Fearing a Supernatural Boogeyman

I'll resume my Christmas series on Monday, but I wanted to take a moment to look at another issue. Those Christians who hear that I am an atheist often ask "but how can you live without God?" A few months ago I realized an important response: Being an atheist isn't just about living without God, it's also about living without Satan. I've mentioned this before, but wanted to take a moment to expound upon it further.As a Christian, I believed that God was all-powerful and that Jesus had … [Read more...]

Atheism through the holidays, part 1: Santa Claus

When people ask, "but how can you do Christmas without Jesus?" it makes me want to laugh. The other week Sally and I walked through our local mall, and she gave the following monologue:  "Look, Christmas lights! Christmas tree! Look, snow! Presents! Look, more Christmas lights! Look, horse! Look, SANTA CLAUS!!!"  The truth is, the Santa Claus myth, complete with reindeer, elves, and presents, provides a ready go-to for non-religious parents who want the holidays to … [Read more...]

Founding father worship and gay marriage

Today I read this Romney quote on Blag Hag: "At the time the Constitution was written marriage was between a man and a woman and I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.” Ah, the whole original intent argument. I grew up on that. Any constitutional question should be referred to the "original intent" of the founding fathers, who wrote it in the first place. I mean, that kind of makes sense, right? Well, not really, actually.Sure the founding fathers never intended for there to … [Read more...]

Rick Perry’s Latest Ad

Commentary to follow, but first, the transcript:  I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.I'm Rick Perry … [Read more...]

The Purity Myth

This is beautiful. For a full transcript, see here. I think the very best part comes at the end: "The purity myth is the lie that women’s sexuality has some bearing on who we are and how good we are, because really I think we all know that young women are so much more than whether or not they have sex. We really should be teaching our daughters that their ability to be good people should be based on their intelligence, on their compassion, their kindness, not what they do with their b … [Read more...]

Feminism Explained

Growing up, I equated feminism with selfishness, child abandonment, and a desire to destroy the family. I believed that feminism was destroying the country by elevating women at the expense of men, leaving men emasculated and the family in shambles. Feminists were, I thought, man haters who mocked motherhood and the family, pursuing instead their own selfish dreams of worldly fulfillment. It wasn't until college that I learned what feminism actually is. According to Wikipedia, Feminism is a … [Read more...]

Authoritarian Parenting and Adult Children

Writing on this blog is like watching synapses in my brain suddenly connect. I love the Ah ha! moments and I've just had another one, thanks to a comment on my last post: I find it hard to love my mother after such a type of chilhood... I think fear doesn't dissipate so easily. I have long wondered why my transition to adulthood has been so difficult. I want to be able to stand by my parents adult to adult, equal to equal - which is, of course, what we now are. But the truth is, I'm scared of … [Read more...]