February 16, 2016

(because cats…) The following was inspired by Facebook commentary by Rick Wingrove, Virginia State Director for American Atheists, as a counterpoint to the idea, expressed in recent articles and on social media, that the atheist movement is beset by sexism and that women are being systematically driven out of the movement. Excerpt from Mr. Wingrove’s comments: “The assertion that the atheist movement is essentially misogynistic reflects a profound misunderstanding of the nature of the movement. Where atheist conventions were formerly… Read more

February 11, 2016

There are a lot of issues worthy of discussion and debate concerning the upcoming deployment of women into expanded roles in military combat jobs but anything that comes out of Pat Robertson’s mouth isn’t among them. On a recent edition of the 700 Club, Robertson equated women who wanted to serve in combat with a masochistic bondage fetish and that since he’s “been there and done that” he knows combat “ain’t something for a woman”. How does he know that?… Read more

February 6, 2016

It took a few days to get the bad taste out of my mouth from my last trip to Cruzville, but there is more stuff in the issues section of his campaign website that I want to discuss. 5. Support for Israel. Cruz talks about full, unequivocal support for Israel and it’s policies and makes clear his anti-Palestinian stance. But what he doesn’t report is the religious foundation behind his support for Israel. Cruz and his ilk believe in bolstering… Read more

February 3, 2016

The presidential primary season is firmly engaged with the completion of the Iowa caucuses two nights ago and so far, it’s proven to be a victorious night for the right leaning nut jobs. For those who missed it (although I don’t see how), Donald Trump found himself firmly beaten by Ted Cruz, whose evangelical base of paranoid nut jobs apparently came out in force. I admit, I’ve been somewhat ignoring Ted Cruz because I’ve been distracted by the outrageous traveling… Read more

February 2, 2016

Religion & The Constitution: The Official Record  Part 3 of 3 Now, on to the Senate; unfortunately, there is no record of the Senate debate because the Senate met in secret at the time and did not open its doors to the public until 1795, however, it did keep a journal of all the motions. August 25, the Senate receives the proposed amendments from the House of Representatives and on motion to postpone the consideration of the articles to the… Read more

February 2, 2016

Religion & The Constitution: The Official Record  Part 2 of 3 Moving right along to the Bill of Rights debates of the 1st Congress 1st Session as archived at the Library of Congress. June 8, 1789, James Madison introduced his proposed amendments to the Constitution; however, they would not begin to debate them until July 21. August 15, they begin to debate the fourth proposition, “no religion shall be established by law, nor shall the equal rights of conscience be… Read more

February 2, 2016

  ’Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States’ painting by Howard Chandler Christy Religion & The Constitution: The Official Record By Steve Krohn (Guest Contributor) Part 1 of 3 You’ve probably seen it. Anyone who has spent time perusing the comment sections of online articles has seen the verbal sparring matches between secularists and theocrats. Typically, the theocrat is left battered and bruised by the weight of history and facts, and yet, the theocrat still somehow… Read more

January 29, 2016

In the last few days, there have been significant developments towards ending the militia wildlife refuge theft in Oregon. Several militia members have been arrested and at least one is confirmed killed. A determined handful, minus anything resembling leadership, remain defiant at the refuge at the time of this writing although there has been some whining about how they would leave if they wouldn’t be arrested. However, they apparently don’t believe they can leave without being arrested which is probably… Read more

January 27, 2016

As we continue the long, hard slog through this year’s election cycle, the writers on this blog are going to get more involved in writing about election issues that affect us as atheist voters. For example, some of the issues that directly affect us are things like reproductive health, equality, tax policies, the spread of faith-based initiatives, and so forth. As a good place to start, I would like to make you aware of the Atheist Voter website. Here you… Read more

January 19, 2016

I don’t know if boycotting Girl Scout cookies on the basis of the Girl Scout’s perceived (and fictional) relationship with Planned Parenthood is still a thing for 2016 but I know through at least 2014, there were several Texas anti-abortion groups that were organizing these boycotts. Recently, my attention was drawn (or redrawn) to this issue by the circulation this year of a Facebook meme urging the boycott but as far as I know, these boycotts have never gathered much… Read more

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