March 10, 2016

I don’t believe anymore, but if I were going to believe, it would have to be fundamentalism. Read more

March 4, 2016

A lot of the atheists I know really like philosophy. It was reading philosophy that forced me on to the train of thought that ultimately led me to reject faith. If you’re as grateful as I am to be out of your old religious straitjacket, you’ll know why I’m glad philosophy forced me to consider hard questions. The other reason I think atheists often like philosophy is that the subject matter religion deals with is still important. We still want to… Read more

March 3, 2016

Ken Ham has said teaching evolution is “intellectual child abuse”. There is a sick irony to this, when creationism is so often used to reinforce abusive styles of upbringing. Read more

February 25, 2016

From babyhood they said “You are a dirty sinner, there is nothing good in you, you are destined for hell because of your nature.” So we, small humans, awoke to a world where toddlers need the sin and foolishness beaten out of them with switches and wooden spoons and belts. Read more

February 15, 2016

My dad was a locally renowned prosperity gospel preacher. When he died of a brain tumour at 51, his friends disappeared. Read more

February 12, 2016

Growing up as a creationist, I tried to ignore scientific discoveries that threatened by faith. Now I can share in the excitement of Einstein’s triumph. Read more

February 3, 2016

My Facebook feed and inbox are currently full of a petition to keep Roosh V out of the UK. Roosh V is variously described as a Pickup Artist (PUA) and a rape advocate, but I had a quick glance at his website and see he favours the term ‘neomasculinity’. Other currently popular uses of the prefix ‘neo-‘ include neoliberal, which means ‘liberal economics applied without common sense or compassion’, and neo-classical rock, which means ‘Bach sonatas played on electric guitar with neither… Read more

January 26, 2016

While I’m pretending this blog is a news site… Our estimable education secretary, Nicola Morgan, has announced plans to ban organisations and campaign groups from making formal complaints about faith schools. Under her regime, only those living in the local area would be able to complain about unfair admissions. Why this and why now? Well, last year the Fair Admissions Campaign and the British Humanist Association released a report in which they revealed that “virtually every” state faith school breaks existing… Read more

January 26, 2016

A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled that Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter has a legal and constitutional right to a program of tax incentives worth up to $18 million. In case you don’t know, Ken Ham is building a big boat in Kentucky and planning to tell people it’s a replica of Noah’s Ark. This, he believes, will make people want to become Christians and stop being gay. Ham’s God really likes spending millions of dollars on vanity woodwork projects but… Read more

January 12, 2016

In my last post, I asked if brainwashing is actually a thing. If you can’t be bothered to read that, here’s the Cliff’s Notes edition: mainstream sociologists of religion generally deny that brainwashing (as most people understand it) really exists, but lots of former members of controlling religious groups identify with descriptions of brainwashing. In this series, I’m trying to get to the bottom of why that is. Robert Jay Lifton did not coin the term brainwashing or write the… Read more

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