October 21, 2015

Members and supporters of an organization called Concerned Christian Citizens of Central Texas recently gathered outside the Killeen ISD school board to protest a complaint lodged earlier by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF).  According to an article in the Killeen Daily Herald on August 30, 2015, the FFRF filed their complaint against the Killeen ISD board for their unconstitutional practice of opening their board meetings with a prayer. The Concerned Citizens subsequently delivered their prayers on Oct 6, 2015… Read more

October 16, 2015

By Amanda Knief Goose egg. Nada. Zip. Zero. That is how many times the word “god” or mentions of faith of any kind were made during the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Wing Ding fundraiser on Friday, August 14 in Clear Lake, Iowa. Other than the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the event, I was unable to make any snide or sarcastic comments on social media about religion as I live Tweeted about candidates and speakers. No one thanked… Read more

October 11, 2015

By Ed Buckner and Mandisa Thomas There are a variety of recent, well-meaning, thoughtful calls for broadening the focus of atheist organizations in America. These have included general statements, new definitions of missions for organizations, editorials, some vague suggestions, and similar things, often from from people we like and trust. An essay on a British blog is in part an example of this: “It’s time for atheists to stop debating God’s existence and decide what to do about it,” by… Read more

October 4, 2015

(Editor’s note:  This guest post is a very passionate response to the recent gun violence at UCC in Oregon. Strong language and trigger warnings apply). You know when we say (or elude to) that it is a woman’s fault she was raped/sexually assaulted or we slut-shame women based on clothing that what we are also doing, besides destroying her esteem and confidence, is saying that OUR MEN are so pathologically stumped that they have not evolved to a point where… Read more

October 2, 2015

The shootings yesterday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, have raised many questions, but most answers are premature. We hope—and assume—that there will be careful and thorough investigation of all this, with the truth—not some bias or viewpoint—guiding the search for answers. In the meantime, we declare that— * Reasonable atheists everywhere share the conclusion with reasonable Americans everywhere that shootings like the one in Oregon, are impossible to justify. People maimed and murdered, no matter what anyone thought… Read more

October 1, 2015

Kim Davis, the infamous, self-appointed guardian of marital discrimination in Kentucky, was reportedly chastised by attorneys for Kentucky governor Steve Beshear for her refusal to issue marriage licenses for same-sex marriages. This criticism came about after Davis allegedly filed suit against Beshear for issuing a directive to all the county clerks to comply with the Supreme Court’s opine that same sex marriage was legal in all 50 states. She seems to claim this directive is the current source of her… Read more

September 30, 2015

Guest commentary from Amanda Knief.  (Editor’s comment: This timely and predictive post was authored prior to yesterday’s House grilling of Planned Parenthood’s president.) (Credit: via patheos.com) Recently, I sat for three hours in a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing to learn what Representatives would say about the undercover, edited videos put out this summer by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress about Planned Parenthood. There were four witnesses called to give testimony: Gianna Jessen and Melissa Ohden, who both… Read more

September 25, 2015

The many atheists I know disagree, sometimes strongly, about how much attention, if any, to pay to Bibles stuck into bedside tables in places we rent for the night. Some are indifferent to the question, adopting a leave-it-alone-unless-it’s-stuck-into-your-face attitude (not my attitude, but one I find reasonable enough in most cases). Some are sufficiently angered by what they see as rude, out-of-date, or threatening gestures to be inspired to vandalism: throwing Gideons Bibles into hotel toilets or similar response. These… Read more

September 24, 2015

A few days ago, I was horrified to read a piece about the U.S. military allegedly being forced to look away and take no action against Afghani men who were raping children and that some U.S. service members faced punishments for intervening. (credit: vector clipart online via Pinterest) I was further appalled to read via the comments section and elsewhere that there are people in this country who seem to believe that since this activity is part of a “culture”… Read more

September 22, 2015

This is one of those days where someone suggests something interesting and it develops a life and personality beyond the initial concept.  It also suggests something significant about our hair triggered social media culture. Of course Sam Harris hasn’t found Jesus and while he may think some atheists are full of crap, I’m pretty certain he doesn’t think all atheists are full of crap. Please disregard the title of this post. It is not true, it did not happen. Please… Read more

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