Published April 29, 2012 at 11:51 am - No Comments
Before the passing of education reform No Child Left Behind, which emphasized “school and teacher accountability” based on standardized testing scores, the states collectively spent around $423 million on standardized ...
Published April 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm - No Comments
Has anyone ever walked the Earth knowing without a doubt that their way of life was correct? There is terrible evidence to support there very well have been and very well are. For instance, what sort of person could justify the ma ...
Published May 30, 2012 at 6:41 am - No Comments
As far as religious beliefs go, I tend to take a fairly progressive approach with regard to people’s rights. I’ve previously supported valedictorians using their speeches to invoke whichever god or gods they choose in the acad ...
Published July 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm - One Comment
On Sanctity, Rejecting What Is Sacred
How are our freedoms curtailed by sanctity? Let me count the ways:
The sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of faith, of soil, of text, of symbols, of sex.
But wha ...
Published May 20, 2012 at 7:31 am - No Comments
Imagine this: On his Facebook page, a state representative (and Muslim) said that believing in Christianity is wrong because of the following lines from his holy book: 9-5 “Fight and slay the pagans [Christians] wherever ye ...
Published April 21, 2012 at 6:35 am - No Comments
The reason abstinence-only until marriage pleas have fallen on the deaf ears of teenagers is because, historically, teenagers have been having sex (with or without marriage). This is not to say that all teenagers are incapable of ...
Published November 20, 2011 at 9:47 am - One Comment
“Losing faith,” is meant to be a euphemism for believers. The term “losing” implies loss, a negative, the opposite of winning; while “faith” is revered by the faithful (and unsurprisingly also ...
Published September 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm - 7 Comments
Why do so many Christians believe that stopping a school from endorsing religion via leading prayer at school events keeps them from praying? The answer is likely that few would normally pray at such events without being prompted. ...
Published September 11, 2011 at 11:38 am - No Comments
7. Views of Nonbelievers | 6. Don’t Pray Naked | 5. Judea-Christian Ethics | 4. Science & Faith | 3. Everything Works Out and Is Planned | 2. Hell | 1. You Can’t Be Good Intro Why do you care if children are led in ...
Published January 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm - No Comments
Why condemn the man but not the book he was taught from? Why condemn the lesson but not the teacher?
Published March 10, 2012 at 7:12 am - No Comments
Although there are some individuals who have been tricked into believing that they know the truth about the universe, there is, again, no record of an omniscient human.
Published December 30, 2011 at 9:05 am - No Comments
The Internet has been chattering about the death of Texas teenager Ben Breedlove and the three near death experiences he documented in a YouTube video before his death this Christmas. 1,500 gathered to mourn and/or celebrate the p ...
Published February 11, 2012 at 9:21 am - No Comments
Get it right: No one should speak for them for two reason. The first is that their Pope telling them that contraception is evil does not hold weight against the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The second is that no one is a ...
Published April 28, 2012 at 8:15 am - No Comments
“Adolescent pregnancy is associated with higher rates of illness and death for both the mother and infant.” So, what happens when someone running an anti-abortion group on Facebook suggests that it is crazy for a girl ...
Published July 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm - No Comments
I’ve written in the past about religious responses to disasters and the way they often invoke the ideas of “blessings” and “plans” to describe survivors. The recent shooting in Aurora, Colorado has le ...
Published October 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm - 9 Comments
A Vow to be less politically correct, for the sake of victims Not too long ago, a monstrous tornado whipped through much of the South, leaving many communities in shambles–or flattened. The destruction and loss of life was s ...
Published July 28, 2012 at 10:07 am - No Comments
This just in: People who ridiculed and cheered as Wall St. protesters were tied up, pepper sprayed, and arrested now cheer free speech for companies donating to group against equal rights for homosexuals and women.
Published November 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm - No Comments
In the 1977 novel Bridge to Terabithia, a fifth-grade boy named Jess becomes friends with his new neighbor: An intelligent, creative, talented, and athletic girl who also happens to be an atheist. Leslie of Terabithia is a lovable ...
Published January 15, 2012 at 10:44 am - 2 Comments
The world makes no promises, and the promises of people are unreliable. However, if all goes well, I’ll be a mother in seven months, and there are values that I want to give to my child. There are also values that I would li ...
Published August 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm - 2 Comments
I often tell people, “It’s different down here.” When Southerners are getting to know one another, they do not ask each other if they attend church. They ask each other where they attend church. In fact, they bel ...
Published July 29, 2011 at 12:14 am - 3 Comments
The religious right is laying claims to America’s founding and founding principles with increasing fervor. Some are using these claims to describe what is or is not “American” today, in an attempt to hold more claim to Ameri ...
Published October 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm - No Comments
If your religion were the truth, it might be worth protecting and defending regardless of the negative effects it has on a number of individuals. But I can't see it that way; I can't believe it, and I'm surprised that you still do ...
Published August 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm - 4 Comments
As a society, we have a warped view of what speech and actions qualify as “disrespectful.” Instead of viewing “disrespect” as an action or attitude that lacks respect, it appears to be any action that disag ...
Published October 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm - 6 Comments
Study after study document one glimmer of hope for the United States: As our country progresses, we become more secular. Not only has the United States become more secular over time, but where religion is expressed, it is expres ...
Published August 14, 2011 at 7:31 am - 6 Comments
One theistic message that many atheists agree with is The Golden Rule, the simplification of morality to the idea of reciprocity: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The message is universal, appearing ...