New Alabama Atheist Group in Gadsden

Reader Amy had inquired about possible names for her new atheist group in Alabama. After taking the ideas to heart, she came up with a new one she likes: ECRA — Etowah County Rational Alliance. The group’s first meeting is this Sunday. All the information can be found here. If you’re interested (and hopefully somewhat [Read More...]

Judge John E. Jones III Speaks About Kitzmiller v. Dover

There are a couple recent articles worth checking out about Judge John E. Jones, III — the man who presided over the Dover Intelligent Design trial (and correctly ruled on the side of evolution and science). One is an interview from PLoS Genetics (PDF): Jane Gitschier: I don’t know if you’re even allowed to answer [Read More...]

Are You a Hardcore Atheist?

How serious do you take your atheism? Let’s find out. Copy and paste the list below on your own site, boldfacing the things you’ve done. (Feel free to add your own elaboration and commentary to each item!) Participated in the Blasphemy Challenge. Met at least one of the “Four Horsemen” (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher [Read More...]

How Much God Is Too Much?

Part 2, I guess, of the previous post. How much should you tell your children about God? Adam Wolstenholme says you have to tell them something. His mom asks him not to go overboard with it — don’t talk about nails and torture and Jesus on the Cross. A friend at work says he ought [Read More...]

How Much Santa is Too Much?

The yearly dilemma for atheists this time of year: Do you tell your children about Santa? (It’s irrational to believe in mythical beings… so isn’t it hypocritical to teach them to think critically about God but then spoon-feed them the myth of Santa?) If you do, how much detail should you include? (That Santa eats [Read More...]