August 24, 2016

Jill Stein Accuses Critics of Mansplaining

Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein seems determined to do her best to make it impossible for me to vote for her in the upcoming election. While she still has an edge over Hillary Clinton with regard to the likelihood of receiving my vote, that isn't saying much. And when what you see below recently appeared on her Facebook page, my tentative plan to support her is going to require some additional thought.

August 23, 2016

A Post I Wish I Had Written

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It is not every day that I come across a post on a blog I've never heard of written by an author I've never heard of and find myself thinking, "Damn, I wish I had written that." When it happens, it seems almost criminal not to share it with as many people as possible. I mean, good content deserves an audience. And so, that is what I am going to do here.

The post in question was written by David Smalley of Dogma Debate With David Smalley. Evidently, he does some sort of Internet radio show/podcast. Since I don't have much interest in that particular medium, that is probably why I'm not familiar with him. Fortunately, he writes a blog too, which brings me to the post in question. It is called "What's Killing The Atheist Movement?" I hope you find is as timely and thought-provoking as I did. I'm happy to say that I've seen several other atheist bloggers sharing it, so I'm guessing it will be widely read.

Stop the Christians From Knocking on Your Door

Go away door matI've made no secret of my distaste for evangelical fundamentalist Christian door-to-door proselytizing. I've written about it here several times, mostly because I was not sufficiently prepared for how much worse it was going to be when I moved to Mississippi as compared with anywhere else I'd ever lived. It was a rare occurrence everywhere else; here it was not at all uncommon to have 4-5 Southern Baptists at my door in a month. That got old quickly.

Fortunately, it happens much less often now than it once did. I don't believe I have had a single Southern Baptist at my door (or Mormon peeking in my windows) in at least 3 months. I wish I understood why this was the case, but I'm honestly not sure. Still, I'd like to share my experiences with this particular annoyance in the hope that some of it might be helpful to others who are interested in receiving fewer of these visitors.

August 22, 2016

Christian Privilege in Mississippi

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This post originally appeared on the Mississippi Atheists blog in July of 2012. It has been revised and expanded.

While running errands recently, I parked my car and was in the process of heading into the store. As I did so, I noticed that I had parked next to a car that had both a Jesus fish and one of the symbols you see here on its trunk. I paused for a moment and considered moving my car. Had it been newer and less scratched up than it is, I might have done so. In the end, laziness won out, and I decided not to bother.

As I walked on, it occurred to me that I probably would have moved my car if I had a Darwin fish or any other pro-reality messages affixed to it. I don't think I would have had enough confidence that the owner of the car parked here would not have messed with my car in this case. This seems like reminder of Christian privilege here in Mississippi. The evangelical fundamentalist Christians who live here do not have to worry about the consequences for displaying pro-Christian messages; we atheists cannot say the same.

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