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 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 December 4, 2011 at 9:23 am - 2 Comments
What is it about Christmastime that puts so many Christians on edge about the importance of their religion in American culture? Could the so-called War on Christmas be more of a blame-game for Christianity’s own failures tha ...
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 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 17, 2011 at 10:39 am - No Comments
The religious commonly address atheists by equating non-belief to belief, either claiming that all atheists have similar beliefs on the way the world is and should be or that alleged divisions amongst atheists prove there are R ...
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 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 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 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 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 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 August 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm - No Comments
We should begin with a quote from Fazale Rana, vice president of Reasons to Believe: “From my viewpoint, a historical Adam and Eve is absolutely central to the truth claims of the Christian faith.” If you ever come to ...
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 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 ...
Published May 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm - No Comments
Amid the latest chatter about homosexuality, a Kansas middle school social studies teacher, Jack Conkling, reportedly shared some common Christian views regarding homosexuality on his Facebook page, where he is “friends̶ ...
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 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 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 August 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm - 2 Comments
What does it mean to be the most distrusted minority in America, where 52% of the population holds an “unfavorable attitude” towards you? To hold a view on God that would cause half of Americans to refuse to vote for y ...
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 June 8, 2012 at 7:19 am - No Comments
As many of you are aware, I do have babies on the brain right now. I have checklists and buying lists and safety lists. How do you hold a baby, bathe a baby, nurse, or lay down for a nap? Do I have to give up dark music and dark c ...
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 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 ...