Let’s Pray Those Guns Away

Another day, another horrific gun attack in America, this time on members of Congress who were conducting an early morning practice in Alexandria, Virginia for an upcoming Congressional baseball game.The injured will be in the thoughts of the persons behind this blog but there (obviously) will be no praying here.There have been prayers said over the thousands of people injured and killed in gun attacks and yet these things keep happening because prayer is useless and not a substitute for … [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...]

Bathroom Battles and Potty Politics

Last night, I had a chance to talk with a couple of folks from North Carolina about the anti-trans bathroom policies in that state. They were complaining about what they described as unfair treatment by the businesses and entertainers that elected to pull their economic activities away from North Carolina and claimed their state was being "misunderstood". They said all the state wanted to do was to make sure that when women go into a women's bathroom, the only other people in there are women. … [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...]