Two Bad Arguments for Public Displays of the Ten Commandments


Earlier today, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of taking down a 6-foot-tall stone monument to the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol.  The reason?  Because it violates their state’s constitution, which stipulates that it’s not okay to use state property to privilege one religion over another. In this [Read More...]

A Letter to Bristol Palin


[Today's guest post is written by Holly Baer, a religion and gender studies major at the University of Mississippi] Dear Bristol Palin, Our lives couldn’t look more different. You grew up in Alaska, I grew up in Mississippi. We both grew up as Christians, but you became a vocal advocate for Christianity and the pro-life movement [Read More...]

Not All Mississippians Are This Backwards, But Some Are (Video)


The struggle is real, y’all. First of all, let me say up front that #NotAllMississippians talk the way this guy talks.  Not all residents of The Hospitality State hate all the same things this guy clearly hates. Many of us are here for different reasons and hope to see some kind of progress filtering down [Read More...]

Why Dred Scott Is the Dumbest Analogy You Could Use Right Now


Watching the public reaction to Friday’s Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage has been amusing to say the least. As a popular meme this weekend put it: My newsfeed looks like a battle broke out between the confederates and a skittles factory. Still reeling from the merciless shooting of nine black church members in [Read More...]

To My Evangelical Friends Upon the Legalization of Gay Marriage


Dear evangelical friends, As you have almost certainly heard, earlier today the Supreme Court announced a 5-4 victory for supporters of marriage equality and a defeat for Team Evangelical. I implore you to take a step back for a second in order to look at this situation in a different light from the one to which [Read More...]

Listen to Phil Ferguson’s Podcast (Skeptic Money) with Godless in Dixie


Recently I spoke to a couple of groups in Illinois, and while I was there I ran into the ubiquitous Phil Ferguson. Phil is a financial planner who sponsors many of the most popular skeptic/freethought conferences around the country. His Champaign, IL, based company is called Polaris Financial Planning and he offers helpful advice on [Read More...]

Why We Don’t Need Atheist Missionaries (Video)


[Today's guest post is excerpted from a talk by Katie Kruse given at Zeteticon 2014 in Fargo, North Dakota] Any magician will tell you that the easiest audience to fool is one that consists of knowledgeable adults. The older and “wiser” we become the more fixed we become in our own perception of the world. Just like [Read More...]

I Drew the Line at Canaan


I’d like to tell you about the last time I was able to stomach going to church. First, you have to realize that this was the culmination of years of struggle and tension for me. Back when I was still a teenager, I had only been a devoted Christian for two or three years before I [Read More...]

Do People Become Atheists Because They Had Bad Fathers?


I shouldn’t even have to answer this question. It’s so inane that I almost didn’t write a response. It’s insulting to the intelligence of anyone who hears it, and it reduces a belief structure to a psychological malady. But then I remember that atheists do that to Christians all the time, calling their religion a mental [Read More...]

Secular Student Focus: Vanderbilt University


It’s not too late to help support the Secular Student Alliance here at the close of Secular Students Week. The national emphasis ended yesterday but donations are still being taken as a part of the challenge to reach 500 gifts in order to unlock a $20,000 grant.  See the button to donate below if you’re [Read More...]