December 10, 2019

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas, heathens. I know this is a little bit late, but if you read my previous post, you’ll know why. Things are slowly getting back to normal, and so it is time to pick winners for the MisreadBible giveaway. I asked you to share with me some of your favourite religious jokes, and you did not disappoint. Here are some of my favourites. From tatortotcassie: Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had… Read more

December 5, 2019

I was fifteen. I’d just come back from living in Australia for a year, and travelling around the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Looking back on this year, I feel incredibly lucky, but at the time, it was difficult. An already shy person, I had trouble making friends quickly enough to have an impact on just one year. I was picked on and bullied by people at my school who hated Americans, even though I held a Canadian passport. Puberty… Read more

December 2, 2019

It’s Cyber Monday, heathens, and that means you’re probably doing a lot of shopping online today. I hope you find yourselves all the deals. But while you do, I want you to start thinking about what you’re going to do tomorrow.  Here’s the thing. I’ve been at this for five years. It’s been five years of reading horror stories from the streets of Bangladesh and five years of emails in my inbox from atheists in hiding in Saudi Arabia who… Read more

November 27, 2019

This is a guest post from Dr. Marlene Winell, a human development consultant, educator, and writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Winell is the author of Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion and an expert in the field of Religious Trauma Syndrome. Dr. Winell offers workshops and retreats for recovering from harmful religion. Get more information on those here. At this time of year, it’s hard to avoid dealing with the differences you… Read more

November 20, 2019

I don’t have a whole lot of time to read these days. My workload has just exploded in the last few months. Between that and running my household, I’m completely spent by 9 pm every night at the latest. I always have a book going on my Kindle app that I read once I hop into bed at night, but I usually get just one or two sentences in and fall asleep. Not because the story is boring or anything,… Read more

November 19, 2019

I read The God Delusion just a couple of years ago. Yes, much to everyone’s utter shock and awe, I had never read it before that. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “what sort of heathen makes it close to her forties without reading this cornerstone godless literature?”. What can I say? I’ve been an atheist all my life in a secular land… I’ve never needed arguments against God. One can be a raging infidel and never read a single,… Read more

November 14, 2019

I don’t understand people who say they don’t like Reality TV. It’s such a mixed bag; there’s something in the genre for everyone. I mean, I love watching the strategy in Survivor as much as I love watching the strategy in a good football game. To me, it’s like chess with human pieces. I used to enjoy watching Bam Margera torture his parents on Viva La Bam. Few things have made me laugh as hard as Phil coming home to… Read more

November 13, 2019

Her body had been thrown away like trash. It was 3 pm on the same day Stacey Stites went missing that she was discovered strangled with her own belt. Earlier that morning, co-workers and family had already rung the alarm bells when Stacey failed to show up for work. They’d already found her fiance’s truck in a nearby parking lot, which she used to drive to work. The case went, in a matter of hours, from mild concern for her… Read more

November 12, 2019

Last week, I posted a tweet with the following message:  I often wonder why the skeptic community isn’t interested in wrongful convictions. It’s the one issue where skepticism can directly result in saving innocent lives. It was tweeted, of course, concerning the story of Rodney Reed, a man who is scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas on November 20th, but who is quite likely very innocent.  The response was… well, it was unexpected in two ways.  First,… Read more

October 30, 2019

The zombie apocalypse theme seems to be roused from the dead repeatedly in pop culture, and I think the reason why it just won’t die is that it feels possible. It haunts us so relentlessly because a pandemic that causes widespread brain damage is not entirely unlikely. It could be caused by illness. A new, wildly abused drug could cause it. It could be a parasite. It’s just not unimaginable that sufferers of such an epidemic could become wandering, ravenous… Read more

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