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...]

The Orlando Tragedy: A Faith Based Initiative

Orlando is just the most recent example of religious terrorism in a long, sad stream of similar events. The root cause is faith.Faith is the acceptance of knowledge claims founded in desire rather than evidence. Based in emotion, faith is not a reliable method for determining truth. Satisfying a need for deep emotional comfort and meaning, faith can easily overwhelm evidence, logic, and reason. Believers offer all sorts of rationalizations for their particular faith, but the need for faith … [Read more...]

Veterans and the militia “movement”…

In the last few days, there have been significant developments towards ending the militia wildlife refuge theft in Oregon. Several militia members have been arrested and at least one is confirmed killed. A determined handful, minus anything resembling leadership, remain defiant at the refuge at the time of this writing although there has been some whining about how they would leave if they wouldn't be arrested. However, they apparently don't believe they can leave without being arrested which is … [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...]

When the Mass Murderer is a Woman…

By now, the entire nation is aware of yet another mass shooting, this time at a social services center in San Bernardino, California on December 2, 2015.Today we are learning a little information about the identity of the shooters, although not much is known yet about their motives, including whether or not religious faith played a role. Interviewing the two shooters is not possible, as both were killed in a shootout with police.Surprisingly, one of the shooters was reported to be a … [Read more...]

More mass murders…

The shootings yesterday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, have raised many questions, but most answers are premature. We hope—and assume—that there will be careful and thorough investigation of all this, with the truth—not some bias or viewpoint—guiding the search for answers.In the meantime, we declare that—* Reasonable atheists everywhere share the conclusion with reasonable Americans everywhere that shootings like the one in Oregon, are impossible to justify. People maim … [Read more...]