Jerry Seinfeld Mocks The Advertising Industry While Accepting Award From It

Jerry Seinfeld was awarded a Clio by the advertising industry and decided to take the chance to express his contempt for it with a thoroughly sarcastic speech: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Maher, Harris, Aslan, Affleck, Kristof: An Atheist Reformist Iranian’s View

“I am an ally of moderate Muslims. No, I’m actually not their ally, I’m their pawn, I’m their meat fodder. My atheism, so far, has never brought me in direct danger of death, but my support for reformists has. If anyone reads my blog they will see I devote more energy to defending reformists than I do to defending atheism.” [Read more...]

Iran: The Uncertain Nation

An Iranian lives life feeling as if someone has raised their hand to slap them, and they really might slap them, but right now they’re just holding their hands mid-air and not bringing it down. [Read more...]

My Thoughts On Liberty

I’m delighted to announce that one of my favorite bloggers, Iranian ex-Muslim and close personal friend of mine, Kaveh Mousavi will be bringing his On The Margin of an Error blog here to Patheos on the Atheism channel starting next week! In order to introduce Kaveh to you, I am giving over Camels With Hammers to him for the next week [Read More...]

Cory Booker’s Pro-Atheist Tweets

Good on Cory Booker! Religion without determined human kindness is an absurdity: “Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.”Jon Stewart — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 21, 2014 I’m a Christian & believe we should listen to Athiests especially if they challenge us. Christians have no monopoly on truth @magnoliaflower — [Read More...]

Before I Deconverted: “My God Died on the Cross, Not At McDonald’s!”

I attended my first concert at 14. It was at a Christian teen conference, I was a devout evangelical Christian, and the band was Audio Adrenaline. I got to meet them after the show. One of them had actually been a camp counselor at my church camp and had very briefly had a thing with a [Read More...]

A Personal Relationship With Jesus

I’ve had the privilege to see Vyckie Garrison give the speech above twice (and to read it over in advance of her giving it). In it she explains how the warning signs that a domestic violence counselor asked her about in order to assess the health of her marriage all involved things that Vyckie and her [Read More...]

“The horrific beatings didn’t begin until my parents joined the Baptist church and gave up drinking.”

M. Dolon Hickmon recalls how thanks to authoritarian Christianity, the child abuse he endured was not alcohol-induced but faith-induced: For me, the photos of the injuries Adrian Peterson inflicted on his young son stirred a particularly difficult memory: In it, I stand at the foot of my parent’s bed, frail and blond. Behind me, my [Read More...]

The Faith of a Child

The following is a guest post from Alexandra, an ex-Christian. I have tried to narrow down precisely what it was that led me to abandon my faith many times, in vain. This is because there was not one idea, there was not one final nail in the coffin – rather my faith was buried in a deluge of [Read More...]