October 11, 2018

This is part two in a series designed to debunk the arguments for capital punishment. Read the previous part here. Read the other parts here. Picture a young David Berkowitz, perhaps 14 or 15 years old. Not yet nicknamed The Son of Sam. He’s just come in from trick or treating on Halloween night. The spooky sights and sounds have lit a fire in his veins, and a familiar, repetitive voice from deep within him becomes louder. It tells him over… Read more

October 5, 2018

I often get asked how I viewed religion growing up being as I had none. What did it look like from the outside? What were my feelings about it? I try to explain as best I can in this video using Jeff Goldblum and tutus. I hope it helps to understand what it was like for me seeing religious people worship as a complete, lifelong heathen. I want to know: did you grow up religious? What religion did you grow… Read more

October 3, 2018

I don’t eat cereal. I like some cereal brands, but they all just make me feel like I’ve got a kettlebell resting in the bottom of my belly for the rest of the day. Maybe it’s the milk, I dunno. All I know is, I avoid cereal because it turns me into a sloth who just wants to lay about playing Bricks n’ Balls all day. As such, my hellbound sinners, I have been unable to get my hands on… Read more

October 2, 2018

Content warning: This post contains screenshots of horrible, horrible language and words I would never use myself. If you find you are easily upset by language, perhaps click back and come back for my next post. I’ll love you just the same. So, I have this folder on my Google drive. It’s full of screenshots of comments from religious folk over the years. These are the most noteworthy comments. They’re either hilariously funny, complete nonsense or they’re terribly rude. Often… Read more

September 26, 2018

Stanley “Tookie” Williams was a founding member of the West Side Crips, one of the most notorious gangs in all of Los Angeles. Otherwise, a man with a promising future in social work, Tookie’s life unravelled in gang culture. He began using hard drugs, losing opportunities because of his ties to the Crips and friends and family left or died or were killed. It took a toll on Tookie, who stayed briefly in a psychiatric ward after a particularly rough… Read more

September 21, 2018

Christmas Day, 2006. I am sitting in a small bamboo hut along a sand path in the village of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. A traditional Thai tattoo artist is tapping a sharp, pointed piece of bamboo dipped in ink into my wrist. I’d told him, “flower” and nothing more. He didn’t draw up a sketch and have me approve it. He simply dipped his bamboo in ink and went to work. That morning, I’d gotten out of bed to sit… Read more

September 20, 2018

A couple nights ago, a really nice in-the-closet atheist sent me an email talking about why he remains in the closet. He asked me many questions, but one, in particular, stood out because I don’t think I’ve ever addressed it here: What’s the harm in pretending to be a believer? Why does anyone have to know I don’t share their beliefs? After my complete shock that there is at least one person out there who sees zero issue with not outwardly being… Read more

September 17, 2018

As an atheist, how do you feel about Islam? Watch the latest Common Heathens live stream in which Donovan and I talk at length about Islam and the Quran and the influence they have on our society. Let me know how you feel on the topics we cover in the comments below! If you like what I do here and want to support my work, you can donate here or become a patron here. Read more

September 12, 2018

I get asked a lot of questions about how I raise my son like I’m some sort of parenting guru. I definitely have strong opinions on certain aspects of parenting and don’t mind answering your questions, so long as you keep in mind that this is what’s best for my family, and may not be what’s best for yours. Being as I’m on the cusp of being a complete nutbar, proceed with caution. The first question is from someone who wanted… Read more

September 10, 2018

Your Stories of Atheism are heartbreaking, triumphant, angering and inspiring. They are written by you, for you in this ongoing series about how you came to identify as an atheist. If you want to send me your story, you can email me here. Please note that by doing so, you give me permission to publish it here as part of the series. If you wish to remain anonymous, please say so in your email otherwise, I will use just your first… Read more

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