The “Tranny” Debate: A Musing in Two Anecdotes, a Comparison, and a Proposal

This is a guest post by Das Janssen. Das Janssen is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Chicago State University and a member of several of Chicago’s overlapping queer communities.  His lifetime quest is to avoid having the last word.  The word “tranny” has become the center of a lively debate in recent weeks. Some say the [Read More...]

Ignoring Gods As A Kind of Atheism

There are at least four broad, often overlapping, meanings someone could intend with the word atheist. Some argue that there is a preponderance of reasons against believing in personal/interventionist gods that affect human history and thus they are atheists in the sense that they affirmatively disbelieve in all gods or, even, claim to know that [Read More...]

Not My Father’s Son–A Documentary About Nate Phelps

Please consider donating to help make this documentary about Nate Phelps, the atheist, pro-LGBT son of the infamous Fred Phelps of the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. (If you donate through Recovering From Religion, your donation becomes tax deductible.) I consider this documentary to be a potentially vital contribution to our cultural discussions about the marginalization [Read More...]

It’s All A Lie.

A funny satirical short video comments on the ways people frame their lives as better than they are on social media. [Read more...]

From Batman to Birdman…

25 years ago today (I will always remember the date), I had one of my happiest filmgoing experiences from my childhood as I saw Tim Burton’s Batman on the day of its release. I remember spending that whole summer at camp with everyone wearing the Batman logo ubiquitously used to market the film and kids [Read More...]

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...]

Camels With Hammers Turns 5 Years Old Today!

900x900px-LL-58ead294_gallery479621259966464

Warning: This is a personal post, so only read it if you’re interested in me and my navel gazing and victory lapping about my own life. No complaining if you read on and don’t like either of these things. You were warned! June 23, 2009 was the beginning of the Camels With Hammers era of my life. [Read More...]

The Worst Arguments Atheists Make

This past week I appeared on The Scathing Atheist podcast. I was asked to talk about the worst arguments atheists make. My 17 minute segment on the worst arguments atheists make starts at 23:09 of this link. I had a blast chatting with Noah. Noah had me in stitches in the longer conversation before and [Read More...]

Weird Al’s Isaac Newton vs. Bill Nye Rap Battle

As a huge “Weird Al” fan from back in the day, I kind of have to post this. It’s not Al’s best work. But I would say it is a unique mixture of hilarious, terrible, and hilariously terrible. There’s a whole YouTube channel of these “epic rap battles from history”. You can watch them all [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X