Kill ‘em all; let God sort ‘em out.

All the religious kids I knew growing were taught their own families' sacred dogma to the exclusion of everything else.  The only thing anyone was taught about what other people believed were strange parodies made to sound absurd by comparison.  Atheists typically aren't like that.  For example, I took my own kids to a Buddhist temple and also to a Hindu temple, and I let each of those facilities speak for themselves.The Hindu temple was particularly fun.  I remember my daughter used to have … [Read more...]

If only more schools could display more nativity scenes and menorahs…

State Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston filed a bill in the Texas legislature that is expected to receive bipartisan support to help religious-minded teachers and schools use holiday greetings like "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Hanukkah" and to “display Christmas trees, Nativity scenes, menorahs and other cultural icons of winter celebrations”. So technically a Wiccan teacher, could erect a Yule tree (Christmas tree), a straw Yule goat, and eat a Yule Boar (Christmas ham) in honor of t … [Read more...]

Fukkenuckabee

Seriously this is why I am so disgusted by the Religious Right.  They exploit the emotions of those most in need, and offer a bald-faced fantasy whenever reality is  grievous enough to grant their advantage.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-juQTLrU7YHow dare Huckabee say that school is where we don't want to talk about eternity, life, responsibility, or accountability.  I do want to talk about those things -where religion does not.  Why?  Because religion offers a way to deny acco … [Read more...]

Post-Apocolyptic Atheist Christmas Special

Apparently I agreed to do another charity this weekend.  I really need to keep a marker and a calendar next to each other.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftgcc2N3zm8I'll be joining this Rad Romanian to promote American Atheists this Saturday, December 22nd, immediately following the previously scheduled end of days.On that note, I would also like to point out that I am #88,062 in the Atheist Census.At this moment, atheists dominate humanists, agnostics, freethinkers, rationalists, … [Read more...]

Air

My name is not Aaron; it’s Aron.  It’s not pronounced like ‘errand’ but more like ‘aren’t’.  If you take out the ‘o’, and read it as ‘Arn’, you’ll probably say it right.  Although it’s better if you read it like the initials, R.N.  It isn’t the same as the Yiddish name; it’s Scandinavian.  I think it’s a convergent derivation of Arndt or something like that.  I have to explain my name most every day, so I may as well start there.My sur name is no terrible secret, but it isn’t my preference ei … [Read more...]

Fake Morgan Freeman quote may have a few points about the Newtown school shootings

Some anonymous internet jerk posted a picture of Morgan Freeman with a quote from someone else about the cause of the Newtown school shootings.  There is a running joke that anything attributed to Morgan Freeman sounds true. This is the picture along with the quote. (picture caption mine)“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why. It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter li … [Read more...]

‘Merica Christmas

Check out my homepage here.I know that whenever American Christians bitch about their imagined war on Christmas, they're really either trying to push their beliefs onto others, or they're trying force theocratic violations of the 1st amendment.  I have no problem with cultural holidays.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorites.  Obviously I'm not giving thanks to any imaginary being who magically orchestrates our reality behind-the-scenes.  Rather I like to remind my kids to appreciate what the … [Read more...]

Lookie there, I’m in the newspaper

For photos and more links about Aron Ra, click here.There was at least one reporter at the Texas Freethought Convention.  I didn't talk to her much.  She was in one of the pubs on Austin's 6th St chatting it up with Darryl Ray, Zachary Moore, and the like.   So when a photographer showed up last week saying he needed portraits for that story Anna was doing, I had to say, "OK, remind me, who's Anna?"I just wanna make a couple corrections to her comments -purely out of my own vanity.  ( … [Read more...]

Being a closeted atheist can still cost you –so I am coming out.

About 7 years ago, in West Texas, the childhood home of G.W. Bush, I realized I didn't believe in any god.  Even though I later married Aron Ra, a loud, proud and publicly known atheist, I have kept my atheism out of the public arena of ideas.  Six years ago, I learned that even posting an obvious joke anonymously online about (cue the black helicopters) the Evil Atheist Conspiracy would be taken seriously by credulous people.Atheists are not very trusted in this country, and really have p … [Read more...]

The Zombie Christ

If you live in the Dallas area, and you like independent films,We're talking low-budget 'B' movies here.  Well, lower than 'B'.If you actually enjoyed the movies on MST3K...if you like movies that are so bad that they wouldn't even be on MST3K,nor Rotten Tomatoes either...if you were able to sit through Pink Flamingos all the way to the end....if you liked kung fu movies back in the 1970s,and you're an anti-theist who loves Zombie pictures...if you find that type o … [Read more...]


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