Studies show spanking is harmful and it is time for the US to ban it

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I know very little about the case of an NFL player hitting their child, I have seen the photos in articles and it disgusts me that a grown person thinks it is ever okay to do that to a child, especially when you are the size of an NFL player. Not that ones size makes abuse any different, but to know you are a massive, strong person, and then unleash that strength upon a child, you are a vile human being.But leaving the NFL behind, and looking only at the action of spanking, what is one to … [Read more...]

Is new atheism dead and is it even a term worth saving?

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For the lack of a better term I consider myself a “new atheist”. Along the lines of those like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel C. Dennett  (The Four Horseman) for whom the term is originally coined. I am an outspoken atheist activist who speaks out against religion and believes it causes a great deal of harm in this world.I have a great deal of respect for all four of these men for their writing, speaking and activism, however it is not such a dogmatic respect tha … [Read more...]

My thoughts on atheist oppression in the US and Atheist TV

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Here is a short clip of my appearance on Acronym TV discussing oppression of atheists in the US and my thoughts on the recent launch of Atheist TV by American Atheists. … [Read more...]

No, evolution is not atheism’s creation myth


Every religion has a creation story, some way to explain how life came to be before anyone understood the natural explanation.All of these creation stories have been turned into myths when over 150 years ago Charles Darwin discovered natural selection and applied it to the idea that species have evolved from earlier species.Darwin’s idea was groundbreaking and with the discovery of genetics, heredity and DNA, his findings are confirmed evolution by natural selection is the accepted e … [Read more...]

Discussing atheism, activism and my book Parenting Without God (video)

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I was a recent guest on Acronym TV with host Dennis Trainer, Jr. We discussed America’s hatred of atheists and my new book Parenting Without God, along with my views on ridding the world of religion and why atheist activism matters. … [Read more...]

Sorry Republicans, Jesus was a Marxist


There has been a lot of discussion recently about Jesus and his political views. Putting aside the debate about Jesus existence for a moment, let’s assume for this article he did exist, and even was the Son of God. I want to look at the Christian version of Jesus of Nazareth and see if he was, as some have claimed, a Marxist.If you have read the Bible, you then know much about the story of Jesus and how he helped the sick and poor and did asking for nothing in return, and according to CJ W … [Read more...]

The importance of men in the feminist movement

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This post originally appeared on Emily Has Books on September 17, 2013, this version has been slightly edited and updated since then.Can a man be a feminist? I think so, and I know many others who think so as well. However, over the past few months I have seen a number of self-proclaimed feminist women claiming men are not welcome in the feminist movement. I really wanted to address this, not so much to say yes men can, but to start a conversation. As I stated, I believe men can be and … [Read more...]

Signed copies of Parenting Without God

I got a lot of requests for autographed copies of Parenting Without God and I am pleased to announce I am now taking orders for them. I have a shipment coming my way and I will be signing and shipping them out the second they arrive.If you are interested, click here and grab yourself a copy and I will get them to you as quickly as I can.If you want to learn more about the book you can read an excerpt on The Friendly Atheist, AlterNet, or check out these reviews at The Freethinker and … [Read more...]

You don’t have to be a faitheist to support interfaith activism

An argument has been made on a fellow Patheos blog that firebrand atheism has distanced itself from allies in the struggle to solve social justice issues. The solution, writes the author is a more tone down atheism that is more inclusive of religious belief and does not attack the religious allies for their belief; a term more frequently known now as “faitheist”.This is not only wrong, but it is insulting. To imply, no matter how accidental (and I don’t think it is any accident), that antit … [Read more...]

Is a military draft the moral thing to do?

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This is an adaptation of a short essay I wrote in my moral philosophy class about conscription (military draft) and the morality of a volunteer vs. draft based armed forces at a time of war. In chapter 4 of Michael Sandel’s book Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do, Sandel deals with the issue of morals in a free market. Sandel did this by applying libertarianism and utilitarianism to two different scenarios where the morally right thing to do is more ambiguous. The two issues he dealt with w … [Read more...]