Help the Children of a Non-Believer Murder Victim

Via Greta Christina’s blog: April, Angelina was killed in a domestic violence murder/suicide. She was a non-believer, just beginning to get involved in public/ organized atheism. She was a friend of Mandisa Thomas (founder and current president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc., and member of Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta) and Bridgett ‘Bria’ Crutchfield (board member at [Read More...]

Join Dr. Carrier’s Online Course on the Science and Philosophy of Free Will

Dr. Richard Carrier is holding an online class on the Science and Philosophy of Free Will. This June begins my online course on the science and philosophy of free will, from a naturalist (atheist) and secular perspective. Please spread the word and let people know, anyone you think might be interested. It will be useful [Read More...]

Favorite Short Story: Curly Red by Joyce Carol Oats

Today I got to reread Joyce Carol Oats’s short story “Curly Red” for maybe the fifth or sixth time, and I was reminded of why I love it. I love how a story can teach us a lot about social issues in a way that reading thousands of blog posts can’t. I’m an Iranian, and [Read More...]

Dan Fincke Challenges Theists to Study God with Him

Dan Fincke is a philosophy professor and an atheist who runs online classes on philosophy. Now he’s planning a new course, which aims to bring the God is Not Dead movie into real life and expose its lies. As he wrote in “God’s Not Dead” Fans, I Dare You To Study The Existence of God With [Read More...]

Link-Round Up 5/7/2014

Jen McCreight has left FTB. While we’re all sad to see her go, we’re very happy to see her new blog. Check it out. Here she also explains why she left. This Dan Fincke post is more than 2 years old, but I read it recently and loved it: How Faith Theoretically Makes People Less Likely [Read More...]

A PSA for All My Dear Feminist Allies

I originally posted this on Facebook, but here I paste it too: I’m not a very social person. I usually avoid others when I can. I get cranky and angry when I am forced to spend a great amount of time in society. I prefer living inside my room and devoting my time to reading [Read More...]

Grapes with Large Eyes and Big Boobs

I’m a fan of Cracked. But they don’t understand artistic creation at all, have a very wrong concept of plagiarism and plot hole, and they have a tendency to make huge claims based on little evidence. And they also don’t understand Islam. This belongs to a photoplasty which was published on April 28th, but I [Read More...]

Why Religions Are Not as Contradictory as You Think

“Religions are contradictory”, or, “Bible is contradictory, the Quran is contradictory”, is what we say, but sometimes we fail to notice that this is not enough, that we definitely need to deal with this with more depth. Are all contradictions the same, revealing the same type of mental process? Can we think of contradictions that are [Read More...]

The House Arrest of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard Can Determine the Future of Rouhani’s Administration

Mousavi has been hospitalized, undergone angiography and has heart problem. Karroubi underwent knee surgery a little ago. Rahnavard is reported to be weakened. There are many worrying signs about the health of these three people, and for good reason – under house arrest, they have less rights and healthcare than even ordinary prisoners. A while [Read More...]