A Sunday Morning Atheist Service

Stephanie Allred…..Religion is such a central aspect of our world- creating both diversity and conformity. Peace and war. Acceptance and prejudice. Religion influences our lives in several ways either culturally or politically. Religion can be personal or communal. Some seek religion for comfort, assistance, and peace. Others regard religion as part of their daily life in prayer, meditation, and worship. But what about those who have no religion at all? I recently visited the Atlanta Freethought Society, an Atheist community located in Smyrna, Georgia.

Why Holocaust Denial is Not Critical Thinking

By Joe Laycock….A Southern California school district asked middle schoolers to conduct independent research and determine for themselves whether the Holocaust was an actual, historical event or an elaborate hoax perpetrated by Zionists for political and financial gain. The district backed off the assignment following complaints from the ADL and coverage on the local news. While the assignment may appear to be an insidious effort to sneak an anti-Semitic view of history into the curriculum, the actual culprit is a misguided attempt introduce “critical thinking” into the classroom.

Mother’s Day Cynic

By Heather Abraham…….I have long abhorred Mother’s Day. A blasphemous declaration I know but it is my truth. For me, Mother’s Day is a day of unfulfilled promise. A reminder of what was and what will never be. It is inescapable….Search and you will find a card to mark most human experiences but sadly, they don’t have the kahoonas to make cards for those who suffer from Mother’s Day Cynicism. Not one “Happy Fucking Mother’s Day” card to be found. Of course it is to their advantage to perpetuate holiday myths, not challenge the narrative.

A is for Adjunct, Part II

By Kate Daley Bailey……Calling all Adjuncts- Make your own ‘A IS FOR ADJUNCT’ signs, buttons, etc. Wear them everywhere… and when someone asks you what it is all about you can talk about what it means to be an adjunct! Maybe no one will care but other adjuncts will notice and at least we can form some type of support group. We will know we are not alone.

A is for Adjunct, Part I

By Kate Daley Bailey…..An adjunct is a part-time knowledge worker who teaches 76% of all college courses in the US. We are contract workers (picking up jobs by the semester or year), transient populations (going where the jobs are), we rarely get benefits, are rarely hired in full-time capacity (because this would require we receive benefits), and we often don’t know if we will have work from semester to semester. Many of us have PhDs; some of us, like myself, only have a MA degree. Many of us have written for esteemed journals, published alongside tenured professors, and even written our own books. Recently the academic world has been all aflutter about us.

“True Religion, True Spirituality, True Detective”

By Will Simpson……Like many, I have been glued to my television watching HBO’s hit crime/noir show True Detective over the past several weeks. I am writing this article the week following the airing of the show’s much anticipated first season finale. The show, being in anthology format, completely resolved the story told in season one. So while other seasons of True Detective will inevitably follow, the story that Nic Pizzolatto (the show’s sole writer) set out to tell with these particular characters is done.

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    DIY Christian Bar Mitzvahs

    By Brandon Logan……..According to Craig Hill, “there is something on the inside of every person that longs for blessing from parents” and a failure to fulfill this need has led to many of the ills plaguing modern Western society (1). Hill combines this sentiment with a belief that the West is tragically deficient in rite of passage ceremonies. The result is a populace left rudderless, constantly seeking the affirmation that should have been provided to them as they transitioned into adulthood. These individuals fail to develop a sufficient amount of emotional maturity, since for those who fail to receive a “proper release into manhood or womanhood” there remains “in the heart a lingering feeling of childhood.”

  • The Religious Theft of Sacred Culture?

    The Religious Theft of Sacred Culture?

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    By Kenny Smith…..
    In the case of both Jediism and Dudeism, entirely new religious traditions have been created wholesale from the cloth of popular culture. In other cases, key elements are borrowed from popular culture and grafted onto pre-existing religious traditions, resulting in equally innovative and to some degree “new” versions of these traditions, which their critics typically regard as humorous or horrifying.

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  • Mother’s Day Cynic

    Mother’s Day Cynic

    By Heather Abraham…….I have long abhorred Mother’s Day. A blasphemous declaration I know but it is my truth. For me, Mother’s Day is a day of unfulfilled promise. A reminder of what was and what will never be. It is inescapable….Search and you will find a card to mark most human experiences but sadly, they don’t have the kahoonas to make cards for those who suffer from Mother’s Day Cynicism. Not one “Happy Fucking Mother’s Day” card to be found. Of course it is to their advantage to perpetuate holiday myths, not challenge the narrative.

  • “True Religion, True Spirituality, True Detective”

    “True Religion, True Spirituality, True Detective”

    By Will Simpson……Like many, I have been glued to my television watching HBO’s hit crime/noir show True Detective over the past several weeks. I am writing this article the week following the airing of the show’s much anticipated first season finale. The show, being in anthology format, completely resolved the story told in season one. So while other seasons of True Detective will inevitably follow, the story that Nic Pizzolatto (the show’s sole writer) set out to tell with these particular characters is done.

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  • A Sunday Morning Atheist Service

    A Sunday Morning Atheist Service

    Stephanie Allred…..Religion is such a central aspect of our world- creating both diversity and conformity. Peace and war. Acceptance and prejudice. Religion influences our lives in several ways either culturally or politically. Religion can be personal or communal. Some seek religion for comfort, assistance, and peace. Others regard religion as part of their daily life in prayer, meditation, and worship. But what about those who have no religion at all? I recently visited the Atlanta Freethought Society, an Atheist community located in Smyrna, Georgia.

  • Why Holocaust Denial is Not Critical Thinking

    Why Holocaust Denial is Not Critical Thinking

    By Joe Laycock….A Southern California school district asked middle schoolers to conduct independent research and determine for themselves whether the Holocaust was an actual, historical event or an elaborate hoax perpetrated by Zionists for political and financial gain. The district backed off the assignment following complaints from the ADL and coverage on the local news. While the assignment may appear to be an insidious effort to sneak an anti-Semitic view of history into the curriculum, the actual culprit is a misguided attempt introduce “critical thinking” into the classroom.

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  • A is for Adjunct, Part II

    A is for Adjunct, Part II

    By Kate Daley Bailey……Calling all Adjuncts- Make your own ‘A IS FOR ADJUNCT’ signs, buttons, etc. Wear them everywhere… and when someone asks you what it is all about you can talk about what it means to be an adjunct! Maybe no one will care but other adjuncts will notice and at least we can form some type of support group. We will know we are not alone.

  • Mormon Church Explains Past Racism, Ban On Black Priests

    Mormon Church Explains Past Racism, Ban On Black Priests

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Mormon church leaders lifted the ban on blacks in the priesthood in 1978, church leaders offered little official explanation for the reasons behind the ban, saying only they received a revelation it was time for the change. In the three decades since, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have struggled to understand the roots of the old ban and grappled with how best to respond to questions about the touchy historical topic. Even as recently as 2012 — when the issue flared up during Mitt Romney’s run for president — the church said it has always welcomed people of all races into the church but that was not known precisely why, how or when the restriction on the priesthood began.

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  • Examining Issues of Identification and Ethical Concerns in Biblical Scholarship:  An Interview with Hector Avalos

    Examining Issues of Identification and Ethical Concerns in Biblical Scholarship: An Interview with Hector Avalos

    By Tim Morgan…At this year’s American Academy for Religion conference, cohosted with the Society for Biblical Literature, on November 22-26 in Baltimore, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Hector Avalos, Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and author of nine books and dozens of articles, both academic and popular. On the second day of the conference, he was a presenter for the “Biblical ‘Genocide’ in Biblical Scholarship” panel, which was part of the SBL Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible Section/Metacriticism of Bible Scholarship Consultation series sponsored within the conference. He presented a paper titled, “Genocide: Biblical Scholarship as Biblical Apologetics,” in which he argued, contrary to the other presenters, that the god of the Old Testament endorses genocide as well as slavery and that this, along with a variety of other reasons, including the idea of hell preserved in the New Testament, makes the Bible indefensible as a source of moral authority.

  • Religion, Lately- Breastfeeding in Church, MLK Jr. on Science, and Yeezianity.

    Religion, Lately- Breastfeeding in Church, MLK Jr. on Science, and Yeezianity.

    By Lauren Cooper…There have been numerous scientific studies showing breastfeeding to be better for a child’s development, both mentally and physically, than being bottle-fed alone. That being said, everyone seems to have an opinion about when and where breastfeeding is appropriate. Is it okay for a woman to breastfeed in a public space, say maybe in church, for example? According to Pope Francis, it certainly is. When he spoke at the Sistine Chapel on January 12, 2014, Pope Francis gave the okay for moms to breastfeed during church, going so far as to compare a hungry child to world hunger on a larger scale. You can read more about the Pope’s opinion on this matter in this article from The Gridley Herald.

  • Religion Lately- Instapray, A Year as an Atheist, and Christian Fashion

    Religion Lately- Instapray, A Year as an Atheist, and Christian Fashion

    By Lauren Cooper…Prayer, in varying forms, is an important part of several religions. Often praying together is what creates unity within a religious community. Well, now there’s an app for that. The new app for both Android and Apple products called Instapray connects users all over the world and unites them through an exchange of prayers and prayer requests. Read more about how it works in this article from Huffington Post and download the app at Instapray.com. Speaking of “religious” apps for your various technological devices, what about the ones that didn’t quite make the cut? Huffington Post has compiled a list of a few of these apps that were banned almost immediately.

  • Establishment vs. Free Exercise: How the Hobby Lobby Lawsuit Helps Us Understand the Freedom of Religion

    Establishment vs. Free Exercise: How the Hobby Lobby Lawsuit Helps Us Understand the Freedom of Religion

    By Christa Lasher…The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is just weeks away from being in full swing. Part of that act is the contraceptive mandate which requires for-profit companies with more than fifty employees to provide health insurance plans which cover contraceptive care. Non-profits and religious organizations have been granted a grace period or an all-out exemption to this mandate, and now for-profit companies, like Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. most famously or infamously as the case may be, want in on the action.

  • Religion, Lately: Sikhism v. The Gap, an Evangelical Taliban, Dreams of a Druid College

    Religion, Lately: Sikhism v. The Gap, an Evangelical Taliban, Dreams of a Druid College

    By Kenny Smith…In California, a holiday ad featuring a Sikh gentleman with his shirt partially unbuttoned in close proximity to a (seemingly amorous) female model has drawn mixed reactions from Sikh communities worldwide. Some see it as a “breakthrough” for American Sikhs, who have frequently been mistaken for Muslims in acts of religious violence and discrimination. Others have complained that, because the “Gap shamelessly decided to run this lusty ad for one of its front-line posters… [p]eople are going to think Sikhs are playboys. We were taught by our Sikh gurus that we were to be married, and the sexy model isn’t married to him.”

  • Nazi Narratives of Narratives About Nazis?

    Nazi Narratives of Narratives About Nazis?

    By Kate Daley-Bailey…The invocation of Providence, holy passion, and the depths of faith in a tract featured in the Nazi Party’s illustrated magazine for women (Frauen Warte) may cause readers to, rightly, feel a type of moral dissonance. The tract calls for German women, especially German mothers, to look deep into the recesses of their hearts, those storehouses of strength, faith, and loyalty, in order to find the love, … yes, the love to hate ‘the enemy’ to death. That this unconditional love which German women had for their children and life was being exploited to make them as “hard and pitiless as the war” ‘required’ them to be, is more than disturbing.

  • "The Secret" of Middle Earth?

    “The Secret” of Middle Earth?

    By Kenny Smith…Elsewhere, I’ve written about some of the ways in which contemporary religious communities have “stolen” images, ideas, and narratives from the larger culture, resulting in a host of new religious developments, such as Fight Club churches, Open Carry services, Cannabis Christianities, and Klingons for Christ, to cite but a few of the more eye-popping examples. Such instances of religious/cultural blending occur precisely because the popular resources that are appropriated (Fight Club masculinity, handguns, cannabis, Klingons) can themselves be understood as “functioning as sacred” for a significant number of people within the broader culture.

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