#YesAllMen Are Responsible

Last Saturday in California a young man carried out a killing spree that appears to have ended in suicide. He had already promised his rampage in videos on the internet which had already gotten the attention of his therapist, his family, and the police. He also wrote a lengthy manifesto. Between his manifesto, his videos, [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “Does Everyone Mean Something Different By The Word ‘Good’?”

The following originally appeared on Secularite as part of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, which now appears on Camels With Hammers. One of the interesting forms that moral skepticism takes is this ambiguous question, “Doesn’t everyone mean something different by the word ‘good’?” Or, in its declarative statement form, “There can be no objective meaning of [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “Is Morality Relative?”

The following originally appeared on Secularite as part of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, which now appears on Camels With Hammers. In my last two posts, I have talked about various things people mean when they say morality is subjective. There are more meanings to cover, but for now I would like to address an interrelated problem that is [Read More...]

One Way To See Sisyphus Happy


Background. By Existentialist Comics. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Ex-Muslims of North America Covered In The New York Times

My friend Heina Dadabhoy, who writes for Skepchick and is soon to have her own blog at Freethought Blogs, was profiled in the New York Times along with the Ex-Muslims of North America while attending Center For Inquiry’s Women In Secularism 3 last weekend: When Ms. Dadabhoy “came out” to her parents, “it didn’t go so well,” she said. [Read More...]

Islam Is Not A Race–But Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Still Very Often Racist

As a particular sociocultural phenomenon, “New Atheism” is usually traced back to the anti-faith backlash many Westerners were prone towards in the wake of 9/11. For Christopher Hitchens, it was 9/11 that crystallized his years of criticism of religion and focused his energies more centrally on opposing religion than he ever had before, turning him in [Read More...]

A Powerful Letter To Christian Homeschoolers

This letter by Darcy should be mandatory reading for the Christian parents who homeschool their kids in order to create an alternate Christian universe for their children: Dear parents, I’m in several online groups consisting of thousands of the homeschool alumni of my generation, the “Joshua Generation”, the products of the Christian homeschooling pioneers. And one [Read More...]

How’d Women in Secularism 3 Go?

Jennifer Bardi wrote a recap of last weekend’s Women In Secularism 3 conference, put on by CFI. She began by characterizing it as a “secular conference for women”,  a “feminist conference for humanists and atheists” and a “confederacy of black/white/Hispanic/Asian/gay/trans/cis/old/young/fat/skinny/pierced/inked/plain/ smart/caring/socially conscious human beings interested in gender equality”. Then she goes on to cover highlights: Lindsay’s [Read More...]

Ron Reagan Declares Himself An “Unabashed Atheist…Not Afraid of Burning in Hell”

A great ad for the Freedom From Religion Foundation! Here’s the script: Hi, I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. That’s why I’m asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working [Read More...]