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Archived Since:October 26, 2010

Blog Post Archive

New on the Guardian: Atheism Doesn’t Need Richard Dawkins

It had to be said. My newest column on the Guardian is titled “Richard Dawkins has lost it: he’s now a sexist pig giving atheists a bad name“. It’s about Richard Dawkins’ indefensible regression to gross and ignorant sexism, after a brief period in which it seemed he was flirting with enlightenment regarding the treatment [Read More...]

There’s Nothing About Abortion in the Bible – So How Do Right-Wing Christians Justify Their Crusade Against Women?

This article previously appeared on AlterNet. While America languishes in an economic depression, Republican officeholders are bending all their efforts… to banning abortion. In the last few weeks and months, we’ve seen a blizzard of anti-choice legislation in Texas, in Ohio, in Wisconsin, in North Carolina, and many other places: laws that stall women seeking [Read More...]

The Shermer Affair Erupts

The allegations against one of our Big Names that have been simmering in the atheist community for more than a year have erupted into the public eye, with the publication of a long article by Mark Oppenheimer on Buzzfeed, “Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?” Oppenheimer’s article is largely about the serious accusations made [Read More...]

I Get Religious Mail: Help Us Solve This Problem We Created

As I’ve written before, I get a huge quantity of junk mail from charities begging for money, some of which are religious. (Poor targeting.) Lately, I’ve gotten several of these come-ons in a row, and most of them are either ironic, galling or both. Here’s an example, a solicitation from a group called the Catholic [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Homo Economicus

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter V I’ve said that, in the name of being fair to Ayn Rand, I’ll point out the passages in Atlas that struck me as good, effective writing. This part has one of them, a suitably moody and atmospheric description of what’s happening to New York City: In the second week [Read More...]

Book Review: Nature’s God

(Editor’s Note: This review was solicited and is written in accordance with this site’s policy for such reviews.) Summary: A dense philosophical-historical synthesis that rewards the diligent reader by opening up a new window on the beliefs of America’s founders. Show More Summary

The Mabus Problem: Fighting Anonymous Harassment on Social Media

I’m not much of a video gamer (I spend my free time writing!), but I’ve been following the work of Anita Sarkeesian, a media critic whose non-profit group Feminist Frequency critiques sexism in popular culture, with a special focus on video games. Her series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games points out lazy, sexist clichés [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: September 6

• This week, Bob McDonnell, a.k.a Virginia’s former “Governor Ultrasound“, was convicted by a jury on multiple counts of corruption. The schadenfreude-y part is that McDonnell ran for office as a religious-right, pro-marriage, Christian-family-values...Show More Summary

Atlas Shrugged: Triage for Dummies

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter V As the next chapter opens, halfway through Part II of Atlas, the crumbling of society is accelerating. Fuel has become scarce, household appliances and other modern conveniences are vanishing, and people are dying by the hundreds in winter blizzards. But what’s far worse is that Hank Rearden has failed [Read More...]

Tiptoeing Around the Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act is an abiding dilemma for members of the right-wing Church of Not Gay. As marriage equality continues to progress, their latest cause celebre is arguing that believers should have the right to refuse service to gay couples – whether they be photographers, bakers, owners of wedding venues, even county clerks – [Read More...]

Prayer Can’t Fight Ebola

The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola virus is still raging in West Africa. There are over 1,500 confirmed deaths so far – including, heartbreakingly, doctors and nurses treating other sufferers – though the real number is probably much higher, since widespread fear and mistrust means that many of the sick never come forward. The epidemic has [Read More...]

New on AlterNet: Is Religion Inherently Authoritarian?

My latest column is up on AlterNet, Is Religion Inherently Authoritarian? It’s about the increasing conflict between liberal and moderate religious believers who feel the doctrines of their churches should be open for reexamination, and the authoritarians who are determined to quash these democratic notions at any cost. Read the excerpt below, then click through [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Slash Fiction

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IV Rearden is winning plaudits for the innovative “la la la, I’m not listening to you” defense strategy he deployed at his trial. Even the government overseer at his mills, the boy Rand nicknames the Wet Nurse, is coming to admire him: The Wet Nurse asked him at the mills, [Read More...]

The Coming Secular Era

The most important changes don’t come in the form of attention-grabbing headlines, but subtle trends that quietly gather momentum until, by the time they finally burst into public view, they’re unstoppable. Such is the case with theShow More Summary

The South Will Not Rise Again

Last year, I wrote about the continuing exodus of members from the Catholic church, and apologists’ fumbling suggestions for how to reverse the trend. I noted with amusement that there was an elephant in the room – the church’s retrograde doctrines which drive away young people – which the apologists were carefully tiptoeing around while [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Pound the Table

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IV The date of Hank Rearden’s trial has arrived, so it’s time for the obligatory Dramatic Courtroom Scene. The first thing we learn, as spectators file in, is that the Constitution has apparently been revoked, because there’s no longer a right to trial by jury (which is guaranteed in Article [Read More...]

Let’s Not Be Uncivil Here

Can’t we have a calm, reasoned, civil discussion about whether I should stop punching you or not? I mean, sure, I may currently be sitting on your chest aiming one punishing blow after another into your head, neck and shoulders. I’m willing to grant that reasonable people may differ about the ethics of this behavior. [Read More...]

New on the Guardian: Real Religious Persecution

Big news today! I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve published my first original column for the Guardian, the venerable progressive newspaper, in their Comment is Free opinion section. The column is titled “‘Help, help, I’m being repressed!’: How conservatives make a mockery of the oppression of religious minorities. Show More Summary

The Fallout in Ferguson

I’ve been gripped by the stories and images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri since last week. This suburb of St. Louis has been wracked with unrest since Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American teenager, was shot to death on a city street by a police officer – while he was standing with his hands raised in [Read More...]

Photo Sunday: #NMOS14

Last Thursday, my wife and I attended one of the National Moment of Silence rallies that were held across the country to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and all other deaths from police brutality and overreach. This one was at Union Square in Manhattan. There was an immense, diverse crowd; the [Read More...]

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