11: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

Non-Readers I have old friends in Texas who have never read a whole book in their entire lives. I'm not kidding. And it sort of horrifies me, you know? I’m not whacking at them, particularly, but ... the type. … [Read more...]

10: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

Note to a Young Atheist If you’re on the journey of freethought and you’re “out” about it, in full view of your religious family and peers, it’s likely you’re going to go through a fairly rough road at some point.   … [Read more...]

9: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

Bring Out Your Dead! As you get older, there’s a catalog that starts to form in your head – the roster of your beloved dead. I have Ranger the Valiant Warrior, Tito the Mighty Hunter, my old cowboy friend Tom and now my Dad, Dan Farris. And man, for me that’s a long list. Even one would be too much. … [Read more...]

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Dad and Self Worth I can definitely say that my dad, Dan Farris, helped teach me that I mattered. That each of us individuals matter. No matter what other people say, you’re not nothing. … [Read more...]

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Love and Gods Religious people often talk about love in religious terms, asserting that you couldn't even have love, or feel love, or express love, without first believing in their God. But love was around long before religion. … [Read more...]

6: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

Just FYI: We're just now in the process of leaving the solar system. If by "we" you're willing to substitute V'ger. Er, Voyager 1. Humanity escapes the solar system … [Read more...]

5: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

You know how freaky we Americans are about the Constitution? Very freaky, right? But it’s understandable. This is the founding document of the United States, the piece of paper that CREATED the nation. Every word in it is important. Every word in the Amendments is important. Every word. … [Read more...]

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Certain of my FtB co-bloggers (coughGretaChristinacough) are offering up pictures of kittens for their blogathons! The nerve! So I'm putting up some of MY recent photography. Just to show everybody that the world of atheism is not all kittens and, you know, happy stuff. It's a fierce, grim struggle for survival, just like in nature! … [Read more...]

3: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

The Catholic Church is a lot like the Bible. The Bible is so familiar to us, so apparently benign, it might seem defensible ... until you actually read what it says. Likewise, the familiar, friendly Catholic Church might seem okay ... until you actually notice what it says and does. … [Read more...]

2: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

Jesus and Marlboro The difference between religion and atheism, for me, is like the difference between being a smoker and a non-smoker. Me personally, I’m not just a non-smoker, I’m an anti-smoker. It’s not just that I don’t smoke, it’s a couple of other things: … [Read more...]