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Posted inEthics and Morality

One Flew Over The Cuckoo Test

Reading Time: 4 minutes At some point during our merry journey through secularism, we all encounter some benighted religious people who make arguments that only seem to work if you already accept their conclusions. Whenever Christians send messages about creationism to my atheism blog, they tend to be religious, faith-based arguments. I try to use scientific, evidence-based arguments in […]

Posted inPsychology

What boxes do you belong in?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Human brains are forever trying to make patterns. We want to create models and run simulations to deflect the unimaginable horrors of chaos. We want to put everything into a manageable series of boxes. However, the social world composed of human minds trying to communicate with each other is total chaos. How many boxes do […]

Posted inHistory

Remembering the Catholic Church’s role in the immolation of Vietnam

Reading Time: 6 minutes Nearly sixty years after a Vietnamese Buddhist monk set himself on fire in Saigon, we have largely forgotten the reason—not the US invasion, but an oppressive Roman Catholic regime that precipitated what came to be called the Buddhist crisis.

It’s time for the Catholic Church to acknowledge its active hand in that disaster and the war that followed.

Posted inOp-Ed

Taxing times for Atheist Alliance International

Reading Time: 4 minutes The AAI Files, Part Four As Deep Throat impatiently hissed in a breakthrough moment of All The President’s Men: “Follow the money.” In December, Atheist Alliance International (AAI) published a Disclosure Document which openly admitted the board authorized payments to various directors of the organization or their family members. Bizarrely, the board has decided that […]

Posted inFree Expression

Islamic dress codes and women’s rights

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Koran instructs Muslim women to be modest in their dress partly to publicly identify with Islam and partly to avoid sexual assault. Since 630 CE, we have come to understand that the sexual assault of women is not caused by how sexy they look but by male control issues. Human rights groups and feminists universally advise that […]

Posted inDeep Dive

Who owns morality?

Reading Time: 4 minutes At some point during our merry journey through secularism, we all encounter some benighted religious people who incredulously ask: “If you don’t believe in a god, where does your morality come from?” Religious people believe that the source of their morality is their god and that their religious belief is the exercise of that morality. […]

Posted inReligion

Something about Muslims

Reading Time: 3 minutes I often write about Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church. Some Christian friends of mine have suggested that I should direct my critical attention onto Muslims. They join the chorus of similar anonymous grumbles I get on my blog. I criticise Islam (and Hinduism and Judaism and others) regularly, but they only notice when their […]

Posted inNonreligious News

More AAI secrets and lies

Reading Time: 3 minutes The AAI Files, Part Three OnlySky · More AAI Secrets And Lies | Barry Purcell The main function of a rodeo clown is to protect a fallen rider from attack by distracting the bull and providing an alternative target. Some days, you’re the rider. Some days, you’re the rodeo clown. And some days, you’re the […]

Posted inNonreligious News

Atheists In Kenya in trouble

Reading Time: 2 minutes Atheists in Kenya (AIK) was in court again last Tuesday. Former MP Stephen Ndichu brought a case in September to have the only official atheist organisation in Kenya deregistered. Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist and a friend of President Ruto. Established six years ago by Harrison Mumia, AIK has been involved in many secular campaigns […]

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