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Alix Jules, SJWs, and the Phenomenon of Manufactured Outrage

May 8, 2016 12:07:16 PM
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When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When you're hypersensitive about anything and everything you deem to bear the (hugely subjective) Social Justice Warrior mark, everything looks like the toxic extremes of legitimate ideas and movements. This is why/how the armchair quarterbacks so quickly attempt to reduce an entire channel - and its hundreds of wildly diverse subjects, themes, topics and discussions - to a poorly applied (and subjectively defined) label. A recent video inte...

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A little Blasphemy

Apr 7, 2016 9:22:15 AM
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Once again, a vague warning about blasphemy from a member of the God Squad: "God is not mocked!" (sigh) Actually, anyone who has browsed my social media pages, or those of my friends, understands that, yes, gods (plural) are mocked. Not because I'm in rebellion.Not because I'm an agent of Evil.Not because I hate religious people. Mockery, for me, can be empowering. Of the many wonderful things I discovered in my rejection of superstition, "blasphemy" was one of the biggest surprises. The abi...

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God's Not Dead! (Again.)

Mar 24, 2016 9:04:23 AM
Mar 29, 2016 8:54:01 AM
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Watch the VIDEO of this review HERE.PLOT SYNOPSIS of the hugely-anticipated God's Not Dead sequel: In the deafening silence left after a planet of billions cries out for the tiniest of proofs for God's existence, an actor (Melissa Joan Hart), quasi-famous for playing a teenage witch more than a decade ago, decides to help prove a god who is famous for executing witches. Undoubtedly thankful for the paycheck, she joins a cast of thespian nobodies (and Ray Wise, whose baddie role in the orig...

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Lip Service

Feb 3, 2016 10:43:13 AM
Feb 4, 2016 8:29:12 AM
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I don't know why it bothers me like it does.   Well, actually, I do know. It bothers me because, simply, it's insanity.   Three days ago, a family member was rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung. She, her parents, her immediate family, her extended family, and pretty much all of her friends are devout Christians. So the announcement was made (in texts to loved ones and on social media) that she was being rushed to the hospital, and that prayers were needed.   Cue the avalanche: Pra...

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The Cancer Prayer

Jan 9, 2016 10:39:06 AM
Jan 9, 2016 10:43:52 AM
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I was sent a Facebook meme from a page called, "Stop Cancer. Start Praying."  The page is filled with hopeful (yet sadly vacuous) platitudes like, "Sorry cancer, GOD is bigger than you!"  "Dear God, Heal all those fighting cancer.  Amen!"  And this one:Holding up a hand of doubt or challenge in these difficult scenarios is front-loaded to make the challenger sound like an asshole.  After all, who could ever say an untoward thing about prayer when so many desperate and grieving people are...

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Dana Loesch, Guns, and the Godless Left

Dec 19, 2015 6:43:49 AM
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News commentator Dana Loesch is featured in this short propoganda piece for the National Rifle Assiation:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/12/15/the-nra-strikes-back-at-ny-daily-news-linking-the-godless-left-and-the-wars-on-christmas-christianity-and-the-2nd-amendment/ 1) Claims divine protection (the assumed point of prayers in dangerous times). 2) Demands the need for handguns...for personal protection. I'm a licensed firearm owner, but I'm also one who sees the me...

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Seth Andrews reviews "The New Atheist Threat"

Dec 2, 2015 3:05:25 PM
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In the wake of CJ Werleman's (unfortunate) book, "The New Atheist Threat: The Dangerous Rise of Secular Extremists," I felt compelled to post a review.It's lengthy, and Hemant Mehta was kind enough to post it on his "Friendly Atheist" blog at Patheos.  You can read it HERE.  Godless Spellchecker also did a lengthy dissection on his blog:  http://www.gspellchecker.com/2015/09/book-review-the-new-atheist-threat-by-cj-werleman/ I don't often engage in public criticism of other atheist activis...

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An Atheist...Christmas?

Dec 2, 2015 2:57:14 PM
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Here's something I recently stumbled across: Why would somebody care if someone else enjoyed Christmas? Weird. Actually, while Christ's name is in the title of the holiday (like Thor's name is in Thursday and Mars' name is in March), the bulk of the Christmas holiday is historically non-Christian, anyway. Pre-Christianity, late December marked the pagan Winter Solstice festivals and a celebration of the returning sun (not the Son), which explains the choosing of December 25th as Christmas Day...

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Stop Apologizing For Doing What Humans Do

Sep 9, 2015 2:57:07 PM
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Can I clarify something for those eager to claim that any gathering of atheists is "church?" 1) People gathering together to enjoy a common interest isn't a religious thing. It's a human thing. If you insist that any communal activity is "church," then Comic-Con is church. Bowling night is church. Rock concerts are church. Corporate meetings are church. Stand-up comedy clubs are church. Tailgate parties are church. Chess clubs are church. Movie theaters are church. Etc. 2) Human beings are ...

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Richard Dawkins and The Rage Brigade

Jul 30, 2015 5:33:52 PM
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Watching the latest dust-up over Richard Dawkins's tweet about the need for a feminist uprising in Islam. I simply cannot understand the inclination by many in the freethought movement to torpedo it from within. Under a banner of indignant, frothing-at-the-mouth and almost incessant protest over every damn thing, these people apparently stand perched and eager to pounce on any and every opportunity to cry foul and latch onto the (very trendy) tarring and feathering of anyone standing cl...

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