Almost Quiet on the Yule War FrontDecember 22, 2008
Continuing with my roundup of War on Christmas 2008, such as it is, what are some of the flashpoints other than the atheist placard in Washington’s state capitol?
Dear Abby: Skeptical Ghost Buster!December 21, 2008
Dear Abby shows a bit of refreshing skepticism in her response to a reader’s comment about being visited by a ghost
Get Your Secs HereDecember 21, 2008
Who are we? How should we describe ourselves? Perhaps no movement has spent more time agonizing over what to call itself than the humanist/atheist/freethought/ skeptical/ Brights, etc. movement. That last sentence illustrated the problem nicely. I am an atheist. (Note the small “a” — capitalization is another issue, but don’t get me started on …
The War on Xmas Will Not Be Televised … at Least Not MuchDecember 19, 2008
So far 2009’s “helladay” season bids fair to teach us the same lesson as the 2008 season did. The “War on Christmas” is a rhetorical construct that right-wing bloviators can flog and pundits can wring their hands about, but only so long as there isn’t too much real news. Both the ’08 and ’09 seasons have featured commanding news story arcs. Last year all eyes were on the presidential campaign, and now the reigning story is of course the not-so-graudal dissolution of the world economy. And news stories about seasonal strife have been few and hard to come by.
Bush Illogic 101: Bush Claims Success in Keeping America SafeDecember 19, 2008
President Bush claimed on Dec. 17 that “there can be no debate” about his record of keeping America safe. “No debate”? Really?
Evangelical Lobbyist Resigns Amid Civil Unions FlapDecember 19, 2008
Proponents of the popular religion-as-guardian-of-civil rights narrative have some rethinking to do. According to the New York Times , Richard Cizik, the longtime Washington lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals, has resigned after revealing his support for civil unions for gay couples. That’s right: not gay marriage, but the …
Paul Kurtz on the Current Economic RecessionDecember 18, 2008
CFI Founder Paul Kurtz discusses the current economic recession with CFI VP of Communications Nathan Bupp
Obama to Gays and Lesbians: Go to HellDecember 18, 2008
Rev. Rick Warren, the popular evangelical pastor and best-selling author, has been selected to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration. That’s Rick Warren, the guy who campaigned on behalf of Prop. 8 in California. That’s Rick Warren, the person who has compared same-sex marriage to pedophilia. A gay friend of mine, who grew up …
One God or Many Universes?December 17, 2008
Should atheists use the “multiverse” hypothesis to offer an alternative to supernaturalism?
This Just In: Blogging Skeptic Skeptical of BlogsDecember 17, 2008
As I write my first entry for the sparkly new Free Thinking blog, I’m skeptical of its utility. While I have spent much of my career promoting critical thinking and skepticism, I’m concerned about joining the noise, the glut of words inundating the Web and indeed the world. By most estimates there are over …