The Problems with the “New Atheist” Approach

An article by Konstantin Petrenko in ReligionDispatches discusses the “two faces” of new atheism. We know plenty of good things that have resulted from the atheist authors’ bestsellers. So no need to dwell on that here. But Petrenko points out a couple major problems with Dawkins/Harris/Hitchens/Dennett and the like: While plausible, this argument [that you [Read More...]

Would You Attend a Religious Gathering Just to Make Friends?

A reader emailed me about an issue she was having at work. She’s a summer intern who wants to be social with her colleagues. One of them (let’s call him Bob) invited her and the other interns to a gathering. Bob told her there would be a short prayer session, followed by hanging out and [Read More...]

The Gay Exorcism Video

By now, you’ve probably seen the “Gay Exorcism” video on YouTube… a pastor at Manifested Glory Ministries (in Bridgeport, CT) tries to de-gayify a teenager. The church had no real response, only saying that it wasn’t an exorcism — rather, it was a “casting out of souls.” I’d love to know what the difference is.. [Read More...]

Jenny McCarthy Gets Her Own Fragrance

First, Richard Dawkins gets his own cologne. Now, Jenny McCarthy?! Well if they can have them, I want my own, too, dammit. It will smell like a mix of Chipotle, spaghetti, and Atomic Fireballs. (via Science, Reason, and Critical Thinking) [Read more...]

Kicked Out of the Boy Scouts for Being an Atheist

My friend Neil Polzin served on the board of directors for the Secular Student Alliance a couple years ago. I got this message from him last night and it needs to be passed along. The short version: He was fired from his job with the Boy Scouts of America… likely because they found out about [Read More...]