Finding the Real Villain in [Churches Hate Gay Boy Scouts]

Boy Scout

Thinking about this story, Some Churches Say They'll Cut Ties to Boy Scouts Following Its Lifting Ban on Gay Scouts, a first reaction might lead you to lambaste the people who'd do such a thing. "If the Boy Scouts are going to support gays, we're not going to support the Boy Scouts." Of course they have every right to say that, to act that way, but it's not a decent reaction, not a reaction that recognizes equality and fairness. You'd be prone to blame the people who'd do such a thing. On … [Read more...]

Helping A Tornado Survivor, Atheist-Style

Wolf-Blitzer-Atheist

There's a rather amazing story coming out of the Oklahoma tornado-aftermath. Moore, Oklahoma, resident and mother Rebecca Vitsmun, being interviewed by  CNN's Wolf Blitzer, responded to a spray of goddy rhetoric: Blitzer: "Well, you're blessed, Brian your husband is blessed, Anders is blessed. [...] I guess you gotta thank the Lord, huh? Do you thank the Lord, for that split-second decision (to leave her home and get to safety)?" Vitsmun: "I uh, I am actually an atheist." Amid … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Bridges and War and All Things Daft

Bush & Bridge

I know there are people who don't like driving across long, high bridges. I'm one of them, I guess, but my job requires me to gird my loins and cross the huge, 3-mile-long, almost-60-year-old  Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River near New York City twice a day. The collapse of the Interstate 5 highway bridge in Mount Vernon, Wash., on Thursday, brought that roaring to mind over the past few days. On days when traffic is slow and you're standing still on the Tappan Zee — like … [Read more...]

Hawking T-Shirts at Funerals (More or Less)

If I die and somebody shows up to sell "Hug Me - I'm an Atheist!" T-shirts at my service, it would tickle me to death. (If I wasn't already dead, I mean, and was, you know, capable of being tickled.) [ Note: If you do this, you have to donate the money in my name — all of it — to a black bear rescue operation or sanctuary. ] But if it happened at any other funeral, I would expect the family to be furious. I feel the same way about selling religion at funerals. Even at second hand, … [Read more...]

Atheism In The News

Columnist Lee Dye made the front page at ABCNews.com yesterday, with a book review titled Do We Need God to Be Moral? Are we moral because we believe in God, or do we believe in God because we are moral? Frans de Waal argues in his latest book that the answer is clearly the latter. The seeds for moral behavior preceded the emergence of our species by millions of years, and the need to codify that behavior so that all would have a clear blueprint for morality led to the creation of … [Read more...]

The Infiltration Makes Progress, Comrades

Saw this story on ABCNews.com today: Is Religion Good for Your Health? ... and got the shock of my life. Okay, well, it wasn't the shock of my life, but it was surprising, and more than a little pleasing. What would you expect from a story with that headline in any mainstream news medium in America? They wouldn't dare answer anything but --> YESYESYES!! <--, right? But this writer, Dr. Richard Besser, sort of DID answer something other than yes. … [Read more...]


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