Could Stephen Hawking be the new face of atheism?


It seems the media loves to attack the most popular atheists and criticize everything they say. From Richard Dawkins to Sam Harris, they come under fire and are often called “damaging” to the atheist movement.Regardless of the truth behind these claims, the negative attention is bad for atheism to some degree at the very least, as there are many people who are looking for any reason to destroy any sense of respect atheism has in this country or around the world.Yet now atheism has a new f … [Read more...]

Answering the Richard Dawkins Foundation’s inbox


The Richard Dawkins Foundation posted an email from their inbox today on Facebook. The email read: I have a 1 1/2 year old little girl, and me and my wife are atheists. But the local school is amazing yet a church school and requires us to attend church to get our daughter in when it comes time to apply.My wife says that getting a good education takes priority over our principles. But I don't agree. She wants to start taking our daughter to church and I know it's going to drive us apart. … [Read more...]

If you’re going to call Richard Dawkins sexist you have to actually address sexism

An opinion piece in The Guardian by fellow Patheos blogger Adam Lee focused on the recent controversy surrounding Richard Dawkins, in which Lee accused Dawkins of being ignorant and sexist.Much like Lee, I came to atheism on my own and Dawkins played a major role in my activism, but unlike Lee, I am not ditching Dawkins for simple disagreements.Lee would most likely argue that these are not simple disagreements however as he seems to have joined the ranks of Ophelia Benson and PZ Myers … [Read more...]

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

Photo: Steve Jurvetson

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...]

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...]

My evolving views on Islam, terrorism, and the Middle East

Photo: Mark Taylor

After 9/11 I knew there was one thing to blame; Islam. The barbaric religion and the evilness of the Quran gave rise to extremism; it’s all there in writing. So let’s blame Islam and work to destroy it before they take over the world.Boy was I wrong. But I need to explain in better detail because I don’t fall so easily into the camps of the extremist position that Islam is to blame, but I also don’t fall so far into the left that I absolve them of any guilt or think we should avoid critici … [Read more...]

The United States has a lot to learn about teaching evolution from Britain


The US could take a hint from Britain and make the teaching of evolution mandatory in all public schools.A statement from the British Humanist Association states of the new British law: Today sees a new national curriculum in English schools come into force, and for the first time this includes a module on evolution in primary schools. The module on evolution and inheritance is part of the year six programme of study (ages 10-11). The British Humanist Association (BHA) has long campaigned f … [Read more...]

Ken Ham thinks he thinks he has found 10 evolutionary myths and he is wrong


Answers in Genesis are an endless provider of material for this blog it seems, as they have recently posted their Top Ten: Myths about Evolution, and as you can imagine it is a beautiful fabrication of straw men and make believe.They lack even the most fundamental understanding of not only science and the scientific method, but for people whom claim to study this stuff everyday, they have less than a middle school understanding of evolution.The danger this causes is that they sell others … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins issues an apology and clarification on Down syndrome abortion

Richard Dawkins has issued an apology and a clarification of his thoughts on his website, clarifying what he would have said if had more than 140 characters: “Obviously the choice would be yours. For what it’s worth, my own choice would be to abort the Down fetus and, assuming you want a baby at all, try again. Given a free choice of having an early abortion or deliberately bringing a Down child into the world, I think the moral and sensible choice would be to abort. And, indeed, that is what th … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins is not the only one wrong about Down syndrome and abortion

Photo: David Shankbone / Wiki Commons

Let me get this out of the way, I am a fan of Richard Dawkins. I have read most of his books, I have worked with his organization, I have met the man a few times and found him pleasant.I agree with a lot of the things he says, but that does not mean I agree with everything, or must agree with everything. It also doesn’t mean I hate him when he says something I disagree with.Hating Richard is the new black, it seems every atheist now want to claim to have never liked him, or that he had n … [Read more...]