Category Archives: Atheist View

The Twilight Zone

(2005) “You’re traveling through another dimension…a journey into a wondrous land of imagination…it is an area which we call…the Twilight Zone.” [Isn’t that sweet? Cultural reference only old fogies will understand.] There is a feeling you get when reality goes weird–-I’ve … Continue reading

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What is Freedom?

[I have no idea when I wrote this. But I like it.] Little words, big divide Strangely enough, freedom is a very difficult concept to understand and embrace. It always seemed rather simple and quite obvious to me. But perhaps … Continue reading

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On Suicide and Belief

circa 2005? I don’t know. It’s just really old. [You think I can’t snark an essay on suicide? Just watch me…] A friend told me that if there wasn’t a god, she’d kill herself. [This makes no sense, of course. … Continue reading

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On Christmas

December 16, 2001                                                                                                         I grew up on Christmas. Christmas was its name. But Christ had nothing to do with it unless my mom got upset about the turkey or the family and yelled out “Jesus H. Christ!” Christmas was always about … Continue reading

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On Separation of Church and State

Original date unknown (2006–A speech given at some kind of symposium on something…I remember that the ACLU guy said during a panel discussion that ‘all-inclusive’ prayers were okay before government meetings and I wanted to explain that there was no … Continue reading

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On Ritual

Two stories. I knew a woman once for whom I didn’t care much. It was clear she liked me and wanted my company. Part of her desire was that my son would form a friendship with hers. But the woman, … Continue reading

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On Writing Like Rolling Uphill (first edition)

I’m often asked by Christians, why do you speak out about atheism? Why run a website or write a book? They accuse me of trying to take away people’s beliefs, to shatter their faith. [That’s atheists, for you. Stomping on … Continue reading

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Preserving the Insanity

I post this conversation here as an example of the sort of bias I dealt with, not from Christians, but from atheists.All the words are copied and pasted directly from the original posts; no changes or corrections have been made.My … Continue reading

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Why I hate people

There is a character in the film The Secret Life of Bees called May. May couldn’t stand all the bad in the world and she’d write the bad things down on pieces of paper and stick them into crevices in a brick … Continue reading

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On Bill Cosby and the trouble with men

Originally written on December 3, 2014 In the past few weeks, most of us were shocked to learn of rape allegations against a person we’d always thought of as the epitome of wholesome goodness—a great father figure, a loving man, … Continue reading

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