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...]

Sharing Thanksgiving with Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugees

Obviously not in the way the original colonists, many refugees from religious persecution, did to the indigenous peoples of the Americas.  But like Abraham Lincoln did on the first official Thanksgiving in celebration and gratitude  that Gettysburg, the deciding battle of the American Civil War was over.Although the Syrian Civil War ravaging people's lives is not over, this site will direct you to websites where you can share some of your good fortune. If you can't, even sharing this in … [Read more...]

Anti-theist Answers to Christian Questions

Matt Slick of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministery (CARM) posted 31 questions for atheists, and I couldn't help but submit my answers to them.1. How would you define atheism?Atheism means ‘without theism’; theism being a belief system which proposes a deity. Atheism is a lack of belief in a deity; a deity being defined as a magical anthropomorphic immortal. A belief is a conviction. A lack of belief is a lack of conviction. So anyone who is not convinced that an actual dei … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Louisiana on Regime Change!

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!

Just when you thought the chances for political change in the South were pretty bleak, relatively unknown State Representative  (D) John Bel  Edwards comes along and upsets the Republican applecart. It was quite a feat in a solidly Red State like Louisiana. His victory speech: "This election shows us that the people of Louisiana in a time of deep cynicism about our politics, and also about our future, that the people have chosen hope over scorn, over negativity," Edwards told a crowd of s … [Read more...]

Texas: Epic Fail on Climate Change Preparedness.

“Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.”

How in blazes can a state that weathers every single hurricane season get a D+ in flood preparedness? The rest of the climate change preparedness report card is equally abysmal: Texas received an overall "F" in planning to prepare for extreme weather in the report, "States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card." The Lone Star State received the "F" grade for being unprepared to deal with extreme heat, "D-" for its drought preparations, "D" for wildfires and "D+" for coastal … [Read more...]