I wrote an article a couple years ago about “Crucifixion Porn.” I don’t want to rehash it, so follow the link if you’d like to read it, but for some reason, this now-old article still generates occasional comments from Christians who often respond with the duel strategy of disavowing “religion” while at the same time quoting scripture to me to make me see the error of my ways.
It’s not even Thanksgiving, and I’ve already seen several news stories on the War on Christmas. I’ve written about this before, but I never expected this to become as regular as Eggnog and as ubiquitous as the fat man himself.
Fortunately, I’m not the only one noticing. Here’s a great piece about it from the Humanist perspective. And just for fun, here’s a great Meme. Happy Holidays:
Dear Bryan Fischer: I adore you.
Ah, sweet Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, delightful, sentimental, hateful, misinformed, conspiracy theorist, and racist hatemonger. You are the greatest gift to the secular moment since Christopher Hitchens passed too soon from the planet.
Hitch was shrewd, funny, charismatic and intelligent—all the things that you are not, but still, Bryan, you are an inspiration to us all.
Your brand of Christianity is more offensive than the caricature many atheists create of Christianity to try and scare the people on the fence. Even better: Your opinions are real. For a while I was stuck on Poe’s Law, assuming your radio, television and media empires were just some elaborate joke. Continue reading
I first noticed America’s problem with labels while reading about so called “family groups,” like the American Family Association, Focus on the Family and others. The more these groups harped on “family,” the less I could see my own family reflected in their “values.” In short, these groups don’t represent—or even recognize—my secular, progressive family.
I could not be more delighted.
The latest word that rings in my ears daily is “Patriot.” Take a moment to think about how often you’ve heard this word over the past year or so, and you’ll notice it’s always used in the context of some person or group self-identifying. It’s almost exclusively a self-adopted label. Continue reading
An abbreviated version of this article appeared on the Good Men Project.
As a secular minded person, I find American religiosity sometimes annoying, but it’s fairly easy to ignore as an adult. During prayers at a sporting event or a public meeting, I shove my hands in my pocket or fiddle with my phone. Much like a prostate exam, it’s over soon enough. When it comes to my children, America’s brand of intrusive religiosity becomes much more sinister. In fact, it is all but impossible to raise children religiously neutral while living in America.
As only one of many examples, recently a family friend babysat our two youngest children, aged four and six. At some point, she told our children that “Jesus died for your sins and now he lives in Heaven.” She is a very nice person and I never expected her to do such a thing. Her words had no impact on my four-year-old, but my son, Ray, who is six, hasn’t stopped talking about it ever since. Continue reading
I had a fun e-mail interaction with the Tea Party of Kentucky, copy and pasted without edit below. I wrote them originally in response to an effort they are making to get “god back in schools.” My first missive through their web site was just a polite “No.” The Tea Party response follows.
I find it amusing that groups like this decry poverty, violence and, sexually transmitted diseases. They blame atheists and liberals, yet they oppose any and all efforts to reduce poverty, teach sex education or reduce violence through education and opportunity. These people (and this ideology) causes the problems they try to lay at the door of secular humanists. At they same time, they oppose government, unless they are trying to use it to force religion on unbelievers. It would be funny if it weren’t sick.
The e-mail chain: Continue reading