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  • Noah Lugeons

    An American Atheist
    Christopher Thielen
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Noah Lugeons hosts The Scathing Atheist, a straight-to-the-point, explicit language-bearing show by atheists for atheists. Tom interviews Noah to explore the appeal of this particular brand of atheism.
  • 8 Black Pastors Whose Net Worth is 200 Times Greater Than Folks in Their Local Communities

    Debunking Christianity
    John W. Loftus
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    The money in televangelism is obscene whether black or white, man or woman!
  • Joy Unspeakable (Part 9): A Match Made in Heaven and The Honeymoon from Hell

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    By undercover agnostic ~ Our honeymoon was awful, even with my rose colored glasses. All of my sexual thoughts, desires, and fantasies that had been bottled up so tightly since puberty, continued to retain their shape of captivity even after the lock box had been removed and my inhibitions had been set free. I was nervous and self-conscious about my body, and about as rigid as an ironing board, partly because I had yet to hear that I was beautiful or sexy by any man, let alone my new husband. And like a budding flower, I couldn’t just open up and blossom without first being swaddled in warm…
  • Orthodox men ‘bullying’ female airline passengers

    An American Atheist
    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 […]
  • The S.T.P. Campaign

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    By Carl S ~ Several weeks ago, I went into a rant with a believer. I told her how I felt about prayer, and mentioned the prayer of grace before meals that I have to put up with before I can eat with her friends. Why, I asked, should I listen to someone praise a heavenly father for giving us a meal we pay for, when I know that that "father" allows children to be abducted, raped, and left dead in the woods? (I ended up on that believer's s**t list for quite a while.) But then, last Sunday, after her church service, she and I attended yet another of our after-service familiar luncheons. This…
 
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  • Would I Ever Admit if I Found God?

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses whether I would ever admit if I suddenly “found God.”A rough transcript of the video can be found on the YouTube page in the “About” section.We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!And if you like what you’re seeing, please consider supporting this site on Patreon.
  • National Portrait Gallery Honors Comedian George Carlin

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Yesterday, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. added a photo of comedian (and memorable religion-critic) George Carlin to the collection after a public vote:His daughter Kelly Carlin wrote a brief reflection on his legacy for the gallery’s website:My dad was a sentimental fool.And so, when some of dad’s fans commented to me that he would think the hanging of his portrait today in the National Portrait Gallery would have made him laugh, or even bothered him, I had to tell them that they were dead wrong. Dad would have gotten a huge thrill out of it.He would have relished…
  • Kentucky Officials File Motion for Federal Judge to Dismiss Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter Lawsuit

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We already know Creationist Ken Ham‘s Ark Encounter, better known as the Noah’s Ark theme park, is in trouble.In December, they were ruled ineligible to receive a tax incentive worth up to $18,000,000 that could put their entire project in jeopardy.They were ineligible for the rebate because Ark Encounter — a for-profit business — was discriminating in its hiring. That may be fine for their non-profit ministry, but it’s not okay for a business that wants the tax incentive.It’s that simple.But Ham and the folks at Answers in Genesis still don’t get…
  • Christian Conservatives Withhold $5 to $6 Million From Some of the World’s Poorest Kids Because of Gay Marriage

    Terry Firma
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    New insight into the World Vision debacle that occurred a year ago this week suggests that conservative Christians were so peeved over the charity organization’s decision to no longer consider gay people unhirable, that thousands of the poorest children in the world lost more than five million dollars in donations. That amount could be almost twice as high as previously thought, writes Patheos blogger Ben Corey.World Vision is a Christian charity that matches Western sponsors and third-world children. The organization says it does not promote Christianity outright as part of its…
  • A Telephone Psychic Confesses It Was All a Scam

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    This is a guest post by Bo Gardiner, the pen name of a Virginia-based environmental professional, naturalist (in both senses of the word), writer and humanist activist. She blogs at Under the Greenwood Tree.…Erin Auerbach was a failed actress who came to Las Vegas for an exciting job opportunity that fed what she admitted was a strong ego: She was going to become a professional psychic. “The thing is, I’m not sure that I’m psychic,” she admitted to the interviewer.“That’s OK,” he replied. “We’ll give you everything you need for the job.”It seemed easy at first.I…
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  • Weekend Coffee: March 28

    Adam Lee
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    • GOP congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers asked her constituents for Obamacare horror stories. The response she got was rather different. • “Shouldn’t you be having these same kind of prayer circles around divorce attorneys’ offices to ‘save’ people from acting on the sin of divorce?” • According to federal investigators, a self-described American “patriot” named [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Bring Me a New Black Guy

    Adam Lee
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike The most noticeable and jarring change between the first and second Atlas movies is that this one has an entirely new cast. This page from the Atlas Society explains why: Part 1 was shot in a rush to keep John Aglialoro’s rights from expiring, and the time pressure and [Read More...]
  • Why Atheism Is a Force for Good

    Adam Lee
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    If you’ve followed my writing these past few years, you know that I’ve often taken up arms against prominent atheists who’ve made clueless, sexist comments or worse. I’ve also insisted that the atheist movement as a whole needs to pay more attention to social justice, an area where it’s historically been deficient. In all these [Read More...]
  • The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

    Adam Lee
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Eight years ago, a particularly nasty cult leader named Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison. Jeffs was – and still is – the spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, an extremist Mormon splinter group with enclaves scattered across the American West. The FLDS, like most cults, was [Read More...]
  • You Got Your Ideology in My Atheism!

    Adam Lee
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    My column in the Guardian this week about atheism and social justice got a lot of comments – over 2900 at the time I’m writing this – and most of them were what you’d expect, both for the better and for the worse. But what I’m fascinated by are the people who wanted to argue [Read More...]
 
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  • Secret Lives and the Pursuit of Liberty

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    By Carl S. ~ The subject of secret lives has engaged my mind for years. Perhaps it all began with a revelation. An acquaintance, a veteran of WW II, now deceased, found among his deceased wife's belongings, a birth certificate of a child he never knew she had. No doubt, this experience or other revelations of a partner's untold life are commonplace. Indeed, even within the lifetimes of couples and friends, we take their private lives as just that, private, and go no further. And we also note the growing concern we feel at the possibility of government overreach, in prying into our…
  • The Christian God's Obsession with...Blood?

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    By Ben Love ~ The Christian God is, allegedly, a spirit. As such, he has no physical body. He therefore should have no physical needs. And yet, this God, who ostensibly created the entire Universe, requires the blood of goats from one of the tinier planets in the vast cosmos for which he is responsible (see Leviticus, chapter 16). Why does he need this blood, you ask? Well, the Bible does specifically state that without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness (see Hebrews 9:22). In other words, when part of his creation (us, the humans) commits a sin, he needs innocent blood to pay…
  • The S.T.P. Campaign

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    By Carl S ~ Several weeks ago, I went into a rant with a believer. I told her how I felt about prayer, and mentioned the prayer of grace before meals that I have to put up with before I can eat with her friends. Why, I asked, should I listen to someone praise a heavenly father for giving us a meal we pay for, when I know that that "father" allows children to be abducted, raped, and left dead in the woods? (I ended up on that believer's s**t list for quite a while.) But then, last Sunday, after her church service, she and I attended yet another of our after-service familiar luncheons. This…
  • Joy Unspeakable (Part 9): A Match Made in Heaven and The Honeymoon from Hell

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    By undercover agnostic ~ Our honeymoon was awful, even with my rose colored glasses. All of my sexual thoughts, desires, and fantasies that had been bottled up so tightly since puberty, continued to retain their shape of captivity even after the lock box had been removed and my inhibitions had been set free. I was nervous and self-conscious about my body, and about as rigid as an ironing board, partly because I had yet to hear that I was beautiful or sexy by any man, let alone my new husband. And like a budding flower, I couldn’t just open up and blossom without first being swaddled in warm…
  • “Perfect” in Jesus

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    By J. S. Dollin ~ “Why do you think that is?”My dad asked me the question that stopped me in my tracks. I couldn’t be honest. That’s just not how I was brought up. Every compulsion I had to be true to myself stopped with that question. I couldn’t bring myself to tell my religious father that I believe Christianity is what makes us like this.We both grew up in the Christian lifestyle. Going to church every Sunday, perhaps once or twice a week besides that for small groups and youth group gatherings. My grandparents were missionaries in Nigeria. Both of my parents went to Wheaton…
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  • The Price of Safe Spaces in Higher Education

    Jack Vance
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
     In case you missed it, take a look at this article by Judith Schulevitz from last Sunday's New York Times. It should be of interest to anyone concerned with what has been happening on college and university campuses in the U.S. with regard to the free expression of ideas and efforts to prevent students from being exposed to ideas that might conflict with their preconceived beliefs. It also helps to shed some light on what the new obsession with "safe spaces" is all about, why it is happening, and the detrimental impact it is having on educating those who will be our future.Safe spaces…
  • Christopher Hitchens on the Importance of Free Expression

    Jack Vance
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Although I enjoyed some of Christopher Hitchens' books, especially God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, I have only recently started watching videos of his various speeches and debates. As I do so, it is hitting me once again that we lost an important voice when he died in 2011.Here he is explaining the importance of free expression and highlighting the interesting predicament in which we still find ourselves: some of those who commit hateful acts in the name of their religion are successfully suppressing criticism by labeling it "hate speech."I hope that videos like this remain…
  • How Will Atheists Treat Christians in the Future?

    Jack Vance
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    Dear Christians,If Christianity and other religions continue to decline in the U.S., as some are predicting and as has already happened in many Western nations, we could eventually reach the point where there are more atheists than Christians. Gasp! This will not happen in our lifetimes, so there is no need for you to worry about that. But it could be a reality for your descendants at some point. And if it is, I sincerely hope that the atheists of the future treat Christians far better than many of your contemporary Christians treat atheists today.I hope that future atheists will not raise…
  • Atheism+ Block Bot in the News Again

    Jack Vance
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    Frontispiece from Matthew Hopkins' The Discovery of Witches (1647), showing witches identifying their familiar spirits (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I haven't written much about the Atheism+ Block Bot, and what I have written has mostly focused on the misleading manner in which the BBC's Newsnight covered it during a 2013 broadcast and how they missed the point about why their coverage was controversial. I also noted that I find the manner in which the Block Bot has operated difficult to reconcile with freethought and skepticism. I haven't thought much about it since the fall of 2013, and I admit…
  • Profiles in Social Justice: Meet Lori

    Jack Vance
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    By Malene Thyssen, Wikimedia CommonsIn the first part of our Profiles in Social Justice series, we met Beatrice, a Catholic who devoted her professional life to social justice work with women and children escaping domestic violence and who has continued to make a meaningful difference after retiring. In the second part of the series, we met Will, a gay atheist with a rough background who overcame many obstacles to embrace a life dedicated to working with homeless men with HIV/AIDS. These two individuals had much in common despite some significant differences. In this post, we will meet Lori…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

    Kevin Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Image courtesy ceffm.org If you’ve heard of the Good News Club, a fundamentalist Christian evangelical club for elementary school kids, you’re most likely securely planted on one side of the fence or the other.  You either think the GNC is great for kids, or you realize its tactics are vile and damaging to the self-esteem of children and want them removed from public schools. Public schools you say? That’s right.  In 2001, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of the GNC, won a Supreme Court case allowing them to operate their Christian clubs in public schools,…
  • Republican Congresswoman From WA Asks for Obamacare Horror Stories on Facebook… And Then Becomes One

    Kevin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Virtually everyone who posts something online wants it to go viral.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  It has happened to me in the past, and it’s exhilarating.  Watching your hit counter skyrocket, seeing the Facebook likes and Twitter retweets pile in, hearing that something you write is ranked #1 on Reddit… it can make a person forgo a night’s sleep, just to keep hitting “refresh” and watch the numbers climb.  A few days ago, a Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, went viral. She posted a graphic on her Facebook…
  • Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

    Kevin Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    On February 2nd, a Christian website, eternalplanner.com, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment: After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me…
  • Rev. Mark Creech Uses ‘The Bible is True Because the Bible Says It’s True’ Argument to Call Out Ron Reagan

    Kevin Davis
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Rev. Mark Creech, a columnist at the Christian Post, published an article this morning addressing Ron Reagan’s participation in last year’s FFRF.org ad. The 30-second spot continues to be aired on TV and shared on the internet.  Most notably, it has been shown on CNN and during the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  In the video, Reagan identifies himself as an “unabashed atheist” and proclaims that he’s not afraid of burning in hell (because he doesn’t believe it exists). Rev. Creech decided to voice his opinion on the ad, essentially using Bible verses to…
  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at peacock-panache.com) Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
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    An American Atheist

  • Indiana Governor Mike Pence Signs Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

    Christopher Thielen
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Starting July 1, 2015 Indiana business owners will have the legal right to deny employment to same-sex couples if they wish. Titled the Religious Freedom Restoration bill, Indiana SB 101 was signed by Governor Mike Pence on the morning of Thursday, March 26, 2015. Governor Pence: The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring […]
  • Tom Manger of the Secular Coalition for California

    Christopher Thielen
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Tom talks to the Legislative Chair for the Secular Coalition of California Tom Manger on atheist political representation in America and abroad, and what can be done to help.
  • Noah Lugeons

    Christopher Thielen
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Noah Lugeons hosts The Scathing Atheist, a straight-to-the-point, explicit language-bearing show by atheists for atheists. Tom interviews Noah to explore the appeal of this particular brand of atheism.
  • 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.
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  • Bandwagon Belief

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    In my experience talking to Christians I’ve learned to not assume I know the beliefs of the individual...with a few exceptions. Every Christian I know believes that Jesus Christ existed, that he was crucified, and that he rose from the dead. From there they vary wildly. A big disagreement is over which Biblical bits are historical and which are fictional stories--beliefs that are dependent on their personal credulity or that of their chosen church.The resurrection of Christ is so indoctrinated into their culture that it’s unquestioned and taken for granted even when talking snakes and…
  • Why I Talk About God

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Why do I talk about about something I don’t believe in? I get this a enough that I should probably address it no matter how obvious the answer are to me. Yes, answers--plural. Here’s a bunch of answers, all of which apply, some more than others, depending on the context. Because gods, as concepts, are some of the greatest influencers of our age or any age. The majority of people use the concept of one or more gods to inform how they socialize, how they raise their families, how they vote, and their overall behavior. I am one of the people they and their families socialize with and the…
  • To Falsify Evolution

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    I recently had a discussion about what it would take to falsify evolution with another atheist. We both agreed that theories based on evidence are all falsifiable by counter-evidence, but we disagreed on the amount of counter-evidence it would take in the case of evolution.Here is the hypothetical evidence that he believes would falsify the theory: “If we found an organism that clearly breaks out of the evolutionary tree we know. Say - a 5 legged creature, or an animal without DNA, or an animal that has a DNA that doesn’t have any common parts with the rest of the life on earth.”Such a…
  • Three Thoughts on a Dead Friend

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:53 pm
    One.A good friend of mine died this week, so I’ve been thinking a lot about grief. It is a surprisingly selfish process. I don’t feel bad for my friend. I feel bad for me. I guess this should be true for anyone who believes there is no afterlife or that their loved one is in a pleasant afterlife--heaven, most commonly. In the first case, like with me, there is no longer any friend to feel bad for. In the second, the friend is now better off than those he left behind. Unless one expect’s that their dead friend is in hades, no worries.Two.Atheists, who obviously don't offer prayers or…
  • The Burden of Probability

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you claim something is true and intend to convince others, you have the burden of proof.If you claim something is likely and intend to convince others, you have the burden of probability.A strong theist, one who claims God exists, would have the burden of proof when engaged in debate. A strong atheist, on who claims God does not exist, would also have the burden of proof when engaged in debate.A weak theist or atheist, those who claim the existence of God is likely or not likely, has the burden of probability when engaged in debate.Weak theists and strong atheists are rarer breeds than…
 
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  • Indiana to Become an Honorary Confederate State

    Andrew Hall
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Homophobia:for God and Country.Richmond, Virginia - The Shadow Government of the Confederate States of America (SGCSA) has officially bestowed upon Indiana the honorary status of Confederate State. In the future the SGSCA will make all references to its member states as 11 + 1. The 11 represents the original states of the ill fated Confederacy, while the 1 will indicate Indiana's status as a brother state in spirit. Indiana's inclusion into the august club is due to Governor Mike Pence signing The Religious Freedom Restoration Act which will allow businesses and individuals to…
  • Cecil Bell: Today's Candidate for the Wrongest Man in the World.

    Andrew Hall
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    Oh, sometimes I see something that bothers me so much I have to share it. Earlier today I came across clips from the Texas Anti-Gay Marriage Rally on the blog Joe. My. God. And all of the clips are tutorials on what's wrong with America (the South, religion, and under educated white people with too much time on their hands).However, this short clip from State Representative Cecil Bell sums up the summation of insanity.Watch it with care, my friends. You have have been warned. Just another day in Purgatory.Subscribe to Laughing In Purgatory
  • ISIL Declares Jihad Against Little Caesars

    Andrew Hall
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:38 am
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has officially declared jihad against the American based pizza chain Little Caesars. The casus belli  for holy war against the 'hotbed of the bacon-American-industrial complex' is the restaurant's unveiling of the Bacon Wrapped Crust Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza.Observers of the Middle East are not surprised by ISIL's decision to attack Little Caesars. The restaurants are considered to be soft targets where security is often nonexistent. Any successful attack will produce a large response by the media. There is a very real possibility that there…
  • Texas Church Creates "Good Samaritan Day" to Fight Illegal Aliens

    Andrew Hall
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Reverend LongstreetSan Angelo, Texas Keystone Baptist Church has proclaimed June 27th a time to fight illegal immigration, and has branded the 24 hour event as Good Samaritan Day. The idea was the brainchild of Keystone's own Reverend Richard Longstreet. The concept of a celebration centering around the principle of Christian neighborliness immediately caught fire in the congregation of 45, and then spread into the halls of power in the sleepy little hamlet. The town council and mayor are supporting the event with tax funded faith-based events guaranteed to entertain and excite…
  • ISIS Fighter Learns Calculus During Near Death Experience

    Andrew Hall
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    A similar rifle to the one that injured the jihadist.MOSUL, IRAQ Mohammad Omar, foot soldier of ISIS, was pronounced dead at a local medical facility only to regain consciousness minutes later with an in depth knowledge of calculus. Very serious about gooddental care.Mr Omar entered the emergency room after suffering from a series of self inflicted gun shot wounds. Witnesses at the shooting report that they had never seen anyone mishandle an AK-47 in such a matter. While many present stated that they could have done more to prevent the shooting, they were simply gobsmacked to see someone…
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  • Yup, That's In The Bible: Ezekiel 20:15

    Neno December
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    In Ezekiel, there is a specific verse that has long puzzled believers. The verse in question is Ezekiel 20:25 and it reads:So I gave them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live; I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn—that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the Lord.’ (Ezekiel 20:25-26)This seems to suggest that Yahweh deliberately gave bad laws. As a result, apologists have twisted themselves in all kind of knots in their attempts to reconcile this verse with their conception of Yahweh. Their…
  • Critique of Callender's "Common Now"

    Neno December
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    Within the philosophy of time literature, there are two very different conceptions of time—tensed and tenseless theories. In a paper entitled “The Common Now”, Craig Callender attempts to show tensed theories are not philosophically nor scientifically sound. He argues, there is no objective ‘now’ experience of the present—our experiences of ‘now’ moments are a result of “local mind-dependent” constructions—in other words, the present we experience is a collection of spatiotemporal regions connected together by a temporal integration mechanism (p. 351). To demonstrate…
  • Pope's Hocus Pocus

    Neno December
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    The Catholic pope has bestowed upon us a miracle. No, no. He didn't feed thousands of people from one loaf of bread. He didn't walk on water nor raise anyone from the dead. He did something more astonishing. Brace yourselves. He kissed a sealed glass ampoule containing a tad bit of coagulated blood supposedly belonging to St. Gennaro and the blood 'miraculously' liquefied...actually, only half of it did. Shocking, isn't it? Apparently, according to Cardinal Crescenzo Sepe, archbishop of Naples, this was a sign that the saint loves pope Francis. I think a more accurate interpretation is…
  • Is Reciting The Pledge of Allegiance In Arabic Offensive?

    Neno December
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Administrators at a New York school, Pine Bush, are apologizing after the Pledge of Allegiance was recited in Arabic. Apparently some think it is "un-American". I am not even going to argue if it is or not. Personally, I see absolutely nothing wrong with it. But let's look at the context which apparently most of these complaining 'patriots' are ignoring. The intention was, according to the district:“The intention was to promote the fact that those who speak a language other than English still pledge to salute this great country”Furthermore, the school's foreign language department…
  • Yup, That's In The Bible: Hosea 13:16

    Neno December
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    The subject of Hosea 13 is the idolatry of Ephraim and in broader context, Israel's idolatry--specifically, worshiping Baal. This angered Yahweh so much so, that we are told just like how Israelite's turned their back on him, so will he. But rather than merely ignoring their pleas for help, i.e., prayers, he deliberately plots severe consequences for their lack of obedience. He warns that just like Samaria, the same fate would follow the Israelite's if they do not repent and change their sinful ways. For example, Hosea 13:16 states:"The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because…
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  • This Atheist Mom Has Built An Army Of Straw Men

    Godless Mom
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    I’m not much for sitcoms, but Will & Grace was a masterpiece. There’s this one scene where Will is talking to Jack. It goes something like this: WILL: Jack, what’s going on? Why’d you run out in the middle of your lap dance? Does your ass have attention deficit disorder, too? JACK: Will, something really bad happened. I got, uh… I got… [WHISPERING] excited. WILL: You mean, excited like “I want to wear what she’s wearing” excited? JACK: No! Excited the way the 3 of the 4 Baldwins and one of the 2 Quaids get me excited. WILL: Oh, my God.
  • Atheist Life Hacks: How To Throw A Macklemore Themed Birthday Party

    Godless Mom
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    My stepdaughter’s life has never been particularly easy. As the daughter of a single, working mom, she’s had to move around a lot, say goodbye to lots of friends, and be shared between two very different households. There’s been a lot of loss in her family, a lot of extreme changes and to top it all off, she’s had to undergo several intense eye surgeries which forced her to have to wear a patch for a couple of years of her life. Two years ago, after a particularly difficult few months, I told her we were going to put it all behind us with a huge, unforgettable birthday…
  • 5 Ways CNN’s Special On Atheism Could Have Been Good

    Godless Mom
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    It opens with, “they say there is no God” and already we know they’ve got it all wrong. Between referring to Dawkins as the “Father of atheism” and the insistence of interviewing only those who mimic religion in their absence of it, the entire CNN special last night was a bust. While there were moments of honesty, it’s obvious they were looking to make this a sensational piece that would create a buzz both in the secular world and the dogmatic one. It was, without mincing words, total horseshit. Here are a few ways they could have gotten it right: 1.
  • Are Atheists Racist?

    Godless Mom
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I’m drowning in the middle of spring break here, unable to get a moment of silence to write anything. This morning, when I my mom texted and asked if she could take my 6 year old out for lunch, I almost called miracle. I almost dropped to my knees and thanked God. Not that I don’t adore my 6 year old, but starving me of time to write is like starving me of oxygen… or beer. Just life-threatening. So, I have tripped into this tiny window of time to respond to another atheist blogger, Vlad Chituc, on Patheos and his piece about atheists, racism and Islam. You figure because…
  • Guest Post: The Most Honest Conversation With a Pastor, Ever

    Godless Mom
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    This is a guest post from Darth Skeptic: A friendly, non-combative atheist. I also like Scotch, and beer. I am a fierce pursuer of truth. I’d rather accept an uncomfortable truth instead of a comfortable life. Follow on Twitter: @HelpingQuestion or sub to his blog: reasonreaction.blogspot.com This atheist is no stranger to church. I actually rather enjoy church, believe it or not. I enjoy the company. The people there are, in general, on fire with love and compassion. I also enjoy hearing the sermons because it helps me to keep my critical thinking skills sharp. Also, who…
 
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