Sean Asbury's Blog (28)

Combating Religious Prejudice

Most of us are aware, when people are in a group setting, they generally "behave" in a way conducive to positive behavior.  People tend not to take things from others if they know they are being watched.  Religious people, generally speaking, believe that their actions are under constant scrutiny even in the absence of… Continue

Added by Sean Asbury on November 29, 2011 at 5:14am — 4 Comments

Why I'm an Atheist

Written primarily for my Christian friends that don't understand why I would walk away from their faith...

Added by Sean Asbury on May 24, 2011 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Is Atheism A Choice?

I wrote an article last month posing the question: Can Christians and Atheists Find Common Ground? In exploring that question with both believers and nonbelievers, I came away a bit discouraged. The answer appeared to be "as long as."

In that article, I made the following statement:

"Apostates such as myself, meaning I once was a theist and have chosen to reject a belief in a deity, often are met with a certain mixture of sadness, incredulousness, and anger for rejecting… Continue

Added by Sean Asbury on May 14, 2011 at 7:39pm — No Comments

The Best Of Times, The End Of Times

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Thessalonians 4:16 – 17

Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall… Continue

Added by Sean Asbury on May 12, 2011 at 7:28pm — 2 Comments

Apparently There Are Atheists in Foxholes

Despite the old saying “there are no atheists in foxholes” apparently those that hold to that point of view haven’t kept up with the sea change in religious thought occurring in the military.  The Military Leadership Diversity Commission found “a gradual trend in the United States toward greater percentages of people claiming no religious affiliation, a phenomenon reflected in ARIS [American Religious Identification Survey].”

The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute…


Added by Sean Asbury on May 9, 2011 at 10:17am — No Comments

Is There a Hell?

Seems like an appropriate question to ask today in light of the dispatch of Usama Bin Ladin.  
When I gave up Christianity it was hard for me to realize the ramifications and implications of the decision.  I first accepted the concept that there isn’t an afterlife – at least not one described in Christian doctrine.  I was OK with the idea that I wouldn’t spend an eternity playing a harp on a cloud in heaven.  But, for me anyways, there was a sinking realization that hell didn’t…

Added by Sean Asbury on May 2, 2011 at 8:44am — No Comments


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Added by Sean Asbury on April 30, 2011 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Can Christians and Atheists Find Common Ground?

Pretty self explanatory title ;)


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Added by Sean Asbury on April 21, 2011 at 3:46am — 7 Comments

Judgment Day

When May 22nd comes around - we need to pretend to all know someone that isn't h ere any longer. Those that were "left behind" will just have to come to grips with the fact the rapture came and went and they weren't on the…


Added by Sean Asbury on April 19, 2011 at 6:17am — 2 Comments

It’s the Tax Rate Stupid

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Added by Sean Asbury on April 19, 2011 at 3:39am — 5 Comments

Civil War Part II?

While America’s political demographic shifted, the real story is just how purple the country is.  Yes, there are large swaths of beet red and centers of dark blue, especially around urban areas; however, the country is divided along ideological lines within counties, cities, towns, and neighborhoods.  We are at a point of exasperation with…


Added by Sean Asbury on April 13, 2011 at 6:54am — No Comments

I've given up

On the idea that a political center exists in America...

Added by Sean Asbury on April 10, 2011 at 7:20am — 1 Comment

In the Heart of the Culture War

If more proof were needed to show we are in the midst of a culture war in America, take a look at what conservatives are trying to do with women's reproductive rights and science education in American public schools.  Taking advantage of the notoriously short American attention span, dedicated conservatives are plying away at whatever facsimile serves as the…


Added by Sean Asbury on April 6, 2011 at 10:13am — No Comments

Does it make me a bad person?

My wife, Ellen, posed a simple question to her friends on Facebook:

“Does it make me a bad person that I don't believe in a god any longer?”

Added by Sean Asbury on April 1, 2011 at 9:12am — No Comments

How is this possible?

Thanks to Hemant Mehta, our Friendly Atheist, for posting this story.


So apparently the good citizens of Asheville, North Carolina are a bit upset that they elected an atheist to the City Council - so now they want the seat back. Amazingly, they have a legal claim to do so as the North Carolina State Constitution has a proviso that stipulates in Article VI, Section 8 that the denial of the existence of Almighty God is reason enough to disqualify a person from holding elected…


Added by Sean Asbury on March 29, 2011 at 1:22pm — 7 Comments

A Week on Facebook

“I am a husband, a father of four.  I volunteer hundreds of hours at our local high school.  I donate to charities.  I work as a civil servant defending our country against those that would do…


Added by Sean Asbury on March 27, 2011 at 3:52pm — 4 Comments

Could Ronald Reagan Win the Republican Nomination Today?


Yes, America is in that wonderful pre-election cycle where every would-be Republican presidential candidate is testing the waters for a run for the presidency in 2012 and each of these candidates will evoke the memory of Reagan and their claim to his legacy.  Fact is, in 2011 America, Reagan’s popularity has never been higher.  WWRD (or what would…


Added by Sean Asbury on March 21, 2011 at 4:33am — 1 Comment

Solving The World's Problems

How often do we solve the world’s problems?  Or, if not the world’s problems – just the nation’s troubles?  For me at least, it’s often an exercise in civility, normally conducted over a beer with an acquaintance, or a friend, who shares a different political perspective than my own – but there is usually one thing we can agree on, our system of government and our elected leaders do not…


Added by Sean Asbury on March 15, 2011 at 4:21pm — 3 Comments

Best republican president since Reagan?

My hat is off to the Republican party.  I have to admit, I’m so impressed,  I’m almost speechless.  If this were a golf tournament,  it’s probably the equivalent of Tiger Woods domination at Pebble Beach in the 2000 US Open (he won by 15 strokes in case anyone forgot that Tiger was crazy good once upon a time). What is amazing about the Republican performance in the political tournament  is that very few people – even their own membership, are aware of how dominating they have…

Added by Sean Asbury on March 12, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments



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