The King of America and the Killing of Hope

I, like half our country, am terrified of what happens next. I’m already grieving for the troops that will be dying overseas a couple of years from now and for the millions of people we are going to kill and displace. I’m grieving for our citizens who will die within our borders, both because our “enemies” have the ability and the motivation to bring the fighting to our soil and because so many millions will lose their medical insurance. I’m grieving for the environment, the climate, and the econ … [Read more...]

Medical Care is a Human Right

Last night, a close relative went to the emergency room by ambulance. The medical reasons are not relevant and she was treated and released after a few hours to go home with appointments for follow up care.This person is one of the lucky Americans who has good medical insurance so this emergency is not going to lead to her financial ruin. Her insurance, like that of most Americans who have good insurance, is entirely tied to her employment and is only affordable because of her … [Read more...]

The Swamp of Historical Jesus Apologetics

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth.(Ed. Note: This is the 25th 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 Q of a mini series debunking "The Myth of the Mythical Jesus".)Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!In the previous posting in reply to Philip Jenkins’ “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus,” I examined the falsifi … [Read more...]

Trump’s Presidential Fantasies

Author’s Note: As always, I am speaking for myself and not for American Atheists or any other organization of which I am a present or past member.Somehow, I ended up on a mailing list from the Trump campaign. Either they bought my email address from some data aggregator or someone signed me up as a prank but either way, these emails have been both illuminating and distressing.The latest one I received outlines what Trump says he will do in the early weeks of his presidency: “Here’s what … [Read more...]

Christianity’s Frauds and Dishonesty

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth.(Ed. Note: This is the 24d 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 P of a mini series debunking "The Myth of the Mythical Jesus".)Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!We have seen that in Judaism, the word “Lord” was a substitute for YHWH, the secret name of the main Isra … [Read more...]

Invoking Pet Gods by “Secret” Magic

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth.(Ed. Note: This is the 23d 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 O of a mini series debunking "The Myth of the Mythical Jesus".)Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!After demonstrating that Philip Jenkins has built an aery argument out of his inadequacy in Greek and … [Read more...]

Fun with Christian Forgeries

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth.(Ed. Note: This is the 22d 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 N of a mini series debunking "The Myth of the Mythical Jesus".)Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating! In the previous posting I dismantled Philip Jenkins’ discussion of a supposed testimony of Flavius Josephus t … [Read more...]

Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

Winning the battle for atheist civil rights demands we work together to further the advancement of these civil rights and continue to demand the removal of religious beliefs, particularly Christian beliefs, from the privileged legal and social position they hold in America now.  Accomplishing these goals includes embracing and supporting our allies in other nations as well as aligning with potential allies from other causes, especially those who are targeted by those who use their religious be … [Read more...]

Jesus Without A Trace

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth.(Ed. Note: This is the 21th 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 M of a mini series debunking "The Myth of the Mythical Jesus".)Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!We come now to Philip Jenkins’ apologetic dealing with the claim that “Jesus does not feature in early non- … [Read more...]

Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion (book review)

The following is an excerpt from Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion:I met my American husband and moved to the United States at the age of twenty-five. My husband was also an atheist, and while back then it never occurred to me to ask him if he was atheist, in retrospect I understand how important this really was to me. I knew nothing about life in America, and when I moved to Arizona, I had the expectation that life would continue as usual. My goal was to raise a … [Read more...]