November 11, 2014

Nothing clears my head like a starry night. When I was a young boy, I used to entertain myself by standing on my balcony, gazing at the moon, the stars, and the planets through my telescope.  Looking up at that sea of twinkling lights, it fascinated me that, upon closer inspection, some of those lights were actually colored discs instead of mere points of light.  Eventually I learned how to identify several planets and constellations with the help of my… Read more

November 11, 2014

The God of the Bible is not above performing party tricks. I feel this needs to be pointed out because some I know seem to think they can have it both ways.  They insist that the biblical God performed miracle after miracle in order to validate himself, at times upon very specific demand from the supplicant.  But if I today suggest that I need some sort of clear validation in order to believe this deity is more than just a… Read more

November 11, 2014

The first letter I sent to my friends a couple of years ago in order to “come out” about my atheism prompted a slew of questions which took me some time to think through, but what follows is my (somewhat lengthy) response to their questions. My doubts probably began early in my faith with the occasional “reality check” moments while reading the Bible. I was always bothered by things like 900 year old guys in Genesis, or Noah putting two or more… Read more

November 11, 2014

What follows is a letter I wrote to a handful of friends a couple of years ago in order to “come out” to them about my atheism.  It prompted a number of probing questions which necessitated a much longer letter, which I will include in the next post. After twenty years of earnest, sincere seeking, I find that I no longer believe in the existence of God. I realize it will come as a shock to those who have walked beside… Read more

November 11, 2014

It was a full-spread illustration across both pages. Giant waves crashing over frantic people clinging desperately to the few visible mountaintops. Most were half-clothed or naked. One woman is clawing the side of the Ark with one hand. Her other is raised over her head holding her screaming infant up toward the implacable bearded man standing, arms crossed, staring down at the drowning people. Each time I was sent to vacuum the church auditorium, I would find a niche between… Read more

November 11, 2014

It’s true! During my recent trip to Seattle, a local Methodist church invited me and a Seattle Atheists member to speak at their church. I must admit that I walked in feeling a little odd and concerned that this might be an ‘ambush’. Based on my past, it’s a valid assumption. But, this is ain’t Alabama so I dispelled my fears, mostly, knowing that Seattle is more accepting than good ol’ Bama. Actually, the youth pastor at this particular church was… Read more

November 11, 2014

When I deconverted, one of the first things my then-husband Biff did when he realized I was serious was to wave my earlier resolution to die in the traces of Christianity at me as if that was some good reason for me to reconvert again. I’d made a promise to serve Jesus, so I had to serve Jesus no matter what doubts I had. I’d promised. That was all that mattered, he told me over and over again. But I hadn’t made a promise. I’d struck a deal. Read more

November 11, 2014

This is a transcript of the talk I gave last week at the Secularism Conference in London, UK. Update Nov 12, 2014: Full video of the speech here. Since 2008, I have been working with a team of dedicated and resourceful people on the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s online forum and its associated social media, including its YouTube channel that has over 2.2 million views, and its Twitter account that currently has over 13 thousand followers. In September of… Read more

November 11, 2014

Here it is: part 2 of my introductory post. You can read part 1 here. Questions With No Answers It didn’t take long to notice that few people actually took their faith, beliefs, and religious ideas seriously. An uncomfortably large number of people were essentially living double lives, displaying a certain piety for the world, while they gossiped, backbit, flirted, dated, had affairs, drank, smoked, and partook in other practices they would shame others for. The more I noticed these… Read more

November 11, 2014

I’ve read Rachel Held Evans’ blog off and on for a few years now, especially as I was moving away from my faith. She’s definitely a progressive Christian in her beliefs, and she’s taking a little heat from some Christians. I stumbled on an article criticizing her post, “I Would Fail Abraham’s Test And So Would You”. (While writing this post, I searched for the article mentioned above but it has apparently been taken down.) The author writes, “Rachel Held Evans, that former… Read more

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