April 9, 2015

On the reasons and limits of engaging with a bigot. One series of personal calculations and experiences. Read more

April 9, 2015

I just found a fun video about the life of grad students (specifically chemistry ones) set to a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”. Bonus points: the video casually features lots of young women doing chemistry set to the music young girls listen to. So, it might be a fun thing to circulate around such young girls to plant stereotype busting ideas most inconspicuously. A while back I wrote a blog post to help miserable graduate students shake off… Read more

April 8, 2015

Pablo Stanley has a really great comic strip putting John Lennon’s “Imagine” into pictures. Below are just four panels from a much larger strip representing the whole song, click through for the whole thing! Your Thoughts? Read more

April 6, 2015

Learn more about the most übermensch man in the world reading the rest of the comic at Existential Comics and come discuss the comic with me here.   Read more

April 1, 2015

The past two years, American Atheists has made a concerted effort to increase atheist visibility places where atheists didn’t have a noticeable presence previously. This has meant showing up to put up a table and advertise their organization at conferences as diverse as the major gay rights meeting Creating Change, on the one hand and the hard right wing annual CPAC meeting, on the other. A lot of progressive atheists have been upset about American Atheists decision to fraternize with… Read more

March 31, 2015

In the movie God’s Not Dead the evangelical Christian filmmakers used atheist characters like puppets who would act out evangelical Christian stereotypes about atheists. Evangelical Christians frequently assume, unsympathetically, that were they atheists they would see no reason to be moral. So they have the atheist characters act unapologetically immorally over and over again. Evangelical Christians assume atheists would be more selfish and materialistic, so that’s how the atheists in the movie act. They like to characterize atheists as basically rebellious children ignoring their loving… Read more

March 21, 2015

This following is a guest post by ex-pastor Pat Green, cross-posted with permission from his blog Night Moves: Diary of a Chicago Area Cabbie ex-Preacher Man. Santa is a very busy man, especially in December. Sometimes he has to subcontract for hire Santa’s to make public appearances at malls, department stores and events. Sometimes those Santa’s have parties. In December of 2010 I saw many of those Santa’s in a pub crawl on Beale Street in Memphis. Wish I had my camera ready for that…. Read more

March 20, 2015

This following is a guest post by Pat Green, cross-posted with permission from his blog Night Moves: Diary of a Chicago Area Cabbie ex-Preacher Man. When I first started driving a taxi I was still an ordained minister. The church was a mere remnant of what it once was, but I was still active in my denomination’s committees and the youth outreach was still running. What was left of me as a minister was still trying desperately to continue on…. Read more

March 5, 2015

In the Christianity I grew up with in the ’90s, humanism was a dirty word. Reading the monthly alarmist political propaganda newsletter from Focus on the Family which came to our house, I remember most distinctly learning about the secular humanist monster Norman Lear. Norman Lear, I learned, was the television writer and producer most responsible for All in the Family and The Jeffersons in the ’70s. In the ’80s he founded the evil liberal organization “People for the American Way”. For some reason… Read more

March 3, 2015

Below find a really good video from Alix Jules on his religious journey, his experience as a black humanist, and the ways that blacks’ relationships to religion are less black and white than often painted. Alix Jules is one of our new bloggers on Patheos’s atheism channel. You can read his blog at The Graffiti Wall. Here’s the rundown on who he is and what he’s been doing: Alix Jules is a secular activist in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area commonly… Read more


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