Excerpts from the Texas GOP platform

I am bewildered at the shameless idiocy contained in the dominant political body in my state.  You can read the whole thing here, but here are some choice examples: Principles:  “The laws of nature and nature’s God” as our Founding Fathers believed.Protection from Extreme Environmentalists – We strongly oppose all efforts of the extreme environmental groups that stymie legitimate business interests. We strongly oppose those efforts that attempt to use the environmental causes to … [Read more...]

Here, untie my Gordian knot…

Guest contribution by Aron's wife.Last week, I had the unfortunate experience of watching yet another would be apologist rope well- meaning atheists including into attempting to unravel his twisted reasoning.  Aron invited this young man, who was very much impressed with Eric Hovind and his ilk, to an online discussion basically hoping he could reason with him.  The young man was coached into using a Presuppositional apologetic.  I know... the discussion took a frustrating, predictable path f … [Read more...]

The Dawkins Foundation, Call to Action

I first met former state senator, Sean Faircloth last October, at a private party on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, during the Texas Freethought Convention in Houston.  He and I had a long conversation over being immersed in a domineering religious society and the many ways that adversely affects our personal lives and family ties, especially in this state.  We hit it off very well.  Like so many people I’ve met in the secular movement, we became fast friends immediately.  When I saw h … [Read more...]

It’s alright to be wrong

I freely admit that I have no idea what it is to believe something on faith.  Everything I used to believe about God, ghosts, psionics, ectoplasm, extraterrestrial encounters, or cryptozoology -was presented to me as a factual account which was said to have been verified according to whatever pseudoscience documentary I was foolish enough to believe as a child.  The problem is that I wasn't satisfied with simply believing what I was told; I wanted to understand more about it.  Of course you do … [Read more...]

Potholer54 on the Magic Sandwich Show

Every two weeks, I usually join D.P.R.Jones, Thunderf00t, and C0nc0rdance on BlogTV for the Magic Sandwich Show.  Over the last year, we have had such guests as Lone Frank, Andy Thompson, Zack Kopplin, Eugenie Scott, Barbara Forrest, Sean Faircloth, Myriam Namaze, P.Z. Myers, Matt Dillahunty, James Randi, and Richard Dawkins.   This week we're excited to announce that we have fellow YouTuber, Potholer54.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpeYDmDpma8This is a big deal to us because he just do … [Read more...]

The Role of Faith in Society

Just a couple days after I got back from the Global Atheist Convention in Australia, I had to give a speech at Eastern Illinois University.  My plane was delayed, and my driver was pulled over for speeding from Champagne to Charleston.  So I arrived more than a half hour late to a crowded lecture room.  There was no time to set up my own recording equipment.  I didn't even plug my laptop in.  I ran off the battery and it shut off just a minute or so after into the QnA, which is included in this v … [Read more...]

Veteran vlogger, but a blogging noob

OK, old guys and technology, right?  Anyway, I'll just jump in and get started with my first post.I've had an amazing year so far.  In the last 12 months, I've been to Ireland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Missouri, Florida, Washington DC, Maryland, New Zealand, Australia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Louisiana, California (twice) and even Arkansas, to say nothing of the events going on here in Texas.  I've been to a lot of skeptic/humanist/secular/atheist conferences, and have consequently fa … [Read more...]

Hello world!

Welcome to Freethought Blogs. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! … [Read more...]


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