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Christian Dad Who Mocked Son’s Atheism

I saw that Christopher Hitchens died on this date back in 2011. With this being an anniversary of sorts, I thought I’d share a little story that involves Christopher Hitchens, my son, the reddit website, and the start of my journey. I was a father who mocked my son’s atheism. The year was 2009. I…

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Re-blog: Courting Trouble, The Christian Practice of Marrying Off Teen Girls

I saw this today and thought it was really well written. It deserves a wide audience. The article is on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) website. It’s entitled Courting Trouble, The controversy over Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sheds light on the fundamentalist Christian practice of marrying off teen girls, written by Matt Kwong. An excerpt…

Roy Moore, the GOP and Pedophilia

You’ve probably heard about the allegations against Roy Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat. If not, you can catch up via the recent Washington Post article. The following page includes some of the most interesting tweets I’ve seen on the topic.   NB: Anthony Weiner is in prison right now…

Two Compelling Abortion Related Arguments

I’ve never posted on the topic of abortion before. When I was a Christian fundamentalist, I was naturally “pro life” (or better described as anti-abortion). Before I completely left the faith, my views on abortion began to change as I gained more knowledge of medical science. Recently, the Friendly Atheist brought attention to Patrick S. Tomlinson’s…

How I Avoided the Ministry and Broke the Spell of Religion

This was originally posted to Rational Doubt two years ago. I recently had the opportunity to listen as Dr. Andy Thompson interviewed Linda LaScola at Washcon 2015 in Lynchburg, VA. Andy asked Linda about memorable interviews and stories from her book, “Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind“. Earlier this year, I purchased the book and found it an…

Simple Definition for Christianity and Islam

I thought the following pair of definitions for two of the most prominent religions in the world, did a good job of putting each belief into proper perspective. I tweaked both slightly both otherwise, I take no credit for them. Christianity The belief that a cosmic Jewish zombie, who existed before photography or video cameras,…

A Personal Update Plus a Rant about Prayer

I haven’t posted in a while. The last 6 months have been eventful with travel, house hunting, packing, and moving into a new house. But most recently, I’ve had to start job hunting. The latter was truly unexpected. What a punch in the gut! I’ve been working from home for 9 years as an IT…

Bethlehem Church of the Brethren – Boones Mill, Virginia

During my 34 years in Christianity, I made my last church home a small place called Bethlehem Church of the Brethren, located in a small rural community called Boones Mill, Virginia. This area had two distinctive notorieties: it’s sole traffic light was a speed trap, and illegal moonshine was made in great abundance. In fact,…

Scientology – Craziness in Abundance

Leah Remini, actress and former Scientologist, has an 8-part television series on A&E entitled Scientology: The Aftermath. Recently, she did a reddit AMA that was quite interesting, and she will apparently answer more questions on reddit tomorrow. Three episodes have aired so far (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST).  The current episodes have centered on former Scientologists…