About that personal experience of yours…

Steven here… Religion doesn’t have evidence, so it must rely on other means to persuade people to adopt it. One of those is the appeal to personal experience. Believers will tell you that Jesus has appeared before them, perhaps in a vision. Or that something miraculous happened to them which convinced them that there is [Read More...]

I don’t condone theft, but…

…it’s really hard for me to blame this kid.  He was bored at church, so he stole his parents car to escape. Desperate times and all… If I had to guess, I’d say he was probably disgusted with the immoral lessons in the stories of Lot and Abraham and decided to could learn more about [Read More...]

Proud and happy to blaspheme.

Catholicism is the official religion of the Malta, and they take it pretty seriously there. Maltese law prohibits vilification of or giving offense to the Roman Catholic Church, which is also Malta’s official religion. In Malta, it is a criminal offense to utter publicly any obscene or indecent words, make obscene acts or gestures or [Read More...]

Do I have any super wealthy readers who want to help in an emergency?

Well, this is embarrassing.  When I scheduled my flight to do the Santa Cruz debate (which I’m supposed to fly out tomorrow), I had it in my head I was supposed to fly into San Diego.  Turns out I was supposed to fly into San Jose. The fault is undoubtedly mine.  It will cost about [Read More...]

Dependence on prayer kills again.

But this time, it’s particularly disgusting. A Philadelphia couple — serving 10 years’ probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor — has violated their probation now that another of their children has died. Want to know how to get probation instead of jail time for [Read More...]

Another debate so soon?

Tomorrow I jet off for Santa Cruz where I’ll be debating Peter Payne who is the managing director of the Institute for Credible Christianity.  The topic is “Does ethics need a foundation in god?”  I say nay!  The event will take place at the Stevenson Event Center on the UCSC campus at 7pm and is [Read More...]

The atheist pig on traditional marriage.

I can’t wait for next month.  I’ll be home most of the month after seven weeks of pretty much being on the road non-stop and can spend every day just reading and writing on my blog.  It will be glorious. In the meantime, here’s the atheist pig. [Read more...]

Still alive.

Hey all.  I’m still alive.  Reasonfest was awesome and tomorrow I plan to put up posts from all the news stories in my queue and posts dissecting the panel and debate I took part in. For today though, it’s all about recovery and enjoying some of the remaining time I have with my fiance before [Read More...]

Teacher fired at Catholic school for her gayness.

I guess I shouldn’t rag on Kansas too much.  Eventually I’ll have to head back to Columbus, OH where I live and where this happened: This week students found out about the firing of Carla Hale, a longtime teacher at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, according to local news outlet Outlook Columbus. Two [Read More...]

Sam Brownback is a Republican douche.

Sorry for the redundancy. I’m kind of torn on Kansas.  On the one hand, it has my fiancee in it.  On the other hand, it has Sam Brownback. On Tuesday, Kansas GovernorSam Brownback (R) signed a law aimed at prohibiting local governments from requiring contractors to pay prevailing wages on public works projects: “HB 2069 prohibits cities, [Read More...]

Scientists continue to find things we’d expect in a godless universe.

Beneath the thousand stories about the Boston bombers, there was an article on CNN this morning about three new planets we’ve discovered that are among the most likely candidates for harboring life.  This part in particular stood out to me: “With all of these discoveries we’re finding, Earth is looking less and less like a [Read More...]

Doctors save teenage boy’s life against his will.

This is a conundrum to me: Doctors from Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick made an urgent application to the Supreme Court to help them save the boy, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, who is fighting Hodgkin’s disease. In a judgment handed down on March 28, Justice Ian Gzell immediately ordered a blood transfusion after doctors said [Read More...]

The day after.

A couple years ago bad episodes were frequent and lasted days/weeks.  Now they are rare and, today, I’m feeling a lot better.  I woke up spacey as all hell and I’m pretty sure I’ll be exhausted all day, but better.  When I began writing about mental illness I half expected to lose an abundance of [Read More...]

First depressive episode in a while.

For those who don’t know, I am a recovering anorexic with depression and hallucinations when I’m in the middle of an episode.  in 2011 I decided to write openly about my condition and also when I’m in a bad spot to give solidarity to other people in my shoes and to provide some perspective for [Read More...]


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