For adults as well as sophisticated younger readers, my recent novel Polly and the One and Only World, which features an atheist witch navigating a theocratic, post-oil America, has been getting excellent reviews and international attention.
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Just heard that the comedy actor Gene Wilder has died Aged 83. A real shame he was a great comedic actor. I don't think I've ever seen him do a bad performance.
Political Progress for Nonreligious Americans
By David Niose
Secular Americans, long ignored in the realm of politics, are finally starting to be seen as a group to be reckoned with. In a sign of the nonreligious sector’s growing numbers and political muscle, a resolution validating the group was enthusiastically passed by the influential LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention in July. The resolution recognizes the “value, ethical soundness, and…Continue
"Terrorists are "psychopaths and fascists" and so-called Islamic State "a monstrous magnet for the worst" says Bernard Henri-Levy. The French philosopher and public intellectual tells John Humphrys that populations under attack from terrorism need to develop a kind of "sixth sense" of danger, accepting that an attack could happen at any…
Syrian Refugee Wielding Machete Kills Woman
This is just the latest attack by a lone assailant claiming to be a Muslim. With ISIS and other groups telling Muslims around the world to attack people from countries who are thought to be the enemy of Islam.…Continue
Christopher Hitchens | A tribute to 2nd Lt. Mark Daily
Thus is a must watch video.
1 July 2016
Commuters across the UK were stopped in their tracks this morning as thousands of volunteers dressed in First World War uniforms took part in a unique event to mark the…
It was something over a year ago that I learned that Cleveland was going to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention. The prospect of having a bunch of misogynistic, homophobic, mostly white guys invading The Best Location in the Nation was not a welcome thought, as you might well imagine, and that many of them were scornful of the concept of church/state separation did not help matters. However, I was encouraged by some discussion at a meeting of the Northern Ohio Freethought…Continue
Facebook facing heavy criticism after removing major atheist pages
This terrible murder of a young member of Parliament just goes to show that gun violence can rear its ugly head anywhere not just America. The killer was heard to shout out Britain first or Put Britain first. Here is the BBCs report of the event.
1 hour ago
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There are lot of people I've met online since I became an atheist, many of them I am glad to call, "friend." Still, it's something altogether different to MEET these same people in the flesh, or at least be close enough to photograph and hear them speak live. Being able to do that a few times this past June 4th was as valuable to me as being able to attend the Rally itself, and I am glad to share with you some of those very neat moments here.
Here's Daniel and I.…
Added by Loren Miller on June 13, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments
Driving 360 miles with a lousy cold isn’t ordinarily my idea of fun, but this was the Reason Rally, and those don’t happen every day. So I added zinc and Hall’s Mentholyptus to my overnight bag and set off a touch after 8 AM Friday. Turns out the drive was pretty easy, and I got in around 2:30. There wasn’t a lot going on at the time, and I wanted to decompress after the drive, so there wasn’t much to do other than collapse! I DO want to note, however, that one thoughtful provision had been…Continue
You may argue to death that there are movements in this image. That's what good illusions do to our eyes.…Continue
DC police warn proselytizing Christians not to hound atheists at Reason Rally or face arrest
Later this week, an estimated 20,000 “free-thinking” atheists will gather in Washington, D.C. for the Reason Rally. Perhaps predictably, Christian evangelists saw this as a ripe opportunity to try converting them.
But that won’t happen now, because D.C. police won’t let Christians hold their own gathering without a…Continue
The war against drugs has been a terrible disaster for everybody involved. Why? And can we do something differently?
I'm not totally sure but I know the war on drugs has had a terrible effect on society as a whole.
We are very similar before birth!
I sometimes nearly cry when I see an educated person act childishly or with total stupidity. Why hell don't they see what is crystal clear?
I once asked my colleague teachers at a high school the rationale of teaching scientific facts they don't believe or pretend not to see. The answer was sincere:…
“Faith is no reason.” That was the winning entry in…Continue
Added by Loren Miller on May 23, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
J.K. Rowling Defends Free Speech—and Donald Trump
“He has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there.”
J.K. Rowling wants to remind you that freedom of expression includes people whose opinions you find most “offensive and bigoted.” Chief among them, for her: presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Added by Stephen on May 22, 2016 at 8:16pm — No Comments