Christians on the issue of animal suffering, the typical Christian response is that their suffering is justified because of sin. In fact, any question relating to why certain parts of our reality is the way it is, the blame is usually placed on sin.It seems as though in most of these discussions, sin is used as a scapegoat of sorts and as a mere copout. However, sin plays no role in the parameters of the consequences of the disobedience against divine law. In other words, sin does not define the punishment. So it isn't sins fault that animals…
  • Thoughts on P5+1-Iran Nuclear Accord

    Neno December
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:49 am
    What would happen if Congress scraped the nuclear accord reached with Iran? Would the rest of the world powers walk away? I don't think so. I think it is naive to think that just because the U.S. Congress rejects it then the rest of the world would follow in our footsteps. Out of all the countries involved in this historic unprecedented agreement, other than the republicans in the U.S., think it is an overall good agreement. In fact, the United Nations Security Council and the European Union has already unanimously approved the deal! So even if we walked away, I suspect that the other world…
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mandatory Minimums (HBO)

    Neno December
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
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    Godless Mom

  • Theists, Don’t Fall For This Man’s Scam

    Godless Mom
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:13 am
    You never know what you’re gonna get when you click a link from someone trying to convert you to their ancient mystical belief system. But I did that. I did just that… and I have barely had time to digest what I saw. Apparently, there is now a course that theists can purchase to learn how to deal with the clever questions atheists ask. Yes. Yet, another way that religious leaders are prying hard earned dollars out of the hands of good, decent believers. How did you find this out Godless Mom? A theist emailed me a link earlier this morning. I clicked it. Turns out, it was a…
  • Every Atheist Parent Needs: BrainPOP

    Godless Mom
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    There are not many children who flourish in a school setting where rows of desks are towered over by a lecturing, monotonous teacher. Learning is fun… I’ve never quite understood why our schools are hell-bent on making it anything but fun. That’s why I send my son to a private Montessori school and it’s also why I let him play lots of online games. So many apps and games developed for kids his age have an educational element and he has learned an overwhelming amount from playing them. I’ll never forget the morning I noticed him, at three years old, standing in…
  • Video: Holy F*cking Comments: ATHEISM IS A BRAIN DISORDER!

    Godless Mom
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    Is atheism a brain disorder? Am I an independent black woman from the south? Have people come back from the dead after praying? These, plus more tough questions are answered in my latest video! If you enjoy my blog and videos, consider becoming my Patron. All Patron donations go towards hosting, domain names, and more time creating. Click here. The post Video: Holy F*cking Comments: ATHEISM IS A BRAIN DISORDER! appeared first on Godless Mom.
  • Atheist Life Hacks: How To Speak Aussie

    Godless Mom
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    The first time we moved to Australia, I was eight. None of us had ever been before. We made our way through the South Pacific, visiting Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand… eventually, we found ourselves on a plane to Brisbane, where the flight attendant asked my mom if she would like a beer. “I’d love a beer!” She exclaimed, as any member of my family would. “Great! We have Four Eggs. Is that alright?” My mom cocked her head to the side in confusion. “No, that’s okay. I already had breakfast.” “No, Four EGGS.” The man said again, slowly…
  • 7 Atheist Parenting Don’ts

    Godless Mom
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with tons of secular parents here on the intertubes since starting Godlessmom.com. I hear lots of stories… some are sad, some are triumphant, some just gutting. There are a few things I hear though, that just strike me as strange. These things feel counterproductive to me and could have the opposite effect you are hoping them to. Here’s a handful of the most frequent actions taken by atheist parents who contact me, that in my mind are complete no-nos: 1. Don’t refuse to attend family functions in religious buildings. If…
 
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