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

September 11, 2019

I thought it was about time than I gave anyone who cared at all a little bit of an update as to how I am getting on. As many of you know, I was diagnosed at the end of last year with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. For this, there is little to no treatment available. One drug has just been accepted by NICE in the UK. However, generally speaking, treatments are thin on the ground. As a result, I opted… Read more

September 11, 2019

This is from the American Humanist Association: This morning, Roy Speckhardt, the executive director of the American Humanist Association (AHA), sent a petition to Target, the retail giant. Humanists and allies added their voices to the chorus of those asking Target to bring back a “Humanist” pillow that was recalled last month with no satisfactory explanation. An excerpt of the petition is below: Barring any clear explanation for the product recall, the AHA is left to assume that the removal… Read more

September 10, 2019

People don’t like to think about their own death. Religious faith was invented mainly to escape from facing the reality of death. We are born, we live our lives, and then we die. Plants do it and animals, including human animals, do it. We have made up elaborate myths and deluded ourselves about the Almighty taking care of us and giving our soul eternal life…if we follow his rules. The whole exercise is designed to allay the fear of our… Read more

September 10, 2019

This was a facebook post that I felt I had to repost here from someone/profile called Ad Sinistram. This is precisely the scenario that gets me riled, and why I have complained that the US political landscape, with its overt lobbying, constitutes legalised corruption. The UK, it appears (unsurprisingly), is little different. You’d be forgiven for wondering how in hell Johnson gets such an easy ride from most of the British media. It’s no mystery, it mostly revolves around shared… Read more

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