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 Myth of the Mythical Je … [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 “anxiousbench” blog posting wr … [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...]

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...]

The Killing of Democracy

(Editor's comments:  The views expressed in this or any other post are those of the author and not of any particular organization.)How to kill a Country’s Democracy without the Country knowing it has died.The greatest crimes are the ones committed without anyone ever realizing a crime has been committed. Examples of this are the thief who can embezzle money without being caught because he can cook the books to make the numbers look as if they came out even. Or, the murderer who can make t … [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...]

Why Go to the Reason Rally (6 Day Countdown)

There are tons of reasons why it makes sense to go to next weekend’s Reason Rally. However, the best reasons I can think of are that you should go for the fun and (borrowing a religious term, here) the fellowship!This is a tremendous chance to surround yourself with a diverse collection of people who believe in reason and science and who know religion is not only backwards and archaic, it is dangerous, for us as a nation and for the world. But, it is also a chance to meet people with whom y … [Read more...]

The Psychology of Religious Nonsense

On its face, religion is nonsense (an omnipotent God who is forced to sacrifice Himself, to Himself, to save humanity from His own wrath), full of contradictions (one god versus the trinity), mystery and miracles, and I think that is deliberate to train followers that they can't rely on their own reason, and must instead accept on faith whatever religious authorities tell them.However one can find a reasonable explanation of religion that makes sense, if they don't take religion's claims at … [Read more...]

Democrats in an Iowa County vote to protect non-religion.

Guest post by Amanda Knief, American Atheists' National Legal and Public Policy Director.My family lives in Iowa, where the presidential election either invigorates you or enervates you. For my mom, this year the process has gotten her involved in ways she has not been in many years. She caucused with the Democrats and volunteered to be a delegate at the Black Hawk County convention that was held on Saturday, March 12.Now, my mom is religious but she is also an atheist ally. Those of … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Mitch McConnell

Editor’s comment: The election cycle news has pushed this very important issue out of the news cycle and the public eye. It is very important that this issue not get lost in the election shuffle.An open letter from Ed Buckner to Mitch McConnell:So, Mitch McConnell, this has nought to do with me being an atheist, but I have some real questions about your opposition to holding hearings or even considering a nomination for Associate Justice of the Court by Barack Obama. (As I write t … [Read more...]