February 25, 2021

Editor’s Note: Have you ever noticed how many crazed people think they are in direct communication with an unearthly being, whether it is someone from outer space, a dead person or “god”?  When the object of such communication is a dead person or a space alien, the first assumption is that the person is crazy.  But if it’s GOD, the communicator is likely to be taken seriously. Why is that?  /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================ By David Madison A favorite theological scam… Read more

February 22, 2021

Editor’s Note: “Andy” has been waiting for this moment for years.  I’ve been waiting since 2011, when I first interviewed him for the “non-believing clergy” study.  While he loved the social justice work he was able to do in his liberal church in a very liberal denomination (UCC), he was also eager to be totally free of the God constraint.  Like most recent retirees, he is still trying to figure out how to organize his life.  Also, he seems relieved… Read more

February 18, 2021

Editor’s Note: The author of this piece hits a lot of themes I heard when I interviewed non-believing clergy – the study that eventually led to The Clergy Project.  While the clergy had changed their beliefs, they still loved the people they served and felt terrible about deceiving them.  They often seemed to be in great pain when thinking about disappointing the people in their congregations.  They were in pain about a lot of things, actually, while hoping to put… Read more

February 15, 2021

Editor’s Note: It’s that time of year again – another Trump impeachment, which ended last Saturday, and another Lent, which starts this Wednesday. Lent has happened for centuries, as has impeachment, but 2021 will “blessedly” be the last impeachment featuring Donald J. Trump. His only possible remaining formal suffering would be civil punishment.  Unlike Lent, which always lasts 40 days, it was only 30 days (1/13/21 – 2/13/21) between the time Trump was impeached by the House and tried and not… Read more

February 11, 2021

Editor’s Note:  What I find most appealing about this essay, is the writer’s easy acceptance of other people’s beliefs as he lays out his completely materialistic views.  Perhaps the attraction is that I think I’m heading in that direction and would like to get there sooner.  For instance, it’s hard to understand how people like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden can be “devout”, practicing, praying Catholics while supporting abortion rights. However, as long as their religious beliefs don’t interfere with… Read more

February 8, 2021

Editor’s Note: Here is an excellent look back at how hate for atheists grew – or I should say, was orchestrated – in the US.  I actually remember it well, as a child, not really knowing, or caring, what atheism was. However, it was clear that it was something very bad, that was backed by a very bad woman, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who was hardly the 50’s ideal of American femininity. The following blog post, originally published, 1/10/19 on the… Read more

February 4, 2021

Editor’s Note:  QAnon again!  As more is known about QAnon and specifically about the its role in the insurrection at the US Capitol, it appears that we’ll learn more than we ever expected about the breadth of its influence. How could something like QAnon happen?  Then again, how could a sweet 2000-year-old story about a savior born to a virgin cause so much trouble in modern times? /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================== By David Madison We’re Still in Deep Trouble “Jesus 2020”… Read more

February 1, 2021

Editor’s Note: The author, a long-term Clergy Project member, has an intriguing view of Q-Anon.  Instead of focusing on its strong parallels with religion (as I do, which is why I’ve asked non-believing clergy to write about it), he focuses on its differences.  I can’t wait to get readers’ take on it! /Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By John Lombard QAnon has dominated the news recently. Wild conspiracy claims that the Democratic Party is running child sex rings, lead by Satan-worshiping… Read more

January 28, 2021

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, hatred in the name of religion is a recurring theme, recently heard during the 1/6/21 insurrection at the US Capitol. According to Christian writer, David French, some Trump supporters there were carrying a cross, praising Jesus and blaring Christian hymns on a loudspeaker.  French was appalled, betting that: “…most of my readers would instantly label the exact same event Islamic terrorism if Islamic symbols filled the crowd, if Islamic music played in the loudspeakers, and if members… Read more

January 25, 2021

Editor’s Note: While aware of Q-Anon, it’s only since the Capitol insurrection that I took careful note of it and found it astoundingly like fundamentalist Christianity.  Thus, I’ve asked some regular Rational Doubt contributors to write about it from their perspective as non-believing clergy.  This is the first one. /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By Chris Highland Hey, nonny, nonny:  “a nonsense refrain popular in English music during the Elizabethan era.” (sung in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”) One of my… Read more

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