The bullies of baseball…

Even though it doesn't feel like it for most Americans, spring really is almost upon us, and with spring comes baseball.  Unfortunately in this country, you apparently can't attend a major league game (or even other kinds of games) without being forced to participate in a religious exercise or risk opening yourself up for harassment and worse. Here's how this particular bully pulpit works.  Usually around the 6th or 7th inning, the spectators are requested to stand for the playing or … [Read more...]

What are we doing?

For several months now, I’ve been watching the turmoil within the atheist/skeptic community with concern that’s graduating rapidly into alarm.  I firmly believe that pursing social justice and supporting feminism, within or outside the atheist community, is important, worthy and necessary.  Racists, harassers, sexists, and sexual predators cannot be allowed to dominate and control our message.  However, there seems to be an unfortunate tendency to treat the atheist community as if it’s … [Read more...]

On The Way to Thor’s Hammer….

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An interesting thing happened at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in July (2013), to little fanfare and even less media coverage; the VA approved the addition of the "Hammer of Thor" to their list of symbols allowed to be placed on the tombstones at the grave sites of veterans who are buried in veteran cemeteries.  The newly approved symbol is intended for the practitioners of a form of paganism that worships the Norse pantheon, including Thor, and looks like … [Read more...]

Military Discrimination Against Christians??

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Fox News columnist Todd Starnes is at it again. Determined to see an anti-Christian bias in the military where none exists, he published this in a post from July 8th, 2013: There is a clear and present danger to religious liberty within the military, says a coalition of groups who believe the Obama Administration is pushing a secular, anti-religious culture on the nation's armed forces."Christians who choose to live out their faith find themselves incompatible with the secular view of … [Read more...]

Why I Am A Patriot

As we approach another Independence Day, which most Americans celebrate not with flag waving but with copious amounts of grilled hotdogs and cold beer, I can’t help reflecting on what it really means to be a patriot in the United States at this particular time. I consider myself a patriot, even though I am a proud, godless American, and even though it is nearly impossible in our modern culture to separate patriotism from a belief in god(s). So, why do I, an atheist, secularist, and skeptic, … [Read more...]

Atheist Monument Unveiled Today Shown Disrespect by Eric Hovind

The day started off with rain, not unlike The Reason Rally, but that did not stop American Atheists from unveiling the first monument at Bradford County Courthouse square in Starke, FL from being erected on government property. The Good News David Silverman, President of American Atheists, officiated the dedication ceremony. Over 250 atheists were reported to be in attendance. The Stupid News Protesters at the event were apparently unaware of what year it was. They were stuck … [Read more...]