The Problems with Jainism

I don’t write about my parent’s religion here very often, but since this weekend marks the 16th Biennial Jaina Convention, we might as well discuss Jainism. For those who don’t know, Jainism’s major tenet is non-violence. If you know anything about Jainism, that’s what you know about it. Unfortunately, that one idea seems to negate [Read More…]

Everyone Needs to Calm the Fuck Down

Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone else has had a go at it, so I might as well jump in, right? Here’s the story so far, from what I can gather. 1) Female 1 says she is tired and wants to go to bed. It’s 4:00a. 2) Unknown Male approaches Female 1 in the elevator and asks [Read More…]

Why She No Longer Attends Church, Part 2

A month ago, a reader named Amanda wrote a great post about why she and her husband no longer attended church. Now, she’s back with more reasons and I suspect a lot of former Christians will sympathize with her. I particularly love this part: I’m currently reading Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, and my friends [Read More…]

The Revamped Focus on the Family

It’s not everyday I get to say this, but I was quoted in the cover story for July’s issue of Christianity Today. It involves the future of the Christian group Focus on the Family now that James Dobson has stepped down. A bit of background: Jen McCreight and I attended a Focus event last August. [Read More…]

Looking for a Job in the Atheist Movement?

The Secular Student Alliance has two job openings: Event Specialist — This position involves a lot of (SSA-paid) travel! Alumni Director — This position involves engaging and keeping track of secular students after they graduate! Both positions are full-time and based out of the SSA offices near Columbus, Ohio. Applications are due in mid-July (click [Read More…]