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Three Shocking Old Testament Sex Loopholes

Trigger Warning:  Discusses The Bible’s very disturbing views on Rape and Child Sexual Abuse [Rationale for Trigger Warning:  Inevitably, someone will say in the comments, "Why did you put the trigger warning there?" The reason is that I know people have had horrific experiences regarding this subject matter and I don't want to catch them off [Read More...]

Cross Examined

The Parable of the Professor and the Rocks

A little story about life's priorities.

Notes from an Apostate

It’s Time We Paid More Heed to the Cognitive Science of Religion

In the opening paragraph of his Metaphysics, Aristotle said, “All men by nature desire to know.” This highlights an intrinsic, inescapable truth: Humans are reflective creatures. We cannot exist without philosophical assumptions girding our thoughts about our surroundings, tinting our ideas of what we perceive, how we engage in relations with others, what we consider [Read More...]

Ex-Communications

The Wearisome Immorality of Miracles.

When Christians warble about this or that miracle they think happened, I'm hearing something else entirely that they don't even know they're saying.

The Graffiti Wall

Politics of Hair Respectability at the Oscars

The 2015 Oscars happened. The activists’ statements took much of the day after headlines. Patricia Arquette’s well-intentioned, yet myopic rant on why people of color and the LGBTQ movement should fight for women’s rights, sucked all the air out of some amazing fashion commentary! Common and John Legend, love you – but you two deserve a post of your [Read More...]

Godless in Dixie

Announcing the Launch of the Secular Hotline Project!

At long last, the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project is up and running!  It has been years in the making, but as of this morning the real-time peer-provided secular support hotline is now fully operational. In a press release that went out this morning, Executive Director Sarah Morehead described the hotline as: …an international peer support phone line for [Read More...]

Leaving Fundamentalism

State-funded school in Durham, England employed a creationist science teacher

Schools Week carries the exclusive news that Durham Free School gave students a science worksheet that said “God has designed the solar system”. The local newspaper reports that parents are justifiably outraged. I’ve done some Internet sleuthing, and it looks like the science teacher in question has a long history of teaching at creationist schools. [Read More...]

Love, Joy, Feminism

When We Expect More of Our Children than of Ourselves

How often do we expect more of our children than we do of ourselves?

Year Without God

Humanism at Yale Week

The Yale Humanist Community just announced it’s Humanism at Yale Week, April 5-12, 2015. It’s a wonderful line up of speakers and events and I’m honored to be a part of a panel on Monday, April 6, called “Do Atheists Believe in Nothing?” The other members of the panel are Dr. Laurie Santos, Associate Professor of [Read More...]

Progressive Secular Humanist

Christians celebrate Holy War with Islamic State

Death cult longs for Armageddon: Christians thank the Islamic State for committing atrocities against their fellow Christians, claiming the terror and blood shed is a sign of the final apocalypse. Last month popular evangelist Franklin Graham, son of even more popular evangelist Billy Graham, electrified Christians by claiming that one day the Islamic State will [Read More...]

Danthropology

Richard Dawkins: Stop saddling children with your religious labels

In an article written last week for Time Magazine, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins started his piece by saying something he has become known for repeating, We wouldn't claim our young kids are liberals or Libertarian, so why are we saddling them with our religious labels? This sentiment has become well known and used by atheist, secularists and humanists all over, and I even used a similar argument in my book Parenting Without God, which talks a lot about giving the tools so that children can label themselves and come to their own conclusions and beliefs.

What Would JT Do (WWJTD)

INTERESTING: Skydiver has seizure at 9,000 feet and is rescued by instructor.

I follow the Air News & Services twitter feed because I’m immensely interested in plane crashes.  They just posted a video a man took while skydiving where he has a mid-air seizure.  His instructor manages to catch up to him and pull his ripcord.  The man spent about 30 seconds unconscious, waking up at about [Read More...]

The Human Animal

My Poly Valentine – One Day, Multiple Partners – What to do?

Be Ours. Be Mine, ya’ll. How does Valentine’s Day work for the poly community? The ‘poly’ community are those not in traditional dual / two-partner relationships. The anti-gay folks sometimes relent the slippery slope of gay marriage to multiple partners in a relationship. Poly folks have lubed up the slide from traditional marriage to multiple [Read More...]

Friendly Atheist

Does Religious Make People Good? Of Course Not, Says Author of New Book

Barbara G. Walker, an author and past recipient of the American Humanist Association’s "Humanist Heroine Award," has written quite a bit about the intersection of feminism and religion. And her latest collection of essays, Belief & Unbelief (Humanist Press, 2015), holds little back, dismantling many of the defenses we frequently hear about religion.

In the excerpt below (published without footnotes for ease of reading), Walker explains how religious belief doesn't actually make you good:

Notes Toward a New Chimera

Yes, You Can Be Soulmates Without Souls

Happy Valentine’s Day! My latest article at The Daily Beast is up, “Can Atheists Have Soulmates If They Don’t Believe In Souls?“, and it’s this atheist’s take on love.

Epiphenom

Is belief in moral progress a substitute for religion?

There’s a well studied phenomenon called Terror Management Theory which basically says that, when people are reminded of their own death, their beliefs change in certain predictable ways.  People cling more strongly to beliefs that make the future seem more controllable and comfortable – and that includes turning to religion (see: Religion, Patriotism and Death). [Read More...]

Daylight Atheism

Bangladesh Is Killing Atheists

There’s horrific news from Bangladesh: the atheist activist and writer Dr. Avijit Roy was murdered on the street in Dhaka, hacked to death by two assailants wielding machetes as he left a book fair at Dhaka University. His wife Rafida Ahmed Bonna was seriously wounded in the same attack. An Islamist group calling itself Ansar [Read More...]

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