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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

So Bernie and Hillary both won that debate?


So the Huffington Post says that Bernie Sanders swept the polls as the clear winner of last night's debate. Click the link and see all their charts. They have several from Time magazine, the Washington Times, Slate, Syracuse.com, and even Fox, all showing that Bernie won by a landslide. CNBC said the same.So it's strange that the Wall Street Journal said that only 44% of Democrats thought that Bernie won. Each of these others favor Bernie by more than 80%. Those were all admittedly just … [Read more...]

Motorcops Toy Run


I'm sure almost everyone I know within a hundred miles of me will be at Skepticon this weekend, and I hope everyone has a great time there. It usually is every year. I won't be there because I'm staying home to work on other projects. But this Sunday, I will take a break and once again participate in something I've missed the last few years because I'm usually out of town. If you're into this sort of thing, the MotorCops for Kids toy run is (I think) the best biker event in this area all year. … [Read more...]

Even if there was a Jesus, he still wouldn’t be Jesus


In my previous post, I talked about some of the reasons that others have decided that Jesus never existed, and I hinted at some of my own. I say 'hinted' because it seems that I was too subtle. I'm often asked to explain things more deeply, because I often give the evidence that I think paints the picture obviously enough that I can safely assume that my listener will see the image indicated. However that rarely happens for reasons that are usually my fault. So I'll go into it a bit more.I … [Read more...]

Jesus never existed


I saw an article in Inquisitor today,wherein someone read through 126 historic documents from 1st century Israel, written by people who should have known about Jesus, yet had never heard of him. This includes Josephus, whose only mention of Jesus is now known to have been a forgery or redaction inserted later by someone else.Josephus also wrote extensively about Herod the Great,  but never mentioned the Slaughter of the Innocents, the story of Jesus' childhood which mirrors the tale of … [Read more...]

Correct Texas’ textbooks!


Moses was not a historic character and did not influence the formation of American government. The United States is not a Christian country, and our Constitution is not in any sense founded on the Ten Commandments. Yet all these lies are on the books being spread throughout our public schools.McGraw-Hill was called out by the family of a Texas high school student because their new geography textbook referred to African slaves as 'workers'. That was one of the changes made at the behest of … [Read more...]

Religious indoctrination rampant in rural Texas schools


Amber Barnhill recently moved her kids to a small south eastern Texas town called the city of China. There she found out what Lilandra and I have been complaining about for so long. All the local schools push their Christian religion. They do it overtly, during school hours, and as part of all curricular activities. They put crosses everywhere, promote prayer in every activity, and even have the elder students preaching to the younger ones as part of their daily morning assembly. There the … [Read more...]