I’m a Freshman

[caption id="attachment_504" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Photo by Campin Guy"]Photo by Campin Guy[/caption] When you reach eighth grade, you're at the top of your game: You have an amusing case of senioritis that provides an abundance of confidence and slackitude (yes, that is a word today). Compared to your 7th and 6th grade peons, you're mature, smart, attractive, and "have it all together". While they're still in training bras or hoping a chin hair will suddenly appear, you're at the top of the food chain, dolling out advice and wisdom to whatever child will take it. You've found your niche. You finally feel like you have a voice. Eighth grade was one of the best school years of my life. I loved it. And then you become a freshman. Suddenly you're thrust into an unfamiliar environment with people bigger than you who know more about absolutely everything. You can't even find your way to the water fountain, much less lead a clique or have control over your life. Books are heavier, assignments are longer, and you are suddenly taught something called "critical thinking" (well, in some schools, anyway). Not everyone is like you anymore, and you feel lost, intimidated, and insecure. You have a lot of growing to do. I remember hating my high school for months before I finally accepted the transition into the new environment. For me, leaving Christianity was a lot like graduating from eighth grade to high school. (more…)


Militant Atheism

According to the common usage of this phrase, I am a "Militant Atheist". Here's why:
  • I speak out publicly about my critical view of religion and spiritual belief.
  • I maintain an atheist blog. le gasp.
  • I will engage theists in discussion and debate about theology.
  • I vehemently support the separation of church and state.
  • I love science so much, I'd have its babies.
  • I use sarcasm and ridicule to illustrate why I think certain things are, indeed, ridiculous.
  • The most violent thing I've done in the name of godlessness is to gleefully throw a bible into the recycling bin.
Why is this a bad thing? Why should I be quiet simply because I lack faith in mythological creatures? Why do we give religious people a free pass to express their loud, evangelistic points of view and then shy away from expressing our own thoughts? The word "militant" should not be assigned to someone like me who at worst is loudly expressing opinions and ridiculing the irrational.In the words of twitter user @HHeliBebcnof: [qtweet 7722863573] I don't stone you for being a Christian/Jewish/Hindu/Wiccan. I won't burn you at the stake for being a witch. I will never kill in order to please a lack of deity. My lack of spiritual belief doesn't make me want to hurt you. My lack of belief doesn't tell me to bomb a building or damn someone to eternal torture. If I ever do something violent, it's because I'm an ass--not because some imaginary friend would like it. The term "militant atheism" needs to be utterly rejected by skeptics and atheists everywhere. If anything, call us Proud Atheists or Pain-In-Your-Ass Atheists. But don't call a peaceful, intelligent movement a name that equates it with acts  of violence, hatred, and bigotry. It's easy to slander your opponents--to poison the well in order to make yourself the good guy. But cheap shots don't make for a winning argument. Check out a discussion on this topic at Watch two great videos about "militant atheism" after the cut! (more…)


Take Action: In God We Trust

From The Secular Coalition of America: Before the August recess, a resolution will be voted on by the House of Representatives that will require the Architect of the Capitol to engrave the words “In God We Trust” and the post-1954 Pledge of Allegiance onto the walls of the Capitol Visitor Read more…