Matt Dillahunty: This is What Makes Me Happy

Matt Dillahunty of The Atheist Experience filmed a segment for Chris Johnson‘s multimedia book about atheists and what gives them joy and meaning in life. In the segment below, Dillahunty talks about how he actually has quite a lot in common with religious people when it comes to what makes him happy: (via The Atheist [Read More…]

Blood Ivory: Why Elephants Are Being Killed to Make Religious

A lot of atheists tend to support animal rights and the cover story of the latest issue of National Geographic (October, 2012) covers the intersection of both worlds… it’s not pretty. The story is about how elephants are being slaughtered “so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects.” Carrying AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, [Read More…]

What Did God Do Before Creating the Universe? Billy Graham Botches His Response

Christian evangelist Billy Graham has a syndicated column that goes out under his name (though I doubt he writes it given his age/health). In the latest one, a reader asked him a pretty good question: What was God doing before He created the world? I had an atheist friend ask me this a few days [Read More…]

When The Amish Attack!

I’ve been following this story for the last few months, and it’s a gentle reminder that even the most mild-mannered religions can have not-so-mild-mannered followers. Case in point: Amish man Samuel Mullet (which, by the way, is the most stereotypical Amish name I’ve ever seen). 16 members of Mullet’s community were just found guilty of [Read More…]

Global Coalition Goes Way Too Far in Respect for ‘All Religions’

Yesterday, in response to the violence and protests around the Muslim world, a coalition of the world’s regional international organizations released a joint statement (PDF) that they called a message of “peace and tolerance.” The statement, released by the European Union, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League, and the African Union expressed “anguish” [Read More…]