Grilling without gods a success
Thanks to everyone for showing up and the great conversation at the cook-out. I really enjoyed the conversation, and thanks for the heads up about my feet nearly catching on fire (very little damage done, and no burns and minimal melting of my shoe).
Shared Values: The Judo Throw of Argument
The atheists I know love to bring up issues like religion and politics that touch on the very roots of common world-views. The problem we know about, however, is that these issues immediately cause people to get defensive and arguing with them will often reinforce their beliefs. The weight, accuracy, or validity of your argument or beliefs becomes completely irrelevant to your opponent (or those...
A Moral Argument against Yahweh
A lot of philosophical arguments that you bring up to Christians just fall flat. They just don’t reach down and have meaning in the daily practice of their lives. However, I heard a variant of this argument on the Reasonable Doubts podcast: Christians praise God daily for being Holy Being Holy, there must be some standard by which God is judged The moral laws given in the Bible and in...
Why I Love and Hate the New Atheism
I love the New Atheist movement. I consider the Four Horsemen to be my homeboys. I think science is the shiznit. And I think religious fundamentalism has done tons of horrible things to the world. However… I really really don’t like the “anti-religion” attitude typical of much of the New Atheism. In fact, there are moments when I outright hate it. Based on their rhetoric,...
The Advocate supports repeal of Creationist Law →
The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008 is probably one of the most deceptively-named bills. It allows teachers to bring in “supplemental materials” to approved texts in order to promote “skepticism and critical thinking”. This is code language for allowing creationist teachers to bring in creationist teaching materials. Because of the way the law is structured and...
Damon Fowler's Contribution to Bastrop High School
Damon Fowler stood up for his 1st Amendment Rights on Tuesday night in requesting a graduation without inducement to pray. Members of the Bastrop community think they have won a battle against him, but they have only started a battle which will likely end up in court. A student used the PA system induced attendees to pray. There is no way that this does not fall under public non-protected speech....
Press Release about Damon Fowler
I issued a press release to the local media about this, let’s see if anyone picks it up. Forgive the odd third-person bullshit, but apparently this is the style format for press releases. May 19, 2011 For Release: Immediately Upon Receipt Contact: Alex Songe, 337-322-7300 email@example.com Student Removes Prayer, Town Upset Atheist Student Asks for Prayer’s Removal BASTROP,...
Failing to satisfy Adam, with any of the inferior animals, the Lord God caused a...– Col. Robert Green Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses, Oct. 7th, 1879 Ingersoll is a man lost to history. Acerbic rants like these age well over time. Known as “The Great Agnostic”, his pro-family stance led him to attack the Bible wherever he went in great well-attended speeches.
New blog, Drink-up this Thursday
We now have a new website/blog that’s much easier to maintain and looks a lot fresher. It’s also fairly easy to contribute. Anyone with anything to say is welcome to blog here. Also, I’m trying to get the Thursday-night Drink-up going again. So…RSVP and show up, folks!