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Apr 22 2014

“Under God” Suits In MA, NJ

Public schools are, it seems, now alleging that pledging Allegiance to flags, and to gods, is the rule; “Under God” makes the word “indivisible” risible— Laughable, really, for kids in their school— Of course there are children abstaining, explaining Their worldview prevents them from going along; They’d say “under god”, but it’s blather; they’d rather …

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Apr 18 2014

“Coming Out Atheist”

So Greta Christina’s new book is out now. As was expected, it is excellent. When she offered a copy for me to review, my only question was “what sort of verse form do you want the review in?” To my horror, she said she would love a Sestina. A Villanelle would be acceptable, but her …

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Apr 13 2014

Containing Atheism, In Saudi Arabia

There’s a piece decrying atheists— “Contain them!” it opines— But it’s quite a different story If you read between the lines… There’s a very strange article in the Saudi Gazette. On the face of it, atheism is a problem which must be contained: A number of academics and experts have underlined the need for serious …

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Apr 09 2014

Revisionist History in “God’s Not Dead”

So… I was looking at something else entirely, when this popped up as something I might want to read. That’s right, an article at the Christian Post… so you know it has to be true. There are commandments (well, one) against bearing false witness, you know. Anyway… seems part of “God’s Not Dead” (the movie) …

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Apr 08 2014

In Defense Of The “Village Atheist”

The thing about a village is, There’s nowhere you can hide Cos everyone knows everyone (A point of village pride) And should you act distinctively, That act becomes your role A label thrust upon you— Wholly out of your control If your label as an “other” Is too difficult a test, You will monitor your …

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Mar 24 2014

It’s Protective Custody, That’s What It Is.

Once again, recent events call out an older verse. I fucking hate it when that happens. [...S]ome civil libertarians and women’s rights advocates worry that if Gibbs is convicted, the precedent could inspire more prosecutions of Mississippi women and girls for everything from miscarriage to abortion — and that African Americans, who suffer twice as …

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Mar 04 2014

A Humanist Prayer In The Arizona House Of Reps

Ok, this is really beautiful. Via Matthew Hendley writing for the Phoenix New Times blogs, we read that a second humanist representative, Juan Mendez, has had the chance to deliver the opening prayer for the Arizona House (the first was last May). Monday’s prayer wonderfully combines William Cleary’s “Grace to Shout” with Audre Lorde’s “Litany …

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Mar 02 2014

On Debating Christian Apologists

Debating an apologist? Get ready for a fight Cos you’ve got an obligation To get all the science right— If you overstep your knowledge Just a little, and you’re caught, Then you’ve lost the weight of science And you only get one shot If your expertise is physics, Or biology, or psych, Best to know …

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Mar 01 2014

“Protestant Work Ethic” Vs. “Atheist Work Ethic”

The “protestant work ethic” Was, we assumed, Underlying the gains we had made. A secular ethic, it’s Clear, left us doomed— And an atheist one, much afraid! Our country was built on the Fear of a God Who would smite us for sloth (it’s a sin) We have to believe, or It’s all a façade— …

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Feb 27 2014

Bad News From North Carolina: Christian Love Strikes Again

I thought I saw an atheist Among the kids at school Who didn’t understand that, here, The Christian bullies rule You may call it “brave” or “foolish” But she dared to show her face I may have seen an atheist… They put her in her place. I thought I saw an atheist, According to report, …

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