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 video aired that d … [Read more...]

Sunday Rant: Prayer Fails

A sweet friend who is very dear to me is going through a really tough time right now. She is very religious and prayerful and to cope with her issues, she often calls for prayers. She asks for prayers from her church, her wide circle of friends, and sends out regular calls for prayers on social media. She is a lovely and generous person and if anyone deserves a little luck, it is her.However, she clearly believes that in order to get help from her deity, she has to convince enough of her … [Read more...]

When Absence of Evidence is Evidence of Absence

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth.(Ed. Note: This is the 30th 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 V of a mini series debunking "The Myth of the Mythical Jesus".)Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!We are nearing the end of my deconstruction of “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus,” an “anxiousbench” blog posti … [Read more...]

Time for Self Care

Friends,My apologies for my unexpected time away from this blog.  Basically, the short version of the story is that something awful happened very close to me and it's been incredibly awful for people I care about. I therefore needed to take some time off for some self care and for the care of others.Folks, please be mindful of your mental health, both yours and that of those around you.  And if you have suicidal thoughts or someone known to you is having suicidal thoughts, don't assume i … [Read more...]

A Madman Comes to Power (Part 3)

A guest post by Frank Zindler.During the Republican primaries and the general election campaign of 2016, Donald Trump’s outré behavior and comments caused many careful observers and analysts to notice that there was something particularly unusual in his public statements concerning Russia and its strongman Vladimir Putin. Trump never had anything but praise for Putin, and Putin was reciprocating in a very flattering way. Then it became apparent that Trump’s bucket list of “things to do” was i … [Read more...]

A Madman Comes to Power (Part 2)

A guest post by Frank Zindler.   As always, this blog's posters are speaking only for themselves and not for any organization for which they may be affiliated. I have asserted that president-elect Donald J. Trump is certifiably insane. More specifically, I have argued that he suffers from a mental illness known as “Narcissistic Personality Disorder,” and that this not only makes him unfit to be president of the United States of America, it makes him a threat to the very existence of our const … [Read more...]

Fake Jesus Forgeries

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth.(Ed. Note: This is the 28th 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 T of a mini series debunking "The Myth of the Mythical Jesus".)Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!As we get closer and closer to the end of our critique of Philip Jenkins’ lengthy blog “The Myth of the Myt … [Read more...]

Crusaders for Antitheism

Over the past couple of weeks, several NonReligious Channel bloggers at Patheos have made spirited posts concerning the role antitheism plays in our atheist community. Martin Hughes at Barrier Breaker got the conversation started but several others have made their own contributions to the discussion. Martin's first post was to explain why he is no longer an antitheist and then the others chimed in for and against the merits of the antitheist position.For the record, I am an antitheist. I … [Read more...]

Disrespecting Princess Leia

A few days ago, the world learned that Carrie Fisher passed away from complications following a massive heart attack she endured on an international flight. As most know, Ms. Fisher is probably best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise but she also has numerous other acting and writing credits for which she has received praise and even acclaim.I learned of her death when I was browsing a news site article which in addition to discussing Ms. Fisher's life and … [Read more...]

A Plague of Angry Christians

Yesterday, during a spell when I momentarily forgot how angry Christians tend to be this time of year, I group-texted a dinner invite to a fairly wide circle of reasonably close friends with the intent of making sure everyone had a fun, safe place to be for a holiday meal on Sunday. My text went like this: Everybody have some place to be and have dinner with on Xmas day? We have room at our place. Just let me know so we can plan food, otherwise everybody have a great Xmas weekend! This is what … [Read more...]