Given that the author was kind enough to send me a free copy, the least I can do is blog about his rather wonderful little book, which I can honestly say is compelling enough to have sucked me in for reading almost half of it upon opening. Generation Atheist is a brilliantly simple concept that will warm the cockles of nontheists everywhere. Read more about Atheism in Personal Narrative: "Generation Atheism" by Dan Riley
Be sure to check out the extended version of my pagan night-night song, performed—and with additional lyrics—by Correntian Gob (AKA "Dark of the Stars"):
I realize that the title of my post is a contradiction in terms, but I can't think of any other way to describe what's going on with federal Republicans and Democrats these days. Burnt Orange Boehner pulls out all the stops by demanding something outrageously batshit fucking crazy - like, the total defunding of Planned Parenthood - and then he stamps his little feet and says he'll shut down the government if he doesn't get it. The Democrats bang their fists on the table in outrage and say there's no way the Republicans will get what they want. But somehow, the deals are made, the governmental shutdown is avoided, and some horrible "compromise" is reached which, mysteriously, amazingly, benefits the top 2% of society. Read more about Report from the Field: Life-and-Death Kabuki
(This play was inspired by Georgia Representative Bobby Franklin, who has proposed a bill which, among other heinous things, would declare that all “unexplained’ miscarriages should be investigated as potential "pre-natal murders." I envisioned the dedicated men who would join this investigative unit: “Miscarriage Scene Investigators.” Et voila.) Read more about MSI, Georgia: A Play In One Almost-True Act.
"We, the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution Read more about Women, Remember the Power of Union
It would take an entire library to move the mountain of fake history spun around the life and career of Ronald Reagan by now. Sometimes only a cartoon can approach the truth.
Aaron McGruder, in this intro to a Boondocks episode of a couple years ago, comes as close to capturing a piece of the mean and nasty spirit of the Gipper as anybody ever will.
This is a chock-full Friday. With the anti-choice hypocrites in charge of the House, it didn't take them long to start having their usual foam-at-the-mouth conniption fits about that wimminz-only medical procedure that is none of their fucking business. Read more about Smith-Lipinski, Santorum, and Other Signs of the Opocalypse
Hemant is all over this issue because he goes to a lot of college campuses to speak and college kids are generally the most enthusiastic atheists out there today. So what do you think? Is there a legitimate "need" for "humanist" chaplains on campus like there are religious chaplains for students? Read more about Humanist Advocates on Campus
I'm an odd bird (but you knew that, natch). I have a background, educationally speaking, in both science (biology, history of science) and religion (history of religion, comparative Semitic philology). So my mind tends to dart all over the place and I can "see both (any) sides" with relative ease, intellectually speaking, even as I may not agree with that I'm studying or considering at any given moment. Read more about Atheism, Science and "Alternative" Therapy
I probably won't be able to blog much tomorrow, so this is premature Sunday Atheism blogging. But if you are a non-believer, why is that? What made you decide to shed your faith, or why haven't you ever adopted one? We've done this kind of posting here at Corrente before, but I'm trying to be a viral-slut here, and pick up some of the confessory energy of the IGB project. It's time to Come Out, atheists. Over and over again, if necessary. Read more about Why Don't You Believe?
Would Jesus have done a downward dog? God forbid, say church leaders:
Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God. Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine."
"That's just not Christianity," Mohler told The Associated Press.
May I use the opportunity of Holy Power Daddy to introduce the concept of "The Queer Strategy?" It's like the "Southern Strategy" but for progressives.
Never mind the pit of despair, delusion, hypocrisy, and shock the African American believing community finds itself in this morning. I have little pity for people who find out that an obvious con artist and liar to whom they've uncritically and enthusiastically given money is... a con artist and liar. Oh, and Rev. Wright, Rev. Jackson? You better come correct this morning, or all your "moral" authority is forever lost. Read more about Sunday Atheism Blogging