Answering John Loftus: Is There an Atheist Community?

John Loftus, of Debunking Christianity, writes: I want to briefly make the case that there is no atheist community. There are only atheist communities. There is likewise no atheist movement. There is only an atheist momentum. Atheists do not even share the same goals. It’s a sound point, and I agree with several of his arguments, at least in the sense I believe he’s aiming. But it isn’t the only point, I don’t think. It will take me a bit… Read more

… When You Pry It From My Cold, Dead Hands

A Facebook friend posted a link to this Slate article Free Willy: Should prison inmates have the right to masturbate? I clicked over to it because it sounded funny. Not only did it turn out to be interesting, it touches on (you see what I did there?) a real point of human rights. While you might think of masturbation as a sort of last refuge for the incarcerated—a truly inalienable freedom, given the happy proximity of the sex organs—that is… Read more

SCREW THE CHRISTIAN PRAYER CENTER

Sorry, couldn’t resist.   Read more

Help Me Pharyngulate (wait, can I say that?) This Poll

The Christian Coalition of America is … conducting a nationwide survey of America’s politically active Christians so we can show the politicians and the media exactly where we stand on critical issues. [ In case you have trouble connecting, the URL is http://cc.org/webform/2012_american_values_survey ] [ Also, see Afternote 2/Warning at the end of this post. ] And they want to make sure your voice is included. I say we pitch in. After all, it doesn’t say only Christians, and nobody… Read more

The Last, Very Last, End of the World. Ever. No, Really. This One. Srsly.

Oh, crap. I still had so much to do. But now Jesus is coming on May 27. Ronald Weinland is “God’s Final Witness,” the one man, out of 7 billion of us, who knows that the 7th Seal was opened on Nov 14th, 2008 and that Jesus is to Return May 27th, 2012. (more…) Read more

Short Stack #8

By the second week of January, I’m going to register 200,000 hits on my blog. That’s more views than Salt Lake City has Mormons. I think that means I can start baptizing people posthumously as atheists. ————————— To my Christian friends: Yes, I’m an atheist, but that doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate or understand the true meaning of Christmas! Here, I’ll prove it: Merry Christmas! May Jesus come down the chimney and leave a quarter under your pillow for every… Read more

Puppies or Poison

I found this on Facebook. It was worth a mere chuckle at first, but then I started to really think about it. The more I thought about it, the more telling and terrible it became. Take two groups … One with a nightmare vision of the future, a vision of screaming and pain and merciless death, a vision of the end of human life on Earth. A vision that they LOVE, that they ardently WANT TO HAVE HAPPEN … And… Read more

How To Kill the Dead

1. I came across a link to Stephanie Zvan’s Nov. 22 “Preacher at the Funeral” post, which I had missed, and I heartily sympathized with her dislike of the time spent by the preacher at her grandfather’s funeral, “advertising Jesus.” In her case, the advertisement was separate from any statement about her grandfather. As she said, (more…) Read more

Ten Reasons I’m Glad I’m an Atheist

These are not necessarily the TOP ten reasons. Maybe they’re not even the ONLY ten reasons. But they’re ten pretty good reasons I’m glad I am an atheist. 1. Sunday morning. Or Saturday. Or whenever. I get to sleep in if I want to. And if I don’t want to – I almost never do – I can get up and do things I want to do, and not things other people expect me to do, in church or otherwise…. Read more

Pat Robertson is a Lying Sack of Shit

I have a certain amount of sympathy for most Christians. Because I believe that, no matter what they say and do, they aren’t really in full control of their thoughts and actions. Because of this powerful fear they’ve been taught, they’ve given over control of their lives to others, people they hope really understand how to live and act. In fact, I feel this same way about great numbers of religious ministers. I can barely imagine how torturous it must… Read more