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Category Archive: Unbelief

Dec 31 2013

Atheism, Homelessness and False Hope

You may well have seen this column by Chris Arnade, a physicist turned turned Wall Streeters turned activist against homelessness, in The Guardian. His claim is that atheism is “an intellectual luxury for the wealthy.” And his only attempt at an argument for that conclusion is that the homeless people he works with typically believe …

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Dec 30 2013

Hey Look, a Tired, Hackneyed Argument

Jeffrey Lord of the American Spectator has penned a predictable, tired, cliche-ridden column making the shiny new argument that atheism is a religion. Atheists, he says, worship the “God of No God.” He offers only one substantive argument for that conclusion and it doesn’t even come close to being logical. This is so trite that …

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Dec 30 2013

Chaz Stevens, Please STFU

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I agree completely with Hemant in his criticism of Chaz Stevens, the Florida atheist who got that Festivus pole made of beer bans put up next to a nativity scene at the state capitol and other places. Not for the Festivus poles but for an unhinged and moronic rant he videotaped himself giving in front …

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Dec 27 2013

Krauthammer Fears God He Doesn’t Believe In

we have another reluctant conservative atheist on

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Dec 21 2013

CFI Urges Senate to Consider Atheist Persecution in Bill

The U.S. Senate is considering a bill called the Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act, which would create a special envoy in the State Department to monitor and promote the religious freedom of minorities in that area of the world. The amazing Michael De Dora of CFI has written a letter to …

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Dec 20 2013

Morton Grove Really, Really Doesn’t Want Dirty Atheist Money

Hemant has been trying like hell to donate $3000 contributed by his readers to the town of Morton Grove, Illinois and they keep insisting on not taking it. Originally it was to make up for the loss of a donation from the American Legion to a public park there, but the park board said no. …

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Dec 17 2013

Can One Be a Jewish Atheist?

I have long found it odd that, alone among the world’s religions, Judaism maintains that your identity as a Jew continues even if you reject everything about the religion. David Silverman used to believe that, but in writing his new book he came to the opposite conclusion.

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Dec 13 2013

Atheist Pols: Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are

Jennifer Michael Hecht has an article at Politico urging atheist politicians to come out of the closet and be open about it rather than hiding that reality in order to retain their political viability. Speaking of Barney Frank coming out as an atheist after he left office, she writes:

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Dec 13 2013

IHEU Documents Global Persecution of Non-believers

The International Humanist and Ethical Union has released the Freedom of Thought Report 2013, which documents rampant discrimination against and persecution of the non-religious in countries around the globe. You can download the full report here.

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Dec 11 2013

How Not to Share the Gospel

Greg Stier, who fancies himself something of an expert on proselytizing, has a column in Charisma News explaining to his fellow Christians how to witness to atheists. He uses a conversation he had with an atheist on a plane and gets some things rather annoying wrong. Like this:

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Dec 09 2013

This is How You Do an Atheist Holiday Display

Springfield Freethinkers Holiday Display

The Springfield Area Freethinkers are showing secular groups around the country how you do a holiday display on public property where there are religious displays. This display does not insult or offend, it offers a positive, inspirational statement.

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Dec 05 2013

Ed vs JT 2: Electric Bugaloo

Hey, you guys remember when I humiliated JT Eberhard, crushing his spirit and ripping his soul from his body and making him wear a t-shirt that says “Ed Brayton is a poker god”? Well I’m gonna do it again — and you get to watch. And it’s all to raise money for the Leukemia and …

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Dec 05 2013

Morton Grove Doesn’t Want Dirty Atheist Money

A few weeks ago the American Legion in Morton Grove, Illinois decided to withhold it’s annual $2600 donation to that city’s park district because one member of the park board does not recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Hemant Mehta, as he often does, stepped up to the plate, had a fundraiser and sent them a …

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Dec 03 2013

Sikivu on Secularism and Social Justice

FTB’s own Sikivu Hutchinson is interviewed in Psychology Today about secularism and social justice and what she has to say, as always, is fascinating and important. The first question was about a statement she had made about how women of color are drawn to religion despite its constant attempts to oppress them.

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Dec 03 2013

The Terrible Mistreatment of Christians in America

Many years ago the Internet Infidels compiled a document called Life in Our Anti-Christian America that made fun of the constant cries of persecution from Christians, many of whom really do see themselves as the victims of terrible mistreatment in the country they almost unilaterally control. Here are a few of the items in that …

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