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Somehow You Just Knew Atheists Were Responsible [EvolutionBlog]

July 20, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Here’s Texas Republican representative Louie Gohmert explaining the cause of the killings at that Colorado movie theater:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took place in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter.    Read more

Why Romney is Struggling to Explain His Time at Bain [EvolutionBlog]

July 18, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Via Andrew Sullivan, we have this interesting essay, by Jacob Weisberg, discussing why Mitt Romney is struggling to defend his history at Bain Capital. The whole essay is worth reading, but I especially liked this part:    Read more

Alienating Moderates [EvolutionBlog]

July 18, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

In the course of a generally favorable review of Among the Creationists over at The Panda’s Thumb blog, Matt Young wrote the following:    Read more

Theistic Evolution is Not a Form of Intelligent Design [EvolutionBlog]

May 18, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

More precisely, if we say that theistic evolution is a form of intelligent design, then we have to stop saying that intelligent design is a form of creationism.

Over at HuffPo, Victor Stenger writes:    Read more

O'Donnell States it Plain [EvolutionBlog]

May 17, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

When MSNBC fired Keith Olbermann and replaced him with Lawrence O'Donnell, I was a bit annoyed. But now that Olbermann had crashed and burned over at Current TV, and O'Donnell has turned into a pretty effective pundit, I have changed my mind. For an example of why I like O'Donnell so much, consider this depressingly accurate tirade about the Newsweek cover with the headline, “The First Gay President.”    Read more

Creation Superconference! [EvolutionBlog]

May 15, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Sometimes I wonder what the mailman thinks of me. One day he's delivering the new issue of Free Inquiry, the next he's leaving something from Creation Ministries International.    Read more

When Cynicism is a Good Thing [EvolutionBlog]

May 10, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

I'm planning to do a follow-up to Tuesday's post about Elliott Sober's recent talk. That is likely to be a long post, so ti may be a day or two before I can get to it.

In the meantime, go have a look at my new post over at The Huffington Post. I suggest that on the subject of evolution and creationism, Americans would benefit from a bit more cynicism. Let me know what you think!    Read more

Obama Supports Gay Marriage! [EvolutionBlog]

May 9, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

I only have time for a quick post today, so let us take note of the happy fact that Obama has now come out squarely in support of gay marriage. In an interview today he said:    Read more

The BECB Discussed on Think Atheist Radio [EvolutionBlog]

May 6, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

I recently had a conversation with Greg Gorey of Think Atheist Radio about my book Among the Creationists. We discussed the history and cultures of creationism, the problem of evil, methodological naturalism, my experiences socializing with creationists and several other things besides. From my end I can honestly say it was one of the most interesting conversations I have had on these topics, so I hope you enjoy it. The discussion is fifty minutes long. So go have a listen and let me know what you think!    Read more

Stephen King on Taxes [EvolutionBlog]

May 6, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Stephen King has been on a roll lately. His most recent novel 11/22/63 was a welcome return to form and his best work in years. And now he has this excellent essay, in The Daily Beast, on the subject of taxes:    Read more

Maybe My Next Book Should Be About Atheist Gatherings [EvolutionBlog]

April 30, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

As you have probably guessed from the blog drought around here, it's the end of the semester. That means tons of grading, office hours, meetings with students, deadlines to meet, and all around not much time for blogging. Final exams are this week. Once those are graded I reach the promised land of summer break. So regular blogging will resume shortly.

In the meantime, here's a guest post I wrote for the Oxford University Press blog. I offer a few thoughts about my two recent experiences with atheist gatherings: The Reason Rally and the American Atheists Convention. I enjoyed both events immensely, but I also offer a few gentle criticisms. So go read the post and let me know what you think.    Read more

Is it Politically Unwise to Associate Evolution With Nonbelief? [EvolutionBlog]

April 12, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Here's the latest from Michael Ruse, over at the blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is discussing the anti-evolution“academic freedom” bill that just passed in Tennessee:    Read more

So nice, and so wrong [Pharyngula]

March 29, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

What do you do on airplanes? I usually devour a book or two, usually something popcorny and light, sometimes something I need to get read for work. On my trip home from Washington DC, I lucked out: I was handed a book the day I took off, and it turned out to be a damned good read.    Read more

So nice, and so wrong [Pharyngula]

March 29, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

What do you do on airplanes? I usually devour a book or two, usually something popcorny and light, sometimes something I need to get read for work. On my trip home from Washington DC, I lucked out: I was handed a book the day I took off, and it turned out to be a damned good read.    Read more

At the Reason Rally [EvolutionBlog]

March 27, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

It was cold, and it was pouring rain for much of the afternoon, but the rally was a huge success nevertheless. The official estimate from the Park's Department was 20,000, which seems about right to me. I'm not generally a real social person, and I'm not much of a joiner. But given that I live in a culturally conservative part of the country, and spend so much time reading and thinking about religious right propaganda, it was with a sense of physical relief that I spent the afternoon standing in solidarity with my fellow atheists.

And make no mistake, this was an atheist rally. A New Atheist rally in fact. Condemning religion was certainly high on the priority list for most of the speakers. The general attitude was well summed up by rally host Paul Provenza:    Read more

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