Short Stack #10

Wise Old Saying I Just Made Up: We get a first life, which is Life. And we get this second life, which is the memory of us that remains in the minds of those who knew us. There is no other. So do everything you can to really LIVE in your lifetime, and to leave behind the memory of intelligence and optimism, of strength and persistence, and especially of warmth and caring. … [Read more...]

Give ‘Em a Million Years and They’ll Have Their Own Space Program

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Are You Doing Your Part to Kill God?

Had a thought last night: Those of us who are atheists, we all came from somewhere. And it's not such a reach to think that somewhere in our back trails, there are others who might appreciate a hand, in order to get where we got. I grew up in Houston, Texas, went to a high school with shitkickers and country people. Good enough people, but also people mired in religion. I keep in touch with a few of them, and unfortunately, they've gotten MORE goddy rather than less, over the years. I think … [Read more...]

SF Fan All My Life

... And now someone I know has written an SF novel. Jim Downey, former co-blogger on Unscrewing the Inscrutable, that historic godless blog created by Brent Rasmussen, is the author of Communion of Dreams. The year is 2052, and the human race is still struggling to recover from a massive pandemic flu some 40 years previously.  When an independent prospector on Saturn’s moon Titan discovers an alien artifact, assumptions that we are alone in the universe are called into question.  Knowing … [Read more...]

Reader Question: Atheist Blood Drive

I willing to bleed for my fellow man (and woman). I used to donate blood fairly often, when I lived in Houston. I got my gallon pin and then donated a few more times before I moved to a little mountain town in California and it became much less convenient. I've been thinking for years I should get back into it. But the way I imagine it happening is through an atheist blood drive. I did a little research and found that freethought/atheist groups all over the U.S., possibly the world, have … [Read more...]

Shameless Attack on the Atheist Food Supply

KeeeRYST, now what? It's not enough that they want to keep us out of public office, or force us to touch Bibles in court, now they want to interfere with our tasty atheist snacks. Oklahoma state senator Ralph Shortey (he of the snappy, cutting-edge web page) seems convinced that some food coming into his state contains portions of human fetuses. And he wants to ban it. He has introduced Senate Bill 1418, "An act relating to food; prohibiting the manufacture or sale of food or products which … [Read more...]

Sikh sect sick over lame Leno lark

India is up in arms over a joke made by Jay Leno. Judge the heinousness of it yourself: httpv:// Right. In the midst of a very mild joke about Romney's summer home, Leno flashed a brief image of the Temple of Amritsar, the "Golden Temple," in the state of Punjab in northern India.  … [Read more...]

Short Stack #9

The next atheist book I write, I'm having it printed on the tanned skins of raptured Christians. -------------------------------- Chinese New Year tomorrow! We enter the Year of the Dragon, the year of my birth! Yes, I am a Dragon! And no, I'm not breathing fire just to prove it. … [Read more...]

Get Real: Losing the Love of God

Note for new readers: I lost my Dad, Dan Farris, a few months back. I’ve been thinking a lot about that, and what it’s doing to me. I keep a digital recorder with me all the time, and I record thoughts and impressions about the process and the milestones. Here is one such thought. I relate it for the same reason I wrote my book, Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist — we have plenty of books and speakers to tell us about the WHY of atheism, but very few to tell us about the HOW. Yes, getting … [Read more...]

Evil Chic: You Know You Want It

Seriously, this is a good cause: Evil Little Shirts. The proceeds will support a very poised and bright young woman, Jessica Ahlquist, who spearheaded the recent fight to remove the unconstitutional Christian prayer banner from her high school. Ed and PZ say it better than me. But hey, even if you knew nothing else about it, you know you want a shirt that says this:       … [Read more...]