Atheists Just Can’t Win

Greta Christina has a few perfect examples of how being an atheist can often be a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t position: When atheists focus our critiques on conservative or extremist religions, we get accused of ignoring the tolerant progressive ones, and lumping all religions together. But when we do criticize progressive or moderate religions, we’re accused of [Read More...]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Visits Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a fantastic speaker coming to their school next week. No, not injury lawyer Bill Marler. Above him. Ayaan Hirsi Ali. An outspoken defender of women’s rights within Islamic societies, Ayaan Hirsi Ali uses her enthralling life experience to explain her passion for equality and reform for Muslim women around the [Read More...]

Haiti, God, Evil, and Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is responding to Christians who are looking in all the wrong places for some sort of supernatural “reason” that the earthquake in Haiti caused so much devastation. Obviously, Pat Robertson isn’t helping any Christian PR campaign, but neither are pastors who say “God did this for a reason”: You nice, middle-of-the-road theologians and [Read More...]

Aliens, Babies, and Chickens

Why? I. Don’t. Know. But I plan to buy several of these and then have my future army of children dance in them. It’ll be beautiful. And possibly NSFW… or queasy eyes. [Read more...]

Ask Richard: Young Atheist Considers Coming Out to His Grandparents

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Hey Richard, I’m in the 9th grade and I’ve been reading and commenting on Friendly Atheist for several months. You and I have had some good conversations here. Thank you for taking [Read More...]