Camp Quest Is Coming to Mississippi!

If you know anything about camps in the region of the country where I live, you know that they’re almost uniformly religious in nature. Even the ones which conceal their religious affiliations tend to recruit from among the devout from whichever tradition the directors inhabit…which is fine, if that’s what you’re looking for. But what [Read More…]

Oh, Say, Can You See?

There is a kind of fatalism in the Bible which views political events as divinely ordained, teaching people to accept whoever is in authority without question. This should come as no surprise to us once we remember this book was written at a time when kings and emperors ruled the world, long before democracy came [Read More…]

Without Evangelicals, the Republican Party Would Be History

I’m going to eventually get back to writing more directly about religion, I promise. Soon I’ll be done working my way through a review of Tim Keller‘s The Reason for God, and I’ve got quite a bit to say upon reflection about the trajectory of the atheist movement and what afflicts it. But like watching [Read More…]

Why I Think Hillary Clinton Will Be Our Next President

Over the last 48 hours or so I’ve witnessed panic and despair cascading down my newsfeed as fellow left-leaners open up their own social networks to discover that Nate Silver seems to be changing his tune about the likelihood of Donald Trump winning the November election. Silver impressed so many people during the last presidential [Read More…]

Ginsburg Was Right: Trump Is Faking It

Here on the eve of the start of the Republican National Convention, I’ve finally turned a corner in my understanding of what Donald J. Trump is up to. I know a ton of my friends have been saying this for months, but I’ve been withholding judgment because it seemed to me that a megalomaniac driven [Read More…]

Atheists in America on CBS Sunday Morning (Video)

A year ago today, CBS Sunday Morning aired their segment on the Openly Secular campaign and I think everyone agreed they did a great job. Mo Rocca reported, interviewing me, Todd Stiefel of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, and Mandisa Thomas of Black Nonbelievers. They couldn’t resist pulling in a minister for his take, of course, but at least they [Read More…]

Why Ted Cruz Is Far Worse Than Donald Trump

I haven’t written much yet about the presidential candidacy of Canadian-born U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) because, frankly, I haven’t taken him very seriously. I’ve long felt he lacks the charisma of a serious contender for the highest office in the land, and on top of that, his entire party hates him with a passion. [Read More…]

Teacher in Arkansas Suspended for Showing Passion of the Christ in Class

According to the Arkansas Times, a U.S. History teacher at Wilbur Mills High School in Little Rock, AR has been suspended for showing The Passion of the Christ in his classroom, for including a study guide (see image below) that blatantly evangelizes, and for going off on a racially and politically offensive rant in class [Read More…]

Introducing the Patient’s Right to Know Act

Did you know that if you have ovarian cancer for which the treatment would cause sterility, healthcare facilities run by religious institutions will withhold specific types of chemotherapy and not tell you they even exist? The same goes for treatments of testicular cancer. Any course of treatment which renders a man unable to reproduce is strictly forbidden [Read More…]

Condescension Isn’t Kindness

Recently, an article ran about the award I received from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the Clarion Ledger  and was later reprinted by the Hattiesburg American. I received the first ever Yip Harburg Youth Activist award for an article I wrote about cruel responses to the complaint the City of Collins received for their Christmas decorations. The [Read More…]