Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy. — Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce’s words kept going through my head as I looked around at the willful self-deception going on at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Thousands of Christians who were called to worship by Gov. Rick Perry wailed, writhed, prayed, cried and generally made embarrassing spectacles of themselves. I had gone into the stadium Saturday (which was air-conditioned) to… Read more

Just for fun, I read an interview in the July 2011 Prevention Magazine with Marie Osmond (who is 51). They asked her mainly questions about health and weight loss. But get this one: Q: How do you feel about cosmetic surgery? Marie: "We cherish youth more than we do wisdom. Will I do it? I'm sure. Nobody wants to have a saggy jowl. Is it bad to do? I don't think anything is bad if it makes you feel better."… Read more

A page one article by Laurie Goodstein in The New York Times yesterday about anti-Muslim author Brigitte Gabriel caught my eye because of the irony. The article described how Lebanon immigrant Brigitte Gabriel warns that “America has been infiltrated on all levels by radicals who wish to harm America. They have infiltrated us at the C.I.A., the F.B.I., at the Pentagon, at the State Department.” I would agree that a few radicals have indeed infiltrated various levels of government, such… Read more

If you speak Spanish, you may enjoy seeing videos of the Primer Coloquio Mexicano de Ateísmo (the First Mexican Atheism Conference) in Mexico City last November where I give a talk and ask for forgiveness for my earlier "sin" of preaching the gospel as a missionary to that country: Read more

Last night (Monday, March 7, 2011) I did my 87th public debate, my 6th debate with Dinesh D’Souza in as many states. An overflow crowd of more than a thousand people packed the Price Center Ballroom at the University of California–San Diego to hear us debate the topic, “Is religion the problem?” Judging from the crowd response, it seemed to me that the audience was divided about 80% believers and 20% nonbelievers, though the atheists were twice as exuberant in… Read more

Just when you think you've heard it all, something shocking happens. Last night (Monday, February 28), I spoke at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (in the city of Indiana, PA, in the beautiful rolling hills about 70 miles northeast of Pittsburgh) to a crowd of about 200 students, faculty, and community members. The "Six O'Clock Series" event was sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance, a new student group on campus associated with the national Secular Student Alliance. Before the event, I… Read more

"Go sell crazy somewhere else. We don’t want any in Cairo. And, we don’t want any in Madison." (The opinions of the author, a former legal intern for FFRF, do not reflect the opinions of FFRF and are hers and hers alone.) In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) I am sure that most of you are aware of the massive grassroots demonstrations that have been taking place at the Wisconsin State Capitol in… Read more

It was late in 1944, and this inexperienced, callow, dazed and, above all, clueless 19-year-old crouched in one end of a shallow coffin-length foxhole; an older GI sat on a box at the opposite end, concentrating on reading his bible. My childhood Christian brainwashing was wearing off, and I felt resentment for having been abused/brainwashed by Christians before reaching the age of reason. By the time I reached that foxhole, I had lost my respect for the book, so I… Read more

Freethought Today recently solicited reader nominations for "freethought flicks" or movies with a freethought perspective or theme. Below is a list of the nominees received that was published in the January/February 2002 issue of Freethought Today. Inclusion in this listing is not meant as a blanket endorsement. Some films have obvious freethought themes. Others have the very slightest (as little as a line or two, or a character who is identified as atheist–freethinkers are pathetically grateful for small cinematic favors)…. Read more

Why are the sheep glorified and the thinkers ignored or minimized? When I saw the promos for “God in America” I had the same reaction as one of our members, who e-mailed me, “Why doesn’t PBS do a series called ‘Godless in America’?” Dan and I dutifully sat down to watch “A New Adam,” the first of a six-part segment which aired on PBS last night, while yearningly eyeing our Netflix mailer — the last thing either of us wanted… Read more

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