I’m At The Book Of Mormon!

I’m about to see the Book of Mormon on Broadway! Hasa Diga Eebowai! Your Thoughts? Read more

When I Was A Christian Teenager Renting Out Pornography

August 1995-Spring 1996: I got my first job, if you don’t count my previous work mowing my neighbors’ lawns, at the age of seventeen. I worked at the video store owned and managed by one of the couples that lived across the street from me when I was growing up. I had grown up not knowing them particularly well but knowing their mentally disabled son very well. Cognitively he connected best with young elementary school kids and so even though he was… Read more

On Talking To A Bigot

On the reasons and limits of engaging with a bigot. One series of personal calculations and experiences. Read more

Shake It Off, Grad Students and Chemistry Geeks…

I just found a fun video about the life of grad students (specifically chemistry ones) set to a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”. Bonus points: the video casually features lots of young women doing chemistry set to the music young girls listen to. So, it might be a fun thing to circulate around such young girls to plant stereotype busting ideas most inconspicuously. A while back I wrote a blog post to help miserable graduate students shake off… Read more

Visualizing John Lennon’s Imagine

Pablo Stanley has a really great comic strip putting John Lennon’s “Imagine” into pictures. Below are just four panels from a much larger strip representing the whole song, click through for the whole thing! Your Thoughts? Read more

The Most Übermensch Man in the World

Learn more about the most übermensch man in the world reading the rest of the comic at Existential Comics and come discuss the comic with me here.   Read more

Why I Support American Atheists Reaching Out To Conservatives At CPAC

The past two years, American Atheists has made a concerted effort to increase atheist visibility places where atheists didn’t have a noticeable presence previously. This has meant showing up to put up a table and advertise their organization at conferences as diverse as the major gay rights meeting Creating Change, on the one hand and the hard right wing annual CPAC meeting, on the other. A lot of progressive atheists have been upset about American Atheists decision to fraternize with… Read more

God’s Not Dead Typifies How Evangelicals Hypocritically Deny Atheists’ Existences

In the movie God’s Not Dead the evangelical Christian filmmakers used atheist characters like puppets who would act out evangelical Christian stereotypes about atheists. Evangelical Christians frequently assume, unsympathetically, that were they atheists they would see no reason to be moral. So they have the atheist characters act unapologetically immorally over and over again. Evangelical Christians assume atheists would be more selfish and materialistic, so that’s how the atheists in the movie act. They like to characterize atheists as basically rebellious children ignoring their loving… Read more

Drunken Mall Santa

This following is a guest post by ex-pastor Pat Green, cross-posted with permission from his blog Night Moves: Diary of a Chicago Area Cabbie ex-Preacher Man. Santa is a very busy man, especially in December. Sometimes he has to subcontract for hire Santa’s to make public appearances at malls, department stores and events. Sometimes those Santa’s have parties. In December of 2010 I saw many of those Santa’s in a pub crawl on Beale Street in Memphis. Wish I had my camera ready for that…. Read more

The Collar That Choked Open Hearts

This following is a guest post by Pat Green, cross-posted with permission from his blog Night Moves: Diary of a Chicago Area Cabbie ex-Preacher Man. When I first started driving a taxi I was still an ordained minister. The church was a mere remnant of what it once was, but I was still active in my denomination’s committees and the youth outreach was still running. What was left of me as a minister was still trying desperately to continue on…. Read more

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