This Isn’t Going to End Well

Jeff Hanneman, pioneering guitarist who helped form the metal band Slayer, has died. He was struck down by liver failure, exacerbated by a flesh-eating disease that affected his arm, perhaps caused by a spider bite.That's kind of a metal way to go.Slayer is hard to classify, in part because they've been around long enough that they're a genre all to themselves. Thrash/speed metal, maybe. Their fans have a reputation for being fanatical in their devotion to the band. Being the … [Read more...]

Leaving the Phelps Clan

Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper, two of the infamous Fred Phelps' granddaughters, have publicly broken with Westboro Baptist Church. Jeff Chu, a contributor on, carried the story: Damsel, Arise: A Westboro Scion Leaves Her Church. Chu met Megan while working on a book project last year. That seems to have opened a conversation that allow him to tell her story:She kept trying to conquer the doubts. Westboro teaches that one cannot trust his or her feelings. They’re unreliable. H … [Read more...]

Free Gullibility Test

The test is simple... if you walk into the trap, you're probably (1) gullible or (2) an atheist ready to have some fun. … [Read more...]

The Death of the Messiah

Sun Myung Moon has passed away at the age of 92, leaving progressive atheists like myself with a difficult challenge: how to be respectful of the dead while accurately eulogizing this ... most interesting man.I think I'll just post this documentary from the BBC about Moon's religion: this documentary, "In the Kingdom of Reverend Moon," from Al Jazeera me, Moon has always been the crazy old uncle of the Republican party. … [Read more...]

Who Do You Root For?

Fred Phelps vs. Nickleback:Frankly, I see this as a win-win situation. … [Read more...]