There are a couple of new reviews of my book Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist: Simple Thoughts About Reason, Gods & Faith up at Amazon. Being busy this month, I hadn’t noticed them. I keep expecting there will be a ripping Christian reviewer show up sooner or later, so I always brace myself when I find new reviews. But … these were pretty good. I especially liked this bit from Jim Curtis: (more…) Read more

January On a trip to Lourdes, Rush Limbaugh will fall into a roadside fountain and miraculously regain his hearing. Returning to his radio show, he will realize that he has for several months been farting loudly during his daily radio broadcast, but his devoted listeners have been too polite to tell him. (more…) Read more

For all my Christian friends and family: Yes, it’s true I’m an atheist, but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand the true meaning of Christmas. Here, I’ll prove it to you:   Merry Christmas! May Jesus come down the chimney and leave a quarter under your pillow for every one of your teeth! Read more

Seriously, scientists, what is WRONG with you?? How could you not tell us about THIS?? What Prayer Does to Your Brain This video reveals how prayer actually changes four distinct areas of the human brain: the frontal lobe, the anterior cingulate, the parietal lobe, and the limbic system. It also details how a specific amount of prayer time per day can help prevent memory loss, mental decline, and even dementia or Alzheimer’s. Plus, it covers 47 scientifically proven benefits of… Read more

“I tell everyone, if they want to call it a modern-day miracle, this is a miracle,” said Regan, 59, and a Catholic. “I have friends who are atheists who have called me and said, ‘I am going back to church.’ ” I know some part of this is the simple desire to express boundless gratitude that a loved one survived. And another part is the ridiculous “drama” writing on the part of the reporter. But after a while, it just… Read more

Reporter Alyssa Newcomb penned a deeply embarrassing bit of silliness at yesterday. First American Indian on Track Toward Sainthood Jake Finkbonner was near death for months with a flesh eating bacteria, but made a miraculous recovery that the Vatican credited to The Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, marking the second miracle for the 17th century Mohawk-Algonquin woman and clearing the way for her to become the first American-Indian saint. Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree Monday approving the miracle attribute to… Read more

Read this whole post before you click on the link at the end. And then think twice about clicking on the link. Seriously. It’s disgusting, disturbing, and I’m including it only to make a point about something I think is even more disgusting and disturbing. No, I don’t think this baby is a freak. I think he has a horrifying condition that would put a literal saint in a difficult ethical position, much less ordinary human parents. (more…) Read more

The Foundation for a Better Life, at, has some TV spots I really like, about human values. The unexpected part is that, as near as I can tell, the purpose of the videos is to introduce viewers to simple lessons about decent behavior … without at the same time attempting to shove Jesus down your throat. A sample: I couldn’t figure out how to embed this one, which I could only find on the original site, but it’s pretty… Read more

Something I’ve been saying for years in private, and will now say again in public, is that I think humans, mostly, are not really very bright. I think we have what I call “fractional intelligence.” The rare Einstein or Newton pops up from the great mass of us and does something brilliant, but for the most part, we’re intellectual also-rans, riding on the coattails of the smart ones. And even the brightest among us don’t shine all the time. Human… Read more

Part 1 — Part 2 — Part 3 — Part 4 The most basic fact about an apology is that it’s a social act. Both the mistake that inspires it and the apology itself are carried out on a stage on which more than one person is involved. Meaning: An apology must be given, and it must be received. Which means there is a dynamic between apologizer and apologizee, or mistake-maker and mistake victim (or audience). If we believe, as… Read more

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