Atheism

The Rights of Tyrants: Bullies

“… And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die.” – The Bible (Deuteronomy 21) There’s been a lot of talk this weekend about bullies. Unfortunately, it’s distracted a lot of people from some of the biggest bullies, religious people. The driving force behind these individuals hasn’t changed in eons.…

The Role the Internet Plays in the Exchange of Ideas

Free Speech and Being Offended “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” – Salman Rushdie The concept of ‘Free Speech’ is often misunderstood. The thing is, a person does not have the right not to be offended by another person, and either persons have the right to…

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun’s Ignorance

An Embarrassment to the Collective of Human Intelligence “Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.” – Gustave Flaubert  Well, just when you thought it was safe to read the news, another member of the denizens of douchebaggery rears their ugly head (metaphorically speaking) and vomits out another putrid,…

Lies, Hypocrisy and Bigotry in These United States

“I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.” – Stephen Fry You hear the word Freedom thrown around a lot. But what about the concept, as my friend RJ Evans says, of “Freedom and Liberty For All?” It’s a mighty phrase, and it…

Atheism Plus Finding Common Ground

“It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.” – Pierre Bayle Just about everybody knows that my immediate family are believers of some sort. My wife is a non-denominational Christian. My older daughter is somewhat agnostic where doctrines are concerned, but does believe…

The Difference Between “Divine Punishment” and “Shit Happens”

“What a WEEK I’m having!” – Walter Kornbluth It’s been a rough week, comparatively. I use ‘comparatively’ because there’s always others who are having even shittier weeks. Some are outright catastrophic. However, as far as my weeks generally go, the last seven days have not been particularly good ones. Between unforeseen legal fees, a major car repair, a minor…

Christian Politics: An Oxymoron for the Ages

“My reign is not of this present order. If my reign were of this present order, my supporters would have fought against my being turned over to the Jews. But my reign is not here” – John 18:36) I don’t often use Christian Scripture as an opening quote for my articles, nor do I usually…