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Book Review: Recovering Agency

(Note: This review was solicited and is written in accordance with this site’s policy for such reviews.) At the American Atheists convention in Salt Lake City this year, I toured the grounds of the Mormon temple with some other attendees. At the time, I thought of it as an exercise in appreciating wacky religious camp. [Read More...]

New on the Guardian: The Millennials and the Midterms

My newest column on the Guardian is up! It’s titled “Godless millennials could end the political power of the religious right“, and it concerns the demographic trends toward a more secular America that I’ve been covering for some time. In it, I argue that there’s evidence these trends are making themselves felt in electoral politics. [Read More...]

Friday Night Music: The Dollyrots

It’s Friday, and after a week like this one, I’m guessing we could all use something upbeat to ease into the weekend. So here’s a blast of pure sonic joy from the Dollyrots, a pop-punk band fronted by the husband-wife duo of Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas. This is one of my favorites off their [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Living Wage

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VI At the end of their conference, the villains agree to put Directive 10-289 into effect. When Dagny reads about it in the morning paper, she bursts into Jim’s office, announces that she’s quitting, and storms out: The newspaper was twisted into a roll by the time she stood before [Read More...]

Popular Delusions: Sovereign Citizens

This month, an Oregon pastor went on trial to face charges that he, like Kent Hovind before him, hadn’t paid income taxes since 1994. On the stand, he offered a peculiar defense: Attorney Mark Weintraub argued that Ronald Joling has a deeply held belief that he is not required to pay federal taxes, which he [Read More...]

#Gamergate: The New Face of Misogynist Terrorism

Last month, in “The Mabus Problem“, I mentioned the violent threats against feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian. The threat campaign hasn’t let up, and as she continues to speak out, it’s gotten even worse. Last month, there was a bomb threat against an awards ceremony that planned to honor her. Sarkeesian didn’t blink at the [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Solidarno??

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VI The villains are debating the membership of the Unification Board, the new government agency that will control every aspect of America’s economy under Directive 10-289. The first proposal is for them to choose a representative of each industry and profession; but then Fred Kinnan, the union leader, steps in. [Read More...]

Announcing: City of Light

Welcome, and news! Today I’m very pleased to announce the publication of the third book in my Caliel series, CITY OF LIGHT. It’s the sequel to BROKEN RING from earlier this year, continuing the epic story of a world where mortals rebelled against the gods and won. Here’s the synopsis: The world of Caliel is [Read More...]

Marriage Equality Isn’t Just for Same-Sex Couples

Last week, marriage equality made another giant stride in the United States. Three federal circuit courts covering different parts of the country had ruled against same-sex marriage bans; the supporters of those bans had appealed to the Supreme Court, but the Court turned those appeals down. By doing so, it made those decisions final. This [Read More...]

Brighter Than Today: The 2014 Secular Solstice

In the depths of winter’s darkness, human beings have a seemingly inherent need to celebrate and be festive, especially with holidays that involve the kindling of light, as if in defiance of chilly weather and early nightfall. And the winter solstice, the shortest and darkest time of the year, is a natural date to choose, [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Interesting Villains

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VI After much debate, the assembled villains finally decide to put their sinister world-domination plan in motion: “The picture now is this,” said Wesley Mouch. “The economic condition of the country was better the year before last than it was last year, and last year it was better than it [Read More...]

Maher, Harris and Atheist Islamophobia

Last week on Bill Maher’s TV show, Maher, Sam Harris and Ben Affleck sparred over Islam and whether it’s prone to violence: “Freedom of speech, freedom to practice any religion you want without fear of violence, freedom to leave a religion, equality for women, equality for minorities, including homosexuals, these are liberal principles that liberals [Read More...]

New on AlterNet: Charisma’s Genocide Fantasies

My latest column is up on AlterNet, Some Right-Wing Christians Enthusiastically Promoting a Form of Genocide. It’s about the genocidal anti-Muslim fantasies aired in Charisma magazine in a column by Gary Cass (which was subsequently pulled down with no explanation or apology), as well as the long history of Christians advocating the necessity of mass [Read More...]

Colorado’s Conservative History Whitewash

There are a lot of stories I want to write about, especially the infuriating Texas law that will close down nearly every family planning clinic in the state. But for today, there’s an important one that’s been flying under the radar and deserves more attention: the fight over high school history classes in Jefferson County, [Read More...]

I Get Religious Mail: Help the Jews, Emphasis on Jews

Here’s the latest in the list of mistargeted religious solicitations I’ve gotten in the mail. As you can see, the back of the envelope contains an endorsement from Pat Boone (this Pat Boone), which probably gives you a good idea of what demographic this group was aiming at: Inside was a lengthy letter, which I’ll [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Pointy-Headed Intellectuals

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VI This chapter opens with a veritable socialist Legion of Doom, as all of Rand’s villains whom we’ve already met, plus a few we haven’t, are gathered in one room plotting how to bring down the capitalists. One is Jim Taggart; another is Floyd Ferris; a third is Orren Boyle; [Read More...]

Support the Ada Initiative

If you, like me, are sick and tired of all the bad news that’s been coming out of the atheist community lately, here’s something you can do to help: support the Ada Initiative, a nonprofit group that seeks to change sexist cultures and increase women’s participation and representation. Although their primary focus is on programming [Read More...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 7

This is part 7 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hello Andrew, Well, I’m back! Since we’ve gone several rounds on the historical existence of Jesus already, I don’t want to prolong this, but I do have a few brief [Read More...]

The Wall of Silence Around Michael Shermer

Earlier this month, I wrote about the serious allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault made against skeptic “thought leader” Michael Shermer by three women, who agreed to be named in an article published by Buzzfeed. That article, as you’d expect, has provoked an enormous amount of controversy and outrage. But what I find more [Read More...]

Speaking at Sunday Assembly NYC

I’m very pleased to announce that next Sunday, October 5, I’ll be speaking at Sunday Assembly NYC! This month’s topic is mythology: why we create it, what purpose it serves, and what (if anything) it’s good for. Do humans still need mythology? If so, how does it fit in the modern world; and if not, [Read More...]

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