Archives for August 2011

Launch Day: Welcome!

If you’re new to FreeThought Blogs, welcome! If you’re new to Blue Collar Atheist, or to my writing, a double welcome! Probably I should tell you something about me.The Blogging Part I’ve been at it for a bit, both as a blog reader and writer. I won the second-ever  Molly Award at PZ Myers’ Pharyngula (actually I was one of two people that month) for blog commentary, and was called a “master of metaphor” — along with less flattering names — along the way. Fortunately or unfortunately, I usually … [Read more...]

180 Degrees: Pastor Mike

PZ has a post about Pastor Mike's plan to create a database of “known” atheists, and a really disgusting plan it is. That someone could come up with such a thing, and then broadcast it into the public sphere, shows a breathtaking unawareness both of history and of the consequences of one's actions in the real world. The idea is both incredibly ugly and yet so blithely inept in concept that I imagine we have nothing to fear from it. But we DO have to point out — yet again, to those unaware of hist … [Read more...]

Post Irene … I Hope

Ohmygod it was hell! Nine and a half hours without power. I had to write BY HAND! With a PENCIL! On PAPER!! And communicate with people with my VOICE!!! We were practically a third world country there for a while. Seriously: Hope everyone weathered the storm (or continues to weather it), wherever you are, or at least thinks/thought kind thoughts of us here on the East Coast. The sum total of the damage at my house is a couple of large limbs down in the yard. I had a little bit of an adventure … [Read more...]

The Perils of Irene

For days I’ve been watching the coverage of Hurricane Irene. Right now I’m looking at a NASA image taken yesterday, clearly showing the storm snuggled up to the east coast of the U.S. I think you have to make a conscious effort to step outside yourself occasionally, so you’ll know how lucky you are. In this case, I’m stepping outside by looking at this picture taken from 22,300 miles above the earth and transmitted to us by the NOAA GOES-13 satellite. For those of you on other continents (or othe … [Read more...]

Kitten, Cat or Tiger — Part 4

[Start with Part 1, or go back to Part 2 or Part 3] Okay, if war’s not your thing, how about this: Did you know there’s a safe and easy way to prevent teen pregnancy? A way to lower the number of abortions? It’s just this: Provide sex education. Make condoms and contraceptives available. Give teens the facts and the tools to accomplish the early-life goal of not getting pregnant. If you tell teens where babies come from, and let them know that unexpected mommyhood and daddyhood will put a ser … [Read more...]

Bloomberg: No Godders at 9/11 Service

If you ever feel, as an atheist or secularist, that we're not making headway, and are maybe even losing ground against the forces of religion, remember this:New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that the 10th anniversary memorial ceremony of the 9/11 terror attacks on the Twin Towers will include no clergy.This is major. An event that has been used and abused by various religious hucksters for the past decade will deliberately disinclude — on its 10th Anniversary — the sp … [Read more...]