Stephen Prothero Talks About Atheist Fundamentalists

A few months ago, Stephen Prothero wrote an article for USA Today stating that atheists would be better off without some of our more “aggressive” voices. (Disclosure: he mentioned me as an example of a “gentler” atheist.) I felt there was much more overlap between the two sides than Prothero was giving us credit for. [Read More…]

A Seminar for Bigots-in-Training

Aww… isn’t this cute? Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality — a group that spreads lies about homosexuality — is announcing a seminar for young people who want to become little homophobes like him. Joe. My. God. perfectly captures the essence of the “Americans For Truth Academy”: [It] will train [Read More…]

Ask Richard: A Young Atheist, a Baha’i Egyptian Girl, and Her Father

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Dear Richard, I have been seeing an Egyptian girl of the Baha’i faith for about one year. It has gotten serious enough that she decided to tell her father that she was [Read More…]

More Teachers in Trouble

It’s hard enough being a teacher when your private life can come back to haunt you. It’s happened to me before and I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened again in the future. Take a look at these recent stories: … Jarretta Hamilton was a teacher at Southland Christian School in St. Cloud, Florida. She [Read More…]

Buddhism Isn’t More Enlightened Than Other Faiths

Maybe certain religious beliefs are silly, but Buddhism’s ok, right? I’ve heard that line several times before… The problem is that Buddhism is still rife with superstition: Just as with Jainism, we’re talking about a religion/philosophy that buys into karma and reincarnation. Neither one is violent, to be sure, but they’re still making up stories [Read More…]