I saw this article by Drew Miller, entitled “Why ‘Atheist Churches’ Are Making Us Atheists Look Ridiculous,” and rolled my eyes at it. I was going to write a full response to it, but Rebecca Watson already said a fair amount of what I would have said. The original article asks several questions that pretend …
Category Archive: Unbelief
Jan 18 2014
Oh boy. As if the whole controversy over a satanic monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol wasn’t already ridiculous enough, now we have a schism between the Satanic Temple, which proposed the monument, and the Church of Satan, which really doesn’t like the one they came up with.
Jan 17 2014
I’ve written before about Paul Vitz and his ridiculous argument that we become atheists because we have bad relationships with our fathers. It’s the kind of thing that should cause nothing but laughter for his freshman-psych level of armchair analysis. Kimberly Winston has an article in the Washington Post about it.
Jan 15 2014
Damon Linker has a profoundly ridiculous book review in The Week of The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by theologian David Bentley Hart. The book, he says, “exposes a major fallacy in atheist thinking.” No, I’m afraid it doesn’t.
Jan 14 2014
One of the most annoying arguments against atheism is the claim that if there is no god then life, or at least any particular life, has no purpose or meaning. Russ Douthat recently made that argument and Jerry Coyne points out that there is a rather blatant bit of sleight of hand going on here:
Jan 14 2014
While everyone else is paying attention to the bridge scandal in New Jersey that has Gov. Chris Christie scrambling for cover, the state legislature is likely to pass a law allowing secular celebrants to solemnize marriages. The state senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill:
Jan 13 2014
You would think that donating $3000 would be an easy thing to do, but apparently not. Hemant has finally managed to find someone to take that amount that was initially donated to replace funding pulled by an American Legion to the parks in Morton Grove, Illinois. But they turned it down, as did the local …
Jan 11 2014
One of the most important functions of secular communities is providing a safe place for those who have left religion behind can be themselves and find support. But sometimes the need is far more immediate, especially when someone’s family has disowned them as a result of their beliefs. Troy Fitzgerald has a very ambitious idea, …
Jan 11 2014
Dan Fincke’s plan to take over the world now that he has left the stressful world of adjunct living is right on schedule. He’s now opened up a second blog called Empowerment Ethics, which will focus on the that subset of philosophy that has been his primary focus as a scholar. As someone who has, …
Jan 07 2014
The internet has proven to be a big help to movements against oppression around the world and has been a huge benefit to atheists as well. This is especially true in theocratic countries that punish atheists and others with minority views on the dominant religion. The Jakarta Post notes that atheism is growing fast in …
Jan 05 2014
I’ve written a few times about having hate mail envy. I don’t think I get nearly as much hate mail as I deserve (the really good ones seem to go to Mikey Weinstein, who is kind enough to forward them to me). But I’m really jealous of Hemant Mehta, who has reached the point where …
Jan 03 2014
The odds of any kind of atheist sign or billboard surviving without being vandalized seems to be about 20%. Wherever they go up, someone is likely to destroy it, paint graffiti on it and even try to set it on fire. The latest instance happened near Chicago:
Jan 02 2014
Doug Stanhope, for my money the funniest comic working today, has a Youtube video explaining why he launched a fundraiser for Rebecca Vitsmun and raised more than $125,000 to get her and her family a new house. He says he did it just to piss off the Christians.
Jan 02 2014
I’m sure you recall that the Morton Grove library board recently became the second local board in the city to refuse $3000 raised by Hemant Mehta because they don’t want any of that dirty atheist money. The Library Journal absolutely rips the board for that ridiculous decision.