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I Love Jesus, so Let’s Kill Gays

I was having such a good holiday break, and then this shows up in my inbox: Baptist Pastor Advocates Killing Gays Here are some salient points from one of his sermons: You want to know who the biggest hypocrite in the world is? The biggest hypocrite in the world is the person who believes in the … Continue reading

Vacation

While I’m away enjoying a week of studying human nature in the field, I’ve got a few recommendations from the archives.  These are some of my more popular articles (by total views) and a couple that I think are just worth reading, even if they’re not so popular! However you’re observing (or not observing) this … Continue reading

Cognitive Distortion and Religious Belief

I’ve been thinking aloud with a social worker friend of mine about specific dysfunctions in problem solving skills that accompany specific religious beliefs, and I’d like to share some of these thoughts with you. One of the most common psychotherapy methods employed by therapists today is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  It’s deceptively powerful as a tool … Continue reading

Relationships

I’m going a bit out of my normal range for this entry, but I’ve been inspired by my favorite relationship blogger, Susan Walsh.  In a recent blog entry, a young woman asked for advice on how to handle a guy who’s perfectly happy with a situation that doesn’t “have a label.”  For those of you … Continue reading

The War on The Salvation Army

Like clockwork, gay rights groups are encouraging boycotts of the Salvation Army this holiday season. The SA insists that it does not discriminate against gays, but it “hates their sin.”  While I agree that this sounds a lot like Orwellian doublespeak, I have mixed feelings about the effort. Most of my friends know me as … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Atheists

I lost one friend last week. I nearly lost another last night. I want to tell you about both of them. (Names are changed.) First, there was Bret. Bret was what a lot of theists think of when they imagine atheists. He was angry. Very angry. He felt — sometimes rightly, sometimes perhaps not — … Continue reading

Herb Silverman is Awesome

I’m pretty sure I’m fighting the swine flu, so I haven’t been working too hard on new posts.  Luckily, I’ve just stumbled upon a short article explaining exactly why I think atheism is an important topic. Our state wasted about $100,000 trying to keep me from becoming a notary public. None of the political leaders … Continue reading

Faith Healing in Action

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (NBC) — Believing his faith would heal him, a Greenwood County, South Carolina man sat down in his recliner after an injury in March and never got up. On Thursday, his wife explained why he stayed in the recliner until shortly before he died. “The man totally believed in God and his healing,” … Continue reading

Religion is a hypothesis

Since I wrote the article stating my official position on religious moderation, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the arguments theists make — everything from the arguments for the existence of God to the arguments against atheism.  In particular, I’ve been thinking about what kind of arguments are being made.  That is, which … Continue reading

All Christians Should Be Pro-Abortion

So riddle me this. Let’s assume the following to be true: 1) All humans born into the world are under original sin. (That is, they will go to hell if they don’t accept Jesus as their personal savior.) 2) Unborn babies have souls. 3) God will forgive any sin for which we are truly sorry. … Continue reading

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