Toward a Post-Lies Future

Caption: Trumpocchio Head of Donald Trump___________________________________________________________________ DONALD TRUMP is our first post-truth president. And he may well be the first of many. The Oxford Dictionaries website chose “post-truth” as its 2016 word of the year, in large part due to Trump’s success in the presidential election. It defined post-truth as “relating to or denoting circumstances [Read More…]

Trump Rescinds Trans Youth Rights: Helped by Christians and Atheists

Yesterday, the Trump Administration reversed former President Obama’s federal extension of Title IX protections to trans teens in schools and they had help from Christians and Atheists. As a parent of a transgender teen, this hits close to home. I took the picture in this article at the Baltimore Convention Center. I was there at an [Read More…]

The Broken Sexual Ethic of Faith and My First Time

I enjoy sex. I enjoy it a lot. I have a very healthy view and expression of it in my 40’s. I used to feel a lot of guilt over it, but so much of that was a conditioned response to the broken sexual ethic of Christians. Being raised in a Catholic family with some [Read More…]

I’m Sorry For My Part In Creating The Monster And I Hope You Forgive Me

A few hours ago I watched with slim hope and then great sadness as I saw Betsy DeVos become the Education Secretary. I then had to acknowledge that my former role as a minister helped create not only her, but the entire current administration. It is a hard pill to swallow, but it is something [Read More…]

Freedom’s Path Series: Tales TRUMP Trust

This has nothing to do with President Trump. I just needed to use the word. This week, it seems to be the only way to get noticed online and I want this to be read. The title does, however, reflect the truth of this story. It is about how trust was betrayed when I left [Read More…]

Freedom’s Path Series: Fickle Friends, Family, Fiends

I remember walking through the mall with my son about six months ago. I tensed up as I saw a former congregant of my church walking down the other way in the food court. I held my breath as we got closer. Then came the moment of truth as we passed each other. She had [Read More…]

Freedom’s Path Series: Emotional Hardships of Deconversion

“You doing okay, Pat?” The question was asked by Buzz, one of my regular passengers when I was a taxi driver (the job I took after I left the ministry because it was all I could find). Buzz was a scientist. He designed pacemakers and artificial heart valves. I would pick him up at his [Read More…]

The Caged Freedom of Transition

There are a lot of blogs out there where Atheists tell believers things they should know and Christians telling Atheists things they should know. Open letters to this person or that person are in abundance accomplishing nothing yet full of straw-men. I hope that what I am putting out there is of more use than [Read More…]

Welcome to Patheos Nonreligious

We’re throwing open our doors to the largest-growing segment of the population — those who are neither spiritual nor religious. [Read more…]

The Worst Problem In American Politics?

Source: Cara Masto, Used with permission   Like many Americans, I was left with a heavy heart after the election. While I was shocked by the outcome, much of the heaviness came from observing the whole election cycle. The outcome was just the icing on the cake of the most irrational presidential race in recent history. [Read More…]