Category Archives: atheism

Atheists more likely to be elected President than before, but still reviled in the U.S.

A new Pew Survey on politics and religion (summary here, full report here) has some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the number of Americans who would be deterred from voting for an atheist candidate has dropped in the last nine years. Here’s the plot: The bad news: over half of Americans […]

A new book by Dan Barker

Oh dear: Dr. Cobb promised a nice, interesting science post this afternoon, but he’s very busy being famous and all, so I’ll just make a few announcements. The first is that Dan Barker, whose proclivity at writing books makes him the Steve Pinker of Godlessness, has yet another book, one that will go on sale February […]

Surprise! National Public Radio touts unrepentant atheism, defends the idea that atheist lives have meaning

At last! After years of assailing our ears with the wet smacking of faith-osculation and the unbearable blather of Krista Tippett, National Public Radio (NPR) has published a piece defending atheism and dismantling one of the commonest criticisms tendered by the Unthinking Faithful: atheism sucks the meaning out of life. And I’m proud to see that the […]

Brother Tayler’s Sunday secular sermon

Clearly Jeff Tayler has no intention of letting up on religion in 2016. Amazingly, Salon continues to publish his regular Sunday attacks on faith, yesterday’s being “Religious delusions are destroying us: “Nothing more than man-made contrivances of domination and submission.” This is his year-end summary of all the damage done by faith in 2015, including, of […]

And Russell Blackford reflects on 2015

Like Michael Nugent (see two posts below), philosopher/atheist Russell Blackford has summed up the activities and thoughts that occupied him last year; the post, “A last reflection on 2015“, is on his Metamagician website. Although Russell and Michael wrote their pieces independently, it’s no surprise that there’s some overlap. Both, for instance, decry rageblogging, the […]

Michael Nugent sums up last year in atheism, and gives us 5 goals for the coming year

Michael Nugent, writer and atheist/secular activist, is a man to admire. Head of Atheist Ireland, he’s far more than a “keyboard activist,” spending much of his time lobbying the Irish government and the European Union for more rights for atheists and secularists, campaigning for the removal of religion from government, and fighting Ireland’s anti-abortion and anti-blasphemy laws. […]

BBC poll: 40% of Brits don’t believe that “Jesus was a real person,” but BBC assumes he was!

The link to this BBC article came from reader Ant, and when I first read it I think I completely misinterpreted it. Here it is in its entirety, along with the headline (emphasis is the BBC’s, not mine). Forty percent of people in England do not believe Jesus was a real person, a survey suggests. However, 43% […]

Brother Tayler’s Sunday Secular Sermon in Salon

Jeffrey Tayler continues his anti-theism in today’s Salon, and for him there’s no Geneva Convention in the war on faith. His piece, “They really want a theocracy: the GOP candidates who want to make you bow to their Lord,” is pretty much a reprise of his excellent talk at the Atheist Alliance of America a week […]

Fun at the Atheist Alliance of America meeting

I was in the suburbs a fair amount of time during the AAA convention, being a “handler” for Jeff Tayler and Inna Shevchenko, so I didn’t take a ton of pictures of the meeting itself. Fortunately, Mark Gura did, and posted a lot of them on his Facebook page’s AAA album). I’ll put his photos first, […]

“What if your whole world was a cult?”: The NYT profiles Jerry DeWitt

I’ve met and talked to Jerry DeWitt several times; as you probably know, he was once a Christian Evangelical preacher in DeRidder, Louisiana, about as religious a town as exists in the U.S. But he gradually lost his faith and came out as an atheist. When he did that, he lost his wife, his job (of course), nearly all of his […]

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