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  • #Gamergate: The New Face of Misogynist Terrorism

    Daylight Atheism
    Adam Lee
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Last month, in “The Mabus Problem“, I mentioned the violent threats against feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian. The threat campaign hasn’t let up, and as she continues to speak out, it’s gotten even worse. Last month, there was a bomb threat against an awards ceremony that planned to honor her. Sarkeesian didn’t blink at the [Read More...]
  • A Simple Question Addressed to Christian Apologists on the Use of Josephus to Prove a Historical Jesus

    Debunking Christianity
    Harry H. McCall
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Fact 1: Josephus' time distance from the earliest texts we have of Genesis (Those from Qumran dated from 250 - 200 BCE) and the time he wrote his Judean Antiquities (JA) in 94 CE  is about 334 to 294 years.Fact 2: The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden with a talking snake (Fact is, Josephus thought all animals could talk, “At that point in time when all the creatures spoke the same language, a serpent, living together with Adam and his wife felt Jealous . . ."  JA 1:41) is totally unique and was ONLY recorded first by Jews in the Torah text of Genesis. Josephus…
  • Popular Delusions: Sovereign Citizens

    Daylight Atheism
    Adam Lee
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    This month, an Oregon pastor went on trial to face charges that he, like Kent Hovind before him, hadn’t paid income taxes since 1994. On the stand, he offered a peculiar defense: Attorney Mark Weintraub argued that Ronald Joling has a deeply held belief that he is not required to pay federal taxes, which he [Read More...]
  • The Evidence of Israel's Polytheistic Origin in the Hebrew Bible

    Debunking Christianity
    Carolyn Hyppolite
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
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  • The Reason Revolution: Historical Context

    God is Pretend
    God is Pretend
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    This is an excerpt from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion by Dan Dana, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon ($0.99). Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism —> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <— ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A quiet revolution is underway. We hear no gunfire. No armies are engaged in battle. No violent overthrow of political regimes is occurring. This is a peaceful evolution,…
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    Debunking Christianity

  • A Simple Question Addressed to Christian Apologists on the Use of Josephus to Prove a Historical Jesus

    Harry H. McCall
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Fact 1: Josephus' time distance from the earliest texts we have of Genesis (Those from Qumran dated from 250 - 200 BCE) and the time he wrote his Judean Antiquities (JA) in 94 CE  is about 334 to 294 years.Fact 2: The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden with a talking snake (Fact is, Josephus thought all animals could talk, “At that point in time when all the creatures spoke the same language, a serpent, living together with Adam and his wife felt Jealous . . ."  JA 1:41) is totally unique and was ONLY recorded first by Jews in the Torah text of Genesis. Josephus…
  • The Evidence of Israel's Polytheistic Origin in the Hebrew Bible

    Carolyn Hyppolite
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
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  • I'll Be Teaching an Online Class Based On My Book "The Outsider Test for Faith" in November

    John W. Loftus
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    This is just a reminder. I'll be teaching an online class based on my book "The Outsider Test for Faith" in November at secularactivism.org. Of it Dr. James Lindsay says:The Outsider Test for Faithis a silver bullet argument for understanding how to grapple with the religious diversity of our world and how to answer the central question raised by it: How can we know which religion, if any, is true?”Dr. Richard Carrier says of it:Though this idea has been voiced before, Loftus is the first to name it, rigorize it, and give it an extensive philosophical defense…The end result is one of the…
  • Keith Parsons On The Amalekites and Options for Apologists

    John W. Loftus
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Even though I have master's degrees in the Philosophy of Religion (PoR), I have argued this discipline doesn't deserve a place in secular universities. I've said why in that link (in reverse chronological order). Let me stress a major criticism of the discipline. It usually doesn't deal in concrete biblical examples, and when it does, it takes for granted what no reasonable person should. I prefer to deal in terms of concrete biblical examples by far, so I cannot grant for the sake of argument most of the things philosophers of religion do. PoR departments are dominated by…
  • Get Carolyn Hyppolite's Book, "Still Small Voices: The Testimony of a Born-Again Atheist"

    John W. Loftus
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Carolyn Hyppolite has written what I consider a masterful first person account of her struggles with the Christian faith explaining why she came to reject it. In this intelligent book she highlights the intellectual hypocrisy of Christians, how their faith denigrates women, how it fails to deal honestly with religious diversity, the absence of God in the world, the problem of suffering, and more. Ultimately she highlights the irrationality of faith itself. She is not alone by any stretch. Her numbers are growing every day. She’s just sharing what so many of us have concluded on our behalf.
 
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  • California School District Apologizes to Student Reprimanded for Sitting During the Pledge

    Hemant Mehta
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a seventh grader in the San Jacinto Unified School District in California. He was reprimanded by his teacher after remaining seated during the Pledge of Allegiance. As usual, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center was on it:[Teacher] Mr. Burns informed the student, falsely, that the law requires students to stand. Moreover, Mr. Burns questioned the student as to the reason for not participating in the exercise, asking him: “Is it your religion, do you have a personal problem, or do you hate America?” He then proceeded to…
  • This Video, Drawing on Pew Research Data, Claims That the “Tiny Minority” of Radical Muslims Is Actually a Majority

    Terry Firma
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Ben Shapiro probably isn’t Ben Affleck‘s favorite person, but that’s OK – the feeling is mutual.Shapiro, who co-founded the conservative media-watchdog group TruthRevolt, put together a video in which he painstakingly tallies (using Pew data) what proportion of Muslims worldwide subscribe to ideas that most people in the West would most likely consider radical — things like favoring Sharia law, expressing support or understanding for al-Qaeda and other terrorists, saying that “honor killings” can be permissible, and so on.Shapiro comes up with a…
  • Is It the Year 2014 A.D. or 2014 C.E.? One Hard-to-Offend Atheist Offers an Alternative (of Sorts)

    Terry Firma
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When I say that we all have gaps in our knowledge, of course that’s meant to make my knowledge deficits sound no worse than yours. But sometimes I wonder.A few weeks ago, I beheld the term C.E. (coupled with a four-digit calendar year) for the first time. Oh, I’d seen it before, and had easily inferred from the context that it meant the same as A.D., but I suddenly realized I didn’t know what the two letters stood for. So I Googled it.Common era. Also, B.C.E.: Before Common Era. Right.They did strike me as fine inventions on one level: I can appreciate that they offer…
  • False Statements Under Oath: One More Sin in the Catholic Church’s Abuse Scandals

    Sara Lin Wilde
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    During a deposition in April 2014, Archbishop John Nienstedt (below) of Saint Paul and Minneapolis testified to his lack of knowledge concerning a priest’s prior conviction of child abuse, saying he had only discovered that sordid history “during the last six months” and that he had never known much about the abuser’s past.The evidence suggests otherwise.Parishioner LaLonne Murphy was able to provide copies of letters she sent to Nienstedt more than six years ago, in which she detailed the history of Rev. Gilbert Gustafson, a convicted pedophile, and expressed her dismay that…
  • NYPD Confirms That Man Who Smashed an Axe Into Police Officer’s Face Is a Convert To Islam

    Terry Firma
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    On Thursday night, the New York Police Department still described hatchet-wielding attacker Zale Thompson as “just an angry man,” downplaying the possibility that he was a terrorist.Then the cops looked at his Facebook page and searched his computer, and whaddaya know – the would-be murderer is a fan of Allah, with a fondness for violent jihad.A man who attacked New York City police officers with an ax had converted to Islam in recent years and the assault appears to have been a lone-wolf terror attack. … One officer who was struck in the head with the ax…
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  • Lawsuit: State trooper preached about Jesus during traffic stop (Indystar.com)

    Loren Miller
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    I am just going to get out of the way of this one ... though when I saw the headline on The Daily Kos, my immediate reaction was, Say WHAT?!?============================== Ellen Bogan expects police to protect and serve — not proselytize. But she says Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Hamilton pitched Christianity to her when he pulled her over for an alleged traffic violation in August on U.S. 27 in Union County. With the lights on his marked police car still flashing, the trooper handed Bogan a warning ticket. Then, Bogan said, Hamilton posed some personal questions. Did she have a home…
  • CBS bans ad for separation of church and state

    Ruth Anthony-Gardner
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    CBS Bans Atheist Group's Ad Advocating For Separation Of Church And State CBS has refused to air a 30-second spot featuring Ron Reagan, that asks for viewers to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan recorded a simple 30-second ad for the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). In it, the liberal political analyst and son of the former President says he is "an unabashed atheist," and "alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government." Reagan asks viewers "to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest and most effective association of…
  • Anti-Islam ads coming to NYC buses, subways (CBS News)

    Loren Miller
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    NEW YORK -- Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on a hundred New York City buses and at two subway entrances next week. The six ads include an image of American journalist James Foley, just before he was beheaded, standing next to his masked executioner. The ads are paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative run by anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller. She says the campaign tells truths about Islam and jihad that the U.S. government and mainstream media ignore. "Our organization has created this campaign in order to educate people about Jihad," Geller told 1010 WINS. "I don't think the…
  • Pennsylvania teen faces two years in jail for Facebook photo of "desecration"

    Grinning Cat
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    A 14-year-old in Everett, Pennsyltucky Pennsylvania has been charged with "Desecration of a Venerated Object" and faces up to two years in a juvenile facility after posting this photo on Facebook. Teen May Get 2 Years For Pic Of Fake Oral Sex With Jesus (PHOTO) [HuffPost] The relevant [?] state law [which has no place in a secular government that purports to uphold freedom of expression!] defines "desecration" as "Defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise, physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action."…
  • Atheist Philanthropist Makes $10,000 Donation to Support Right Wing Watch Blog

    Joe
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    People For the American Way and Right Wing Watch do critical work uncovering the vicious language the Right uses to attack anyone whose religious beliefs differ from their own — especially those with no religious belief at all, particularly atheists. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/07/31/atheist-philanthropist-makes-10000-donation-to-support-right-wing-watch-blog/
 
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    Daylight Atheism

  • Friday Night Music: The Dollyrots

    Adam Lee
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It’s Friday, and after a week like this one, I’m guessing we could all use something upbeat to ease into the weekend. So here’s a blast of pure sonic joy from the Dollyrots, a pop-punk band fronted by the husband-wife duo of Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas. This is one of my favorites off their [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: The Living Wage

    Adam Lee
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VI At the end of their conference, the villains agree to put Directive 10-289 into effect. When Dagny reads about it in the morning paper, she bursts into Jim’s office, announces that she’s quitting, and storms out: The newspaper was twisted into a roll by the time she stood before [Read More...]
  • Popular Delusions: Sovereign Citizens

    Adam Lee
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    This month, an Oregon pastor went on trial to face charges that he, like Kent Hovind before him, hadn’t paid income taxes since 1994. On the stand, he offered a peculiar defense: Attorney Mark Weintraub argued that Ronald Joling has a deeply held belief that he is not required to pay federal taxes, which he [Read More...]
  • #Gamergate: The New Face of Misogynist Terrorism

    Adam Lee
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Last month, in “The Mabus Problem“, I mentioned the violent threats against feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian. The threat campaign hasn’t let up, and as she continues to speak out, it’s gotten even worse. Last month, there was a bomb threat against an awards ceremony that planned to honor her. Sarkeesian didn’t blink at the [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Solidarność

    Adam Lee
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VI The villains are debating the membership of the Unification Board, the new government agency that will control every aspect of America’s economy under Directive 10-289. The first proposal is for them to choose a representative of each industry and profession; but then Fred Kinnan, the union leader, steps in. [Read More...]
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  • Hats Off to the Courageous

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    By Marlene Winell ~ Reclaimers, you are the pioneers. Reclaimers discard their confining religions and free their minds from the cages made in churches. I support you, I help you, but most of all, I salute you. Because it is clear to me after many years of bearing witness to the soul-wrenching work that you do, when I have seen and heard tears and sobs and anger and fear, that you are the ones among us in our world that are birthing yourselves. Most of it is quietly achieved, because you are so ahead of the times that there are not enough words to describe what you are accomplishing. You…
  • Flannel board Jesus

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    By Freeatlast ~ Hey flannel board JesusI loved you onceso debonair in your pastel huesI snuck into the Sunday school roomTo see youTo move you on the board myselfI liked the ascension the bestSo suave as you drifted up the flannel board,up into heaven beyond the edgeCool move flannel board Jesus!Your flannel board followers watched you go, as amazed as IOut the basement window, the sky was blueBlue as the flannel board the teacher usedto line the grooves of little brainssitting still to get the juice and cookiesOur redeemer, our saviorWas coming back for usI watched the basement window…
  • BIBLICAL FATHERHOOD

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    By EChamberlainMD ~ "Virtually every major social pathology -- violent crime, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and suicide -- is strongly associated with fatherlessness. A majority of prisoners, juvenile detention inmates, high school dropouts, pregnant teenagers, adolescent murderers, and rapists all come from fatherless homes. The likelihood that a young male will engage in criminal activity doubles if he is raised without a father and triples if he lives in a neighborhood with a high concentration of single-parent families. An estimated 70% of the juveniles in state reform…
  • Translating Jesus [My Deconversion]

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    By Anne R Keye ~ One day for some unknown reason I just started to TRANSLATE what was being said. The church leader needed to make up the numbers and was in full force selling jesus. As I listened it just started to get more and more absurd. This is my "Translation" of a conversation made to a new ambitious young recruit that changed my life forever.CHURCHMAN: Hi, I would like to tell you about jesus,YOUNG RECRUIT: Excellent, let's get started!CM: Well, jesus is amazing, he is 2000 years old. jesus did all sorts of unbelievable feats and he's going to return very soon on a white horse.YR:…
  • A Sucker's Escape - My Extimony

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    By Glebealyth ~ This has been a long time coming – when re-reading previous attempts, I felt they sounded self-absorbed and self-pitying; but first, a disclaimer: When one has an Ex-Pastor brandishing both a stick and a carrot, it is difficult to refuse. This is the result of the stick. The Ex-Pastor promises me he is working on the result of the carrot.The content of this extimony follows a vaguely chronological sequence, though some parts have been telescoped together, out of order, for brevity and clarity.I was lucky, being born into a reasonably affluent family with a father who, though…
 
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    Atheist Revolution

  • Mormons: Our Underwear is Not Magic

    Jack Vance
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Temple garments, underwear worn by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS; Mormons). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)According to Kate Seamons' recent article for Newser, the LDS Church recently put out a video to clear up misconceptions about their infamous "temple garment." What they want to address, specifically, is the suggestion that there is something "magic" about these garments. Good for them! For entirely too long, they have attempted to cloak much of their temple ceremony in secrecy, fueling all sorts of rumors and wild speculation about what happens there. More…
  • Some of the Atheists Who Mock Christians Believe in Ghosts

    Jack Vance
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 29th week, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have encountered quite a few Christians during the course of my life who report that they believe in angels. This isn't exactly a shocker, is it? The existence of angels is part of mainstream Christian dogma. Even Pope Francis recently weighed in on the subject of angels, reaffirming his belief in their existence.Many atheists are fond of mocking Christians for their belief in angels, and I can't say I blame them. The existence of angels seems every bit as absurd as the…
  • Join the #AtheistVoter Campaign

    Jack Vance
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    The #NormalizeAtheism campaign used Twitter to bring attention to the important goal of normalizing atheism, and now American Atheists has brought us a new one. On October 21, American Atheists announced a two-week #AtheistVoter campaign. This one is a bit different than just encouraging use of a hashtag. You see, American Atheists is encouraging all of us in the U.S. to contact our elected officials (especially those running in the midterm elections), let them know that we are atheist voters, and tell them about the issues that matter to us.I just posted about this over at Mississippi…
  • A Blogging Revival

    Jack Vance
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Gothic revival church of St John the Baptist (1894 – 96) in Dohalice, Hradec Králové District, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The evangelical fundamentalist Christians in the part of the U.S. where I live have something called revival. I cannot pretend to understand all it entails, but it appears to be a brief period of increased church-related activity intended to restore and refresh one's faith and commitment to one's church. Yes, the sort of tent revivals you have seen in the movies do still take place, but many of the local Southern Baptist churches simply schedule more…
  • Religious Atrocities in the Age of Transparency

    Jack Vance
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Daniel Dennett at the 17. Göttinger Literaturherbst, October 19th, 2008, in Göttingen, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Sooner or later, every atheist blogger writes about religious atrocities (e.g., clergy sexual abuse). Howls of protest sound from religious readers as they insist that the behavior in question would have happened without religion and that it is unfair to characterize it as religious in nature. And while we acknowledge that i is true that something like sexual abuse certainly takes place outside of religious organizations, we also point out that it is the religious who…
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    Divided Under God

  • DividedUnderGod.com Needs Your Support

    Kevin Davis
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As many of you are aware, DividedUnderGod.com has been going strong for about 3 years.  In that time, we’ve been able to spread the word about church/state separation issues in the US, assist Margaret Doughty in her fight for American citizenship, and introduce the concept of progressive atheism to readers.  Along with the website, DividedUnderGod has a loyal following on Twitter and Facebook, and the site’s YouTube channel was launched this week. All of these things take time, and unfortunately money to produce and maintain.  In order to offset some of that, after much…
  • Announcement: YouTube Channel Launched!

    Kevin Davis
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Happy Monday! Yesterday, I led a talk at the Central New York Humanist Association meeting, entitled “How Partnership and Progressive Atheism Leads to Understanding.”  It was the first presentation related to my book, Understanding an Atheist.  The talk was recorded and is the first video to be featured on a new YouTube channel dedicated to DividedUnderGod. I plan to follow up with short video discussions of many of the articles written on this site, as well as videos related to current church/state issues and Progressive Atheism.  So please visit and subscribe! If you…
  • If Atheists Want to Change Perceptions, They Need to Stop Acting Like This

    Kevin Davis
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Today started like any other day for me.  I got up and got myself and my son ready for the day.  I took him to school and I went back home to work.  At some point in the morning, a headline caught my attention about a 22-month-old boy, Brayden King, who died by drowning in a baptismal fountain in Alabama.  I clicked on the story and read that the toddler’s mother was in church preparing for a prayer meeting and her 13-year-old daughter was put in charge of the boy.  After losing track of Brayden, she searched for him and found him unconscious in the baptismal fountain.  He…
  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

    Kevin Davis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Occasionally I pop onto Twitter and search for “atheist” or “atheism” to see what people are saying.  For the most part I’m looking for new people to follow who may have interesting things to say, or I’m looking for people who are looking for help in relating to atheists and offering my book as an aid.  Last night I came across a gentleman who decided it would be cool to tweet out to the world, “To Atheist; God keeps his promises, he never lies, try him.”  Now, normally I don’t seek these types of people out, but since he started out…
  • New Site Feature: Progressive Atheism

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to DividedUnderGod.com recently, you may have noticed some changes to the site.  As most of you know, I recently finished writing and published my first book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book had its own website where readers could follow the progress of the book, ask questions, and ultimately preorder books or purchase signed copies.  Now that the book is finished and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s not much need for it to have its own website.  So the site was moved over to…
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    God is Pretend

  • The Reason Revolution: Historical Context

    God is Pretend
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    This is an excerpt from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion by Dan Dana, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon ($0.99). Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism —> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <— ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A quiet revolution is underway. We hear no gunfire. No armies are engaged in battle. No violent overthrow of political regimes is occurring. This is a peaceful evolution,…
  • Semen on the Mount

    God is Pretend
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    I recently came across a blog post of one Christian woman’s non-existent sex life and how proud of herself she is for denying herself physical intimacy outside of marriage. And before you ask, no she doesn’t double click her own mouse, the sinfulness of which is detailed in another holier-than-thou post so repressively titled “The M-Word.” I’m not going criticize her for her complete lack of explicit scriptural reference in her writings. As anyone familiar with the Bible can tell you, almost any passage in isolation can be used to justify pretty much anything.
  • Alabama pastor infecting his flock

    God is Pretend
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    As if there weren’t already enough reasons to avoid church, now “avoid contracting HIV” joins the list. Juan Demetrius McFarland, pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Mongtomery, Alabama recently admitted to having had sexual relationships with females in the congregation KNOWING that he had AIDS. He also admitted to mishandling church funds and using drugs which may or may not have been purchased with aforementioned church funds. Of course, during his confessions, he pulled stories from the Bible to parallel his actions and struggles. The congregation told him to…
  • Charles Chilton Moore: The father of American atheism

    God is Pretend
    15 Oct 2010 | 11:04 pm
    In celebration of Freedom of Speech Week (observed October 18-24), I would like to illuminate the life of one of America’s first prominent, outspoken atheists, Charles Chilton Moore, a man who was jailed for blasphemy because the sensitive Bible Belt dwellers of his time just couldn’t stomach a little competition. When one considers prominent United States atheists, depending on the social circles with which one regularly associates, the list is likely to be rather short. While there are many prominent Americans who consider themselves atheists, very few make their atheism a vocal…
  • Tennessee pastors endorse candidates from the pulpit

    God is Pretend
    26 Sep 2010 | 12:40 pm
    Seven Tennessee pastors have pledged to endorse various political candidates in their September 26th sermons. This action could endanger their tax-exempt status with the IRS, but that is not stopping a group of pastors of various denominations from encouraging their congregations to vote for their pre-selected candidates. The issue has raised First Amendment questions about why a church’s tax-exempt status should be linked to its political partisanship and that restricting what a preacher can say to his congregation is a limit on free speech. Jeremy H. of Brentwood said, “Churches…
 
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    An American Atheist

  • Orthodox men ‘bullying’ female airline passengers

    Christopher Thielen
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Flight delays and accusations of sexism are abound in flights to and from Tel Aviv due to ultra-orthodox Jewish men’s refusal to sit next to female passengers. Speaking on a radio show in Israel, former executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Elana Sztokman explains: What happened to me on this flight isn’t that different from what […]
  • Matt Dillahunty

    Christopher Thielen
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Tom chats with The Atheist Experience host and public speaker Matt Dillahunty.
  • Sacramento Freethought Day 2014

    Tom Beasley
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Every year in Sacramento locals host a secular convention called Sacramento Freethought Day.  This year the event is at the state capitol on October 12.  The event is for “freethinkers” to come together and enjoy a day full of speakers and activities.  There will be booths from a variety of groups to visit and get […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Is religion really the problem?

    Christopher Thielen
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Robin, Chris Lazare, and Tom sit down to tackle the question: what role does religion really play in the Israel/Palestine conflict? Why is it incorrect to consider the conflict centuries old? Listen in as we explore this divisive and important issue.
  • The Historicity of Jesus with David Fitzgerald

    Christopher Thielen
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Tom sits down with author and speaker David Fitzgerald to discuss the historicity of Jesus and other topics.
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • Atheist Motivational Poster

    Andrew Hall
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
  • President Obama Chooses Snake Handler as Faith-Based Ebola Czar

    Andrew Hall
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Obama calls upon a higher power.Washington DC President Obama announced today that he is appointing Reverend Allister Grebe as the official Ebola Faith-Based Czar. Rev. Grebe heads  Calaveras County's Ark of the Covenant Baptist Church in Kentucky, and is a proud member of a family whose men have taken up metaphorical crosses and very real rattlesnakes in the service of Jesus.Up until now the White House had stated that American churches, mosques, and temples had been doing a commendable job calling upon divine assistance in the fight against the Ebola virus. However, as Republicans…
  • Alabama State Representative Candidate States Atheists are Worse than Satanists

    Andrew Hall
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Russellville, Alabama Warren "Boilerplate" Hershel III, Republican candidate for State Representative in the 2nd District, did not set off a political firestorm when he stated that "atheists are worse than Satanists." Mr Hershel made the remark while hosting the weekly meat raffle at Christ's Baptist Church. The crowd, made up of elderly members of the congregation, simply looked at each other and nodded in silent approval."At least you know where you stand with the Satanists," yelled out Mathew King, long time resident. "Atheists? Don't they worship Hitler?"Mr Hershel III replied that…
  • Left Behind, #ImARepublican, and Atheist NFL Players

    Andrew Hall
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
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  • Secret Pentagon Anti-Jihadist Pork Plan

    Andrew Hall
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Pentagon is hoping that the pig is mightier than the suicide vest.Washington DC - Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has released highly classified documents depicting the Pentagon's new strategy to fight the Islamic State or ISIS. Operation Trojan Pork will create an underground infrastructure in territory controlled by the terrorist organization. Its purpose is to infiltrate pork into the everyday lives of those who the secret papers refer to as "Islamo-stormtrooper fascists."Phase One of Operation Trojan Porkwill have operatives place pork related flavors into the diet…
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    A Hopeful Hero's View

  • An uncomfortable truth

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Something strange occurred not so long ago. I was out to lunch with a work colleague, actually I was meeting someone for the first time, really more of a networking lunch. She wanted to lunch at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C. It is posh, but not over the top. They knew her there, and when I arrived they had her table ready, the bartender greeted me, told me how much they loved the woman. I was early, not too much so, she was running late. The time gave me a chance to contemplate, sit in the warm summer sun for a minute, enjoy a sweet tea (one of my favorite southern staples). I was…
  • I wear a size 10 shoe

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    A recent New York Times article, "Corner Closet Opens Up a Bit Wider" about gay CEOs and the further development of gay power in business. Interestingly enough, one subject of the article, Travis Burgess stated, "Being gay is just a fact. I view it like height, or eye color." New York Times, "Corner Closet Opens Up a Bit" by James Stewart September 5, 2014.It's been an interesting several weeks in the world of celebrities and those who are gay or bi-sexual. A lot of ink is spilled talking about gay sports figures, news casters, journalists, celebrities in film, stage and television. The…
  • In Persona Christi, Part 2

    10 May 2013 | 4:59 am
    Part 2Those long spring and summer days, my last in Rome, were the worst days. I was trying during that time to avoid Ricky*, the young man with whom I had a love affair. The interest in him was spent just as quickly as the love making itself. He desired a relationship, I desired nothing more than to be returned to my own safe haven in Colorado. He would leave me small gifts, notes, attempt to brush up against me. I hide in the shadows of the long seminary hallways, ducked behind trees when he would come by. I spent all my free time in those last days at St. Peter's Basilica, resting in the…
  • In Persona Christi, part 1

    30 Apr 2013 | 5:08 am
      I've been wrestling with my own "demon" lately. The bellowing of his wings around my ears has nearly deafened me to the rest of the universe around me. I can feel his taloned toes digging into my shoulders; his forked tongue licking my ear, whispering to me, "Fool." The weight has been there a long time, the weight of my "demon." Yet even in this burden I've grown used to it, I carry the weight with me now, much easier than at first, in fact I think I kind of like him there, a bit of company when I'm alone.   What is the demon? What am I wrestling with you may query? My demon, my…
  • Spring Time Memories

    24 Apr 2013 | 5:57 am
    Oh I simply cannot wait for the full heat of summer to bear her warmth on my shoulders!  The exquisite feeling of a wet glass beneath my fingers from summer's humidity, the rustling of leaves in summer's warm winds.  Winter, well she's been a friend of mine since I was a child, growing up in Steamboat.  There our winters often started the beginning of October (first snows were usually in September) and lasted until the middle of June.  I remember spring in the valley, I would tramp out amongst the fading snows, receding banks, black with dirt, pulling away from the ground…
 
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  • Should Atheists Celebrate Religious Holidays?

    Godless Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    In response to a question from a freshly deconverted atheist. Should atheists continue to celebrate religious holidays? What do you think? Let me know in the comments. 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.
  • Why Criticizing The Amish Way Of Life Is Necessary

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    23 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    I saw this meme on Imgur last night: and I had to respond: What do you think of the Amish way of life? Let me know in the comments! 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.
  • Atheist Noobs: How To Build A Secular Life

    Godless Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Trying to find other like-minded people to befriend can be hard as a new atheist. I’ve been an atheist all my life, but I still experience this to some extent. Most recently, when I moved to the town I am in now this past March. It’s not necessarily something we all want to say up front to everyone we meet, both because it’s just one tiny part of who we are, and because saying you’re an atheist still seems to have enough shock value to send some people recoiling in disgust. While that shouldn’t matter, we do have to make our way in this world with coworkers and…
  • Are You A Winner? Lawrence Krauss, Peter Boghossian & Sam Harris Books!

    Godless Mom
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    I know you’ve been waiting a while for this announcement, and I apologize for the wait – It took some time for the prizes to arrive. Before I let you know though, I have to thank Lawrence Krauss, Peter Boghossian, Simon and Schuster, Shelley Segal, Keith Hebden, Andy Hobson and Dan Dana for donating prizes and perks. While we didn’t come anywhere near making our goal for Mubarak, we were able to give him some money to help him get started somewhere safer than the Nigerian North. Please let me know if you have not gotten your perk, mommy@godlessmom.com. I also have to mention…
  • Let’s Cook: How To Make Sure Your Kids Don’t Sell Drugs

    Godless Mom
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Warning: looking directly at this photo could turn you into a meth addict. I’m a bona fide TV nerd. Not the regular sort of TV: primetime cop show after cop show after cop show, special victims units and stalker patrol and homicide and missing persons and lost hamsters. None of that shit. You can have your Horatio and your Bones and all that and shove it up your ass. It’s crap. No, I’m talking about the HBO, AMC and Netflix shows that have taken television and turned it into, in my opinion, a more valued medium than the big screen. Shows like The Wire and Treme and True…
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