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    A Hopeful Hero's View
    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…
  • I'll Be Teaching an Online Class Based On My Book "The Outsider Test for Faith" in November

    Debunking Christianity
    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…
  • The Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, Writes About "Christianity is Not Great"

    Debunking Christianity
    John W. Loftus
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    If you click on the link you can read an excerpt of what I wrote: "Is Christianity beneficial or harmful to society?" LINK.
  • Glad He Didn’t Respond to My Requests for an Interview

    Friendly Atheist
    Hemant Mehta
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I don’t know how they did it, but the Onion News Network snagged an interview with the Almighty:It went just as expected.
  • Get Carolyn Hyppolite's Book, "Still Small Voices: The Testimony of a Born-Again Atheist"

    Debunking Christianity
    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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    Debunking Christianity

  • 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.
  • The Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, Writes About "Christianity is Not Great"

    John W. Loftus
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    If you click on the link you can read an excerpt of what I wrote: "Is Christianity beneficial or harmful to society?" LINK.
  • "Christianity is Not Great" Blasts Off With a Glowing Review By David Mills

    John W. Loftus
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Today Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Failsis available online! And it blasts off with a humbling and glowing review by David Mills, author of the bestselling book Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism.
 
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  • Glad He Didn’t Respond to My Requests for an Interview

    Hemant Mehta
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I don’t know how they did it, but the Onion News Network snagged an interview with the Almighty:It went just as expected.
  • Why Are Atheists in the Military Still Denied This Valuable Resource?

    Hemant Mehta
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It wasn’t until this past April when the U.S. military finally approved “Humanist” as an acceptable religious designation. But despite the number of non-religious members of the Armed Forces — a number that more-than-defies the canard of there being “no atheists in foxholes” — we have yet to see a single Humanist chaplain.The Navy even rejected a highly-qualified Humanist applicant in May.Ronit Y. Stahl, writing for Religion & Politics, has a fascinating history of the fight to get non-Christian chaplains in the military, specifically…
  • A New Trend: Books About Atheism Focus on Life After Godlessness

    Hemant Mehta
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In an article for Publishers Weekly, Henry L. Carrigan Jr. rounds up some of the recent/upcoming books about atheism with a sweeping (and welcome) summary: They represent a “shift from argument to lifestyle.”In other words, they spend less time arguing that God doesn’t exist — the focus of the New Atheists’ bestsellers — and more time explaining what to do after you no longer believe in a Higher Power:This guy seems pretty damn happyToday various national surveys find some 30 percent of Americans identifying as atheists or secular humanists. With an…
  • Fox News Host Says Christian Plaques at Two Texas Schools Should Stay Up Because of the “Culture in the South”

    Hemant Mehta
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In August, we learned that Mountain Peak Elementary School and Longbranch Elementary School in Midlothian, Texas both had religious plaques hanging near the entrances. They had been there for 17 years:Dedicated in the year of our Lord 1997 to the education of God’s children and to their faithful teachers in the name of the Holy Christian ChurchSoli Deo GloriaAfter the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to district officials, they at least covered the signs up with duct tape while deciding their next steps, though the tape was quickly ripped down.The school board met a month…
  • This Texas School District Can’t Stop Promoting Christianity, Even at the Children’s Book Fair

    Hemant Mehta
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve been posting for weeks now about the numerous church/state violations taking place in Texas’ Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District.Last we heard, district officials had finally taken some action by shutting down the China Elementary Facebook page. Which didn’t solve the underlying problems, but it was something, right?Well, that page is back up and running and the violations in the district still haven’t stopped.At a recent football game, both teams’ coaches joined the players in prayer:It goes without saying at this point that that’s…
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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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  • 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...]
  • Announcing: City of Light

    Adam Lee
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Welcome, and news! Today I’m very pleased to announce the publication of the third book in my Caliel series, CITY OF LIGHT. It’s the sequel to BROKEN RING from earlier this year, continuing the epic story of a world where mortals rebelled against the gods and won. Here’s the synopsis: The world of Caliel is [Read More...]
  • Marriage Equality Isn’t Just for Same-Sex Couples

    Adam Lee
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Last week, marriage equality made another giant stride in the United States. Three federal circuit courts covering different parts of the country had ruled against same-sex marriage bans; the supporters of those bans had appealed to the Supreme Court, but the Court turned those appeals down. By doing so, it made those decisions final. This [Read More...]
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  • Why Evangelical Christians Think They are America's Most Persecuted Minority

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    By Valrie Tarico ~ A recent Pew study found that white American Evangelical Christians think they experience more discrimination than Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Atheists or Jews.Really?!Christianity is the majority religion in the U.S. and many kinds of legally ensconced religious privilege are on the rise including the right to woo converts in public grade schools, speculate in real estate tax-free, repair religious facilities with public dollars, or opt out of civil rights laws and civic responsibilities that otherwise apply to all. By contrast atheists are less electable than even…
  • Chained

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    Flame of the mist ~ Chains surrounded me,I could not get free,The pressure was great, and the pain was blind.But they couldn't keep me in the box,I was curious and longed for freedom,Grasping the hand of the neglected one within,I broke my chains and climbed the wall.Free at last, free at last!The air is pure, and I can finally see,The broken and neglected child clasps my hand,We laugh and cry, running in the meadow and patching the wounds.Wonder and freedom are soaring in the sky,Eyes blue searching and laughing,Wings on my feet and stars in my head, I know I live,Still bloody and wounded,…
  • Screwed Up Beyond Belief, Chapter 11, Patience Rewarded

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    By Ex-Pastor Dan ~ Let’s Back Up for just a MomentI had put in one year of college as soon as I graduated high school in 1969. After that freshman year, I decided to take the next year off and visit my brother, TM, in Brooklyn, New York. He had recently left our home church, where he had been Brother Mac’s Assistant Pastor, and answered God’s call to join David Wilkerson’s street ministry - Teen Challenge. Wilkerson’s outreach to the “gangs” of New York had been spotlighted in his hugely popular book (later a movie) ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’. TM and I were raised in…
  • Letters to God

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    By recent ex-convert ~ I thought this would be an important time in my life to write my departure from Christianity and god. I’m 35 years old and I can say that I was in the church for 33 years maybe it was 33 and ½. Just kidding, if anyone gets the jesus reference? But seriously, I got saved when I was four with my mom asking me if I wanted to accept jesus into my heart followed up closely with do you want to be baptized by the holy spirit. I was four, of course I would accept, I mean the woman who had raised me along with my dad was asking me if I believed in their god before I really…
  • The Madness of King Jesus

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    By Carl S. ~ Some people see commentaries as "rants." My generation had a different interpretation of that word. We used the word as a type of verbal rage. But even before then, there was a period when "angry" and "mad" were synonymous, when the angry person was thought to have gone mad while ranting. Recently, an experience brought back that particular interpretation:A couple of weeks ago, I got quite worked up about the subject of Christians lying to children. The "igniter" was the story of Noah and the ark and how it is a complete lie. I used the words "shitty' and "shit" to describe by…
 
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    Atheist Revolution

  • 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…
  • Daily Show Mocks Exorcism

    Jack Vance
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    I love The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and the clip below is an example of why. The clip reminds viewers that the Catholic Church is still performing exorcisms. I know you knew that; I'm not sure the entire audience did, and so I think that was an important contribution all by itself. The part where the traditional exorcist is trying to explain what is wrong with Skype exorcisms is fantastic, and so is the part where the guy doing Skype exorcisms agrees that doing exorcisms via Twitter would be "ridiculous." Love it!The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political…
  • Reducing Spam Comments

    Jack Vance
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    no spam! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I made a change to the commenting system here today. I'm not sure this will affect any of you, but I wanted to let you know about it just in case.The Intense Debate commenting system appears to use a low-quality spam filter, and I've been seeing a sharp increase in the number of spam comments lately. This led me to disable what they call "guest commenting" to see if that would help. What this is supposed to do is require people to login using credentials from one of the following services before they can leave a comment: IntenseDebate, Wordpress, Facebook, or…
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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

  • 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…
  • Do you promise to tell the truth?

    God is Pretend
    20 Sep 2010 | 12:39 pm
    Posts on Facebook, Twitter, and popular wiki question sites often humorously ponder what exactly an atheist is supposed to do should they find themselves in court preparing to testify. Obviously an atheist cannot swear on the Holy Bible, so what prevents atheists from perjuring without fear of eternal damnation? Before the question of an atheist lying under whatever oath they may or may not take is addressed, please open your mind to the possibility that just maybe there have been Christians that have lied despite their sworn oath to God on the Bible. Most people, regardless of their…
 
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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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  • Modern Satanism #9

    reap
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
      On this podcast Jesper Petersen joins Reap Paden and Doug Mesner (Lucien Greaves) to talk about Satanism, The Satanic Temple ,  and The Church of Satan. It’s always good to get an expert opinion on a subject so you can better understand it and Jesper is an expert from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. You can find his books on Amazon and also read his work on academia.edu here. We also discuss where satanism has been as well as where it might be going in the future.
  • Modern Satanism #8

    reap
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
      Jex Blackmore talks about the Detroit Chapter of the Satanic Temple and why she is a satanist Sin Jones talks and argues about whether there is an active threat to women’s rights and explains the behaviors of some satanists who seem to have their own agenda of getting attention by any means. A guy sings away a demon and Pat Robertson gives some  “life advice” Reap calls Tom Raspotnik and gives him the opportunity to personally voice his accusations.
  • Modern Satanism #7

    reap
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    This episode will give you the opportunity to hear from Hunter Friedrichsen, who is starting the The Satanic Temple – Austin Chapter. My Little Pony and the Smurfs aren’t as innocent as you think. Mark Dice is even more ignorant than you thought and he is EXPOSED! Latest news on the 10 commandments in Oklahoma and the latest actions taken by The Satanic Temple to provide differing viewpoints. Monika give you some satanic reading suggestions and Satan does stand up. All of this along with some commentary from your host Reap Paden.
  • Modern Satanism #6

    reap
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    There has been some resistance to the idea of placing a satanic monument at the Oklahoma Capital. Why are some people against the idea?  On this podcast you will find out in their own words. The ice bucket challenge is being called a ‘satanic ritual’ and He-Man cartoons may be the root of all evil.
  • Modern Satanism #5

    reap
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Lucien Greaves talks about the current social activism, future projects, and media coverage involving The Satanic Temple  and satanism.    Monika C. Gottindottir provides some satanic reading recommendations. Bishop Paul Coakley sues over wafer made out of jesus being allegedly stolen for  black mass ceremony Shut up Devil app helps people deal with imaginary voices by enabling Dave Mustaine  proves that just because you don’t do drugs that doesn’t automatically mean you are smart or cool.
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • 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…
  • Seven Signs Your Religious Friend Is Actually Listening To You

    Andrew Hall
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Many of you have or had a religious friend that actually paid attention to your godless arguments. Here are a few symptoms that indicate that friend has been listening to you.Enjoy.Spontaneous outbursts of faith!Now you're saying, "Andy, the super religious fanatic will speak out about his or her faith for no apparent reason. How can you say that my religious friend is listening to me when he or she is praising Jesus?"Easy. When absorbing information that undermines a person's basic conception of how the universe works (i.e., there is an omniscient omnipresent being that cares about how much…
 
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  • 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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  • 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…
  • Every Atheist Needs: Confessions Of An Innocent Man

    Godless Mom
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Faith is, very simply, a belief in something without any proof. A theocracy is powered, at its highest levels, by ideas for which there is no evidence. The value placed on faith in such a society, seeps into every aspect of day-to-day life. It strips otherwise intelligent citizens of their critical thought and devalues truth, and when the truth is no longer important to an entire society, things like the events in this book happen. Repeatedly, unendingly, until faith is kicked out and reason reintroduced. Confessions Of An Innocent Man is written by the late William Sampson, a Canadian…
  • Your Stories of Atheism: Zombies and Frauds

    Godless Mom
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    This is an ongoing series featuring your stories of how you came to identify as an atheist. If you want to send me your story, you can submit it here. To read past stories, click here. Our first story this week, comes from Brendan. We know him as Prototype Atheist and he can be followed at @ProtoAtheist: As a child, I was raised in the Catholic faith, but was generally skeptical of the doctrine as I grew older. The congregation reminded me of zombies as they droned on each Sunday with their pre-rehearsed prayers and contrived rituals. I never felt any “spiritual connection” or feelings.
  • Hitch Talks Don’t Often Make Me Cry… But This One…

    Godless Mom
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Christopher Hitchens says goodbye, and Professor Richard Dawkins embraces him for the last time in eternity. If this doesn’t make you cry, you’re a cold, cold son-of-a-gun. 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.
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