We Dissent: International Blasphemy Rights Day Comes with a New Urgency in 2020
September 30, 2020 by

It would be easy to let International Blasphemy Rights Day go for this year. The pandemic, protests, the election, wildfires—don’t we have enough to think about right now? We can come back to opposing blasphemy laws next year, right? We can’t. The right to criticize and question religion is not a luxury, something to be …

How To Think About The Apocalypse, Now
September 21, 2020 by

Classically, the word Apocalypse refers to the end times described in the book of Revelation in the bible. We can safely ignore this because Revelation is batshit crazy – even by biblical standards. The insanity that goes down in Revelation makes Noah’s Flood seem like a county fair. Even most Christians have to read Revelation and say, “God wouldn’t do that.” (Wouldn’t he?)

What Makes Conservatives More Religious Than Liberals?
September 9, 2020 by

The following article originally appeared in the January/February 2012 edition of The American Rationalist. The American Rationalist was published by the Center for Inquiry. The Center for Inquiry looks back at its extensive publication history to offer readers critical perspectives on the separation of church and state, science, religion, applied philosophy, and skepticism. It is a curious …

Leaving Oppression: A Secular Rescue Story
September 8, 2020 by

Matthew Cravatta is coordinator of Secular Rescue, a program of the Center for Inquiry that identifies those writers, activists, and everyday citizens in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Iraq who live under the threat of violence and death and provides financial and diplomatic assistance to help them escape to safety. Jana (an alias) is …

5 Things I wish Trump WOULD Endorse
July 16, 2020 by

Trump should be allowed to promote – as vigorously as he’d like – the following list of products and brands to his supporters.

Homemade Fugu

Mmmm mmm, I do love me some Fugu on the barbie. When I have some of the other millionaires-claiming-to-be-billionaires over for a back-porch cookout, I love to surprise them with some pufferfish. I make the best fugu. Ask anyone. They tell me it’s hard to clean properly, but how hard can it be? You cut, gut, and toss it on the grill. It’s the best. I’m the best.

Satan at CFI? Save your Dime…
May 12, 2020 by

Jim Underdown: Hello?

Caller: Hi, how you doin’?

JU: Good, what can I do for you?

Caller: Well I wanted to know exactly what area you guys were in, because I had been in the area and I had heard you guys were going to turn the place into a Satanic Temple. Is that true?

JU: No.

CALLER: Oh it’s not true?

JU: Nope.

Contemplating Death, Cremated Knees and $200 bills
April 7, 2020 by

Hell, I’ve dodged a few bullets – motorcycle crashes, mountain-climbing mistakes, and other stupid, life-threatening exploits – but surviving those is no inoculation from my eventual demise. I know that bastard with the black hood and scythe will find me eventually. It’s one of the toughest things about being human – contemplating your own death. Sometimes I envy mosquitos, oblivious of quick hands and purple martins…

I M GOD, Westboro Baptists for Atheism
February 19, 2020 by

It might have gone like this in court:

  • State of KY: But your honor, this is ridiculous. How can they compare Mr. Hart to our lord and savior? Jesus walked on water and raised the dead!

  • Hart: I can do that.

  • State of KY: Let’s see you!

  • Hart: I’ll do it when the court witnesses Jesus do it.

Neil Peart, Skeptic
January 17, 2020 by

Last week Neil Peart, the drummer and main lyricist for the rock band Rush, died. He’d been living in California and privately battled brain cancer for several years. The Canadian trio (Alex Lifeson on guitar, Geddy Lee on vocals, bass, and keyboards, and Neil Peart on drums) announced they’d stopped touring in 2015, after 40 …

Good Omens, Bad Dogma
June 25, 2019 by

The effort to quash this series was great for TV, great for atheism, and great for America for the following reasons:

1. Uhh… Nexflix did not produce or air Good Omens. Amazon Prime did. So their original petition with 20,000 names on it was, at least initially, an embarrassing waste of time.

2. Christians still haven’t learned from past boycotts. The best way to heap tons of publicity on a creative endeavor is to protest it and boycott it! Martin Scorcese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, Robert Maplethorpe’s photography, and countless authors have benefitted from church prohibitions of their work. People instinctively flock to see what all the hubbub is about – which is a great boost in this age of media oversaturation.

C. If overzealous Christians are spending their time on TV shows, maybe they’ll have less time to try to tell a woman what to do with her body, fight environmental progress, or any number of harms they do to civilized society.