April 28, 2016

According to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton apparently possesses a superpower called “the woman card” that gives her access to political advantages allegedly denied to the male presidential candidates. It is his contention that without this superpower, she would not otherwise be a viable presidential candidate. I can only assume deployment of the “women card” is a superpower available to all women, but what exactly is the nature of this superpower?  Does it keep women from being sexually harassed at work… Read more

April 27, 2016

Last night, I had a chance to talk with a couple of folks from North Carolina about the anti-trans bathroom policies in that state. They were complaining about what they described as unfair treatment by the businesses and entertainers that elected to pull their economic activities away from North Carolina and claimed their state was being “misunderstood”. They said all the state wanted to do was to make sure that when women go into a women’s bathroom, the only other… Read more

April 22, 2016

The issue of trans bathroom equality has been a hot topic lately with states like North Carolina setting the standard for the right wing parade of nonsense about trans people.  The basis for demanding all persons use bathrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates is the notion that without such a law, men in dresses will not only have unfettered access to the women’s restroom, they will act on that supposed freedom. Their intent is to punish… Read more

April 15, 2016

The Army’s Strong Bonds program “is a unit-based, chaplain-led program which assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening the Army Family. The core mission of the Strong Bonds program is “to increase individual Soldier and Family member readiness through relationship education and skills training. Strong Bonds is conducted in an offsite retreat format in order to maximize the training effect. The retreat or “get away” provides a fun, safe, and secure environment in which to address the impact of… Read more

April 12, 2016

A Review of Phil Zuckerman’s Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions Penguin Press, 2014; 276 pp., including bibliography and index. Review by Ed Buckner In an earlier life, a hundred years ago, I taught some courses on social science research methods and statistics. These were graduate courses but not for people expected to become researchers so much as for people who needed to know enough to wisely consume such research (police officers, social workers, teachers, etc.). One… Read more

April 6, 2016

Tentative Conclusions (as of April) on the 2016 US Presidential Race By Ed Buckner My take (and only mine: I emphatically disown any notion that I can or do speak here for any organization, any other atheists, any other Democrats, any other Georgians, any other extremely good-looking guys, etc.) on the 2016 presidential election, as of 5 April 2016 (but before the Wisconsin primary results were known): I think Bernie Sanders is slightly imperfect as a potential Democratic candidate or… Read more

April 4, 2016

On its face, religion is nonsense (an omnipotent God who is forced to sacrifice Himself, to Himself, to save humanity from His own wrath), full of contradictions (one god versus the trinity), mystery and miracles, and I think that is deliberate to train followers that they can’t rely on their own reason, and must instead accept on faith whatever religious authorities tell them. However one can find a reasonable explanation of religion that makes sense, if they don’t take religion’s… Read more

March 29, 2016

Thinking FRANK-ly About Jesus (Chapter 8) Debating Historicity of Jesus: Frank Zindler’s blog dedicated to the proposition that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. Mark your calendars! The Price-Ehrman debate is actually going to take place! Dr. Robert M. Price and Dr. Bart D. Ehrman are going to duke it out over the question, “Did Jesus Exist?” Sponsored by Mythicist Milwaukee, the debate will take place on Friday, October 21, 2016, from 6-9 pm in Turner Hall, 1034 N 4th St.,… Read more

March 24, 2016

If you aren’t appalled by the misogynistic Twitter war between Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, you either aren’t paying attention or you agree with Trump’s apparent position that a woman’s value is exclusively in her looks. He’s pretty much said it throughout his freak show campaign and now he has visually endorsed it. I will not link to the Trump retweet that sparked this missive but the gist of it is that someone posted an unflattering picture… Read more

March 22, 2016

Guest post by Amanda Knief, American Atheists’ National Legal and Public Policy Director. My family lives in Iowa, where the presidential election either invigorates you or enervates you. For my mom, this year the process has gotten her involved in ways she has not been in many years. She caucused with the Democrats and volunteered to be a delegate at the Black Hawk County convention that was held on Saturday, March 12. Now, my mom is religious but she is… Read more

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