Yep, I Read Sarah Palin’s Christmas Book. Yep, It’s Even Worse Than You Thought

I tried to read Sarah Palin‘s new book Good Tidings and Great Joy. Really. I tried.

Hell, her people even sent me an autographed copy of the book. (The inscription reads “God Bless You,” as if she needed one more way to stick it to atheists…) The whole book is a lesson in patience. You have to find a way to flip the pages without knocking out everyone around you since every chapter just makes you progressively angrier. Ever read a Creationist textbook that you know others read in complete earnest? This is just like that.

It’s not that she holds different opinions from me; I deal with that all the time and it’s never a problem. At first, I thought what upset me the most was just how uninformed she was. She spent chapters writing about atheists and clearly didn’t even bother to talk to any to make sure she was on the right track. But then I realized I had it completely flipped. It wasn’t that she was willfully ignorant. It’s that she knew damn well what we’re all about and she was deliberately misrepresenting us just to rile her base.

Once that hit me, I saw the book in a completely different way. Here: Just look at some of the things she said (by way of a ghostwriter, of course):

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New Book Gazes Skeptically at the Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem, as told in the Bible and other myths, did some impressive things that stars don’t normally do, moving in different directions, hovering in one spot, oh, and heralding the birth of the messiah. But what, if anything, was really going on?

Kimberly Winston of the Religion News Service recently interviewed Aaron Adair, the author of a new book on the subject, The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View, and they run through some of the theories, ruling many of them out. Comets and supernovae, for example, don’t fit the picture. But one idea that sticks out to me, and also to Winston, is that the “star” may have been something a little more mechanical in nature [Read more…]

Generation Atheist is Free on Amazon This Week!

My friend Dan Riley wrote a book last year called Generation Atheist. It’s a collection of true stories about people who transitioned from godly to godless.

All this week (through Friday), the book is free on Kindle! I urge you to get your copy now if you haven’t already!

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David Niose’s Nonbeliever Nation is Now Available in Paperback

David Niose is the author of the excellent Nonbeliever Nation — a book that’s now available in paperback:



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An Intimate Conversation with George Carlin

In 2001, journalist Larry Getlen sat down with comedian extraordinaire George Carlin for the interviews that lasted a total of five hours. It culminated, at the time, into a one-page collection of quotations for Esquire magazine.

Now, more than five years after Carlin’s death, Getlen has released an edited book of their full conversation, one that will make you want to revisit his classic bits all over again.

The book is called Conversations with Carlin: An In-Depth Discussion with George Carlin about Life, Sex, Death, Drugs, Comedy, Words, and so much more:

In the excerpt below, the two discuss Carlin’s early experiences with religion:

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