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I probably shouldn't put this off anymore, so I'm just going to jump on it and improvise. I'm pretty sure the show is over. It was a ton of fun doing it, but with work and my son and my wife in school I simply don't have time to do it anymore.

Other folks have offered to take over but I don't really feel comfortable with that. Quit while you're ahead, sez I.

Anyhow, I payed for another year of hosting, so the archive of podcasts will be available for at least that long.

I really enjoyed podcasting, so I might do something again in the future. I'll keep you posted.

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Valerie Tarico Interviews Chris Johnson, Creator of Atheist-Themed Book and Documentary Film, A Better Life

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 31. 25 Replies

I hadn't run across the name Chris Johnson before reading this article from Alternet/Salon, but Johnson published A Better Life last year, a coffee table book in which he details the lives of various…Continue

Tags: morality, atheism

This Church Service In Tennessee Includes Everything But God

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 4. 8 Replies

There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church…Continue

Atheists Become More Visible and Vocal in Zambia

Started by Daniel W Jul 3. 0 Replies

Institute for Ethics and Emerging  Technologies. is a very religious nation... officially declared a…Continue

Tags: skepticism in Africa

Norway Accuses Catholic Church of Fraud.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 2. 11 Replies

We all know the Catholic Church is a fraud everywhere, and in many ways.  It's nice to see they were caught with their financial pants down, instead of the other kind.…Continue

Tags: Catholic Fraud

Brother Kills Brother Over Ramadan Fasting

Started by Pat. Last reply by Joseph P Jun 26. 9 Replies

Well, the religion of peace has shone its amity and kindness yet once…Continue

Warren city Atheist sues to set up alternative to prayer station at city hall

Started by Joe. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 16. 6 Replies

A Warren atheist filed a federal lawsuit today saying his free speech rights were violated when Warren Mayor Jim Fouts turned down his request to place what he called a “reason station” inside city…Continue

Previously Unpublished Interview with The Hitch

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ian Mason Feb 13. 1 Reply

Why Evolution Is True claims to have a 2005…Continue

Tags: Hitchens, Christopher

Humanist Marriage "Demonic?" - Angry Christian Rails Against Humanism — This Atheist’s Polite Response Is Perfect

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 9. 7 Replies

British TV Show The Big Questions showed Discuss Jesus founder Taiwo Adewuyi holding forth hilariously on how "humanist marriage," legal in Scotland but not in England, is demonic. He gets his…Continue

Lawsuit: State trooper preached about Jesus during traffic stop (

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 12, 2014. 51 Replies

I am just going to get out of the way of this one ... though when I saw the headline on…Continue

Tags: police, Indiana, proselytize

S.E. Cupp: I’m a ‘Better’ Atheist than Bill Maher

Started by Joe. Last reply by Regina Goodwin Oct 12, 2014. 45 Replies

In a new online video for Crossfire the pundit makes the claim that conservative atheists are actually “better” than liberal ones,…Continue

Anti-Islam ads coming to NYC buses, subways (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat Sep 20, 2014. 1 Reply

NEW YORK -- Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on a hundred New York City buses and at two subway entrances next week.The six ads include an image of American journalist James Foley, just before…Continue

Tags: islam, ads, American Freedom Defense Initiative, Islamophobia

Pennsylvania teen faces two years in jail for Facebook photo of "desecration"

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 13, 2014. 21 Replies

A 14-year-old in Everett, Pennsyltucky Pennsylvania has been charged with…Continue

Tags: trespassing, photos, stupidity, 'right' not to be offended, Facebook

Judges rule that Ground Zero Cross can stay at 9/11 museum

Started by Joe. Last reply by Luara Aug 3, 2014. 4 Replies

In 2011, the American Atheists – a group dedicated to fight to “protect the absolute separation of religion from government and raise the profile of atheism in the public discourse” - sued to keep…Continue

Atheist TV Officially Launches; David Silverman Criticizes History Channel for Presenting Bible as History

Started by Joe. Last reply by Pat Aug 1, 2014. 5 Replies

The world's first ever all-atheist TV channel officially launched Tuesday, with American Atheist president David Silverman declaring it is geared toward all atheists, everywhere.…Continue

Atheist Philanthropist Makes $10,000 Donation to Support Right Wing Watch Blog

Started by Joe Aug 1, 2014. 0 Replies

People For the American Way and Right Wing Watch do critical work uncovering the vicious language the Right uses to attack anyone whose religious beliefs differ from their own — especially those with…Continue

On this day in history - July 30th, 1956

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 30, 2014. 1 Reply

On this day in history - July 30th, 1956 - "In God We Trust" is adopted as the official motto of the United States.…Continue

Pierce County Council approves displaying “In God We Trust” after volatile debate

Started by Joe Jul 30, 2014. 0 Replies

After more than two hours of volatile debate, the Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in the Council Chambers.…Continue

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Comment by Warren Jappe on April 18, 2015 at 2:29pm

I was out on a house call for my son, fortunately I havn't had much dealing with religious people, the only encounter was my oldest brother who I think got infected by his wife, tried to ask me to take my kids to church, fat chance. Also when I had him on the phone and told him that the bible was full of violence, he said I must have misread it. So I've been pretty much sheltered from the righteous .

Comment by sk8eycat on April 18, 2015 at 1:00pm

Warren, have you ever met any serious believer in any religion who CAN think for him/her self?  The first requirement for joining any faith is to leave your brain at the door....and make sure any children you  have never develop their brains.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 18, 2015 at 12:57pm

I'm with Joseph. Philosophically I agree that if participation in the electoral process affirms that there's a real choice, I'd rather sit it out. But . . . I'm going to hold my nose and vote for the least obnoxious choice because on the practical level there's not a shred of doubt that the alternative is far worse.

Comment by Warren Jappe on April 18, 2015 at 12:34pm

so the JW's can't think for themselves? pity

Comment by sk8eycat on April 18, 2015 at 12:30pm

But in many states they can do as I do....stay home and still vote.

The Witlesses don't take part in any civic activities because they are waiting for their "king" to show up and tell them what to do. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 18, 2015 at 11:47am

As for your sister's religious objection to voting... more generally, we should spread the idea widely among religious conservatives that they should stay home and not vote! God is all-powerful; if he wants, say, a Republican president, he'll make it happen. Voting shows a lack of faith. It shows you don't trust God. Don't anger God; stay home!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 18, 2015 at 1:04am

I have no spouse, and my sister is a JW and doesn't vote. I get my very detailed Voter's Guide long before I get my actual ballot.  I can study everything at my leisure, make up my mind, and when I get the  

The return envelope is very well protected, and my name is only on the very outside of the 2nd envelope.  NO ID on the ballot itself,  or on the inside "sleeve."  The only cost is a "Forever" postage stamp.  No driving around (burning

gasoline)  looking for the polling place, or a parking place, and no bratty kids whooping it up all over the room.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 18, 2015 at 12:41am

Electronic voting machines would be OK IF their counts are used only as exit polls. The machine could remind you of races and issues where you still have choices, and it could prevent overvotes -- but when you push the final button, it should print out a paper ballot, which becomes the official, tangible, human-readable, recountable record of your vote. If that ballot is correct, you put it in the ballot box; if it's wrong, you tear it up and do it over. (Filling out a blank ballot manually would be an equally valid vote.)

I have mixed feelings about voting by mail. The secret ballot is valuable: going to a polling place in person protects against abusive spouses, coercive bosses, and vote buying. A solution might be to have generous access to early, in-person "absentee" voting.

On the Electoral College: there's a workaround that could bypass it. So far, ten states and DC have enacted the National Popular Vote law, which once enacted by states with a majority of electoral votes, would require them to give their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote for president. We're 61% of the way there!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 17, 2015 at 10:03pm

I'd rather have Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren; I don't care which one is POTUS and which is VP.  They'd make a good team either way.

Santorum is just revolting.

And I don't hve to go out to vote; I've been voting by mail for the past 20+ years.  My ballot will be in the proper hands long before the riots start.  I think everyone who can should reregister as a Permanent Absentee Voter.  The entire state of Oregon votes by mail, it's less stressful, and the counts are more honest.  I don't trust voting machines that can be hacked, or any tech stuff, in fact I'd feel even more comfortable if everyone went back to the kind of newspaper-sized ballots that we used when I cast my first ballot in 1960.  No chads, no automatic readers...all counted by hand.  There's NO sane reason for the news biz to know the results the second the polls close.  That's their problem.

And we need to get rid of the Electoral College....that is SO undemocratic!  We could have had a man with a brain in the White House in 2001, and no faith-based giveaways.

Comment by Joseph P on April 17, 2015 at 9:33pm

When we have one party trying to make gay sex illegal again, make birth control pills and IUDs illegal, make abortion illegal, force religion into the government and all of our public functions, cut taxes on the rich and strip programs that help the poor and elderly, and the other party ... isn't doing those things ...

You're damned right, I'm voting for the lesser of two evils.

If you're sitting back doing nothing, refusing to participate, then you aren't part of the solution.  The primaries are the time to push things further in the direction you want them to be.  If you don't support the side that's closer to what you want, and they lose, they're just going to move closer to the one you hate more, in an attempt to compensate.  After a win, you can try to give the party another nudge, during the next primary season.

Politics is generally slow and cumbersome, which is a hell of a lot better than the alternative.  Most of the abrupt changes that we've gotten have been pretty horrifying.

If you like, go and try to get a third party to a point that it's viable.  I'd love to have other options.  Our electoral process is just rigged to function as a two-party system, alas.


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