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 …

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.

Halloween Scary Phantoms and Phantom Scares
October 31, 2019 by

Today is Halloween, and amid the make-believe witches, ghouls, and goblins, there are supposedly real-life villains who hope to harm children every October 31. News reports and scary stories on social media leave many parents concerned about protecting children from Halloween threats. But are they real or myth? Here are five scary myths and legends …

Justice Alito Declares War on the Nones
June 26, 2019 by

Last week, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the big church-state separation case of this session, American Legion v. American Humanist Association, the Bladensburg Peace Cross case. It’s not my intention to relitigate the case, or even analyze the ruling in too much detail. Suffice it to say we are now living in a …

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.

Columbine School Shooting Myths: 20 Years Later
April 22, 2019 by

A few days ago marked the twentieth anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, in which two senior students in Colorado killed twelve students and one teacher before ultimately killing themselves. The crime received extensive news coverage and inspired many copycats and a Michael Moore film, Bowling for Columbine. Early reportage of high-profile events (and …

Good Friday for Atheists
April 19, 2019 by

Just because I don’t share religious beliefs with someone doesn’t mean I think that they should be harmed in any way. Quite to the contrary. If you feel the need to kill people because of a difference of opinion, you’ve lost the argument. Validity of beliefs should rest on the merits of the arguments, not the size of the spear.

SNL & Catholic Chutzpah
March 12, 2019 by

Their response to the skit is unfathomable chutzpah. The acme of self-delusion.

You know the old definition of chutzpah: A kid kills his parents and then asks the judge for mercy because he’s an orphan.

The Catholic Church, from which I escaped relatively unscathed, has outdone itself. The Diocese of Brooklyn crying harassment & bias because someone mocked them for decades (centuries?) of child molestation is akin to John Wayne Gacy saying that he deserves a lighter sentence for hiring lots of teen boys who needed summer jobs.

Of Monuments, Christian and Confederate
March 11, 2019 by

At first glance, a 40-foot cross in a traffic circle may not have that much in common with an over 60-foot statue of Robert E. Lee in a traffic circle, but they do—I mean other than their obstructing the free flow of traffic. There are significant similarities between the recent arguments over the removal or …