Jaime: I am tired of all these theocrats who want to base our laws on their religious beliefs. Robin: It’s a free country; people can vote however they want and for whatever reasons they want and then majority rules. That’s how things work in a democracy. If people want to vote on their religious beliefs, then that’s [Read More…]
Josiah “Biblename” Mannion did an incredible job of transcribing Thursday night’s two hour long Camels With Hammers Show special about the Ohio Holocaust memorial controversy in just one day. The video is above, the transcript is below. Please apprise me of any errors. You may republish on your own blog or website the full transcript [Read More…]
James Croft perfectly makes a few points about American Atheists’ and Freedom From Religion Foundation’s criticisms of the proposed Holocaust memorial using the Star of David: Even if there was a constitutional problem with the memorial, I would argue that that would represent a problem with the our interpretation of constitution, and not with the memorial. I do not [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…]
I have no interest in criticizing the solace people find in religion as they mourn. I only criticize the cruel things religious people say to hurt others who are mourning and the religious attempts to exploit people’s terror and trauma to scapegoat others and pave the emotional way for future theocratic laws. [Read more…]
You Say God Didn’t Stop Yesterday’s Shootings Because We Took State Led Prayers and Religious Instruction Out of Schools?
Seriously, if you believe there really is a God and He didn’t intervene to stop yesterday’s shooting because He wanted to spite us for having a Separation of Church and State in this country, then the God you think exists is a truly rotten and despicable being. [Read more…]
Religiously explicit political candidates cannot have it both ways. They cannot promise an elevated influence of religious faith on public life and not have the nature and meaning of their religious beliefs go unexamined. They cannot say that the most important source of values and beliefs they have is their faith and then dismiss inquiries into the contents of their faith as irrelevant personal trivialities. [Read more…]
JT Eberhard blogs at the breakout hit blog What Would JT Do? on our own Freethought Blogs network. JT Eberhard’s day job is to help high school students set up their Secular Student Alliance chapters. A big part of his job is to deal with obstinate administrations who try to prohibit them for illegal reasons. [Read More…]