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...]

Houston Pastors Preach Against Equality Over Transphobic Fears

Campaign for Houston Ad

This week a smear campaign conducted by the Religious Right including pastors worked to defeat an Equal Rights ordinance dubbed HERO for Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. This is what was proposed on the ballot for Houstonians to consider: "Proposition 1: [Relating to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.] Are you in favor of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private … [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...]

Global warming ruined my whole weekend. Thanks Obama.


On Thursday, my wife Lilandra and I drove her car to the little town of China Texas for a Religious Freedom Panel. It consisted of representatives from the Foundation of Contemporary Theology, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Attendance was full. The mayor was there. Local Channel 12 News was there. Even Faux News was there, though I can't find any mention of the event online anymore. There was one story posted about it yesterday, … [Read more...]

Religious Freedom Panel in Houston on Thursday 10/22


I've been getting messages from out-of-state wondering WTF is going on with Texas' politics, whether it is the governor shutting down Planned Parenthood and protecting their religious monuments, or the local cops plastering Bible slogans on their cars and telling secular citizens to suck it. To say nothing of what's still going on in our schools -especially in rural communities, despite all our protests and against the advice of experts. Now we've got police departments hiring only right wing … [Read more...]

Interview at INR5


While in British Columbia for the 5th Imagine No Religion conference, I was interviewed by one of the locals.Love the thumbnail he created. … [Read more...]

Physicalism and Metaphysical Naturalism discussed

I was interviewed by The Objective Centrist on the notions of physicalism/metaphysical naturalism and atheism's dependence on that. … [Read more...]



Last week Lilandra debated Carol Everett of the Pro-Life Action League. I was proud of how well my wife did on stage. Although there were a few theistic critics in the live audience, the comments we saw online were exclusively positive and supportive of Lilandra's performance. The event was hosted by the Bible and Beer Consortium, who invited her to debate again next year.It's funny to me that this was Lilandra's first debate, because I've still never had one. I know a few other people who … [Read more...]