Mississippi Atheists Blog Posts

  • Mississippi Atheists Blog to Close
    on Mar 23, 2016 in About Us
    This blog, Mississippi Atheists, has been running on fumes for some time now. All metrics used to assess the health of a blog were down in 2015 (e.g., post frequency, traffic, ad revenue, comments). The domain will expire in May, and I have decided n...
  • How Religious is Mississippi?
    on Mar 11, 2016 in Mississippi Religion
    I seriously doubt that this is going to surprise anybody, but I could not resist running our state through the Pew Research Center's "How religious is your state?" index based on data collected during their Religious Landscape Study. Mississippi tied...
  • Mississippi Votes on Tuesday
    on Mar 5, 2016 in Mississippi Politics
    Following Donald Trump's wins in Tennessee and Alabama on Super Tuesday, it seems quite reasonable to predict that he will win Mississippi when we vote here on Tuesday. This would be consistent with the most recent polls I could find, showing Trump w...
  • Looks Like Mississippi is Keeping the Confederate Flag
    on Feb 29, 2016 in Activism Mississippi
    Last summer, Mississippi's state flag was receiving quite a bit of attention. A mass murder had just taken place in South Carolina, and the nation's attention briefly turned to the divisive symbol some states still had flying above their government b...
  • Ask Legislators to Oppose Religious Exemptions for Child Vaccinations (HB 939)
    on Feb 27, 2016 in Activism Mississippi
    The Secular Coalition for America has issued an action alert calling on Mississippians to contact our elected officials and ask them to oppose House Bill 939. HB 939 is another piece of legislation designed to allow parents to refuse to vaccinate the...
  • Trump Holds Rally in Biloxi
    on Jan 3, 2016 in Politics
    In case you missed "the largest campaign event in Mississippi history" yesterday in Biloxi, you can see it here. I was not able to go to Donald Trump's rally, so it is nice to have the video available. The turnout looks pretty good, although I suppos...
  • Harrison County Nativity Scene Joined By Atheist Sign
    on Dec 24, 2015 in Separation of Church and State
    Proven├žal Nativity scene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Nativity scenes do not belong on government-owned property. They are perfectly fine on private property (e.g., your front yard, the front yard of your church, the front yard of a business you own), b...
  • Sorry Kids, Voters Reject Initiative 42 in Mississippi
    on Nov 4, 2015 in Education Mississippi
    Historic Wechsler School in Meridian, MS (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I am surprised that Mississippi's Initiative 42 to fully fund public education failed to pass. The pro 42 side was relatively well-funded and did a decent job of getting the word out.
  • Initiative 42
    on Nov 1, 2015 in Education Mississippi
    Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Mississippi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)On Tuesday, Mississippians will go to the polls (I hope) to vote for or against Initiative 42, the measure requiring our legislature to fully fund public K-12 education. The who...
  • Jackson Mayor Promotes PrayerTake a look at this tweet from Tony Yarber, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.Forget for a moment that this is an elected official who should know better than to promote his religious beliefs from office. Set aside the notion that the Christian commu...
  • Voting Reminded Me Where I Am
    on Aug 4, 2015 in Politics
    Lamar County Courthouse in Purvis, Mississippi, circa 1956. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When I entered my local voting precinct this morning to vote in the state primary, the optics that greeted me were a powerful reminder of my location and why things...
  • Mississippi Subverse on Voat
    on Jul 30, 2015 in Mississippi
    Have you heard of Reddit? It is a popular aggregator site in which users form online communities called subreddits to share content on various topics. In fact, I told you about one such subreddit not too long ago focused on atheism in Mississippi. Re...
  • Mississippi Politicians Need Reminder About SecularismBy Allstarecho (Own work), via Wikimedia CommonsAs you know, the question of whether to change Mississippi's state flag has been receiving considerable attention in our state recently. When asked about his thoughts on changing the flag, Attorney Gene...
  • Marriage Equality Comes to Mississippi
    on Jun 26, 2015 in Civil Rights Mississippi
    Benson Kua, via Wikimedia CommonsWhen it comes to civil rights, Southern states do not have the best record. Again and again, we seem to require federal intervention to force us to do the right thing.I have long wondered whether Mississippi would be...
  • Revisiting Mississippi's Flag
    on Jun 24, 2015 in Mississippi
    "Flag of Mississippi" Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel was recently quoted as saying the following on the subject of our state flag:The price we pay to live in a free society is to occasionally be off...
  • Mississippi Atheists on Reddit
    on May 11, 2015 in Atheism Mississippi
    I have been using Reddit for awhile, but I had no idea that there was a small group of Mississippi atheists there with their own subreddit until I stumbled across it recently. I was searching Google for information on atheists in Mississippi just to...
  • Secular Groups Protest Discrimination at Wells Fargo
    on Apr 26, 2015 in Activism Civil Rights
     According to a press release from the United Church of Bacon, representatives from 7 national secular groups recently gathered in Las Vegas to protest discrimination against atheists by Wells Fargo.The protest was led by John Whiteside, who fou...
  • Improving Mississippi for AtheistsThe majority of Mississippians who vote continue to elect extremely conservative Christians to our state legislature and to Congress. Thus, it comes as no surprise that we secular Mississippians rarely feel as though our interests are being adequatel...
  • Heading to the American Atheists Convention in Memphis?
    on Apr 1, 2015 in Events
    Peabody Hotel; Memphis, TN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As I am sure you are aware, American Atheists is holding their national convention in Memphis April 2-5 at the Peabody Hotel. This makes attending a large atheist gathering far more accessible to th...
  • Mississippi Passed Law Like Indiana's Last Year
    on Mar 29, 2015 in Civil Rights Mississippi
    American actor George Takei at the Star Trek Convention UFP Con One in Hamm, Germany, 1996. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The new Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana has been receiving considerable attention around the atheist blogosphere since i...
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