Jesus rejects tribalism, literalism, group identity, specific religions, and gatekeepers as well as his Jewish identity

"As an ultimate fuck you to rule-keeping scripture zealots everywhere, Jesus hung out with whores... The stories about Jesus that survived the bigots, opportunists and delusional fanatics who wrote the New Testament contain powerful and enlightened truths that would someday prove the undoing of the Church built in his name...."(You are reading an excerpt from my book. Here is a FREE BOOK OFFER.  Here is an excerpt from my book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create … [Read more...]

Is Bill Maher a Bigot? The Answer is in His Movie “Religulous”

 In the last few months there have been a chorus of anti-Bill Maher articles in the liberal/left press. For instance Salon has published a series of articles accusing Maher of bigotry. In “7 times Bill Maher was a straight-up bigot” Joanna Rothkopf  writes this in Salon: Bill Maher’s long, illustrious career is perhaps, more than anything else, an excellent example of mass public manipulation. Under the guise of being a liberal comedian, he has managed to build for himself an ultra-su … [Read more...]

If God Created Women to Make Babies Why Does the Female Orgasm Have Nothing to do With Procreation?

If you believe that God created women then you have to believe that sex is just for pleasure. If that's not true then why does the anatomy of the female orgasm have nothing to do with procreation?If God made women then He, She or It made women's sexual equipment for pleasure first-- and babies second. In other words the basic Christian doctrine of sex has to be that orgasms are intrinsically good and need no justification.The clitoris is outside the vaginal canal. So if God made us, or i … [Read more...]

Was Jesus “Christlike?” — The Christian God has been twisted into something not unlike that of radical Islam

"The Christian God has been twisted into something not unlike that of radical Islam." So says Brad Jersak. We first met because we were both interviewed for the movie "Hellbound?" Then we became friends. Now Brad has an important book out--A More Christlike God--that challenges the received lazy "wisdom" of both conservatives and liberals, atheists and believers about Christ. Here's my interview with Brad on this important and beautifully written book. Q: Tell my readers a bit about your back … [Read more...]

Why This Atheist Who Believes in God — Says the Nicene Creed and Sort of Means It

I say the Nicene Creed. I say the words “I believe” this and that. I say these words in good conscience, because saying I believe in God is not the same as saying I know what those words mean. I don’t. Words fall short. I don’t know what words such as “Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father” mean. Then again I don’t know what the words “I love you, Genie” mean either. I say those words with all sincerity, too, but also in blind ignorance o … [Read more...]

“religious freedom” garbage, it’s time to call the religious right’s trash what it really is

"Any time right-wing conservatives declare that they are trying to restore or reclaim something, we should all be very afraid. Usually, this means the country or, in this case, the state of Indiana is about to be treated to another round of backward time travel, to the supposedly idyllic environs of the 1950s, wherein women, and gays, and blacks knew their respective places and stayed in them." So writes Brittney Cooper arguably America's most prescient commentator on race, women, politics and … [Read more...]

Religious Right Still Dominates the GOP

The GOP is still kowtowing to the Christian Right. When will that change? That the evangelical right already controls the GOP shouldn't really be in dispute. Not only do the Republicans do exactly as the Christian right tells them on every social issue, such as reproductive rights or gay rights, but Republicans also pay fealty to the Christian right by targeting Muslim countries with their hawkish posturing or using Christian language to rationalize slashing the social safety net. If you were t … [Read more...]

Here’s How the Roman Catholic Condemnation of Homosexuality Can and Must Change

Gary Gutting is a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. In this wonderful article I've excerpted (reprinted by permission from the New York Times) he brilliantly refutes the primary arguments against gay rights as derived from what's known as the “natural-law tradition” of ethical thought. This article is a stunner. Please read and share.The Stone Unraveling the Church Ban on Gay Sex By Gary GuttingMarch 12, 2015 3:20 am March 12, 2015 3:20 am Last mon … [Read more...]