February 7, 2015

In my Twitter feed this morning I saw a link to a 2005 article titled “The Real History of the Crusades” published in Christianity Today. The magazine was retweeting one of its followers who presumably tweeted it as a criticism of President Obama’s recent remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast: “Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we… Read more

February 1, 2015

The city of Madison, Wisconsin, will soon be considering changes to its Equal Opportunity Ordinance: Ald. Anita Weier, 18th District, the City Council’s representative on the Equal Opportunities Commission, on Tuesday will propose prohibiting discrimination against the homeless in the areas of employment and housing, and against atheists in employment, housing and public places, the latter including civic space and places of business and recreation. This would be a more formal recognition, at the local level, of the value of… Read more

January 30, 2015

I’d like every Christian who calls for America to be recognized as a Christian nation to put themselves in the shoes of India’s Christians. Recently, India’s version of America’s Religious Right, the Shiva Sena, called for a significant change to India’s Constitution: The Shiv Sena Wednesday demanded that the words “secular” and “socialist” be “permanently removed” from the Constitution’s preamble. The party said that the demand is justified as India is a “Hindu nation.” If you live in America, that… Read more

January 28, 2015

An atheist billboard went up recently in Colton, California, with the words, “Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.” This particular billboard campaign is funded by the United Coalition of Reason, with the one in Colton being put up by Inland Empire Coalition of Reason. The coordinator of the campaign, Jan Goings, had this to say about it: We want people to know that nontheistic folks like us are a regular part of communities all over the area Nontheists are… Read more

January 22, 2015

I’m sure by now you’ve seen the report of a distraught 12-year-old girl asking Pope Francis why God lets children suffer: “There are many children neglected by their own parents,” Glyzelle said Sunday at a ceremony at a 400-year-old Catholic university in Manila. “There are also many who became victims and many terrible things happened to them like drugs or prostitution.” “Why is God allowing such things to happen, even if it is not the fault of the children?” she… Read more

January 19, 2015

I have another article up at Salon about what I think is the key difference between movement atheism and other civil rights movements. As Neo told The Architect in The Matrix:Reloaded, the problem is “choice.”   (Image via Carsten Tolkmit at Flickr) Read more

January 18, 2015

My article that touches tangentially on the Charlie Hebdo massacre is now up at Salon. I argue that Islamic terrorism is the result of a frustrated power-will exacerbated by the inflamed rhetoric and the cherry-picking of religious texts by radical clerics and other Muslim leaders. Here’s the link: Religion is a scapegoat: The problem isn’t Islam—it’s power.   (Image via Wikipedia Commons) Read more

January 16, 2015

[As I wrote in my recent Daily Beast article, the purpose of this blog was to show how someone can live a meaningful life without religious belief. I’ve been a little preoccupied with atheism per se, so I thought I’d include a post here that relates to that. Hopefully it’s not too tl;dr for you.] In The Republic, Plato has Socrates tell his most famous allegory: he has us imagine a group of people who have been imprisoned in a… Read more

January 16, 2015

The good news is that Christianity has been declining in America; the better news is that, despite the dire warnings of many evangelical and Catholic leaders, Americans have not plunged into a nihilistic orgy of debauchery and meaninglessness. As a recent article in the America Thinker called “Christianity is Losing in America” has it: Data from the Pew Research Center shows that those who consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or unaffiliated with any religion have been rising as a percentage of… Read more

January 10, 2015

In searching through the vast labyrinth that is my Google email archives, I found an article from Chris Mooney at Mother Jones that I think supports my contention that firebrand atheism is counterproductive. Mooney comments on a study where “a team of researchers from the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and several other institutions employed a survey of 1,183 Americans to get at the negative consequences of vituperative online comments for the public understanding of science.” We… Read more

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