American Blood: Why the Atheist Fight is Everybody’s Fight

The story is a month old, so I’m sure you’ve caught the controversy over the mangled-beam cross at the 9/11 memorial site, and the fact that atheists oppose the thing. You’ve probably also caught the blowback, which includes online death threats to atheists by nice Christians. Responding to the subject on Facebook, a commenter named Janice D. blamed atheists for the whole thing: “Yes, the Christians are feeling very threatened in today's political climate [...] Their God IS being kicked out of ev … [Read more...]

Earthman’s Journey – Part 2 (of 8)

[ Part 1 — 2 — 3 — 4 — 5 — 6 – 7 — 8 ]  Cowboyin' The early end of the beef industry involves a lot of labor at identifying and altering young bovines from their original, mint-condition wholeness to something more in line with human designs, as they make their first transition from free beasties to hamburger-on-the-hoof. The work can be done in sheer industrial efficiency, with metal chutes and shock prods and unconcerned hourly workers, or it can be done by working cowboys, in tune with … [Read more...]

Earthman’s Journey – Part 1 (of 8)

[ Part 1 — 2 — 3 — 4 — 5 — 6 – 7 — 8 ]   Somewhere above all this, all the roiling newness of the growing atheist and progressive community, there’s an overview. I’ve tried very hard to see it. It may be that there are plenty of people smarter than me, more educated, innately broader of understanding, who already know what it is we’re all working towards. But I have yet to read their books or hear their talks. I look out and see ... pieces. A chopped salad of efforts and understanding that f … [Read more...]

Don’t know Cuttlefish? You don’t know jack.

Imagine there was once this vital, energetic MAGICAL artform. Something alive and delightful, something that would make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, give you rare insights, make you smarter and better, make you love each other more. And imagine that you know it once existed, but you don't think it does anymore because the only examples you've ever seen of it were on dusty shelves in the library — dead-boring collections that nobody ever picks up except dry old maids and bookish, a … [Read more...]

12 Things You Can’t Learn in Church

In no particular order:1. You have to think for yourself. Nothing is beyond question. … [Read more...]

Why Adam & Eve REALLY Got Kicked Out

With apologies to Samuel L. Jackson ...Probably NSFW, so click ahead at your own peril. … [Read more...]