September 20, 2019

This story is rightfully rocking Washington and the news in the US as a whole. This is stunningly dodgy, and Trump should be hung out to dry if what is being implied is true. Well, he should have been hung out to dry on a whole host of other things. Goodness, I really want to talk about every repeal of environmental and ecological legislation he can get his hands on. I can just never understand how his supporters continue to… Read more

September 20, 2019

Nesrine Malik is a journalist for The Guardian who has recently written a book called We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent (UK). She was interviewed on BBC 5Live radio yesterday and it was a fascinating listen, covering a whole load of topics from the mythology of there being a free speech problem to nut-picking, from finding decent data on it to noplatforming.  Free speech is notoriously problematic, as an absolute concept. At best, it’s… Read more

September 19, 2019

I grew up on a fruit farm in Michigan. We grew apples, peaches, plums, and cherries. I picked a lot of cherries. So when a Biblical apologist said to me recently…”Your quotes from the Bible are just cherry picking,” I thought…”What the f**k does HE know about cherry picking?” It’s a term I hear a lot these days, and it means something completely different from what it meant when I was up on a ladder, stripping them off the branches,… Read more

September 18, 2019

This is from the American Humanist Association: Attorneys at the American Humanist Association warned administrators at Mira Costa High School this morning against the unconstitutional behavior of discouraging students from protesting the Pledge of Allegiance. On September 11, 2019, the principal of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District high school announced via the intercom that he was “personally offended by any teacher or student who did not stand for the Pledge.” The principal has also canvassed the school in an… Read more

September 17, 2019

Charlie has been a member of our household for more than ten years. He’s a handsome gray-and-white male cat, and when we acquired him, he quickly made it clear that he was not our “pet.” We were his servants.   We have fulfilled our duties over the years. He has shown us what food he likes, when he wants attention and petting, and when we should leave him alone so that he can get his necessary beauty sleep, to maintain… Read more

September 16, 2019

This is from the American Humanist Association: The legal team at the American Humanist Association warned Griffin-Spalding School Systems this afternoon of their recent unconstitutional school prayer activity. The Griffin First United Methodist Church hosted a breakfast and sermon for football players at Spalding High School, in clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. The school softball coaches also lead the team in prayer before games. As the warning letter states, the school’s activities demonstrate “strong favoritism toward… Read more

September 15, 2019

Introductory spiel: One of my more recent books, Not Seeing God: Atheism in the 21st Century (UK), has a plethora of gems in it for the reader and a smorgasbord of variety. It was a labour of love and was particularly rewarding due to the fact that so many great writers had been involved in the production of the book. There were some 24 writers from the ranks of Patheos Nonreligious and they all did their bit to make the project a really… Read more

September 14, 2019

As some of you may or may not know, I have a tiny YouTube channel and occasionally produce videos – talking head ones – discussing any number of things, usually philosophical and religious (atheistic) in nature. YouTube, megalomaniacal as they are, recently demonetised any channel under 1000 subscribers. For people like me, 1000 is a lot. Anyway, here is a vain appeal to boost my numbers just a tad… Clicking on this link will subscribe you. One day, I dream… Read more

September 12, 2019

No, this has little to do with atheism and religion, but man, on a number of accounts, the GOP in North Carolina are a terrible bunch. Cohen starts his analysis after 3:30. The Democrat here has every right to be upset: Read more

September 11, 2019

This TYT video is worth a watch for their analysis of whether Trump is considering dumping Pence from his ticket. It turns out that Trump has discussed this with his aides, wondering whether a female running mate would be a better option. There is no doubt about it, Pence has been quiet of late and isn’t often seen with the President. Before I found out about this, I was wondering whether (unsurprisingly) there was a really strained relationship between them… Read more

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