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  • So Long, And Thanks For All The Memories (From Dan)

    Unreasonable Faith
    Daniel Florien
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    2008 was a difficult year. My wife and I lived in a trailer on my parent’s property because we couldn’t sell our out-of-state house. I lost a lot of money in the real estate & stock market crash. My wife was severely depressed because she couldn’t get pregnant. I lost my faith in Christianity and God and was learning what it meant to be a “non-believer” and “apostate.” Did I mention I lived in a trailer? When it rained, brown water leaked on everything. All my possessions moved when you took a step. The toilet and shower didn’t work, so we…
  • Manly Yahweh is not the Philosopher's God

    Debunking Christianity
    Jonathan MS Pearce
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Here I have assimilated two posts into one, looking at the idea that Yahweh, and the claims made about him, do not make a lot of sense with regard to the philosopher's god which developed over the next several thousand years.Many people believe ridiculous things. Most of the time, we eventually shuffle off such beliefs. But some remain. In the case of Christianity, this is the belief in Yahweh. I don't mean to be overly rhetorical, but the belief in Yahweh is patently ridiculous, much more so than the belief in God.Read more »
  • Pat Robertson Tells Man in Near-Sexless Marriage His Wife Was Probably “Molested as a Child”

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    Hemant Mehta
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Oh, Pat Robertson… who are these people who write to you for advice? Who thinks he should be answering questions about, of all things, sex? Some guy named Jason does, and he wants to know what he should do about the lack of sex in his marriage: Think about what an appropriate response would be. Maybe… ask your wife about her supposed lack of interest? Maybe… go get some couples’ counseling? Pat Robertson mentioned the counseling, but he also had some other ideas…: … I don’t know what’s wrong with your wife, whether she’s got some…
  • Pope Francis asks forgiveness for priests who sexually abused children (CNN)

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    Loren Miller
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Pope Francis made his strongest condemnation yet of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy on Friday, asking for forgiveness and pledging to impose penalties on "men of the church" who harm children. "I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests -- quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests -- to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children," the Pope said in remarks quoted by Vatican Radio. "The church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the…
  • News And Links For Atheists: A Discussion Between Atheists and Mormons: Exposing Myths and Dispelling Stereotypes

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    The Atheist Geek
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    VIDEO: A Discussion Between Atheists and Mormons: Exposing Myths and Dispelling Stereotypes As a prelude to the American Atheists National Convention taking place this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, a panel discussion was held Wednesday night between atheists Dave Silverman and author Joanne Hanks and Mormon authors Drs. J. B. Haws and Richard Holzapfel: Atheists conduct friendly march around Mormon Temple Square Most of the marchers were former Mormons and many mailed resignations to the LDS Church at the end of the short trek around the square. Ellis dubbed it “the Mormon exodus and…
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  • So Long, And Thanks For All The Memories (From Dan)

    Daniel Florien
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    2008 was a difficult year. My wife and I lived in a trailer on my parent’s property because we couldn’t sell our out-of-state house. I lost a lot of money in the real estate & stock market crash. My wife was severely depressed because she couldn’t get pregnant. I lost my faith in Christianity and God and was learning what it meant to be a “non-believer” and “apostate.” Did I mention I lived in a trailer? When it rained, brown water leaked on everything. All my possessions moved when you took a step. The toilet and shower didn’t work, so we…
  • All Cycles Come to an End

    vorjack
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s been a smidge over five years since I first posted at Unreasonable Faith. It starked as a lark. I’m not sure how it stretched on for half a decade. In those five years I completed a masters degree and generally scrounged for work in the public history field. I’ve worked as a contractor for several museums now, and just recently I’ve found myself serving multiple institutions at once. I’m sure the drain on me has been observed in my writings. All that is starting to pay off for my career, but it comes at an increasing price on my time and energy. I had hoped…
  • Romance at Mars Hill

    vorjack
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This looks to be the Ballard satellite branch of Marc Driscoll’s Mars Hill. Someone doctored a billboard with Banksy’s iconic “cops kissing” image: As good a use for graffiti as I’ve ever seen.
  • Being Agent Scully

    vorjack
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the “joys” of working in an archives is hearing about everybody’s research. Sometimes it’s interesting, sometimes it’s dead boring (hello, genealogists, I don’t care who your great-great-uncle was), and sometimes it makes me want to claw my eyes out. People come looking to us to validate their wonky theories about this or that historical person, and you have to be polite as they spin moonbeams. I’m under orders not to engage on a certain topic. I don’t mind. I’ve already discovered that if I try to argue about a certain subject then…
  • Hallquist on Eich

    vorjack
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I have to agree with Chris Hallquist’s take on the Brian Eich mess particularly his closing: There’s a tradition of arguing that, as John Stuart Mill put it, society’s informal sanctions can “a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression.” It’s possible to imagine situations where that might really be true—if there were a Pope of Liberalism, who unlike the real Pope people actually listened to, who in spite of having no legal authority could in practice have anyone ostracized for impure political views. If that were the situation, I’d agree it…
 
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    Debunking Christianity

  • Manly Yahweh is not the Philosopher's God

    Jonathan MS Pearce
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Here I have assimilated two posts into one, looking at the idea that Yahweh, and the claims made about him, do not make a lot of sense with regard to the philosopher's god which developed over the next several thousand years.Many people believe ridiculous things. Most of the time, we eventually shuffle off such beliefs. But some remain. In the case of Christianity, this is the belief in Yahweh. I don't mean to be overly rhetorical, but the belief in Yahweh is patently ridiculous, much more so than the belief in God.Read more »
  • Jeff Lowder: "Two Thumbs Way Up" for My Book WIBA

    John W. Loftus
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I give this book two thumbs way up. In addition to courageously sharing his personal story, Loftus applies his considerable training and expertise into developing a cumulative case against Christianity and for atheism. I cannot think of another book like it on the market. Loftus is clearly familiar with the work of evangelical apologists like Copan, Craig, Geisler, and Moreland, as his book is filled with references to their work and objections to their arguments. In fact, his book might best be described as a “counter-apologetics” textbook. Anyone who reads this blog (The Secular…
  • James East Responds to John Dickson's "Top 10 Tips For Atheists"

    John W. Loftus
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Dr. John Dickson is co-director of the Centre for Public Christianity. He has a PhD in ancient history and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, where he teaches in the MA in Early Christian and Jewish Studies program. Recently he offered his top 10 list of tips for atheists. In it he tells us what he thinks atheists are doing wrong in debates with Christians. Dr. James East of Skeptic Ink Network responded excellently to each of his tips. Here's one example. Dickson's first tip is for atheists to deal with the Christian "sophisticated…
  • Image of Jesus Found on Dog's Butt! Praise Him!

    John W. Loftus
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
  • Is God's Power Diminishing Into Insignificance?

    John W. Loftus
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
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  • Pat Robertson Tells Man in Near-Sexless Marriage His Wife Was Probably “Molested as a Child”

    Hemant Mehta
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Oh, Pat Robertson… who are these people who write to you for advice? Who thinks he should be answering questions about, of all things, sex? Some guy named Jason does, and he wants to know what he should do about the lack of sex in his marriage: Think about what an appropriate response would be. Maybe… ask your wife about her supposed lack of interest? Maybe… go get some couples’ counseling? Pat Robertson mentioned the counseling, but he also had some other ideas…: … I don’t know what’s wrong with your wife, whether she’s got some…
  • Sri Lanka Throws British Traveler in Jail Over Her Buddha Tattoo, Intends to Deport Her

    Terry Firma
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Buddhists who want to truly serve their faith could do better than to behave like thin-skinned jackasses over insults that aren’t. Some of the most fanatical (and sometimes violent) Buddhists can be found in Sri Lanka. Let’s take a closer look. Four years ago, a couple of Muslim traders received suspended jail sentences for selling key chains that depicted Buddha. Two years ago, a Sri Lankan court gave suspended jail sentences and fines to three French tourists who had taken pictures of themselves in front of a Buddha statue, including a photo in which one of them pretended to…
  • Illinois Family Institute: Exposing Dan Savage Is Like Revisiting Auschwitz

    Camille Beredjick
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dan Savage is not the face of the LGBT rights movement, nor should he be (more on that in a moment). But Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute has much harsher words than that for Savage, comparing his views on homosexuality in society to lynching, the Holocaust, clubbed baby seals, and “napalmed Vietnamese girls.” About a year ago, shortly after the Supreme Court struck down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, Savage appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss the ruling, his It Gets Better Project, and some of his widely-known perspectives on LGBT life.
  • The Real Problem with Female Masturbation is That Evangelicals Are Too Sex-Negative To Talk About It Honestly

    Hemant Mehta
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The evangelical Christian take on masturbation is usually pretty simple: Don’t do it. Don’t touch yourself. Don’t even think about touching yourself. There’s something wrong with you if you do it. Pastor Mark Driscoll even went so far as to say it basically amounted to homosexuality (*gasp*) because it was a sexual act that didn’t involve a woman and did involve you touching a penis. But that’s all referring to male masturbation. They typically don’t even want to acknowledge that women may want to touch themselves, too. So I was pleasantly surprised…
  • Despite What This Group Says, “Homosexual Aggression” Isn’t Limiting the Career Options for Christians

    Hemant Mehta
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Who knew that devout Christians were being kicked out of entire professions? According to the American Family Association, LGBT individuals are destroying the job prospects of Christians in the following fields for the following reasons: Photography — A Christian photographer in New Mexico was fined $6700 for politely declining to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony. The Supreme Court allowed this fine to stand. Baker — A Christian baker in Oregon is facing both civil and criminal penalties, including jail time, for politely declining to bake a cake for a gay wedding…
 
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  • Pope Francis asks forgiveness for priests who sexually abused children (CNN)

    Loren Miller
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Pope Francis made his strongest condemnation yet of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy on Friday, asking for forgiveness and pledging to impose penalties on "men of the church" who harm children. "I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests -- quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests -- to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children," the Pope said in remarks quoted by Vatican Radio. "The church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the…
  • Celebrity Snake Handling Pastor Dies from Snakebite

    John Jubinsky
    19 Feb 2014 | 11:49 am
    Jamie Coots who was starring in the reality show, Snake Salvation, died as the result being bitten by a snake he was handling. He was trying to prove that his faith would protect him. Is the outcome likely to discourage his followers? Per the article: Many wonder what effect Coots's death will have on his followers. The most likely answer, surprisingly, is none. Their religious belief is what in logic is called non-falsifiable; that is, it can't be proven wrong or false. No matter the outcome of snake handling, it's God's will: if he gets bitten and dies, it's fine because God called…
  • UN Report Vehemently Attacks Vatican Handling of Child Molestation

    John Jubinsky
    5 Feb 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The United Nations has released a report that severely criticizes the way the Catholic Church has handled sexual abuse of children by its clergy. Per the article:  In an unprecedented report, a United Nations committee slammed the Vatican's handling of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and accused the church of protecting itself rather than the victims….It calls for the church to immediately remove all known or suspected abusers from its ranks….Clerics have been involved in the sexual abuse of "tens of thousands" of children, the report says, and the United Nations is…
  • Chicago Archdiocese Hid Decades of Child Abuse

    John Jubinsky
    21 Jan 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The Chicago archdiocese of the Catholic Church released documents today revealing that it had hidden decades of sexual molestation of children by priests. The documents were only released in order to settle a law suit against the archdiocese by the victims and, as part of the settlement, did not include numerous other such documents. The documents that were released, however, revealed that Church officials as high in rank as cardinals had been involved in the cover-ups. It does not appear that any of the molestations had been reported by the archdiocese to the police. Per the article:…
  • UN Grills Vatican on Child Absuse

    John Jubinsky
    16 Jan 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The United Nations questioned Vatican officials on Thursday about the appropriateness of the way that child abuse by priests was handled by the Church when it became known to higher Church officials. Needless to say, it's about time. History has shown that in the absence of such investigations the Church would do almost nothing to stop the abuse. Wouldn't it be nice if the whole iceberg rather than just the tip becomes known about this. http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/16/world/europe/un-vatican-sexual-abuse/?hpt=wo_c1 
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  • News And Links For Atheists: A Discussion Between Atheists and Mormons: Exposing Myths and Dispelling Stereotypes

    The Atheist Geek
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    VIDEO: A Discussion Between Atheists and Mormons: Exposing Myths and Dispelling Stereotypes As a prelude to the American Atheists National Convention taking place this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, a panel discussion was held Wednesday night between atheists Dave Silverman and author Joanne Hanks and Mormon authors Drs. J. B. Haws and Richard Holzapfel: Atheists conduct friendly march around Mormon Temple Square Most of the marchers were former Mormons and many mailed resignations to the LDS Church at the end of the short trek around the square. Ellis dubbed it “the Mormon exodus and…
  • News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Terrence Howard Says, “If I Could I Would Be A Jehovah’s Witness.”

    The Atheist Geek
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    VIDEO: TERRENCE HOWARD :- “IF I COULD I WOULD BE A JEHOVAHS WITNESS I list this, in part, because there continues to be an ongoing conversation about Terrence Howard’s comments. I began following the thread after leaving a comment several months ago. They are … interesting. Watchtower continues assault on ‘devious’ and ‘hypocritical’ former believers By Cedars. The Society’s website has online versions of the articles addressed in Cedar’s commentary here. How the Watchtower Uses Undue Influence to Enforce Its Blood Policy In my introduction, I asked the…
  • Review: “Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013: The Time of the Doctor”

    The Atheist Geek
    7 Jan 2014 | 10:16 am
    I watched the new Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013, called The Time of the Doctor, the day after it first aired. For my money, Doctor Who has always been one of the more uneven TV shows out there (please don’t burn down my house) and the Christmas Specials even more so. Alas, some of them have been truly awful, while others have been truly great. I realize that part of this is because Doctor Who is first and foremost a kid’s show. But I’m not a kid. I have, at times, wished for a more adult version of Doctor Who. And no, Torchwood isn’t it, so don’t even go…
  • Review: “Ender’s Game”

    The Atheist Geek
    22 Nov 2013 | 12:51 pm
    I read Ender’s Game, a novel written by Orson Scott Card, some years ago. It’s the only thing written by Card that I really liked. So giving Ender’s Game the movie a thumbs up … or the bird … depends, in part, on whether it respects the best aspects of the original story. Exploiting Ender’s brilliance to save the human race from an armada of evil bugs is pretty much the center of the story’s structure. But what about the personal stuff, like Ender fighting his way through Battle School against older kids who literally wanted to kill him? Or the…
  • News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses And Atheists: Richard Dawkins on the Bill Maher Show – Overtime

    The Atheist Geek
    3 Nov 2013 | 10:31 am
    VIDEO: Richard Dawkins on the Bill Maher Show – Overtime VIDEO: Caller Pastor George on The Atheist Experience VIDEO: The Atheist Experience Discusses the Difference Between Indoctrination (Cults) and Socialization Children of religious parents at ‘more risk’ of abuse Countering JW Shunning: How the Implications of Stanley Milgram’s Work May Suggest Using a Different Approach In an attempt to force abandonment of the cruel practice of shunning, we’ve seen countless impassioned pleas from ex-JW members who point out how cruel and emotionally-painful it is for THEM, the…
 
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  • TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 7

    Adam Lee
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    (I’ve decided to review the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that’s airing on Fox. If you missed it, you can stream full episodes online.) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 7, “The Clean Room” There may be some fields of science that have absolutely no political implications, but they’re few and far between. [Read More...]
  • #AAcon14 Wrapup

    Adam Lee
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I’ve just gotten home from Salt Lake City, where I was at the 2014 annual convention of American Atheists. AA always has their convention on Easter weekend (and after all, what better weekend would there be for an atheist not to have other plans?), and this year gave us a double dose of cheekiness by [Read More...]
  • Christian Radio Fans the Flames of Witch Hunting

    Adam Lee
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A few years ago, I wrote about the horrible “witch children” craze in Nigeria. Like the witch hunts that once swept through America and Europe, this one is fed by sects of fanatic evangelical preachers, inflamed by Western missionaries, that believe in a miracle-drenched, demon-haunted world – and teach that people, including children, can be [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Publish or Perish

    Adam Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter I The last few industrialists of Colorado are disappearing, and the John Galt Line has been reduced to mostly-empty trains pulled by rickety, coal-burning locomotives. Having run out of leads in her quest for the magic motor, Dagny has finally resorted to contacting Robert Stadler. He comes to New York [Read More...]
  • On Retconning Biblical Violence

    Adam Lee
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    In 2009, I wrote “The Twisted Moral of Passover“, about how this major Jewish holiday is really a celebration of genocide: the mass killing of the Egyptian children that preceded the Israelites’ deliverance from slavery. (The very name of the holiday refers to how the Israelite slaves supposedly marked their doors with blood so that [Read More...]
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  • After Noah: Five Sordid and Sexy Potential Blockbusters from the Book of Genesis

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    By Valerie Tarico ~ Hollywood’s quest for sex, violence and disaster (or, better yet, the intersection of all three) is as voracious as British Petroleum’s quest for oil. Now, with the dollars rolling in from the latest biblical blockbuster, Noah,— $160M globally and counting—the film industry may have tapped a lucrative pool of black ooze. Greek, Roman and Norse mythology have offered up rich sources of live action and titillation in recent years: Troy, 300, Ulysses, Immortals, Thor, and Clash of the Titans, to name a few. But some critics are calling 2014 the Year of the Biblical…
  • Escaping the International House of Prayer

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    By Brandon Frederick ~ I came into this world as an evangelical pastor’s kid and then became an atheist after almost 4 years of bible college. It is a long story, but one that I hope gives some insight into the inner workings of Evangelicalism.I was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin to two loving parents who had only the best intentions for my life. Among other side occupations such as church directory photography, my father is a pastor and my mother a worship leader. As Bible-believing Evangelicals, they worry about hellfire, where those who do not believe in the right things are punished…
  • I Hate Easter

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    By summerbreeze ~ Well, Easter is soon upon us. It's my least favorite Holiday. In fact, I hate it. With it coming in March or April, and in our neck of the woods, that means the snow has mostly melted, and the ugly fast-food paper bags, cups, wrappers, french-fry holders, combos bags, empty cigarette packs, beer cans, one boot or one shoe laying by the road (it's always one...why is that?) plastic bags, and who knows what all, is right there to see and be appalled by.Then there's the mud, cloudy skies, and no flowers and no leaves. And if there IS snow, it's covered with dirt.What a perfect…
  • Easter's Coming and Mom Thinks I'm Going to Hell

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    By Cindy G. Wynia ~ Normally, I try my best to ignore Easter, or Zombie Rabbi Day. This requires staying out of shops that have seasonal aisles piled high with sugar and chemical-laden treats and garish plastic crap from China that cause little children to have cataclysmic meltdowns when their parents don't buy the stuff. I also overlook the signs in neighbors' yards advertising their churches' annual come-to-Jesus "free" Easter egg hunt and proselytizing fest. And thick glossy sale ads in the Sunday paper exhorting us to buy a new set of clothes ('cause Jesus cares about what's on-trend for…
  • Don't Be Stupid... You Know You're Wrong?!

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    By Joel H. ~ After listening to a podcast by The Thinking Atheist on the book "Why Evolution Is True" by Jerry Coyne, I decided to read the book for myself. In addition I've been watching Cosmos presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson as I have been learning all of the wondrous discoveries us humans have made about Earth's past as well as the universe. But this post is not going to be solely what I learned from Jerry and Neil. As I have been very open to the fact I believe evolution and the universe is billions of years old to be true since there is PLENTY of evidence supporting them, my uncle once…
 
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  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Still Finds Atheism Offensive

    Jack Vance
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    New Jersey, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have been asked by a few readers if I heard about the case of Shannon Morgan, the atheist in New Jersey who filed a complaint in court after her request for a vanity license place reading "8THEIST" was denied by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. I did read about this a few days after it hit the news; however, I did not have the time to write about it. I'll share my thoughts now, brief as they are.According to CNN, the complaint indicates that the rationale provided by the Commission for denying the requested plate was that it "may carry…
  • Pismo Beach City Council Votes to Halt Prayer at Meetings

    Jack Vance
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:03 am
    The coast at Pismo Beach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The following press release is being posted by request from a reader and was received on April 16, 2014. I hope it will serve as yet another reminder that church-state activism can be effective.The Pismo Beach City Council (California) voted yesterday evening to accept an agreement with the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and a local member of Atheists United San Luis Obispo (AU/SLO) to end all prayers at council meetings and eliminate the city chaplaincy.After a closed session at last night's city council meeting, the City Attorney…
  • Should Atheists Seek to Be More Like the Religious?

    Jack Vance
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    A sign posted by the Connecticut Valley Atheists in Rockville's Central Park in December 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Should atheists seek to be more like religious believers? Why, exactly would we want to do that? I don't think we necessarily should want to do that, but the assumption that we should seems to be everywhere these days. Perhaps it is even correct in some limited ways, but it bothers me that it is not being questioned. We seem to be expected to take it for granted, and I'm not sure we should.I have not seen many people overtly claiming that atheists should work to be more like…
  • Zombie Jesus is Risen

    Jack Vance
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    The phrase "He is Risen" inevitably shows up this time of year in the form of Christian propaganda, and it has always grated on me. Thus, I figured I might as well mock it with the title of this post.Christians have co-opted a number of holidays, creating their own mythology around them to great effect. We atheists should be able to do the same minus all the religious nonsense, of course. And this is exactly what we have done with Zombie Jesus Day.The notion that Zombie Jesus returns each year on Easter Sunday and prowls the Earth devouring brains is a great story on which to base a holiday.
  • Zombie Jesus Weekend is Finally Here

    Jack Vance
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    You might think I'd have grown tired of the Zombie Jesus meme by now, but you'd be wrong. I continue to be fascinated with the zombie genre and the notion that someone who returns from the dead is in fact a zombie. I also continue to think that a belief system that is both irrational and destructive might have earned a bit of gentle mocking.Today is Dead Jesus Day, and I enjoyed the day off work. Actually, I still worked but did so from home, and that beats the hell out of having to go to work. The day did kind of creep up on me this year. I've been so busy that I almost forgot that this is…
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  • Fred Phelps Created the Monster that Betrayed Him

    Don Yonker, Contributor
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    Image courtesy indecisionforever.com One can only wonder if the phrase, “et tu, Brute” ran through Fred Phelps mind when the congregation he nurtured and, in most cases, literally spawned, excommunicated him from the Westboro Baptist Church.  The sense of betrayal must have been crushing. As Fred’s estranged son Nathan Phelps said, “They took the one thing that meant everything to the man…That old man and his reason to exist have gone away.”  Nathan Phelps also reported that prior to his father’s death he had been moved to a new house and watched over so he would not harm…
  • Twisting Freedom of Religion Into Religious Freedom

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    Image courtesy thinkprogress.org If there is a single unifying theme that spans the entire career of the late, great comedian George Carlin, it is the importance of the words we use.  As far back as his original list of the seven words you can’t say on television, he spoke of the power of words, and warned us all that those who would manipulate language can easily manipulate thoughts. I was reminded of the relevance of Carlin’s warnings during the recent fight over the nameless Arizona SB 1062 bill, which Governor Jan Brewer (thankfully) vetoed.  This was the bill that would have…
  • A Dying Fred Phelps Will Be Silent — Let’s Keep It That Way

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images In the mid-1990s, I was one of the owners of the Humor listserv centered out of the University of Georgia, which was dedicated to sharing humorous anecdotes and jokes of all kinds, via email, in those early days of the Internet.  There were two groups of people in this particular listserv: those who received the humor emails, and those authorized to post the jokes.  My responsibilities included monitoring the traffic and analyzing and reporting on statistical trends associated with the subscribers.  This position made me…
  • AHA Forces Removal of Memorial Cross — Atheist Community Divided

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Image courtesy of Christian Post On March 6th, AnnMarie Devaney of Riverside, CA was forced to remove a 5-foot tall cross from a Lake Elsinore roadside — a memorial to her son that had been in place for almost two years.  The cross was on government property and had been ordered to be removed in January but, as of early March, was still in the place where Devaney’s son, Anthony, was hit by a car and killed while crossing the street in 2012. After receiving complaints from residents, the American Humanist Association wrote to government officials in Lake Elsinore, urging them to…
  • FoxNews’ Todd Starnes Attacks Atheists with Misleading and Irresponsible Article Title

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:34 am
    He’s at it again. Todd Starnes, the Fox contributor who has been known to champion made-up claims of anti-Christian persecution, has desperately gone the way of sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed by using a ridiculous article title in order to lure readers in and pump up his hit count.  The difference is that his article is not a mindless distraction for procrastinators like you’d see in a typical Buzzfeed article such as You Need To See This Photo Of Queen Elizabeth And Helen Mirren.  (Chance are, those of you who clicked that Buzzfeed link saw the picture and then thought…
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  • 109: The Case for Faith (Part Two)

    Christopher Thielen
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Tom Beasley and Chris Lazare wrap up our discussion of Lee Strobel’s infamous book The Case for Faith. Strobel’s book covers an important selection of faith-altering concerns Christians may have about their beliefs paired with faith-saving arguments from various academics. Needless to say, the atheists on our panel have a few words they’d like to […]
  • 108: The Case for Faith (Part One)

    Christopher Thielen
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Tom, Chris Lazare, and Christopher Thielen discuss Lee Strobel’s book The Case For Faith, dissecting the eight objections Strobel believes every person of faith should be able to comprehend. References: Sam Harris debates William Lane Craig [anamericanatheist.org] Lee Strobel [wikipedia.org] Corrections: David Hume lived in the 18th, not 19th, century. It is estimated that billions of humans, […]
  • 107: The Science Delusion

    Christopher Thielen
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Is science an ideology? Does society follow scientism to a fault? Robin, Colin, Chris Lazare, and Christopher Thielen discuss an interview with cultural critic Curtis White, author of a new book The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers. References: The Science Delusion: An Interview with cultural critic Curtis White […]
  • 106: Non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA)

    Christopher Thielen
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Colin and Chris discuss Stephen Jay Gould’s famous paper, Non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA), which asserts that science and religion are not in conflict with one another. References: Non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA) [stephenjaygould.org] Stephen Jay Gould [wikipedia.org] Non-overlapping magisteria at Rational Wiki [rationalwiki.org]
  • 105: Suffering

    Christopher Thielen
    20 Jan 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Why is there suffering? What does the Biblical tradition have to say about suffering and how have those answers affected even our secular sense of morality? Our panel discusses these questions through the light of Bart Ehrman’s book God’s Problem. References: Bart Ehrman [wikipedia.org] God’s Problem [amazon.com]
 
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    The Angry Atheist

  • The Angry Atheist #141 w/ Andrew Wilson

    Reap Paden
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
      Andrew Wilson joins the podcast to talk about  the story of Noah’s Ark and some of the obvious problems with the arguments used by  young earth creationists. Andrew was so deep into the church he actually applied to be a minister and was accepted he talks about what happened when he was interviewed for the position. How important is it to be an atheist versus being a skeptic? Science has one strength that religion lacks what is it and are we teaching science the proper way? You can find Andrew on about.me here or on twitter @Stooshie     The podcast is also 3 years…
  • The Angry Atheist #140 w/ Terry Sacrey

    Reap Paden
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Terry Sacrey joins The Angry Atheist podcast for the second time to talk about what has changed from the last time he was on way back in podcast #54 Is mankind doomed to fail? Will technology save us or doom us? Do people always need someone to help them see the world in a skeptical way?  Make sure you check out Terry’s blog The Analyzed Atheist here. You can also hear Terry on ReapSowRadio
  • The Angry Atheist #139 w/ Bruce Gerencser

    Reap Paden
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Angry Atheist spends an hour with writer Bruce Gerencser Bruce Gerencser was an Evangelical pastor  for 25 years. Bruce left the Christian faith and is now a secular humanist blogger who lives in a small town in Ohio. Bruce spent a lot of years leading people to god but ended up an atheist. He shares the story of how he came to be an atheist, how it effects his family members in public, and what it has done to the relationships he has with extended family members. You can find Bruce’s blog The Way Forward here     Don’t forget to share this podcast and remember to…
  • The Angry Atheist #138 w/ Brian Allen

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    3 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    Brian Allen the owner of Apartment J Entertainment and co-host of ReapSowRadio  hangs out for his 2nd time on the podcast. Brian talks about some of the ways his activism and opinions have changed since his first time on the podcast back in 2011. Don’t forget  to share the podcast and thanks for listening.
  • The Angry Atheist #137 w/ Lucien Greaves from The Satanic Temple

    Reap Paden
    13 Feb 2014 | 9:34 am
    The Angry Atheist spends an hour hanging out with the spokesman for The Satanic Temple. He discusses some of the details of their attempt to level the playing field at the Oklahoma Capital. We also talk about the different types of responses to that action. Lucien thinks it is the right time for Atheistic Satanism to rise up to the challenges presented by other supernatural belief systems and he could very well be correct.  The fact of the matter is that Satanism has taken on a new face and is  purpose driven as opposed to previous  groups who preferred to keep Satanism out of the public…
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    Deity Shmeity

  • God Offers No Choice

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    God's judgment, as seen by most theists, can only be just if those judged choose to sin or be saved. I believe we are not free to choose anything if our present and future is known by an omniscient being. Allow me to show my work by analogy.Just before his death, Lincoln seemed to have made a choice to go to Ford's Theatre. From the President's perspective he felt he had a choice, but look at it from our perspective. Lincoln's action is an historical event which is known. Lincoln, essentially as a character in a history book, has no choice but to go to Ford's Theatre because any action on his…
  • An Interview with Tjaart Blignaut

    20 Mar 2014 | 10:12 am
    The following is an interview with Tjaart Blignaut of Massive Activity.Over time, your blog has taken a much greater focus on atheism. Why this change of focus? Have you always been an atheist?I have been an atheist since about the age of twenty one or twenty two. I spent quite a lot of time being quiet about my atheism, because I thought that beliefs were something personal that shouldn't be disturbed. My mind was changed gradually when I became aware of Richard Dawkins' out campaign. When I came out I realised that atheism was very much misunderstood, and I became troubled by the fact that…
  • More Short-form Thoughts

    13 Mar 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Religious apologists when arguing for the Kalam Cosmological Argument accept and promote the scientific consensus regarding the Big Bang Theory, yet totally devalue the scientific consensus regarding modern evolutionary synthesis when arguing for the Design Argument (and to a lesser degree a variety of other arguments for God.) Convenient.When I believed in a supernatural creator, it bothered me that other people believed in supernatural creators before the one I believed in was a thing.Especially since those people's beliefs are seen as B.S. nowadays.One of the great double standards…
  • For Christians: God's Second Holocaust

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:57 am
  • A Shaming Process

    18 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been observing and taking part in on-line arguments regarding the existence of God for three years now. These interactions should be evaluated primarily by the value of their content, but I’ve also noticed a trend in their civility. Atheists, on average, are more douchy than theists. I don’t like admitting that the stereotype of the angry atheist is more often fulfilled than not, but I can’t deny it...and neither can I condemn it.Unlike most theists, atheists don’t have an obligation to a doctrine of charity. We can be mean without being hypocritical, but should we?My answer…
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • 35% of Tea Party Patriots Believe President Obama Hosts Cosmos

    Andrew Hall
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Idolater in ChiefIn a recent nationwide survey 35% of those respondents self identifying as Tea Party Patriots condemn President Obama for taking time out from being President of the United States in order to host the hit FOX TV show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Across the nation local groups are forming cells of resistance against the tyranny of scientific materialism.From the regional center of Tea Party nation in Alabaster, Alabama the executive council of the organization held a public forum on this disturbing turn of events in the sanctuary of Warren Avenue Baptist Church.Donald…
  • Top 10 list of what this atheist wants.

    Andrew Hall
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    I was on Facebook the other day, and saw that vjack from Atheist Revolution reposted an old article As an atheist, what do I want? Well, here are some items on my wish list.10 . Keep God off US money.The country that has the Establishment Clause, (which prevents state endorsed religion) in its constitution, yet has God plastered on its currency.Weird.And it gets weirder, too. Let's not forget this memorable quote supposedly from Jesus in the Bible.It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. - Mark…
  • A Quick Atheist Dad Joke

    Andrew Hall
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The kids and I were talking about Easter, and the conversation drifted to transubstantiation -- the magical metamorphosis when the communion wafer actually turns into the body of Christ.And here is the joke.
  • Americans more Skeptical about the Bible

    Andrew Hall
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Here is a real story that offers some hope to atheists in America.The percentage of Americans who treat the Bible as just another piece of literature or myth is rising according to the American Bible Society's survey of the State of the Bible.Now there are just as many Americans skeptical of the Bible as there are engaged with the Bible. There's more to that first paragraph, but I just want to point out the obvious: You can be engaged with the Bible and be skeptical of it at the same time. I like reading about vampires (don't judge me!) and quite engaged in the genre, but at no point do…
  • Saudi Arabian Secret Agents Steal Nietzsche's Body for Trial

    Andrew Hall
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Clerics in a secret meeting. All four agree thatthe name of The Gay Science alone is worth damnation.Riyadh, Saudi Arabia The body of Friedrich Nietzsche, 19th century German philosopher, was publicly tried, condemned, and then stoned by an angry crowd. The crime? In the official declaration by the Chief of Sharia Courts was that Mr Nietzsche had committed blasphemy in 1882 when he wrote in the groundbreaking book, The Gay Science, that God is dead.Allah is not dead. Mr Nietzsche is dead, and now we are going to show all the glory, love, and justice of Allah when we stone Nietzsche's…
 
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