This weekend was a personal test for my parenting. As an atheist parent, I am pretty adamant in presenting both sides of an argument and using context when discussing religious belief with my kids. The only confirmation of how fair of a job I am doing is when the kids end up in awkward…Continue
The bill puts upon the accused too strong an onus. From the bill, signed into law just now:
not valid excuse ... if the accused knew or reasonably should have known that the complainant was unable to consent to the sexual activity:
This is from a speech I gave in 1999 as we were about to move into 2000. I thought it might be appropriate as we near Halloween.Continue
Atheists aren't really jerks, but we sure can act like it sometimes. Can we create a friendlier, less angry atheism? Here's a blog post on the topic, inspired by Ara Norenzayan and Sam Harris.
A major immigrant crisis is brewing along the Mexico-US border where thousands of children are crossing without their parents, fleeing what seems like gang warfare. According to some estimates, nearly 70,000 people have died recently in Mexico as a result of drug-related conflict. While we must not diminish the importance of US foreign…Continue
In about 1994, I ordered a huge bunch of daffodils when the price was right and forgot about the order. I was packed and ready to go to a conference in Europe. I can't remember what or where ... must have been an interesting conference. Then to Turkey to seek out ancient female goddesses. The day before I was to leave, the order arrived - 300 daffodils bulbs. My son, Cary, called to wish me a good trip. I told him the bulbs arrived and he came and planted all…Continue
More than three out of four self-described conservatives believe “poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.”
The reality is that most of the USA's poor work two or more jobs.
David Brooks has never made much sense to me, but his recent statement that "…Continue
Did you know the Vatican is built upon the foundation of a goddess temple with Cybele as the Magna Mater ("Great Mother")? This goddess is so old, she was originally an Anatolian mother goddess. She was, perhaps, a possible precursor in the earliest neolithic at …Continue
The Argument from Incorporeality
So, I have been using this counter-apologetic for a while now on Twitter:
1. A being is a thing has the ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human (including consciousness and sentience).
2. All known beings exist in time and space.
3. If the theist claims that god is immaterial (outside time and space).
4. Therefore, god cannot exist.
What do you…
About Christianity through history, the winners and the losers. Latest post to my blog, Atheist Sunday School.
Capitalism can't work without a poverty class. In order to increase the numbers of people in the poverty class,
* withhold the kind of education that teaches critical thinking, stress obedience;
* educate children to remain dependent on church and government as adults;
* tax wages at a higher rate than investment income, otherwise known as unearned income;
* spends tax dollars on expensive warring humans and material that creates wealth for the owners of…Continue
Do you think we live in a democracy where we have opportunity, freedom, and equality? Well, take a look at what is happening all around us. If you are honest, take off your blinders, unwrap yourself from the patriotic flag and see what is really happening, you will understand that these words, beautiful as they are, just simply do not stand up to scrutiny. Those fine expressions in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America…
This via The Friendly Atheist Blog, with links as added. A big aspect of the story is one courageous Muslim man - Biram Dah Abeid - who is fighting Islamic - supported slavery in Mauritania.
"Slavery in Mauritania Is Alive and Well, Thanks In No Small Part to Islamic…Continue
Why Lord?: Suffering and Evil in Black Theology—Anthony Pinn—Theodicy has to do with suffering under a loving and benevolent God. It is a difficult subject because it challenges why bad things sometimes happen to good people. This book will not make it any better, but you will see that someone is at least trying to explain it in a religious context.
As Harvard University’s Humanist Chaplaincy “Humanist of the Year" in 2006, Pinn provides a clear look at the idea of…Continue
This post is prepared specifically for political candidates concerning their positions on policy issues related to church-state separation. It is adapted from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, free e-book available at dandana.us/atheism
The number of nontheistic Americans is now about 20% of the general population (higher among those with college degrees), and is…Continue
I’m at that point with the Middle East where honestly, I feel the ISIS issue is, well, their issue.
I also get the impression from the Arab League that they are just going to sit on their bottoms, sip tea and wait for the west, or NATO or the US to handle the situation. But this seems the norm over there.
As one person pointed out they (the Arabs) don’t or won’t attack another because they want to be “friend” and not upset anyone.
Well maybe it is time…Continue
I am offended
There is a peculiar phenomenon going around that I want to address.
I feel deeply rooted offense when I see a person insult another, or belittle them, or assault another physically, mentally and emotionally.
I am offended by parents who deliberately do not educate their children claiming they prepare their children for 21st…Continue
I'm in discussions with Theists who are in constant denial of Science that goes anywhere near not supporting their Faith.
They claim to understand science and the findings of scientists, accept health warnings and findings in Cosmology and Geology, but only up to where the sciences don't interfere with their faith.
Once there is conflict with faith, they completely deny and deride scientific findings.
Now we know that Genesis and the…Continue
For many, many years, I have always found an unending fount of devilish giggles whenever I read sappy church signs. You know, the ones that are thought up by the honorary witty member of the church congregation that plays on puns, abuses homophones, and loves to dabble in sappy poetry attempts. What better way to market a deity than…Continue