American Atheist: Toward a New Definition of Atheism

The following article appears in the September 2015 issue of American Atheist Magazine.American Atheist is sold at Barnes & Noble, and a digital version is available via iTunes. Of course you can also SUBSCRIBE to it (hint, hint)._____________________ Toward a New Definition of Atheism by Hank FoxSooner rather than later, every fledgling Atheist gets swept up in the definitional debate. Atheism is this, Atheism is that, agnosticism is the other thing, and one disturbingly … [Read more...]

Power: The Source is the Limit, the Source is Us

Would you believe me if I told you "government" doesn't really exist? That when we talk about government, there's nothing really there? It's as fictional as religion?So where do I think all those government buildings come from? What's all that business you see in Washington DC -- Congress and the White House, the Supreme Court and all those museums and monuments and stuff? What's the deal with all the cop cars, and the uniformed people driving them? What do I think the IRS is, or the U.S. … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Self-Contained Living

“The right to swing your fists ends where your neighbor's nose begins.” I first heard that saying something like 50 years ago, and it made immediate sense. Obviously, you have no “right” to be hitting other people in the nose, accidentally or deliberately. Besides the fact that Fist vs. Nose is a fight nose always loses – meaning you hurt this other person – it also sparks Other Fist into action, putting your own nose in danger. Other people can be drawn in, starting a melee. Property can be dam … [Read more...]

Short Stack #24

Just sent in my application to the United Nations for the Pig Latin interpreter post.I think my chances are good. I've been speaking it since the third grade.--------------------------One bad shower can scar you for life.--------------------------When you think about it, The Joker is the ultimate example of motivational success. He's upbeat, cheerful, he has high self-esteem, he's willing to try anything, and he recognizes no limits. He's like the perfect corporate … [Read more...]

Farewell to a Feral Feline

There was this feral cat, a big gray fellow, skulking around the farmhouse where I lived a few years back, stalking the birds and squirrels at the feeders. I saw him out there for two years running, hot summers and snowy winters, and started putting out food.He'd slip up and bolt down the food, then scurry off to wherever he stayed most of the day. I put a chair outside, about 20 feet from the food dish, and started sitting there reading every day at feeding time.The first day, he came … [Read more...]

Hillary and Bernie and Joe, Oh My

All the Bernie supporters on my friends list, I honor your liking for your candidate, and I'm VERY GLAD he's running. I'm glad he's saying all the things he's saying, and I'm glad there are people who love him. I truly feel he's shifting the ground of discussion in the United States, and I love the direction it's going.But to me his candidacy has the feel of a mad, crazy pep rally for a team that can't win. Look at the numbers. JOE BIDEN is passing Bernie nationally in this poll. And Biden … [Read more...]


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