Darrel Ray's Blog (245)

Relgion Controls Women -the genetics

Genetic evidence, religion is used to control women. Like we needed more evidence. The study's conclusion:

"In short, Strassmann and colleagues maintain that the ideological and tactical similarities between these world religions and the Dogon religion have arisen in response to the same biological pressures. Religious patriarchy is directly analogous to the mate-guarding tactics used by animals to ensure paternity."

 I would correct this slightly. It is not biological pressure,…


Added by Darrel Ray on June 15, 2012 at 12:12pm — 6 Comments

Mark Twain and Hannibal, MO

  • Last weekend I visited Hannibal, Mo. the home of Mark Twain. It was an enjoyable trip with a lot to do in that…

Added by Darrel Ray on June 15, 2012 at 10:46am — No Comments

Marriage, Sex, and Child rearing, cont.

Marriage and children continued: Even if both of you are secular and agree to raise your children as such, you will find the culture - including in-laws, aunts and uncles, cousins, neighbors - tend to see parents who fail to infect their children with religion as negligent. Unfortunately, they think this gives them license to indoctrinate your children for you. If you were Catholic, they probably would not try to convert your children to be Baptist. If you…


Added by Darrel Ray on June 15, 2012 at 10:27am — 1 Comment

Marriage, Sex, and Child rearing

Let me reiterate something I discussed at length in both Sex and God and The God Virus; If you choose to marry, even a moderately religious person, you will have great difficulty having rational discussions about sex and child rearing. Of course there are exceptions, but they are the exceptions. So unless you are the kind of person that wins the lottery every time you buy a…

Added by Darrel Ray on June 14, 2012 at 10:49am — 1 Comment

Secular Student Alliance

Awesome weekend with the Secular Student Alliance board and staff. They are going to kick some serious ass this year. The growth in new groups is off the chart. We need to support them to make sure the growth gets properly supported. There is a very generous 250K match right now. You can double your money! If you are not a member or have not donated lately, please consider it now. They can only support their incredible growth with our help…

Added by Darrel Ray on June 3, 2012 at 5:01pm — No Comments

First Client

Praise the FSM: On Thursday, the first client connected with the first Therapist on the Secular Therapist Project and the therapist is within reasonable distance for the client. Yea, we are off and running. Secular Therapist Project

Added by Darrel Ray on May 25, 2012 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

Find a Secular Counselor

Announcing: Today we are live on the Secular Therapist Project. You can now register as a client and search for a therapist in your community. If you don't find one, you can still find many that will do distance counseling on the phone or by skype.  Please check it out and tell your friends. It you are looking for secular mental health services, this is the place to look. If you are a secular therapist, please register with us. Click here:…


Added by Darrel Ray on May 21, 2012 at 8:35pm — 3 Comments

The Therapist Project

Last week we launched the Therapist Project. A nationwide effort to match secular clients with secular psychotherapists. We have gotten great blog coverage from Hemant Mehta and JT Eberhart as well as on some podcasts. Take a look at the comments section for both blogs and you will clearly see why this project is so needed.…


Added by Darrel Ray on April 15, 2012 at 9:53pm — 1 Comment

Review by Josh Hyde

Thanks to Josh Hyde for a very well done review of, Sex and God

Added by Darrel Ray on April 8, 2012 at 12:47pm — No Comments

North Central book Tour

Tour Dates are all finalized for North Central book tour to include Detroit 4-24, Columbus, OH 4-25, Dayton 4-26, Madison, WI 4-27 & 28, Chicago 4-29, Lansing, MI 4-30, Toledo, 5-1.

Added by Darrel Ray on March 31, 2012 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Are You a Secular Sexual?

Hre is my 25 min. talk at the convention on The Shame of Believing or Why Do We Act Like Christians? I suggest that we should rethink our sexuality as secular sexuals. Take a look and let me know how this idea feels to you.

Added by Darrel Ray on March 30, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Homophobia and Masturbation

In my convention talk, this statement got by far the strongest response.

"Homophobia, for many people, is rooted in guilt and anxiety about their own MASTURBATORY behavior and in the shame they feel about their own bodies." It is among the strongest challenges to religionists. Try using it on someone and see how they respond. Even if they vehemently disagree, there is no doubt that they will think about it the next time they masturbate. It is the most intimate thing you can do with…


Added by Darrel Ray on March 29, 2012 at 11:08am — 10 Comments

American Atheist Convention

There is far too much to post and discuss in a blog post about the American Atheist Convention. I'll just have to say it was unlike any convention I have ever been to. I hope the video's are up soon. My talk on "The Shame of Believing or Why Do We Act Like Christians?" seemed to resonate well with many people, but the talk that captured most people was Jerry DeWitt's. Take a listen to him on the…


Added by Darrel Ray on March 27, 2012 at 7:19pm — 1 Comment

American Freethought

My interview on American Freethought just came out. Get it at this link or on iTunes. I turned out quite a bit different than other podcasts I have done on the topic of Sex and God. Always fun to talk with David Driscoll and John Schneider.

Added by Darrel Ray on March 18, 2012 at 12:38am — No Comments

Nude Revolutionary

I am happy to report that one of the nude revolutionary photos was taken in my library - I'll let you figure out which one. Two others are friends of mine. I am proud of these women for their willingness to make a direct political stand against patriarchy and the oppression of women. Control of women's bodies is the cornerstone of patriarchal religion and societies. I am in awe of Maryam Namazie's courage in starting this idea.…


Added by Darrel Ray on March 12, 2012 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Dallas - Collin college and SMU

Off to Dallas today to speak at Collin College on "Genes in Your Jeans: How much is our sexuality governed by genetics and how does that related to the way religion's try to program us?" Then a leadership workshop on Sat. and speak at Southern METHODIST University on "Sexy Evolution or What the Pope Does Not Know About Human Sexuality." Gotta love those Methodists. I got my MA at a Methodist Seminary.

Added by Darrel Ray on March 2, 2012 at 8:24am — No Comments

Book Tour

I am planning my book tours.  Dates and locations are not locked in, but if you are in these areas, keep an eye on my calendar at ipcpress.com or contact me if you might want me to do a talk in an area that is not on my calendar.  If you are in these areas, contact your local leaders to see they are sponsoring or might help promote. These dates and places are subject to change and addition. Here are the proposed locations:

April 24 Detroit or Toledo

April 25 Columbus

April 26…


Added by Darrel Ray on February 24, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Nirmukta podcast, India

I will be on the Nirmukta podcast in India, tomorrow at 10:00 AM. Should be fun, especially since have made some comments and claims about Hinduism in two of my books. Nirmukta podcast

Added by Darrel Ray on February 17, 2012 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Parenting Beyond Belief

This from Noelle Dildine George - If you are a parent, you will find this useful and fun. Here's another chance to participate in the Introduction to the Parenting Beyond Belief webinar with Dale McGowan, live on streaming video! The event will be on February 19th at 12:00 EST, and will include a 30 minute overview of 7 secular parenting topics along with 30 minutes of interactive Q&A with Dale for only $15! Please e-mail noelle@parentingbeyondbelief.com with 'PBB Webinar' in the subject…


Added by Darrel Ray on February 13, 2012 at 9:48pm — 1 Comment


Had a blast talking about sex and evolution at the KU ReasonFest this weekend. Seems people liked learning about duck sex! Also, loved hearing and talking with so many great speakers including Jennifer Michael Hecht and Judy Johnson and many others and seeing JT Eberhard do a smack down debate!

Added by Darrel Ray on February 13, 2012 at 8:52am — No Comments

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