America’s Top Two Atheists

Quick question: Who are America’s top two atheists? . . . The correct answer is… Rob Sherman and Michael Newdow. You know how I know that? Because Rob Sherman said so. (Modest one, no? ) The two guys are suing over the Capitol Visitor Center fiasco (they’re engraving “In God We Trust” and the Pledge [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Is My Buddhism Suitable for an Atheist?

Hi Richard, This column is a great idea. Thanks for taking it on. The question is: am I missing something here? Am I ignoring some blind spot of my own? The problem: I am both an atheist and a practicing Zen Buddhist. While it is true that some forms of Buddhism assert the existence of [Read More...]

Coexist Comedy

Here’s a collection of good-natured (SFW) religious/atheist humor, via the Coexist Comedy tour: (Thanks to Ashley for the link!) [Read more...]

Irish Blasphemy Law Passes

Well, shit. Ireland passed the blasphemy law. What does this mean for Irish citizens? It means you can be convicted for trashing someone’s beliefs if you cause “outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion.” (Again, what is a “substantial number”? Who knows.) Paliban Daily offers up some frightening consequences, given that [Read More...]

A Few More Thoughts on Francis Collins

After writing my own thoughts on Francis Collins and his appointment to head the National Institutes of Health, I read this piece by Chris Wilson at Slate. Two excerpts stood out to me, addressing the concerns of many atheists: This formula [between the "unsolved" and the "unsolvable"] offers a convenient litmus test for where Collins [Read More...]