4: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

Certain of my FtB co-bloggers (coughGretaChristinacough) are offering up pictures of kittens for their blogathons! The nerve!So I'm putting up some of MY recent photography. Just to show everybody that the world of atheism is not all kittens and, you know, happy stuff. It's a fierce, grim struggle for survival, just like in nature! … [Read more...]

3: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

The Catholic Church is a lot like the Bible. The Bible is so familiar to us, so apparently benign, it might seem defensible ... until you actually read what it says. Likewise, the familiar, friendly Catholic Church might seem okay ... until you actually notice what it says and does. … [Read more...]

2: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

Jesus and MarlboroThe difference between religion and atheism, for me, is like the difference between being a smoker and a non-smoker. Me personally, I’m not just a non-smoker, I’m an anti-smoker. It’s not just that I don’t smoke, it’s a couple of other things: … [Read more...]

1: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

So, here I am blogging from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., one post every half hour, to benefit the Secular Student Alliance. It’s a sorry few hours, compared to some of my co-bloggers here at FtB, who blogged for 24 hours straight, but it’s all I can manage today. … [Read more...]

Tomorrow: Blogathon (more like a bloga-10K) for SSA Week

I'll be blogging for the SSA tomorrow, Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (eastern time zone) — following in the footsteps of FreethoughtBlogs lights such as Brianne Bilyeu, Ophelia Benson, Ian Cromwell, JT Eberhard and Michaelyn Everhart, Greta Christina, Greg Laden, Daniel Fincke, Al Stefanelli, Jason Thibeault, Jen McCreight, Natalie Reed, Ed Brayton and who knows who else. … [Read more...]

If All Your Friends Jumped Off a Bridge …


A phrase popped into my head yesterday while I was thinking about something completely different, and I’d like to toss it at you: “challenge food.”A challenge food is that stuff you’re expected to eat, not because it’s good, not because it’s something you would normally like, but to prove to your friends that you’re tough. Or daring. Or ... willing to go along with the joke.How many times have you heard people rave about chili hot enough to bring tears to your eyes? Or read some story abo … [Read more...]