The Fountainhead: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men?

Applying your intelligence to understanding your fellow human beings is an unspeakable evil. Read more

The Great State of Alabama

Can this be real? “On a very personal level, I want to thank each of you for fulfilling a lifelong dream to serve in the U.S Senate.We have work to do in this state. Thank you all, god bless you.”Doug Jones, election night victory.#RightSideOfHistory pic.twitter.com/mpgFGAqofg— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) December 13, 2017 Before last night, if you’d told me Doug Jones would win the Alabama Senate election, I’d have said that by now we should have learned the folly of optimism… Read more

#RaptureAnxiety: Evangelical Torture of the Mind

I’m not on Twitter as much as I used to be, but I did spot this trending hashtag: #RaptureAnxiety, started by evangelicals and “exvangelicals” testifying to the mental anguish and terror that an apocalyptic Christian upbringing inflicted on them. One of the earliest threads that started the hashtag off was this one by Mandi Livingston: I was 5 years old in an IFB church. At a recommended xian bookstore, sitting by the register was a postcard of the rapture happening…. Read more

SF/F Saturday: The Old Kingdom

I had Garth Nix’s novel Sabriel on my reading list for so long, I forget where I heard about it. Then I made the happy discovery that the New York Public Library has an app that lets you check out e-books. This was the first one on my list that I could get, and I enjoyed it tremendously, so I tracked down the rest of the series. It was well worth the time. Nix’s fantasy series is set in two… Read more

The Fountainhead: A Shot in the Dark

Rand’s villains resort to persuasion and democracy, while her heroes rely on terrorism and violence. Read more

Please Ban My Books

Banning a book makes me much more likely to read it. Read more

Evangelical Christianity’s Culture of Sexual Abuse

It’s a disservice to the truth to treat Roy Moore’s case as if it were an isolated anomaly. Read more

The Fountainhead: Bodice-Ripper, Part 2

Rand’s fans, like Rand herself, have overlaid the rape scene with their idea of what they want to be there rather than what’s actually there. Read more

Letter-Writing Wednesday: Don’t Normalize Nazis

[A copy of this letter was sent to letters@nytimes.com.] To the Editor: I was appalled to read, in the New York Times of all places, a story whose message appears to be that Nazis are ordinary people just like you and me. The piece consists of a soft-focus profile of a white nationalist man in Ohio who’s devoted his life to spreading hate, but who nevertheless gets praised with lines like “his Midwestern manners would please anyone’s mother”. (Does the… Read more

#MeToo and the Atheist Community

It’s disappointing and enraging to see how many men, including many allegedly feminist men, stand revealed as creeps and hypocrites. Read more

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