Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheism Is Not A Belief System

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

Atheism is not a belief system. It’s a reasonable conclusion based on the available evidence. If atheists see better evidence supporting the God hypothesis, we’ll change our minds. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

New Fishnet Story: “Forgetting”

Fishnet logo “What are you doing, you bad boy?”

It was a situation in which a slip of the tongue was par for the course. So he pretended he’d misheard the first time.

“Oh, Greg,” she repeated. The sound was not much more than a breeze from her lips.

He was about to say, “You mean Tom.”

But then she said: “Greg, you’re such a flirt. You know I’m crazy about you, don’t you.”

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That’s an excerpt from the latest story on Fishnet, the online erotic fiction magazine I’m editing: Forgetting, by A. Silenus. To read more, read the rest of the story. (Not for anyone under 18.) Enjoy!

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Create Our Own Meaning

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

Atheists have meaning in our lives. In fact, most of us find greater meaning in life without a belief in God — since we’re free to create our meaning for ourselves, instead of having our meaning handed to us by a divine being… or by what other people tell us the divine being says. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Aren’t Being Trendy

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

Atheists are not atheists because it’s trendy. Atheism gets treated with a tremendous amount of bigotry and hostility, and atheists often risk losing family, friends, even jobs and personal safety, when we come out as atheists. People don’t go through that just to be trendy. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Don’t Treat Science As Religion

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

Atheists do not treat science as our religion. We treat science as, well, science: a flawed but extremely useful method of understanding the world. We don’t treat science as dogma — in fact, one of the things we most value about science is that it’s self-correcting and changes with new evidence. Pass it on: if we say …it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Ingrid Update/ Continued Blog Semi-Break

Hi, all. Just wanted to update you yet again on the situation with Ingrid and the blog. Ingrid’s back is doing better, but she still needs a fair amount of attention and care, pretty close to round the clock. Also, I’m going out of town this weekend for the Secular Student Alliance East Coast regional conference, and I need to prepare for that.

So my own time and energy are still very much limited, and I’m still not going to be able to do much blogging. It’s mostly going to be reprints and Memes of the Day, for at least another week. Thanks to everyone for your patience. We will soon return you to your regularly scheduled rabble-rousing.

Atheist Meme of the Day: Criticizing Religion is as Valid as Criticizing Any Other Ideas

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

It is no more disrespectful to criticize religious beliefs than it is to criticize political ideas, scientific theories, or any other hypotheses about how the world works. That’s how good ideas get refined and bad ideas get weeded out — through public debate and vigorous questioning and criticism. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

New Fishnet Story: “The Quotidian Nightmare”

Fishnet logo He thought of Marco’s lip ring grazing her clit and his tan hands gripping her thighs. He thought of Lakshmi flushed with the freshness of the scene, all too willing to let Marco squeeze her breasts and pinch her nipples as much as he liked while he fucked her, sticking his dick in her deep — undoubtedly deeper than John could go, as middling in size as he was. He thought of Marco’s lean fingers in her mouth and his teeth catching her earlobe, of his cock pressing into the exact same space John’s was pressing, of his cum filling her, and at that moment he shocked himself by muttering, “Fuck yes, I want him to fuck you, be a whore, fuck you right up like a whore,” and coming — like a collision, like a detonation, like a suicide in reverse.

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That’s an excerpt from the latest story on Fishnet, the online erotic fiction magazine I’m editing: The Quotidian Nightmare, by Rachael S. Kight. To read more, read the rest of the story. (Not for anyone under 18.) Enjoy!

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Aren’t Angry at God

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

Atheists are not angry at God. Many atheists are angry about religion and the effect it often has on people — but we’re not angry at God, any more than we’re angry at Zeus, Santa Claus, unicorns, or any other supernatural beings we don’t believe in. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

He’s A Super Freak: Tiger Woods and Sexual Compassion

Textmessage Okay. Maybe I’m a freak of nature. But does anybody else like Tiger Woods better after reading the freaky text messages?

Or, maybe more accurately: Does anyone else have more sympathy and compassion for Tiger Woods after reading the freaky text messages?

Until recently, I had almost zero interest in the Tiger Woods sex scandal. Rich, famous, powerful man; maintained a squeaky-clean public image for years; turned out to be sneaking around on his wife with multiple mistresses and sex workers. Ho freaking hum. Wake me when something remotely unusual happens.

But then — pretty much by accident, since I’d been ignoring this story to an almost aggressive degree — I read about the text messages he sent to one of his sex partners, Joslyn James, which she saved and released to the media.

Including:

I want to treat you rough. Throw you around, spank and slap you

Slap your face. Treat you like a dirty little whore. Put my cock in your ass and then shove it down your throat

Hold you down while i choke you and Fuck that ass that i own

Then im going to tell you to shut the Fuck up while i slap your face and pull your hair for making noise

Where do you want to be bitten

I really do want to be rough with you. Slap you around

For years. And punish you for not seeing me more

I want you to beg for my cock. Kiss you all over to convince me to let you have it in your mouth

Next time i see you, you better beg and if you don’t do it right i will slap, spank, bite and fuck you till mercy

I read these texts. And my whole perspective changed.

All of a sudden, my perspective on Tiger Woods was no longer, “Powerful man with a sense of sexual entitlement, who cheats on his wife with impunity and doesn’t think sexual ethics apply to him.”

All of a sudden, my perspective was, “Oh. He’s kinky.”

And that’s a radically different perspective.

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Thus begins my new piece on the Blowfish Blog, He’s A Super Freak: Tiger Woods and Sexual Compassion. To find out more about how the kinkiness of these text messages are giving me a new, more compassionate perspective on the Tiger Woods sex scandal — and about where that compassion ends — read the rest of the piece. (And if you feel inspired to comment here, please consider cross-posting your comment to the Blowfish Blog — they like comments there, too.) Enjoy!