I'm sorry to post about something so local, but some of you outside of Alabama might find this interesting anyway. Because Jeff Sessions was one of our Senators prior to being appointed to US Attorney General, our state is in the process of holding a special election to replace him. The Democratic nominee, Doug Jones,… Continue reading Why Christians Shouldn’t Support Roy Moore
Mariah Walton was born with a birth defect that could have been fixed rather easily, if her parents had only allowed it (if there's an ad in the video, it's worth waiting through it): I take parents' rights very seriously, but how many examples of children being harmed by their parents' belief in faith healing… Continue reading To What Extent Should Parents’ Religious Beliefs Affect a Child’s Well-Being?
Hi gang! Sorry I've been so silent lately. It's really just been a combination of being really busy with work, playing Destiny in my spare time, and not having a whole lot to say lately. But the other day, I ran across a really great article about Arian Foster joining Openly Secular, which is trying… Continue reading NFL Running Back Arian Foster Joins Openly Secular
By this time, practically everyone has heard about the child molestation scandal surrounding Josh Duggar of 19 Kids & Counting fame. For those of you not as familiar with the story, the bare bones are these: Josh Duggar, who is now 27 years old, married, and the father 3 kids, molested 5 young girls (most… Continue reading Sins of the Father: Is part of Josh Duggar’s sexual deviancy a result of his upbringing?
As I've mentioned before, my home state of Alabama has recently been wrangling over the subject of gay marriage. A federal judge in the city of Mobile ruled that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, which made us the 37th state legalizing it. Even though the state was dragged into this position, I couldn't… Continue reading Public Office and Political Activism Just Don’t Mix
Ran across an interesting video today that discusses a new study from Michigan State University which found that being selfish is not advantageous from an evolutionary perspective. Sometimes evolution-deniers claim that if evolution were true, then compassion is a weakness. We would be better off if we were completely selfish -- if we swindled others… Continue reading Winning Isn’t Everything: Evolution Rewards Altruism
A couple of weeks ago, there was a story in the news about a Texas high school track team that was disqualified from the state meet because one of their athletes pointed toward heaven after doing particularly well in his qualifying run. Apparently, it broke their rule against "excessive celebration." Despite being an atheist, I… Continue reading Religious Freedom in a Secular Society
The other day, I ran across a poll on whether Christmas should be a government holiday, and one of the commenters said this: No matter how you slice it, xmas has roots in religion. Atheists celebrating xmas is not merely inane, but shows weak conviction. Atheists should celebrate real, important events, like the date of… Continue reading Rules on How to Be an Atheist? Really?
The first post in this series can be found here, or you can just keep scrolling down the page till you find it. Once my wife and I were officially withdrawn from, we were simultaneously relieved and devastated. It was nice to no longer have to pretend to believe or worry what people might do… Continue reading How It Happened: My Deconversion Part 11
Links: Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4 I'm reaching a part of this story that's very difficult to write about. In my last post, I mentioned that my doubts about my faith had reached a point that I knew I needed to talk to my parents and my wife's parents… Continue reading How It Happened: My Deconversion Part 5