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...]

After I Deconverted: I Was Deeply Ambivalent; What Was I to Make of Sex, Love, Alcohol, Bisexuality, Abortion, 9/11, Religious Violence, Marxism, or the Yankees?

This is a long installment of my ongoing series covering my journey before, during, and after my deconversion from Christianity. Since I think it is interesting how all the ambivalences, contradictions, anxieties, and displacements that I was experiencing parallel and inform each other, I am deciding to post it all as one episode in the series, rather than break each easily isolatable vignette into its own post. For the busy or the short attention spanned, I have made it easier to read in multiple sittings or to skim by breaking it into subsections according to themes. [Read more...]

Why Clergy Rightfully Have No Place At A 9/11 Memorial (Or Any Civic Ceremonies)

Some clergy have been upset that they were explicitly excluded from today’s ceremonies about 9/11. I alluded to this, with a link where you can read more, in the following critical remark yesterday: some [are taking] the opportunity [of 9/11's tenth anniversary] to selfishly feel aggrieved because their religion and its pseudo-authority and pseudo-comforts are neglected. [Read More...]

Asking Richard: A Conversation With The Friendly Atheist's Richard Wade

Recently I had the honor of interviewing my favorite atheist blogger, retired Marriage and Family Counselor and addiction medicine specialist Richard Wade who writes the “Ask Richard” column at Friendly Atheist. In his column, which was inaugurated two years ago this upcoming Sunday, Richard wisely advises atheists and religious people who seek his help in [Read More...]

Shep Smith Lambasts Senators For Filibustering 9/11 First Responders Bill

Below Shepard Smith, explicitly following Jon Stewart’s passionate lead, excoriates the Republicans in the Senate who are filibustering the Zadroga bill, which is a bill designed to assist the many 9/11 first responders who are suffering illnesses related to their service at Ground Zero: Jon Stewart spent his entire show Thursday night discussing this disgrace, including [Read More...]

Regrieving

The Boston Globe has a heartbreaking article on the processes by which the young children of 9/11 victims take years just to grasp what happened to their parents and how at each stage of understanding they experience a new kind of pain: For many of these young people, this ninth anniversary of the attacks brings [Read More...]

Congress Reaches Rock Bottom For Cynicism

The videos below chronicle the exploitative treatment of 9/11 rescue workers in general and non-documented immigrants who were 9/11 rescue workers in particular as political footballs. I cannot imagine a clearer, more distilled example of both Democrats and Republicans blatantly and shamelessly putting political strategizing over fulfilling as uncomplicated, unambiguous, and uncontroversial a duty as [Read More...]

Jon Stewart’s 2004 Commencement Speech At William And Mary

Listen here to Jon Stewart’s 2004 commencement speech, delivered at his alma mater The College of William and Mary.  I heard it several years ago and I’ve thought of it often since.  In both his humor and his substance, Dr. Stewart really, really gets it right and gives the graduands the most relevant advice.  Click [Read More...]

Islam Needs An I-Pod

The Amazing Atheist nails it (for the first five minutes anyway and then becomes rather hit and miss, missing the hardest on Ft. Hood): Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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