Category Archives: atheism

It’s Openly Secular Day

I forgot about today being Openly Secular Day, a day to “come out” as a nonbeliever and opponent of religious incursions into government. There’s a website on which you’re asked to tell one person that you’re openly secular (I presume this applies in the U.S., not Pakistan!). I don’t know anybody who doesn’t already know […]

Jeffrey Tayler rides again, assessing the religiosity of the Presidential candidatews

I’ve learned that Atlantic correspondent Jeffrey Tayler is writing an anti-theist piece every Sunday in Salon. Perhaps this is their way of making amends for all the rump-osculation that they’ve done towards faith, and all the animus they’ve shown towards New Atheists. (His pieces are a great substitute for that church sermon.) For Tayler is, if anything, […]

CBS goes soft on homeopathy, but gives atheism a fair shake

Reader Howie Neufeld sent me a note about two CBS television segments I missed (readers can assume I miss every show except for “60 Minutes” and the NBC Evening News): This morning CBS News had Dr. Holly Phillips (internist) discuss homeopathy.  When the anchor asked her if it was pseudoscience, she sidestepped the question, referring mainly to the […]

Jeffrey Tayler continues making Salon friendlier to anti-theism

I guess Salon, which most New Atheists dislike because of its history of accommodationist and atheist-bashing articles, doesn’t really care whether it has a unified viewpoint or not, for it’s begun to publish a string of long and hard-hitting anti-theist articles by Jeffrey Tayler, a contributing editor to The Atlantic who lives in Moscow.  Tayler’s latest […]

An Easter tw**t from Ricky Gervais

He’s a strident one! (Note his cat (“Ollie”), the Atheist Pet of Choice™.) h/t: Matthew Cobb  

HuffPo UK celebrates Dawkins’s birthday

Today is Richard Dawkins’s birthday, and he is, I guess, as “strident” as ever, or so PuffHo UK says: Richard Dawkins turned 74 today — and still no thunderbolt from the Heavens. The renowned scientist and strident atheist has been ruffling the religious for decades, introducing millions around the world to the beauty of non-belief. […]

Jeffrey Tayler: Let’s offend religion more often

I continue to be amazed and impressed by Jeffrey Tayler’s anti-theist writings at Salon (see here, here and here for earlier examples). And I’m nearly as amazed that Salon, the bastion of New Atheist bashing, publishes this stuff. Tayler, a contributing editor at The Atlantic who lives in and reports about Russia, and has written many books about […]

A new horseperson? Jeffrey Tayler rides again, attacking Obama’s execrable performance at the “National Prayer Breakfast”

Jeffrey Tayler, whose articles I’ve highlighted four times previously, is shaping up to be the new “Strident Atheist” to replace Christopher Hitchens, although I’d really nominate the underappreciated Ayaan Hirsi Ali to be Hitchens’s replacement horseperson.  (Why, when atheists call for greater diversity in New Atheism, arguing that it’s dominated by “rich old white men”, do they […]

The last words of Christopher Hitchens

When Christopher Hitchens was close to death, a veil was drawn around him by his friends and loved ones, and rightly so, I guess, for it’s intrusive to inquire how a man is faring on his deathbed. But I’ve always wondered, given that Hitchens was eloquent, brave, and an atheist, what his last words were. I haven’t read […]

A latter-day Hitchens decries the “No true Muslim” fallacy

I swear—Salon is driving me nuts. I swore off reading it after it went the route of routinely attacking (and mischaracterizing) the arguments of “New Atheists” like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. But then someone comes along and writes a cogent Salon piece exposing the delusions and harms of religion and stating forthrightly that there’s no […]

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