Stop Brainwashing Children

(Editor's comment: Today's guest poster says our society is brainwashing our kids and proposes that atheism (in the form of antitheism) is the only reasonable position to hold to make the brainwashing stop. He further states that agnosticism is tacit support for religion. Do you agree or disagree? We would love to hear from you in the comments!). When a human mind is convinced of the truth of an issue, rational discourse is an ineffective weapon.The human understanding when it has once … [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...]

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...]

Earthly Proof of Fake People

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth.(Ed. Note: This is the 27th 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 S of a mini series debunking "The Myth of the Mythical Jesus".)Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!In the previous posting continuing the debunking of Philip Jenkins’ blog “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus,” we … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Atheist Cruelty Cults: Clicks for Kicks

As always, I'm speaking for myself and my views do not necessarily represent the views of any organization for which I am a past or present member.The internet got interesting this past week for a fellow Patheos blogger, Martin Hughes, over at Barrier Breaker. Martin wrote a piece as a rebuttal against a popular YouTube blogger who calls himself the Amazing Atheist who has developed a giant following mainly by using the internet to post videos that treat people badly. There is very little … [Read more...]

How Should Atheists Approach Activism?

I have pretty good reason to think that most—but assuredly not all—atheists see approaching atheism and secularism in American society more or less the same way I do. Most of us support a strong separation of state and religion; somewhat more broadly, we also insist on dissenting from default notions such as that Christianity should be considered more moral or more desirable unless proven otherwise. Most of the atheists I know—and there is every reason to think there’s a systematic bias in which … [Read more...]

The Wonders of a Woman Card

According to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton apparently possesses a superpower called "the woman card" that gives her access to political advantages allegedly denied to the male presidential candidates. It is his contention that without this superpower, she would not otherwise be a viable presidential candidate.I can only assume deployment of the "women card" is a superpower available to all women, but what exactly is the nature of this superpower?  Does it keep women from being sexually … [Read more...]