Tell us again why we can’t have good gun legislation


Perhaps there are good reasons that most  Americans should own guns, but I want stay on point here. And yes, I was raised in Texas so I am keenly aware that it would be next to impossible to disarm just this state alone. However, why is it even possible for a Right Wing terrorist group like the Oathkeepers to keep their guns? Especially after already having used guns in the Bundy Ranch standoff against their own lawful government officials? Not only that, they will continue to keep their guns … [Read more...]

Chapel Hill: No wonder others don’t get the Muslim and Ex-Muslim Community

Even in the atheist community that prides itself on intellectualism, we often speak for and even instead of Muslims and Ex-Muslims. We have a listening problem.  Sadaf Ali, who helped found Ex-Muslims of North America, nails it... … [Read more...]

Colorado students could teach their school board a thing or two about history

Students from seven suburban Denver high schools walked out yesterday to protest changes to history curriculum proposed by the majority conservative Jefferson County school board. We aren't just seeing known culture warriors like the Texas Board of Education attempting to promote American Exceptionalism at the expense of accurate history.So, the comments to the effect of, "Meh, why doesn't Texas just secede?" These comments are missing the point on several levels.What is so … [Read more...]

Texas Textbook hearing Tuesday Sept 15th in Austin

This hearing tomorrow, (Tuesday 2014/09/16) is a general hearing about the social studies textbooks that are up for adoption. Right now, there is a window where publishers can make changes to books prior to the final adoption/rejection that happens at the November SBOE meeting. For this hearing, it's best as a strategy to first try to get changes made by publishers.Even mainstream publishers have included changes which present a right-wing conservative Christian bias and even promote 19th … [Read more...]

Rewriting Texas history books to instill American (Judeo-Christian) Exceptionalism

When I first started studying for the Texas Social Studies Textbook hearings last week to testify with Aron on Tuesday, I expected to find the most egregious historical misrepresentations by non-mainstream publishers like Worldview Software. And of course they didn't fail to disappoint. Here is a quote from a Texas Freedom Network briefing to give you the flavor of the worldview  they are promoting...“The spread of international terrorism is anoutgrowth of Islamic fundamentalism which opp … [Read more...]

Secular Pro-Life Same Old Scare Tactics

If I were to tell you that a purportedly secular anti-abortion group was engaging in the very same fear mongering and harassment of abortion providers that the largely Christian dominated pro-life groups do; would you be surprised? The True Pooka's final report on Secular Pro-Life's tactics is posted.In addition to the other tactics Pooka documented, the group is promoting a campaign against abortion providers in the guise of concern for the safety of women. According to Pooka, in addition to … [Read more...]

What really matters…The So-Called Secular Arguments Against Choice

It is often difficult and awkward to move disagreements forward to where they become productive in the insular, organized atheist community. Especially for a family that is as actively involved as the Ra family, because a lot of times we know and like and often respect the people involved on a personal level. And to make matters more awkward so do our other atheists friends. So basically, we all collectively cringed about Dave Silverman's comment to conservatives about abortion rights, because … [Read more...]

Say it ain’t so Bill Nye! Bill Nye debates Ken Ham.

So Ken Ham won't debate Aron Ra and PZ Myers because... reasons!He complained that the debate invitation was rude, but look how rude he was to Bill Nye...“Bill Nye still doesn’t understand the difference between historical science and observational science -- so he may be known as ‘Bill Nye the science guy’ -- but he doesn’t understand science correctly,” Ken Ham wrote on Facebook. "[Bill Maher and Nye] don't want the truth -- they continue to 'suppress the truth' as the Bible states in Rom … [Read more...]

Asian Cultural Sensitivity 101: Why is Katy Perry’s “Geisha” performance considered racist?

I know no one asked me to weigh in on this, but what the heck. I am the resident East Eurasian here. Seriously though my social media is awash in East Asian outrage and also cultural insensitivity over Perry's performance yesterday at the AMAs dressed in modified,sexy geisha apparel.There are a number of comments on the story that ask why is this performance racist and/or offensive?Like these:Oh I see, she shouldn't sexualize geishas who were "Just entertainers"? Wrong. Geishas … [Read more...]

Tips on Evangelizing Evolution from Aron Ra

Ray Comfort noticed that a lot of atheists visited his Facebook page, and it occurred to him that he could train other Christians to witness to the "unsaved"."The average Christian can't stand on a soapbox at a university and preach, but he or she can now engage the unsaved and have their comment read by multiple people, all from the comfort of their own home. It means that a stay-at-home mom can reach out to the lost during a break from the kids. It means that those who are busy at work can … [Read more...]