John Oliver Brings Hilarious Skeptical Education

John Oliver is doing a spectacular job in his show of mainstreaming the sorts of critical analyses that you often have to turn to the scientific community or the skeptics community for. He’s hilarious and entertaining and educative. I was never a huge fan of his before but I am very grateful for the way [Read More...]

Secular Coalition’s Lobby Day 2014 and Top 51 Must Read List

So, I just got an e-mail alerting me to two neat things from Secular Coalition For America. The first thing is that they have published a list recommending 51 “must read” sources of news and opinion for the secular community and Camels With Hammers was one of the relative handful of blogs to make the list alongside [Read More...]

Handy Summation of Legal Limits on Prayer at Legislative Sessions

Restrictions on Legislative Prayer after Greece v Galloway

Greece v. Galloway gave much too much latitude for sectarian prayer at legislative meetings. (I’m against all ceremonial prayers at all government sponsored events for the reasons I spelled out in this post and I am especially offended at the concept of allowing sectarian prayers as the Court just did. As I read the entire decision and then discussed it with my [Read More...]

My Interview With Blind, Openly Atheist Congressional Candidate James Woods from Arizona

Woods Chandler Liberary

James Woods is running for a seat in the United States Congress. He is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District. He is blind and an open atheist. Below is the complete transcript of my interview with him on April 27, 2014 with only very minor edits. The transcript was done [Read More...]

Not In JT’s Backyard

Back in the olden days before I read blogs (or wrote one), I used to listen to pundits who were intellectually or morally infuriatingly wrong and get so frustrated. There would be three related feelings. First was a feeling of intense frustration that this wrongness was being broadcast or published to a mass audience, misleading [Read More...]

American Humanist Association Stops Public School From Allowing Proselytization Through Toy Drive

In the video below, Megyn Kelly is extremely obnoxious and hostile to American Humanist Association President Roy Speckhardt for having the audacity to stop a school from violating the Constitution. It’s clear from the video she knows he’s right on the law and yet the anger and contempt for him in her voice is striking. [Read More...]

Between a Veil and a Dark Place

A huge gap in the religion and atheist blogospheres has recently been filled–an entire blog network devoted to ex-Muslim bloggers now exists. It’s called ExMuslim Blogs. I doubt I need to tell you why it is so important that we make the time to frequent these blogs and learn from their perspective as actively and conscientiously [Read More...]

God, Objective Morality, and the Difference Between Knowing and Accounting For

Many theists think, and argue, that God must exist for objective morality to exist.

This claim can be interpreted more than one way. When arguing with theists, it is shrewd, for purposes of honesty, clarity, and strategy, to point this out. One reason is the following: Psychologically it seems that quite often people are committed to certain propositions more than they are committed to particular interpretations of those propositions. So, a given theist may be adamant about affirming that God is necessary for there to be objective morality but persuadable that some things that could be meant by that statement are not necessary. What ultimately matters to them to maintain, psychologically and theologically, in order to not feel like they are losing a key, identity-forming belief, is that something about morality requires God. Getting someone to abandon their belief in God is very difficult. Getting them to moderate their interpretation of their faith or to interpret an aspect of their faith they had not thought through yet in a more rational, rather than less rational, way is much easier by comparison. And this is a perfect topic to attempt to do that with. [Read more...]

When I Deconverted: I Experienced Something Like A Spiritual Break Up

1996-2000: At Grove City College, the evangelical Christian college where I was an undergraduate, it was common to the point of utterly mundane to meet spiritually intense people who had one degree of interest or experience with missionary work. But even at Grove City, this one classmate of mine stood out to me as exuding [Read More...]


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