February 20, 2019

GM Note: I originally posted this back in 2015. Since then, both of the elderly relatives I mention in this post have passed. They are dearly missed but no longer living lives they would not have wanted.  I have this relative. It’s a distant relation, through marriage, but I spent a lot of time with her. I visited her, enjoying tea in her pristine apartment. She was interesting. She was never particularly cheerful, but she was interesting. Her husband died… Read more

February 12, 2019

We’ve covered the most common questions atheists get asked by theists, over and over and over again. Every questionnaire for atheists seems to have the same set of queries: Where does your morality come from? How can something come from nothing? How can an atheist have purpose? It really gets old, which is why, when I find questions that are out of the ordinary, I collect them until I have enough to write a post. Here are 10 such questions… Read more

February 5, 2019

Remember that county clerk in Kentucky who was afraid of gay love? You remember the one who opted for jail time rather than issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples? The one with the miserable look on her face who is hoping, as far as the sacred institution of marriage is concerned, that the fourth time’s the charm? The godly adulteress whose feeble, weak moral high horse collapsed on an international stage? Yeah, that one. That faithful and hypocritical ninnyhammer who pissed… Read more

January 31, 2019

Being a voracious reader and a glutton for self-punishment, I’ve forced myself to get through far too many articles and blog posts about feminine modesty in my day. It’s like the circus sideshow, you know? Modesty pushers are sort of like the rare exhibits I just can’t seem to look away from. I shake my head so much that by the end of each damned post, I have given myself whiplash. Then, I just go and do it again like I’m… Read more

January 29, 2019

Here’s the God’s honest truth, #NoHoly. Every morning when my alarm goes off, I pick up my phone and check Twitter, Instagram and Reddit while I wake up. I realize this is a choice and I don’t have to do this, but the fact of the matter is that I do. I do. I just don’t feel like I’m Godless Momming well enough unless I take my morning browbeating. Yes, I start the day with angry comments from believers who… Read more

January 22, 2019

From Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the Salem Witch Trials have haunted popular culture since colonial times. It’s one of those stories that you never recall first learning about; everyone just seems to know some version of it. We’re drawn to it. We can’t let go of it. We are, many of us, fascinated by what happened all those years ago in colonial Massachusetts. It’s almost as though a spell has been cast on our collective consciousness…. Read more

January 16, 2019

Your Stories of Atheism are heartbreaking, triumphant, angering and inspiring. They are written by you, for you in this ongoing series about how you came to identify as an atheist. If you want to send me your story, you can email me here. Please note that by doing so, you give me permission to publish it here as part of the series. If you wish to remain anonymous, please say so in your email otherwise, I will use just your first… Read more

January 14, 2019

Last week, I received an email from a reader who asked, In English, we use the word “believe” when we don’t know. People say they “believe in god”, but no one would say “I believe cats have four legs” or “I believe Elon Musk founded Telsa”. We know these things. No belief required. So, it’s strange to me when atheists say “I don’t believe in god” because that’s ultimately the reverse of what believers say. I’m wondering, then, what is… Read more

January 8, 2019

Christianity is bolted to reality. I know. I did the very same double take when I read that in a headline yesterday morning. Even refreshed the page and yet, there it blared as loud as before, “Christianity: Bolted to Reality”. There’s a fantastic line from one of the world’s most celebrated films, Home Alone, that goes something like this, “Uncle Frank? Is this a joke?”. I had no choice but to recite this, my favourite Kevin McAllister line, as I… Read more

January 7, 2019

It’s funny how many people out there presume to know me based on a blog post, a single tweet or even my profile picture. They insist I’ve not read the Bible or the Quran or whatever holy book they’re hawking. They claim I’ve not been open-minded enough, or that I am forcing atheism down my son’s throat. They seem to think I am angry at God, or that I must have had a bad experience with religion in order to… Read more

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