The Native American Code of Ethics

Wherever you come from and whatever your circumstances, I think that this code is something that we should all try and live by. It was originally published in the Inter-Tribal Times in October, 1994 but it transcends time. Have a look and let me know what you think of this. How many of you are already living this code of ethics? 1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you […] Read More

Can a Ghost Make You Ill? The Ghost Sickness Belief of the Native American Indians

Ghost sickness is the belief that ghosts are able to cause a living person to fall ill. This particular term is used by the Native Americans, especially amongst the Navajo people. Nevertheless, this belief can also be found in other Native American cultures. Furthermore, this concept may also be found in other cultures of the world, though with certain slight variations. So how does a ghost make you sick, and why? Navajo Attachment Belief According to the Navajos, as […] Read More

How Corporate America Invented Christian America

How one reverend’s big business-backed crusade altered the political landscape. The following is an adapted excerpt from Kevin Kruse’s new book,  One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (Basic Books, 2015). In December 1940, as America was emerging from the Great Depression, more than 5,000 industrialists from across the nation made their yearly pilgrimage to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, convening for the annual meeting of the National Association of Manufacturers. The program promised an impressive […] Read More

‘Pro Life’ GOPer Says It’s Fine For Kids to Die in the Name of God

Rep. Christy Perry says it violates parents’ rights if they’re required to treat their sick children. In a deeply religious section of Idaho, a Republican state representative says that the state has no right to protect children from their parents who refuse them needed medical treatment in favor of faith healing. “Children do die,” says Rep. Christy Perry. And it’s fine with her if Idaho children die in the name of God. Perry’s district includes many followers of a religious […] Read More

Evangelists Plan to Convert Atheist Computers to Christianity

Several pastors and theologians said that there was no reason that a computer could not be saved by Jesus. Christian evangelists said this week that artificially intelligent (AI) computer brains should be converted from atheism to Christianity. In an article published on Wednesday, Gizmodo’s Zoltan Istvan pointed out that the world was nearing a point where “autonomous, self-aware super intelligences” created by humans would be part of our culture. And several pastors and theologians told Istvan that there was […] Read More

Huckabee Claims God Blessed Him, and Mormons Back LGBT Rights

No one has had a busier week than former Fox News host Mike Huckabee, who got a direct blessing from God to run for president so that he could fight off the “secular theocracy” atheists with no political power are imposing upon the American people. As if that was not enough, Huckabee has figured out how to end all school shootings—not with sensible gun control, but in form of a Christian theocracy in which your children pray at school. Speaking […] Read More

Gov. Bobby Jindal Is One of the Top Republican Islamophobes — and Also a Religious Extremist

Jindal may be against Islamic extremism, but his moves as a fervent Catholic promotes a religious agenda. Today Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is in London, to give a speech about how to address Islamic extremism at the conservative Henry Jackson Society. While this topic has little to do with his current job, hysteria about Muslims is a rising topic among the crop of Republican presidential contenders, and the speech is a way for Jindal to court the Islamophobia among […] Read More

My Horrible Right-Wing Past: Confessions of a One-Time Religious Right Icon

I was a religious fanatic appealing to political leaders. Today, the fanatics are the political leaders. I am a white, privileged, well-off, 61-year-old former Republican religious right-wing activist who changed his mind about religion and politics long ago. The New York Times profiled my change of heart, saying that to my former friends I’m considered a “traitorous prince” since my religious-right family was once thought of as “evangelical royalty.” Only in the Mafia, the British Royal family and big-time American religion is a nepotistic rise to […] Read More

Georgia Pastor Has His Mind Blown by European Atheists: ‘If There’s No God, Why Should I Believe?’

During a trip to secular Nordic countries, Baptist pastor Marty McLain was asked by one man: “If there’s no god, why should I believe in him?” A Finnish television network recently filmed a Southern Baptist pastor as he visited secular Nordic countries and struggled to come to grips with widespread LGBT rights and atheism. In an episode of Yle’s The Norden, Summit Church of West Georgia Lead Pastor Marty McLain tells the network that he is a creationist who […] Read More

Former Fundamentalist Exposes the Christian Right’s Bizarre PR Sham

Just watching their films shows their vile, heavy-handed tactics. “Millions of believers will suddenly vanish into thin air,” Willie Robertson, best known for his work on Duck Dynasty, exclaimed recently. He was promoting the new Christian movie ”Left Behind,” where he has an executive producer credit. “It’s a warning to those, if it happened today, would be left behind. And I believe that people are going to make the life-changing decision to follow Christ on the way home from the theater … opening […] Read More

Learning to Think in a Society Ruled by Absurd Religion and Other Dogma

The following is an excerpt from Parenting Without God by Dan Arel. One important thing to teach our children is how to think critically. It is easy to tell them they should, but it is not as easy to teach them how, mainly because we may not be that great at it ourselves. How many atheists do you know who are anti-GMO or anti-vaccination? We know these can be smart people who took on a position that is full of emotion, […] Read More

The 12 New Rules For Prosperity

By Whitneay T. Vanwells Rule #1.  ‘Everybody is rich, but poor me’ … Or, ‘I am a money victim’ … You came into this life with past experiences from other times.  In those times you were rich, you were poor, and you sometimes starved to death.  Those past life experiences gave you a subconscious belief that you were poor, and that life must always be a struggle.  As an adult, you may continue to believe this, and also take great subconscious effort in re-creating and manifesting WRONG BELIEFS.  […] Read More

2013: How Christian Delusions Are Driving the GOP Insane

Why aren’t Republicans more frightened of the consequences of a shutdown and default? Part of the reason is magical religious thinking. Why aren’t Republicans more afraid? The entire premise of both the government shutdown and the threats to force the government into debt default is that Democrats care more about the consequences of these actions than the Republicans do. Republicans may go on TV and shed crocodile tears about national monuments being shut down, but the act isn’t really fooling the […] Read More