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Alabama Speaking Recap

This past weekend, I spoke at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, courtesy of the local Secular Student Alliance affiliate, SSA at USA. This was a milestone for me: the first time I’ve ever been invited to speak about atheism in the Deep South! Making a public case for atheism in Alabama may seem [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Kiss with a Fist

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IX I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Hank Rearden is an awful human being. He’s jealous, possessive, self-centered and misogynist. He has a short fuse and a violent temper. He makes a point of never caring about anyone’s welfare but his own. He feels contempt and disgust for [Read More...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 10

This is part 10 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hi Andrew, Well, this little conversation of ours is titled “Of God and Government”, after all, and so far we’ve focused more on the God part than on the government [Read More...]

Marriage Is Suffering and Suffering Is Good: A Catholic View

Last week, I wrote about the crushing burden of fear and guilt about sex that women labor under in Orthodox Judaism. Taught to fear pleasure, to shun knowledge and to regard their own bodies as sinful vessels, they often end up in loveless and unhappy marriages, trapped by religious rules that bar them from happiness [Read More...]

Friday Night Music: First Aid Kit

Johanna and Klara Söderberg, two sisters from Stockholm with amazing voices, make up the indie-folk duo First Aid Kit. I’ve been listening to them around the clock since coming across them late last year. Here’s a track from their lush, orchestral, country-influenced 2014 album, Stay Gold:

Atlas Shrugged: Objectivist Mating Rituals

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IX While Francisco is being cryptic at Dagny about the disappeared capitalists, their conversation is interrupted by a surprise visitor: The sound they heard was the turning of a key in the lock of the entrance door. The door opened and Hank Rearden came in. …Francisco had risen to his [Read More...]

The Crushing Burden of Religious Sex Guilt

This week, there was a lengthy profile of Bat Sheva Marcus, a Jewish sex counselor who helps Hasidic Jews with intimacy problems in their marriages. Marcus is merely Orthodox, rather than ultra-Orthodox like most of her clients: sheShow More Summary

An Honest Look at Catholicism’s Decline

I came across an essay by Peter Daly, a Catholic priest, that I wanted to address: “An attempt to answer the question: Where are the young adults?” It’s notable for being the frankest admission I’ve seen from a Catholic of the demographic crisis the church is facing, as well as a bracingly honest study of [Read More...]

Video: My Secular Cults Panel at FtBCon 3

Last night, I participated in an online panel on secular cults as part of FtBCon 3. I discussed Ayn Rand and Objectivism, and how a philosophy purportedly based on reason became a rigid ideology the equal of any fundamentalist religion. Together with Russell Glasser, Karen Stollznow, Vyckie Garrison and Angie Jackson, we also talked about [Read More...]

Reminder: Secular Cults Panel at FtBCon Tonight!

Quick reminder: Tonight, January 24, I’ll be speaking on a panel as part of the free online conference FtBCon 3. The topic of the hour is “Secular Cults”, and together with my co-panelists Russell Glasser, Karen Stollznow, Vyckie Garrison and Angie Jackson, we’ll talk about multi-level marketing, homeschooling, self-help – and, of course, Ayn Rand [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Work-Life Balance

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IX Dagny returns home from her first day back after the destruction of the Taggart Tunnel: The silence of her apartment and the motionless perfection of objects that had remained just as she had left them a month before, struck her with a sense of relief and desolation together, when [Read More...]

Upcoming Travel and Speaking Schedule

It’s a new year, and I’ve got some events lined up. Here’s my schedule for the next few months: • First and foremost: this coming weekend, January 23-25, is FtBCon 3, a free online conference organized by the good folks of Freethought Blogs. On Saturday the 24th at 6:30 PM Eastern time, I’ll be participating [Read More...]

Why People Are Flocking to a New Wave of Secular Communities: Atheist Churches

This article was previously published on AlterNet. In the last thirty years, atheism and secularism have been booming in America. As I’ve previously written, as many as one in four members of the Millennial generation now say they have no religion. Given the vast size of the Millennials – 78 million people, slightly more than [Read More...]

When the Pope Excuses Violence

Last week, Pope Francis made some startling remarks about the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. Speaking to journalists, he not only said that freedom of speech shouldn’t include the right to ridicule religion, but that if anyone does ridicule religion, violence is an appropriate response! Asked about the attack that killed 12 people at the [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: January 18

• From Valerie Tarico, how religion can let loose humanity’s most violent impulses. A thoughtful essay that almost perfectly captures my views on the link between religion and violence. • “Tim is patient, Tim is kind. Tim does not envy, Tim does not boast, Tim is not proud. Tim is not rude, Tim is not [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: IOKIYAR

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIII Francisco is just beginning to let Dagny in on the secret of the capitalists’ strike, when the two of them are interrupted by some emergency exposition: “Ladies and gentlemen,” said the panic-pregnant voice of a radio announcer, breaking off the chords of the symphony, “we interrupt this broadcast to [Read More...]

Is Terrorism Courageous?

The religious fanatics who murdered twelve people at Charlie Hebdo‘s offices last week were tracked down by the French police after a two-day manhunt, ending in a shootout at a print shop in the town of Dammartin-en-Goële where both of them were killed. One of their accomplices was also killed by police after taking hostages [Read More...]

Saffron Fascism

While Western atheists are most familiar with outrages committed by monotheistic faiths, the followers of Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism can be just as violent, oppressive and xenophobic. As China, India and other developing...Show More Summary

Photo Sunday: Stone Wall, Winter

High walls imply defensiveness, and thus implicit hostility; they announce the owner’s intent to keep others out regardless of their intentions. A low wall, like this one, says something different and more hopeful. Being only a symbolic barrier, it implies a society where people are friendly and peaceable – where common courtesy and the rule [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: January 10

• A can’t-miss account of Charlie Hebdo‘s first editorial meeting since last week’s horrific attack. • One-man outrage band Bill Donohue didn’t kill anyone at Charlie Hebdo, but he’s understanding and sympathetic towards the Muslims who did. They made fun of the Pope, after all! • “The right to blaspheme religion is one of the [Read More...]

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