Fake News or Scary Reality?

Recently, areas of our country, to include Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and elsewhere were devastated by a series of hurricanes and some areas are still enduring horrific suffering in the storm’s aftermath. At the same time, of course, other Caribbean nations were also torn apart by these storms and Mexico City endured a earthquake that brought down buildings and killed hundreds. And as these things were happening, other tragedies, manmade and natural, occurred around the world… Read more

Gun Violence and the Cancer of Religion

The sleepy Texas town of Plano was recently the site of a shocking and horrific crime in which 9 people were fatally shot including the shooter who was shot by police. Due to the routine nature of gun violence in this country and the fact that this was an all-too-common domestic incident, this barely registered on the national news radar. The primary victim and her friends were murdered by her estranged husband who, according to the victim’s mother, “did not… Read more

Let’s Pray Those Guns Away

Another day, another horrific gun attack in America, this time on members of Congress who were conducting an early morning practice in Alexandria, Virginia for an upcoming Congressional baseball game. The injured will be in the thoughts of the persons behind this blog but there (obviously) will be no praying here. There have been prayers said over the thousands of people injured and killed in gun attacks and yet these things keep happening because prayer is useless and not a… Read more

Remembering Atheists on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and reflection upon those who have sacrificed their lives while serving their country in the nation’s uniformed services. Among those dead, who represent all religions and ethnicities, there are atheists and other nonbelievers who lived and died beside their religious counterparts, demonstrating that there are indeed “atheists in foxholes” and some of those atheists have died there. Atheists serve for many reasons but they don’t serve for “God and Country”, they serve their… Read more

THE TROUBLING OF MY SLEEP

Since November of last year, my sleep has become increasingly troubled and disturbed. Nearly every night I awaken at the crisis point in a nightmare. Many of the nocturnal terrors are variations on a racing theme. In most of them I am watching a race between Donald Trump’s kleptocrats and various investigative reporters and committees. All of them involve the general question of how much irreversible damage will be done to democratic institutions, how many Americans will die, how greatly… Read more

Blame the Victim: A Review of ‘The Most Hated Woman in America’

(Editor’s comment:  This is a very passionate account by a man who knew Madalyn Murray O’Hair as a dear friend and partner in activism.  Mr. Zindler is not speaking for American Atheists but he is speaking from the heart and is expressing the tremendous amount of grief the recent Netflix film about Madalyn caused him). A Review of The Most Hated Woman in America, a Netflix film directed by Tommy O’Haver and written by Tommy O’Haver and Irene Turner (24… Read more

Creator Connection Required

Recently the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Ivy Taylor, ignited a controversy when she make a statement in a mayoral candidate forum that seemed to say that persons who don’t believe in a creator are the cause of social ills, are unable to have a good relationship with others, and are not productive members of society. Predictably, we atheists, who don’t have a relationship with a creator and yet manage to be productive people with healthy relationships, took objection to… Read more

A Tale of Two Incidents

Yesterday, a seemingly Christian man, in another school shooting, decided to gun down his wife at her job at an elementary school while also killing one child and critically injuring another and then taking his own life. The location of the slaughter was chosen because although she was reportedly hiding from him, he knew she would likely be there and would be defenseless. On the same day, United Airlines became the target of news reports and social media campaigns after a… Read more

God is a Serial Killer

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth. (Ed. Note: This is the 32nd post in Frank Zindler’s Speaking Frankly About Jesus blog which is dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. This is part X of a mini series debunking “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus” of which we have reached the end.) Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating! We now have finished our deconstruction of “The… Read more

Circular Reasoning Isn’t Evidence for a Historical Jesus

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth. (Ed. Note: This is the 31st post in Frank Zindler’s Speaking Frankly About Jesus blog which is dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. This is part W of a mini series debunking “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus”.) Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating! We now have reached the final argument of “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus,” an… Read more

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