The Joy of Coming Out

Several speakers at Reason Rally spoke about “coming out,” and the phrase showed up in a couple of the sketchy news stories about it.Speaking as someone who has “come out” twice, as an atheist and as – well, you know, this other thing I don't usually talk about very much because it's just not relevant to my work as an atheist blogger – I’d like to persuade you all to do it.It can be rough at first, but you will eventually realize it’s one of the best things you’ve ever done. The freedom that … [Read more...]

Daily Show: The Perils of Science

It's a video sort of day. This is just too fantastically good for every person on Earth not to see. Aasif Mandvi does the deed. … [Read more...]

Oh, Kid, I Wish You The Best …

... I just wish your name was anything but "Palin."Because the spotlight that shines on you — because of your name — is the same one that shines on two-headed kittens, and Jessica Simpson. The spotlight that says "Oh, look, all you people sitting there with really nothing better to do, and no mind to figure out what you might be doing, here's something SUUWEEET!!!!"Bristol Palin is now a blogger.Yes, THAT Bristol Palin. … [Read more...]

A Study in Conflict Between Island Cultures

It doesn’t get much play in the publicly-available cultural anthropology literature, but there’s an island in the Pacific where an interesting conflict has played out over generations.The island, which has an untranslatable name – generally rendered in English as  “Ryeezahn” –  is occupied by two tribes, the Kritsi and the Syenz, which have been at war for generations, a war temporarily restrained in an uneasy peace.The root of the conflict, as visiting anthropologists have documented, is une … [Read more...]

Short Stack #12

If your father has a stick in the closet that he's used in the past to beat you with, you have to wonder at someone who'd tell you "What are you getting all worked up about? He's not beating you with it NOW." Just so with organized religion and what it's done throughout history. As an atheist, I would rather empty out that closet.____________________________When a news story says someone "lost" a leg in an accident, I always hold out hope they'll eventually find it again and be better for … [Read more...]

Madison Avenue Jesus

Man, the ads we get here at FtB. My understanding is that the service that places these things gets progressively better at targeting them to the reader audience over time. I continue to hope that’s true. If the whole thing works on nothing but keywords, and if atheist bloggers frequently mention worship and God and Jesus – in the making of jokes if nothing else – then readers here will have to grin and bear a LOT of ads that should rightly be targeted at the goddy. We’re like a Jewish site that … [Read more...]