Posted inWar and Peace

Did it work? Iraq 20 years after the US invasion

Reading Time: 11 minutes March 20 marks two decades since the beginning of the US-led invasion of Iraq. In those 20 years, it has become de rigueur to malign the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the attempt to build a free and prosperous Iraq. Such critics often tell us that the intervention was always going to fail and that this failure was utterly foreseeable, that nothing but catastrophe could come of invading. But ‘catastrophic’ is too mild a word to describe the state of Iraq since 2003.

Posted inReligion

The Actual Product Sold By Christian Smith in ‘Atheist Overreach’

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back, y’all! We recently reviewed a 2019 book by Christian Smith, Atheist Overreach. In it, he developed a thesis that he felt merited atheists’ attention: that Catholicism–er, sorry, religion represented some humongous value to humanity that they needed to accept for humanity’s own good. In short, he argues for compliance with religious leaders’ demands, not […]

Posted inReligion

Utility vs. Truthfulness in ‘Atheist Overreach’

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back! Lately, we’ve been talking about Christian Smith’s 2019 book, Atheist Overreach. In it, he seeks to make a case for Christian dominance as a force for good in the world. But he does it in such a strange way. He doesn’t argue that we should follow Christianity’s rules because a real live god […]

Posted inThe Secular

Hitch, The Apostate?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Brian Dalton, the mastermind behind Mr. Deity, has a video series called Way of the Mister (WOTM). While Mr. Deity is cute and funny, WOTM can be a bit ranty. I love ranty. Not only do I like getting a good rant on (I’ve had a few good ones on the podcast), but I love […]

Posted inUncategorized

And God is Not Good, Either

Reading Time: 6 minutes The world lost an eloquent voice with the untimely death of Christopher Hitchens. Inspired by his book “God is Not Great,” I’d like to continue with that thought: “And God is not good, either.” Let’s take a look at the slavery, genocide, and general barbarity the all-loving Creator of the universe apparently approves of.

Posted inReligion

When It’s Not Funny.

Reading Time: 10 minutes Last time we talked, we covered a straw man essay written by a Baptist pastor, Bo Wagner, that he called satirical. A pity he doesn’t actually know what satire is, any more than he knows what atheism is. Last time we talked about what he doesn’t understand about atheists. Today we’re going to talk more about what he doesn’t understand about satire.

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