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Oprah 2020? Let's Hope Not.

Jan 8, 2018 12:44:59 PM
Jan 8, 2018 12:45:13 PM
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  I'm so thankful for Oprah's message last night at the Golden Globes. And one can't help but admire the success story of Oprah's life. But this is a case where we should resist deifying the messenger. Remember that Oprah's hugely popular television platform has been a massively large conduit for pseudoscience, woo, and bad ideas. Via Oprah's show, Suzanne Somers promoted "nanotechnology" sleeping patches for better rest, youth, and "detox," as Oprah told an adoring audience that Somers mig...

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Love And Death at Christmas Dinner

Dec 27, 2017 10:42:18 AM
Dec 27, 2017 10:43:40 AM
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  At Christmas dinner on Monday, I was asked what I do for a living. I answered politely. My devoutly religious parents were at the table, listening uncomfortably. This morning via text:__ "To my wonderful son whom I love much. I see your desire to lead other family members down your path of destruction. Do not do it. "When Jesus comes to you, do not turn him away. You do not now realize it, but you are being called a fool. Wake up before you and your cohorts become ashes under the feet of ...

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The Atheist "Movement" is Alive, Well, and Thriving

Dec 7, 2017 10:48:31 AM
Dec 7, 2017 10:50:20 AM
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  On December 6th, 2017, the Freedom From Atheism Foundation (yes, it exists) shared a November article which included my name. It read: "Atheist activist Seth Andrews keeps seeing reports on social media and the media that the atheist movement is dying."FFAF is a whacky little group, but it's popular, with around 750,000 Facebook followers. The framing and phrasing of the headline implies an Atheist Movement in trouble while referencing my recent broadcast on the subject. As they mentione...

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A Secular State of the Union Address

Feb 28, 2017 7:58:23 AM
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This is a transcript of a radio broadcast, available for listen here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/02/28/seth-andrews-a-secular-state-of-the-union-address __ The State of the Union address is an annual speech given by the President of the United States to a joint session of Congress.  It’s designed to be a report about the present condition of the nation, and an opportunity for the President to outline his goals and proposed policies. The speech has roots in Article...

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Why They Marched

Jan 24, 2017 10:02:28 AM
Jan 24, 2017 10:02:51 AM
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  I'm surrounded by Fox News Christians (and a few atheists) lampooning the recent Women's March in Washington, because they find it ridiculous.  They see this demonstration as the acting out of entitled citizens who are conspicuously free of the oppression faced by women in places like Saudi Arabia.  These critics cite various U.S. laws designed to prevent discrimination...the laws apparently solving completely the challenges of sexism and gender inequality within our borders.A peaceful, ...

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Radio Station "DUMPS" Atheists for Christmas Music

Nov 18, 2016 6:45:56 AM
Nov 18, 2016 6:52:17 AM
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    OK...watch closely, my friends.Fox News just posted this article by Todd Starnes about WXXM's nixing of its progressive talk format in favor of Christmas music.  From the tone of the article, you'd think that Hitler had just been smart-bombed. I spent 14 years in radio. Stations are bought, sold, re-formatted and generally flipped on their ears with regularity. We can all think of a favorite station that just disappeared on day, our expected playlists replaced with something else. Corp...

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My Atheism Informs My Opinions

Nov 8, 2016 4:44:53 PM
Nov 8, 2016 4:45:30 PM
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  I rejected superstition ("Yeah! You're awesome!"), and that rejection of superstition informed my opinions about everything from sexuality to charity to the death penalty to LGBT rights ("Ugh! You're an SJW shill and sellout!")___ It's weird. Many insist that my atheism must exist in this little glass display case, disengaged and disconnected from perceptions, discussions and opinions about real-world issues. But I want my rejection of religion to be reflected in my positions. I don't req...

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If You Could Reason With Religious People...

Jul 21, 2016 9:31:13 AM
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This is so stinkin' good, it's worth another look. It's a video titled STREET EPISTEMOLOGY: KARI / EXAMINING CARDINAL BELIEFS Anthony Magnabosco demonstrates that it's possible to effectively challenge someone's cherished God-belief without 1) being an asshole and 2) prompting a defensive, reinforcement attitude in the person being challenged. Of course, those who care to paint atheist activism with a broad, clumsy brush are already pounding at their keyboards, defending the merits of mocke...

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Reason Doesn't Make Us Robots

Jun 14, 2016 10:04:45 AM
Jun 14, 2016 10:04:59 AM
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    I get so tired of comments section warriors declaring that some of my more emotive pieces are "religious" because they incorporate an appeal to the heart.   In their minds, we should all be machines, quickly chomping data points from an isolated perch on Mount Seleya, cordoning off whole sections of our humanity.   Two things:   1) It's perfectly fine to have feelings in regard to the things we think about.   2) The church pastors are often really good at emotive st...

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The Reason Rally "Failure"

Jun 8, 2016 5:11:45 PM
Jun 13, 2016 9:24:37 AM
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  I just posted my video recap of the 2016 Reason Rally.  Watch it HERE. I realize that a group of toxin-spewing malcontents stands ready to build their soapboxes on top of the shit they're slinging at the Reason Rally. Attendance was down for the 2016 rally, and there's a small-yet-vocal club eager to declare (FEMINISM!) that their pet gripe (SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS!) was the cause. There are, in fact, a great number of potential causes, from the diminishing novelty, to the speaker lineup,...

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