It’s always a good feeling to get a letter like this one, from a correspondent who asked to remain anonymous for now. Hearing that I played a part in someone’s deconversion brightens my whole day. I don’t get letters like this every day, but I do get them from time to time, and I treasure every one! I’m sure people contact you with stories like this all the time, but about six years ago I deconverted from Christianity after being… Read more

A “real man” doesn’t think his masculinity is constantly in question or that he needs to prove it all over again in response to any challenge. Read more

Objectivist math: one plus one equals zero. Read more

The next time an atheist celebrity is accused of sexually predatory behavior, we’ll have a precedent ready to hand. Read more

Last week, students at over 2,500 schools walked out of class to protest gun violence. In Washington, D.C., the walkout ended up as a march and sit-in at the White House (which, predictably, ignored it). The kids’ TV channel Nickelodeon went off the air in solidarity. Most were high schoolers, but some students who joined the walkout were as young as 10 years old (they even made press packets). As one of them said: “Some parents have felt that we’re… Read more

It’s not a positive sign when your boss believes that literally nothing is more important than work. Read more

I’m all in favor of reevaluating all our values, because the good ones will survive the process. Read more

Children’s rights don’t cease to exist just because they’re not equipped to exercise them. Read more

It’s jarring to see a writer of Jewish ancestry using elements of propaganda rooted in the genocidal fantasies of the Third Reich. Read more

Like me, you may be feeling discouraged by the latest wave of bad news about prominent figures in the secular community. But I also believe we can’t let their misdeeds be the last word. If we want to see a better atheist movement, one that takes diversity and social justice seriously, then we have to do more than criticize foolish or bigoted statements made by the current crop of atheist “thought leaders”. (I’ve come to wonder if even rebutting the… Read more

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