I wonder how many people have to die before people realize words have power. How many mothers, fathers, unarmed civilians have to die before people understand that some rhetoric isn’t just inflammatory, it’s lethal? I’m convinced that as long as domestic terrorists are sad white men using guns, the GOP won’t be too worried about … More “No More Baby Parts”
That SNL skit isn’t wrong; I wish Adele could fix my Thanksgiving angst. Madalyn Murray O’Hair came up. For those not in the know, she’s a dead atheist activist who won a Supreme Court case that banned school sponsored Bible readings, Murray V. Curlett. She was the founder and president of American Atheists. She, along with … More My Mother, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, and Me
Reprinted from the Daily Mississippian On Thursday, Oct. 29, the city of Collins received a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in regards to Christian statues in a publicly maintained and operated park. I spent the first 12 years of my life living in Collins, and the vast majority of my maternal … More The Misrepresentation of Church and state
It’s almost mid-November so the annual war on Christmas is in full force. This year’s first crusader against joy and light? Starbucks. Joshua Feuerstein, former pastor and current pop-producer of “edgy” viral videos, went to Starbucks and saw their sleek, minimalist winter cups. This year, no snowflakes, or reindeer, or a single solitary evergreen grace … More The Latest War on Christmas, the Saga of Joshua Feuerstein
The roller coaster of emotions regarding my faith has been an adventure, to say the least. My mother and I have had a few conversations, and have maintained a quiet peace over the past few weeks. I head back to Mississippi on August 1st, and I’ll be going to Jackson to see my parents a … More My Mother’s Revival During My Exit From Faith
If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’re likely well-aware of the guilt I mention every time I do anything contrary. My whole life, guilt has been my water and I’ve never quite learned how to escape it.
Today, a family friend commented on my Facebook status that they had found my blog. They said the loved me and included a smiley face. Out of fear, I immediately deleted the comment. I know people will find my blog. Rationally and reasonable, I know this is inevitable, but seeing the confirmation that someone had … More Being a Non-Believer Where Non-Believers Are the Enemy
We’ve been on a roller-coaster of emotion, haven’t we? This has been hard, no doubt about it. I’ve seen you go from devastated to angry to accepting and all the way back round. I don’t think you know how to cope with this.
I’m opinionated, and I feel quite passionately about several causes. With the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, I’ve experienced great joy this weekend. However, a few of my Facebook friends are opposed to equality for the LGBT community. I commented on one of these: At first, I felt incredibly guilty. I wonder if I … More We Don’t Have to Play by Their Rules
Late last night I learned of the despicable actions of a young man—whose name I will not mention as to not bring him attention—in Charleston, South Carolina. Without provocation, he went to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and opened fire. Nine people are dead, and the man—the murderer—has been captured.