No, I don’t believe in God. I thought YOU did. Well, heck. Now what?

crazy

We're born to sanity. We instinctively feel that things should be reasonable. That it should all MAKE SENSE.Most of us, as we grow to adulthood, at least TRY to be sane and sensible. But we all know we share the world with some crazy-ass others.In my view, the biggest reason for rampant craziness in the world is religion. Religion is not only mistaken about basic facts of reality, it sets up a social field of acceptance to casual lies, deliberate falsehoods, even malicious acts, by both … [Read more...]

I’m Part of FreethoughtBlogs’ FTBConscience!

I'll be appearing on the "Atheism and Grief" panel at FTBConscience this Sunday, July 21 at 4 p.m. Central time.Other speakers will include Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief, plus Greta Christina and Nicome Taylor.Here's the entire convention schedule, and here's the page detailing just my panel.I'd volunteered to be on the panel regarding the future of atheism, hoping to talk about Beta Culture, but there were already plenty of panelists included there.Hope to see … [Read more...]

Free Online Movies, Including One on Atheism

Things to be found on this newfangled Internet:535 Free Movies OnlineIncluding this one: Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief With the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the emotional whiplash that followed, the monotheistic religions of the West took a more stridently political turn. It was in this context that Jonathan Miller, the British theatre and opera director, felt compelled to create a three-part documentary tracing the history of religious skepticism and … [Read more...]

Well, This Is Disturbing.

bill-the-cat

Before I started A Citizen of Earth, I blogged as The Blue Collar Atheist.The name was mostly intended to underline my lack of a college degree, or any great amount of advanced education, to make the point that giving up religion, become an agnostic or atheist, is not something you need a Ph.D. to do. You can be a complete doofus and still reason yourself free of it.Speaking of which, even *I* can see the gaping holes in some of the stuff from this site (hat tip to commenter Chris for … [Read more...]

Shoving Orphans Away From the Table

How many times have you seen it? Someone convenes a panel of talking heads to discuss morals, justice, or any of the other “goodness” issues, and the speaker’s table is filled with a priest, a minister and a rabbi (and here lately, to prove our generous and inclusionary nature, an imam).As far as the organizer is concerned, and large swaths of the audience, atheists don’t exist. Because we don’t know anything about morals, you see, or deep human convictions, or even feelings. We can’t speak w … [Read more...]

The Freedom of Vanished Ripples

stones

I Carried the Stone the first time when I was 3 years old.I don’t remember it, of course, but my father was so proud he filmed it and I watched it years later. There I was, all 35 pounds of me, carrying a 10-pound Stone. I managed to carry it almost all the way across our living room before I fell with it and chipped one of my baby teeth. In the movie, my mother picked me up and inspected the broken tooth, glancing angrily at my father, but of course she stayed silent. A chipped tooth is n … [Read more...]


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