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Breaking free from irrational belief and opposing Christian extremism in America.

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  • Violence is Not the Solution to Police Brutality
    on Jul 9, 2016 in Society
    Lots of people are fed up with police brutality in general and with the disproportionately higher rates of police brutality aimed at Black men and other persons of color in particular. This strikes me as a perfectly sensible reaction. We should all b...
  • Police Officers Who Enjoy Bullying Others
    on Jul 8, 2016 in Social Justice
    Four young men who graduated from my high school a couple years before me became police officers, employed by the small town in which we all grew up. It would surprise no one living in that town at the time that all four were Christian. What was a bi...
  • Saying Goodbye to Mississippi Atheists
    on Jul 7, 2016 in Blogging Mississippi
    I recently shut down Mississippi Atheists, a blog I had maintained for the last 8 years. In the end, it was an easy decision. Of course, that is only because I deliberated over it for more than a year. I had known it was time to shut it down for at l...
  • It Still Feels Like Trump is Trolling Us
    on Jul 5, 2016 in Politics
    I know that this is completely irrational on my part, but there is a part of me that thinks that sometime between now and the general election in November, Donald Trump will reveal that we've all been the victims of the greatest political trolling of...
  • Murica in 2016
    on Jul 4, 2016 in Politics Social Justice
    Today is 'Murica Day, and if you aren't celebrating it, you can "giiiit out" (if you are not a South Park fan, the clip at the bottom of the post provides the context for that reference). I wasn't planning on writing anything new today. I'm still not...
  • Before You Go Nuts With the Fireworks
    on Jul 3, 2016 in Mississippi
    Men Shun Rocket packs (Photo credit: EpicFireworks)This post was re-purposed from the now defunct Mississippi Atheists blog. It has been edited to improve clarity.Over the years during which I have been blogging about my experiences as an atheist liv...
  • Back Up Your Hard Drive
    on Jul 2, 2016 in Music
    This is just a quick PSA reminding you to back up your hard drive(s). If you are anything like me, you have heard this piece of advice thousands of times. You've probably even given this advice to others. I know I have. Even people who know as little...
  • When Calling Others Out for Bigotry Becomes Bigotry
    on Jun 30, 2016 in Bigotry SJW
    A recent post on the subject of call-out culture and whether anyone who fails to utilize every opportunity to call others out for expressing views we regard as bigoted is morally responsible for the continued existence of bigotry has spawned some int...
  • The Pro-Life Movement Seems to Have Little Interest in Reducing the Number of Abortions
    on Jun 29, 2016 in Politics
    It sure was nice to see the U.S. Supreme Court hand down the Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt decision, overturning a Texas law that has resulted in the closing of many clinics that provided abortion services. The 5-3 decision is being heralded as...
  • Milo Yiannopoulos on Trump's Appeal
    on Jun 28, 2016 in Politics SJW
    Milo YiannopoulosWhy do people vote for one presidential candidate over all the others? That's obvious, isn't it? People listen to the candidates' positions on the relevant issues, and they select the candidate whose policies they believe would be be...
  • New Atheists and Atheist Tribalism
    on Jun 27, 2016 in Atheism
    In my Internet travels, I've come across a surprising number of people lately who openly identify themselves as atheists, frequently criticize religion (and oftentimes religious believers), and who go out of their way to disparage those they refer to...
  • What Lessons Should the U.S. Take Away From Brexit?
    on Jun 25, 2016 in Politics
    I am not going to do you the disservice of pretending that I understand all - or even most - of the relevant factors leading up to Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union (EU). My understanding of British politics and how the EU operate...
  • The Mindset That Fuels Call-Out Culture
    on Jun 24, 2016 in Free Speech SJW
    Prof. Robert A. Rees has written a post at Religion News Service, Anti-LGBT bias means we are all responsible for Orlando, that seems to do the best job of concisely capturing the mindset that has been fueling our ridiculous call-out culture of anyth...
  • Christian Extremists React to Tragedy in Orlando
    on Jun 23, 2016 in Christian Extremism
    We atheists are often asked whether we consider all religions equally bad or if we think that some religions might be worse than others. Opinions on this subject vary quite a bit, which is exactly what one should expect when one recognizes that athei...
  • Obama's Refusal to Address Islam
    on Jun 22, 2016 in Freethought Islam Politics
    Both President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been criticized for the level of denial present in some of their public statements about Islam following the mass murder in Orlando. This criticism is nothing specific to Orlando, and it is nothing...
  • Is Compromise Possible on the Gun Debate?
    on Jun 21, 2016 in Politics Reason
    By Stephen Z (S&W 22/32 Kit Gun Pre 34), via Wikimedia CommonsIt is often said that one can identify an effective compromise because both sides are inevitably unhappy with it. There's probably some truth to this notion. After all, nobody gets eve...
  • French Media Explores Christian Extremism in Mississippi
    on Jun 21, 2016 in Christian Extremism Mississippi
    When I was a teenager who had recently started to have doubts about gods, I remember that one of the few things that made being forced to attend church somewhat tolerable was trying to adopt the mindset of an anthropologist. I lacked a sophisticated...
  • Speaking Out in Support of Free Expression
    on Jun 20, 2016 in Free Speech Freethought SJW
    There's a thought-provoking article in the recent issue of The Economist, Under attack: Curbs on free speech are growing tighter. It is time to speak out. It addresses three ways that free speech is under attack these days:Government repression (e.g.
  • Some Criticism of My Orlando Posts
    on Jun 17, 2016 in Media Society
    I received some criticism for what I wrote about the tragedy in Orlando this week, or rather for what I did not write about it. The criticism centered on two points: I said nothing about the LGBT community.I did not characterize the shooting as a "ha...
  • I Want an AR-15
    on Jun 16, 2016 in Media Society
    According to The Washington Post, the alleged gunman in the Orlando shooting did not use "an AR-15-type assault rifle" as the Orlando police initially reported; he used  a Sig Sauer MCX rifle, which is not part of the AR-15 family. Many people a...
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