Category Archives: commentary

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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Podcast #200 – Bart Ehrman (How Jesus Became God)

Whoohoo! It’s taken nearly seven years, but we finally crossed the 200 mark. For this special episode, we interview biblical scholar Bart D. Ehrman, whose latest book is How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee … Continue reading

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Can Muslims be assimilated in America? (Part 2 of 2)

For those Muslims who wish to be peaceful, productive members of Western culture (and I believe that’s the vast majority of them), we don’t make it easy. As Arun Kundnani details in his new book The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, … Continue reading

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Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast

As expected, the president attended the (so-called “National”) Prayer Breakfast again this year. I know I sound like a broken record when I point this out, but the NPB is sponsored by a group called the Family, a secretive political … Continue reading

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Mississippi tops list of religious states…again

Congratulations, Mississippi! You have again been ranked as the most religious state in America. You’re also, perhaps not so incidentally, #3 for teen pregnancy, #2 for murder rates, #2 for unhealthiness, #1 for depression, #1 for lowest income,  #8 for unemployment … Continue reading

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