What Is a Hate Group?

After hearing (or being reminded, I'm not sure which) that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) classified the Family Research Council (FRC) as a hate group in 2010, that got me wondering. What is the definition of a "hate group," anyway?It's unclear how, precisely, the SPLC defines "hate group." While searching their website, I found the following statement on their "Hate Map" page.All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for … [Read more...]

Friendly Atheist: Pat Robertson Wouldn’t Adopt Foreign Children Because They Might Turn Out ‘Weird’

The opening paragraph pretty much sums it up.This man makes my head explode. Why does anyone still listen to Pat Robertson? He pretends to be a moral leader and a good Christian. But doesn’t that mean taking care of those in need, especially when they’re children?! LINK … [Read more...]

Flowchart on the Futility of Prayer

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Mass Murder and Atheism

I’ve been thinking about the relationship between religion and morality again. I recently read yet another editorial that blames atheism for the mass slaughters committed by Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung, and so forth.They have a point. While it is entirely debatable whether Hitler was an atheist—I tend to think the evidence indicates that Hitler believed in some sort of non-Christian god—I’m not aware of a good reason for doubting that the other individuals were, in fact, … [Read more...]

Reason Being: The Catholic Dilemma

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Secular News Daily: Texas Symposium on theism and public policy

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How to Think About the Objectives of Organized Atheism

In response to my last post on the American Atheists billboard ads, two people posted comments about the goals of organized atheism. Both of these comments show why organized atheism would greatly benefit from thinking about its fundamental objectives. Before I get into that, however, let me quote the authors. First, here is Chris Hallquist.The problem here is that we're trying to do several things at once. We're trying to convince people we're not evil. We're trying to have our legal … [Read more...]

American Atheists Billboards and Ridicule of Religious Ideas

Prior to my earlier posts on American Atheists's billboards, an atheist, whose opinion I respect, mentioned his support for the ads. To paraphrase, his argument was something like this.Religious beliefs should not get special protection from ridicule and doubt. They have had this protection for far too long and this needs to stop. Our society needs to get used to cherished religious beliefs being subject to the same kind of criticism and ridicule as that faced by any other belief. For example, … [Read more...]


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