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Podcast #269 – Seven Types of Atheism

I discuss John Gray’s latest book, a critique of 21st century mainstream secularism. Gray argues that Western liberalism is just Christianity warmed over, and it’s wrong anyway. Plus: It’s Darwin Day! We celebrate the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin. Valentine’s … Continue reading

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John McCain’s Legacy

RIP Senator John McCain, who has died after a long battle with brain cancer. There’s no doubt that McCain was a patriot. He lived a life of service, from his time in the US Navy (including 5 1/2 brutal years … Continue reading

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TRUMP and SCOTUS: How bad could it get?

At 9:00 tonight, President Trump will announce his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. This replacement is almost guaranteed to be approved by the Republican dominated Senate, barring some unforeseen and shocking revelation. This replacement … Continue reading

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20,000 Days

Today I have been alive 54 years, 9 months and 3 days. 20,000 days. Most people (myself included) reserve the waxing philosophical for significant milestones like 4oth or 50th birthdays. And that’s fine. But not too long ago, for reasons … Continue reading

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Good Riddance, Roy Moore…

…although I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him. In case you haven’t been following the news, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been permanently suspended without pay for the remainder of his term by the state’s Judicial Inquiry … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Orlando Massacre

You’ll probably know by now that more than 50 people were murdered overnight in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The gunman (dead after a shootout with police) is identified as Omar Mateen, a native-born American citizen whose parents are from … Continue reading

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Answering Dennis Prager’s “Two Questions for Atheists”

Someone pointed me toward conservative commentator and radio host Dennis Prager’s recent essay “Two Questions for Atheists.” I thought it might be interested to actually answer them. I’ll wait for you to go read his article. Back so soon? Mr. Prager has … Continue reading

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I’m with Hillary

Congratulations to Hillary Clinton, who last night all but sealed the deal on becoming the first woman to be nominated by a major party for President. (There have been other women at the top of the ticket for minor parties, beginning … Continue reading

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December 19 in freethought history…

December 19, 2010 – The Wall Street Journal publishes “Why I’m an Atheist” by British comedian Ricky Gervais. In this brief essay, Gervais confronts the common arguments made in defense of God. In response to the challenge to disprove God, … Continue reading

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SCOTUS is wrong on Greece v Galloway

By now most of us have had a chance both to recover from the initial shock and to absorb some of the details of this week’s Supreme Court ruling on Greece vs. Galloway. Briefly, the Court was asked to decide … Continue reading

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