Archives for February 2012

Coming out as gay, coming out as atheist

One really good point that got raised in yesterday’s discussion was that when you deconvert, and tell other people about it, you risk being rejected by friends and family. I’m not quite sure what to say to this worry, though it’s worth noting the similarity the the problems associated with coming out as gay. And [Read More…]

Discussion: what do believers lose when they lose their faith, and how do we reassure them about it?

Exactly what it says on the tin: I want your input on what believers lose when they lose their faith, and how we can reassure them about it. I want to say right off that there are some things that no one has to lose to deconversion, like happiness. If a believer is afraid of [Read More…]

The massive foreclosure fraud that will go (effectively) unpunished

One of the issues discussed in Glenn Greenwald’s excellent book With Liberty and Justice for Some is the fact that in the United States, financial elites can now get away with quite serious crimes. Unfortunately, the section of the book was a bit weak, without a clear explanation of the laws that have been broken. [Read More…]

From the archives: How William Lane Craig misleads his followers

Ever since going to the Harris-Craig debate, Craig has been on my mind an awful lot. There’s one thing I’ve alluded to here and here,and meant to do a post on, but kept putting off: the fact that Craig works very hard to give his followers a false impression of the facts on key issues. [Read More…]

The most clueless attack on Dawkins I’ve seen yet

This may not be the dumbest attack on Dawkins I’ve ever seen, but I think it wins the award for least-informed about the views Dawkins has been promoting for years now: [Read more…]

Justifying secularism

I’m trying to decide how much to agree or disagree with this post by Russell Blackford: [Read more…]

Dirty thoughts involving asprin

So a week ago, Foster Friess, the guy behind Rick Santorum’s Super PAC, claimed that back in his day women would just keep an aspirin between their legs as birth control. This made a lot of people mad, but my favorite comment about this is was the tweet that said, “If you can’t figure out [Read More…]

The under-rated “famous violinist” defense of abortion

The view taken by the Catholic Church, and other anti-abortion extremists, that a single fertilized human egg cell is a person, has always struck me as bizarre. Well, since I was old enough to think about the issue anyway. And I’ve realized for just as long that there isn’t going to be a magic moment [Read More…]

Randal Rauser doesn’t know how to speak English

Apparently, Randal Rauser doesn’t know how to speak English–how else to explain two of the most recent posts on his blog, arguing first that many people who call themselves atheists should stop because they don’t know what “atheism” is, and then that Mormons are actually atheists. Um… wow. I’m tempted to wonder whehter he’s deliberately [Read More…]