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”, th … [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 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...]

Onward Christian Soldiers (to Fun in the Sun…)

The Army’s Strong Bonds program “is a unit-based, chaplain-led program which assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening the Army Family. The core mission of the Strong Bonds program is “to increase individual Soldier and Family member readiness through relationship education and skills training. Strong Bonds is conducted in an offsite retreat format in order to maximize the training effect. The retreat or “get away” provides a fun, safe, and secure environment in which … [Read more...]

#Prayershaming: A Lesson in Developing Fake Victim Narratives

(via Facebook)By now, there likely isn’t anyone who isn’t familiar with the new and entirely fictional notion of #prayershaming (of course there is a hashtag). As many good writers here at the Patheos Atheist Channel have already pointed out, this is yet another example of the privileged majority appropriating certain words, turns of phrase, and situations to bolster their own delusions of victimhood.For those new to the controversy, some Christians have complained that persons who rig … [Read more...]