October 24, 2018

By James A. Haught In 1988, fundamentalist Christians in several nations vented rage and violence because a movie, The Last Temptation of Christ, portrayed Jesus as a wavering human, lusting for the prostitute Mary Magdalene. A Parisian theater showing the film was firebombed, sending 13 people to hospitals. Another at Besancon, France, suffered a similar attack. Tear gas was loosed in some French moviehouses. Israel’s government banned the film. In America, theaters were ransacked, one was burned, another had its… Read more

October 22, 2018

I was last on the Feminist Coffee Hour podcast* in 2016 to talk about Ayn Rand and gender roles in Objectivism. Well, I’m back! This month, our conversation is about Shitty Atheist Men. And boy oh boy, is there a lot to cover. We discuss Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, David Silverman, Michael Shermer, Richard Carrier… the list goes on. It includes clueless stuck-in-the-past white guys, misogynist snarlers, accused sexual predators, lawsuit-happy hypocrites, and all the other species in the anti-feminist… Read more

October 20, 2018

On their third album, the Scottish electropop trio Chvrches delivers a grimmer, more defiant, more pessimistic verdict on the world’s problems, including songs that allude to religious hypocrisy, inequality and the European refugee crisis. I’m all for it: I’ve been listening to this album a lot while I’m writing my next book. (Did I say that out loud? More news to come soon…) Read more

October 19, 2018

War and violence are bad, sure, but not catering to every whim of an Objectivist Hero is worse. Read more

October 17, 2018

By James A. Haught Physicist Lawrence Krauss, a brilliant hero of the freethought movement, fell into disgrace because several young women accused him of unwanted sexual advances, crude gropings and molestations. His downfall came after years of dispute over whether Dr. Michael Shermer – founder of Skeptic magazine and a Scientific American columnist – took advantage of a tipsy young woman at an atheist convention. Next, David Silverman was fired as president of American Atheists after he was accused of… Read more

October 15, 2018

This was the greatest test humanity has ever faced, and it looks more and more like we’re going to fail it. Read more

October 12, 2018

Florida swampland for sale! Read more

October 10, 2018

All collections of religious doctrine are equally arbitrary and unfounded. Read more

October 8, 2018

By James A. Haught Blasphemy isn’t a dirty word. It simply means voicing doubts about supernatural religious claims. That’s normal for intelligent, science-minded people. They merely express their honest conclusions about alleged magical, invisible spirits. Yet doubting gods has caused executions, murders, stonings, burnings and other horrible punishments for millennia. Believers are so touchy about their dogmas that they sometimes kill questioners. The Bible mandates death for criticizing the holies. “Whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be… Read more

October 5, 2018

Nature and wilderness aren’t just a waste of space. Read more

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