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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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The Strange Sermon of Pastor Dewey Smith Jr.

Jul 24, 2015 10:24:40 AM
Jul 24, 2015 10:25:10 AM
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This VIDEO CLIP of a recent church service was shared with me, and I found it interesting.  It featured Pastor Dewey Smith Jr. of Georgia's "The House of Hope." In my religious past, I shot videos for, literally, hundreds of churches, and one could easily see similarities, trends, tendencies and traditions from venue to venue, denomination to denomination, region to region, culture to culture. Many churches (and this is certainly true with black churches) have a huge performance aspect. Lo...

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My Family Thinks I'm Going To Hell

Apr 25, 2015 10:01:34 AM
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On Tuesday, we have a radio podcast called "My Family Thinks I'm Going To Hell," populated with the personal stories and perspectives of those who've encountered this attitude firsthand.  SHOW LINK:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2015/04/28/my-family-thinks-im-going-to-hell In a nutshell, I have a message to the fear pimps who are promoting this heinous idea. Parents. Siblings. Children. Friends. Associates. Total strangers... STOP attempting to frighten others into allegi...

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Call it Feminism...Call it Whatever.

Apr 22, 2015 12:17:56 PM
Jun 13, 2016 2:10:11 PM
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    Feminism: advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men. By the definition of the word, I'm a feminist. Call it egalitarian. Call it humanism. Call it "Ralph." I don't really care how it's labeled. I'm so often messaged by indignant guys with helpful "corrections" about the issue of women's rights. "The pay gap." "Women get favor in regard to child custody." "Women are perpetual victims." "Women don't get drafted!" "You're religious on this iss...

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He Lived in a Glass House

Apr 2, 2015 1:48:02 PM
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"Hour of Power" preacher Robert Schuller has died at the age of 88. I grew up watching Schuller on television (we were forced to watch Sunday services on TV if we didn't attend a local service...ugh). His grand, theatrical gestures and "power of positive thinking" messages (which, curiously, didn't involve much scripture) were part of the potpourri of religious messages blaring through my Sunday morning television, and they were definitely a "style over substance" experience. I don't celebrat...

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