The Theist’s Claim To Ultimate Charity Needs to Stop


 Note: this piece was previously published on my first blog, The Unbelieving Voice, last year. Recent discussions have prompted me to republish it for a larger audience, here.   A man, seeing a homeless person, takes pity on him and hands him a dollar. The homeless man is grateful—they shake hands and part. A second man, seeing the homeless person, takes pity on him and hands him a dollar. The homeless man is again grateful—they shake hands and part. What is the difference betwee … [Read more...]

An open letter to CJ Werleman

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The following is an open letter to CJ Werleman, who was at one time a friend and a mentor, but whose actions since October 2014 have forced me to distance myself and break off a friendship that I really enjoyed and at one time cherished. Dear CJ,Since the Chapel Hill shootings I have all but ignored you. After your blaming of new atheists and claiming that those like Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins have blood on their hands, then writing that new atheists are white supremacists, and then an a … [Read more...]

Atheists are no longer the least appealing presidential candidates, but they are not far behind


A new Gallup Poll released today highlights what kind of candidate American voters are willing to vote for, and while the results are not all that surprising, some shifts in the thoughts of the electorate are.Republicans are clearly the most discriminatory voting block the US has, as they are the only group when compared to Democrats and Independents who have multiple voting groups under 50% (Independents did have one).One thing all three party's could agree with is, they are not … [Read more...]

Max Blumenthal praises work of Islamist group that won’t condemn stoning women


When it comes to defending religious minorities and the oppressed, Max Blumenthal is a hypocrite. He argues that he stands up for the oppressed Muslims of the world while "neocons" only wish to wage war and kill them, but he does more to harm those most affected by Islamic extremists than almost anyone else in the West.He lumps together ex-Muslims in this group of neocons, ex-Muslims being an actual oppressed minority in many parts of the world, and for good measure Max throws "new-atheists" … [Read more...]

Missouri politican argues ‘In God We Trust’ has nothing to do with religion


Over at Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta has written a piece about my hometown of Springfield, Missouri. It concerns City Council member Justin Burnett, who is trying to have In God We Trust placed in Council Chambers below the City of Springfield logo. Mehta's breakdown is good, but there is a bit more to this story.Burnett isn't the only local politician pushing his religious agenda. Recently, Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott came under fire for the use of In God We Trust on county patrol … [Read more...]

Miley Cyrus calls Noah’s Ark a myth and Ken Ham asks why she doesn’t have sex with animals


Pop singer Miley Cyrus is all over the media right now, from her recent announcement of being gender-fluid to a photo shoot with Paper magazine in which the artist poses nude. She also bashes religion and conservative politics in the magazine.Fox News writes: The article touches on what Cyrus thinks of people who believe Noah’s Ark was a real vessel, “That’s fucking insane,” she told the magazine. “We’ve outgrown that fairy tale, like we’ve outgrown fucking Santa and the tooth fairy.” Cyru … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins says Deepak Chopra style spiritualism is worse than religion

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Speaking at the Skeptic Society's Conference at Caltech last week, biologist and author Richard Dawkins was asked about the recent Pew Research poll which saw a rise in religiously unaffiliated adults (also known as "nones") which increased by around 19 million people since 2007.“That’s 56 million religiously unaffiliated adults of all ages,” Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Shermer noted. “That’s more than Protestants or Catholics. Are we winning?”“Well, that’s very good news,” Dawkins … [Read more...]

A Response To Salon’s Plea to Stop Writing “God” with a lower-case “G”


Richard Eskow of Salon has asked that we stop using "god" instead of "God". Actually, he asked it in January--I've only come across his piece today so I hope I'm forgiven for the late response. He writes:In a world wracked by war, climate change and economic inequality, this may seem a trivial point. In fact, it almost certainly is. And in a “new atheism” debate characterized by mutual bitterness and rigidity, I don’t want to pour any more kerosene on seemingly eternal fires. But might I a … [Read more...]

Creationist Eric Hovind: If evolution is true, then it wasn’t wrong for Josh Duggar to molest his sisters

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Eric Hovind, the creationist advocate from Creation Today, has a suggestion for how Josh Duggar should be punished for molesting four of his sisters and a family friend. Go back to his old job. “Since Josh molested girls, which could damage their trust of men, which could damage their future marriage, which could damage their future family, we should make Josh Duggar work the rest of his life to help families stay together and help them recognize how twisted the world is and how God offers i … [Read more...]

Catholic Blogger Calls Atheists “Dull” and “Unimaginative”

These hats make religion so much fun!

The motto of Patheos is Hosting the Conversation on Faith. In that spirit, I follow most of the other blog channels on social media. A blog by Father Dwight Longenecker from the Catholic channel popped up on my newsfeed this morning and I have not stopped laughing since.The headline of Fr. Longenecker’s piece is Atheism is just so…dull. Intriguing, right? I wanted to know why he found atheism boring, so I took the bait. What I found was hysterical and I cannot stress enough that you should go … [Read more...]