Another Religious Witch Hunt

I've often said that whenever religion has had rule over law, the result has always been an automatic violation of human rights. This is why I'm an advocate for secular governance. Because all the news I hear from theocratic regions is just this stupid and sometimes worse.This is another example of a literal witch hunt and what humanist organizations are doing about that. It is inexcusable that grown-ups anywhere in the world should believe in demons, devils, and evil spirits. This is … [Read more...]

Secular Idea for Giving Tuesday

Just give her the cookie.

Giving Tuesday is a campaign to break the record for 24 Hour charitable giving. Before you think, "Well, La, Dee, Da...", it is sort of a reaction to the crass consumerism  of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. (I would like to see us break the record for Voting Tuesday, which I just made up.) Also, I realize that both of these consumer days help budget conscious families to afford things that are normally out of reach. Anyways, what if you as a secular person are down with giving, but not down with … [Read more...]

Look who dropped in


Something fell through the ceiling.It made quite a mess.Oh look who it is.You are adorable!I coaxed that opossum into a pet carrier and took her down to the park. I left the door open with a piece of turkey on the exit, and left it in a field by a creek with trees in three directions.I went home and had dinner. I came back an hour later, and she was still in there. I had to slowly dump her out again. She didn't even notice the turkey. Poor thing.She … [Read more...]

Creationism’s False Equivalence


This was my lecture to the Secular Student Alliance at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, 2015/11/24.Today I’m going to talk about creationism, also known as Intelligent Design or Creation Science –as compared and contrasted with actual science. The term creationists use to describe actual science is ‘evolutionary’ science, but they apply that to a lot more than just evolution. Because for them it’s more than just population genetics. In fact in their minds, it’s not population ge … [Read more...]

How we atheists do Thanksgiving


My friend, Vyckie Garrison posted a very sweet article on Raw Story about how atheists celebrate Thanksgiving. She asked several prominent atheists to participate, and I meant to. I don't know what happened. I thought I sent the message, but I'm not seeing it now. Pity. I really wanted to be a part of that. So let me just post it here.Obviously a lot of us know that we were lied to about Columbus and about the pilgrims and all of that. We certainly don't hold the Puritan's slaughter of the … [Read more...]

If you have ever used the term “Social Justice Warrior” as an earnest insult…

Because why would anyone have a problem with Social Justice?

The term "Social Justice Warrior" is often used as a pejorative by internet commenters to denigrate speech aimed at reducing gender, class, and racial inequality. To put this in perspective of the atheist microcosm of the larger community, atheists who criticize social justice advocates and who have large followings, often use this word liberally (meaning a lot, not politically liberal). For those who promote anti-social justice rhetoric with this term, have a look at what you may sound … [Read more...]

Two Suspects arrested in alleged white supremacist shootings at Black Lives Matter Protest

Where does a civilized society draw the line between free speech, the right to bear arms, and the right to protest safely? First some background: MINNEAPOLIS — Two men were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the overnight shootings of five people during a Black Lives Matter protest outside a police station, the Minneapolis Police Department said. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis has been camped outside a police station to obtain justice for the shooting death of Jamar Clark. Police say that C … [Read more...]

Counter culture conditioned


I'm having breakfast in a hotel that plays only Frank Sinatra. Every song, Sinatra.It's not that I hate Sinatra, but his whole genre. When I was a kid, the old fogies listened to "the rat pack", Sinatra, Sammy, Bing and Dino. Awful stuff. Amore' was a stupid fucking song! It was either easy-listening lounge lizards or worse. Whenever I stayed with my grandparents they played Lawrence Welk. That was agonizing -especially because I wasn't allowed to say anything about it. It was such stale … [Read more...]

Dallas Mayor not on the Islamophobia Bandwagon

Making Dallasites proud of something

Texas isn't widely known for progressive policy makers, but there are a few. Texas isn't as Red in its urban centers like Dallas, as it appears from the outside. Look at Texas Governor Greg Abbott's fearful response to Texas accepting Syrian refugees. As was reported by Rick Cohen last Monday, Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, joined other Republican governors in declaring that Syrian refuges(sic) were not welcome to be resettled in that state. “As the governor of the state of Texas,” he said … [Read more...]

Speaking in Grand Forks North Dakota


On Tuesday November 24th, I'm speaking to the Freethinkers of UND. 7:00pm - 8:30pm in room 109 of Leonard Hall at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. I'm hoping for a lively discussion afterward. … [Read more...]