Yes, I Can Hold Public Office as An Atheist

For years, the atheist movement has been making the claim that atheists in America can’t hold public office in seven states. We have almost all seen the graphics and posts people have made decrying this as discriminatory and unjust. The most recognizable might be this one to the right: Many news outlets keep repeating this [Read More...]

My Reasonfest talk: Godless Joy.

Here’s my opening talk from this year’s Reasonfest.  Hope you enjoy it.  :) [Read more...]

Guest post by David Silverman: Preach. Proselytize. Convert.

Preach. Proselytize. Convert. These words all have associations with the religious world, eliciting visions of people in ties knocking on doors at 8am Sunday Morning, or adults preaching to other people’s children in the schools, or street pastors scaring passers by about such concepts as Hell (or in some cases, personal grooming). It’s a good [Read More...]

This Week in Secular Parenting…

Since I’m new to JT’s blog, let me introduce myself very quickly. My name is Daniel Moran. I am the Democratic candidate for Texas House District 63. I won’t discuss that today though, because I have something else I’d like to talk about. For us parents out there with no religious affiliation, whether we call ourselves [Read More...]

Squeak

Hello. My identification is “Jasper”. I am a socially anxious biped, and apparently I’m going to write a couple posts here while JT goes off and does things. For the most part, I wish to remain anonymous, mostly due to fears of future potential employers searching my name, though some effort could probably reveal who [Read More...]

Number of Latinos identifying as “nones” has almost doubled since 2010.

We’re just making progress everywhere.  The number of Hispanic American “nones” — those who say they have no particular religion or are atheist or agnostic — is growing at a clip that would make GOP operatives green with envy. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2013 , 18 percent of Hispanics are not affiliated with [Read More...]

How many second generation atheists out there?

I heard atheists accused of indoctrinating people this morning and it got me thinking.  Could we even do that?  When I’m giving a talk and I ask “How many of you used to be religious?” usually almost every hand goes up, suggesting that by and large atheists escaped indoctrination of religious parents, not the other [Read More...]

Red Hot Victorian Atheism: What We Can Learn

Victorian. Chances are, that word conjures in your mind either a bewhiskered chap laboring under several layers of wool as he adjusts his morality-enhancing penis chassis and dreams of imperialism, or a demure lady of unspeakable virtue dying in childbirth while putting the finishing touches to a devotional needlepoint. Certainly, there was quite a bit [Read More...]

Comment response: how can life mean anything if it’s not forever?

Yesterday I did a post about meaning, and about some of the things that give my life meaning.  In response a theist of some flavor came into the comments to say: I am always amazed at how weak answers to the meaning question are. People you love? Begs the question. If human life has no [Read More...]

Hispanics leaving Catholicism.

Here’s some good news (that will make David Tamayo especially happy): Hispanics, which are traditionally a Catholic demographic, are leaving Catholicism.  The bad news is that many of them are just moving over to being Evangelicals.  On the whole, Hispanics are becoming less religious, but it’s certainly by inches.  See yon graph: The article talks [Read More...]


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