6 Reasons To Be a Firebrand Atheist Even If It Doesn’t Help Convince Religious People

Many people argue against firebrand atheism, stating that it’s misguided and doesn’t deconvert religious people. Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t really care either way. I’m going to remain a firebrand atheist anyway. I really don’t care if my firebrand atheism is a turn on or a turn off to most religious people. That’s mainly because I have not devoted my life to deconverting religious people. It could be nice if it happened, but it’s not mandatory or even that much of a high priority. I have reasons for being a firebrand atheist that don’t involve religious people at all, which I list in this article. But this is the gist of it: Ultimately, my atheism is about me, not religious people. [Read more...]

Check Out Heina Dadabhoy’s Speech on Islam and Taboos

Heina Dadabhoy’s talk at Skepticon7 covers Islam and taboos and it’s awesome. [Read more...]

My Tolerant Moderate Student Is the Reason I’m an Antitheist, Not Fundementalists

So yesterday in the class I asked my students what they thought of death, if they were afraid of it or not, and they all gave various replies. I didn’t bring up this morbid topic. One of them did. Among my students some are deeply religious. One of them is very progressive. She’s always on my [Read More...]

Then Who Is It About, Exactly?

My dear friend and Patheos co-blogger Neil Carter wrote a blog posts called Why I Broke Up with Jesus. The basic premise is comparing the relationship with Jesus to a romantic relationship and as you’ve guessed one side of the relationship displays absolutely no interest in reciprocating. Another Patheos blogger, however, is not amused. Frederick Schmidt of What God Wants for Your Life has written a piece called It’s not all about you. In that piece he admonishes Neil for his narcissism and taking it all personally thinking it’s all about him. Here I write a reply to that piece. [Read more...]

The Debate about Teaching Religion to Children Is Actually a Debate about Religious Hegemony

If you don’t already know, we have begun a debate about teaching religion to children. Wendy Thomas Russell talked about using a neutral language to talk to children about religion, and then I write a post which disagreed with her on just that, using a language which is not neutral about religion. This caused both Wendy and [Read More...]

Teaching Critical Thinking to Children Doesn’t Mean Treating Religion as Valid

The debate on the question of teaching children about religion continues, with me answering some points about critical thinking and tolerance and clarifying some. [Read more...]

Why I Will Teach My Children that Religion is Nonsense

I’ve seen many atheists talking about teaching religion to their children, and it usually involves not teaching them about religion, or some kind of complex way of teaching children about religion without indoctrinating them. Now, I’m here to offer my humble suggestion: just tell them that it’s bogus and move on. [Read more...]

Link Round-Up 10/26/2014

From IS to Truman Copote, from Hirohito to Malala Yusafzai, this is the most recent round of link-round-ups. [Read more...]

Foreign Policy Fails at Journalism Regarding Khomeini and Nuclear WMDs

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Foreign Policy publishes a piece about Ayatollah Khomeini issuing a fatwa against WMDs. But the source is a known liar and the story contradicts known facts. [Read more...]

A Rebuttal to NonProphet Status’s “Atheist communities need religious ambassadors”

Wendy Webber argues that we need to have religious messengers of peace and acceptance to come over to atheist communities. But this proposal argues the real need for purely secular spaces and more importantly, there seems to be a profound misunderstanding of the life experience of some atheists at the heart of it. [Read more...]


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