Jack Vance

979 Flips | 15 Magazines | 43 Likes | 16 Following | 65 Followers | @JackVance | Author of the Atheist Revolution blog; flips about atheism, secular activism, skepticism, & freethought.

America's Evolution Denial

If you have ever used a computer, talked on a cell phone, visited a physician, or operated a motor vehicle, you have benefited from science. Much of …

Putting Priests on Pedestals Permits Perpetration

I was raised in a mainstream Protestant denomination of Christianity, and I was required by my family to attend the church near our home between the …

Can #MeToo Derail Brett Kavanaugh's Lifetime Appointment?

By SCOTUS [Public domain], Wikimedia CommonsNow that Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman when he was in high school …

Brett Kavanaugh

Reason and the State of the Liberal Union

As you know, we have three branches of federal government in the U.S. which are supposed to serve as checks and balances on one another. To the …

Democratic Party

Educating the Public About Atheism

Atheists in the United States who are tired of being viewed as second-class citizens (or worse) can learn a great deal from other social movements …

Atheism

Some Lifelong Catholics Thinking of Leaving the Church

Photo link<p>Amidst all the Catholic-related news, most of which has been pretty damn depressing, I thought I'd share a bit of good news from an …

Letter to a New Atheist

You who have been cursed with a religious upbringing which you are now questioning, this letter is for you. You who are starting to doubt whether an …

The Influence of Outrage Media

I suspect that one reason so many people have difficulty prioritizing what to be outraged about and effectively channeling their outrage into …

How to Leave the Catholic Church

Are you disgusted with the Catholic Church over their opposition to reproductive rights and all the harm it has caused? Is your head still reeling …

Fear and Outrage as the Preferred Fundraising Approach

We are all used to hearing claims like, "If x happens, some horrible but vague consequence will occur." This appears to be the preferred tactic of …

Donald Trump

The Nun: Reality is Scarier Than Fiction

I really liked <i>The Conjuring</i>, and I thought <i>The Conjuring 2</i> was better than the average horror film but a step down from the first one. Despite almost …

Horror

Yes, I Am a Man

A recent comment left in response to this post over at Atheist Revolution's Facebook page got me thinking. Here was the comment: As a privileged …

Social Media

How to Participate at Atheist Revolution

Welcome! This brief post is for new visitors who are just found Atheist Revolution and are having trouble figuring out how to participate by …

Outrage Over Kavanaugh Understandable, May Still Backfire

I had hoped to have time to watch at least a few hours of the Kavanaugh hearings, but it was not meant to be. I have been far too busy with work, and …

Fundraising

Farewell to Advocatus Atheist

Cue up the Queen song "Another One Bites the Dust" (which I am actually listening to at this very moment) and join me in bidding a fond farewell to …

Atheism

Understanding the Opposition to Abortion

Photo by Sergio [CC BY-SA 2.0]<p>Contraception is about <i>preventing</i> pregnancy. Christians who regard abortion as murder ought to celebrate contraception. …

Death Row

Nike Signs Kaepernick, Mob Goes Wild - Conservative Skeptic

Another week, another outrage on social media. It never seems to end that there will be someone, somewhere offended by a person or a corporation …

Social Media

Why Remain in a Religion When You Ignore Much of What It Teaches?

If your religion, whatever it may be, teaches that you should kill people who leave your religion because they have left it, I'd say your religion …

Religion

Can Posting More Often Really Help Bloggers With the Summer Slump?

I went back-and-forth about whether to add this to the end of my recent post about the summer blogging slump or write a brief follow-up post. As you …

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Religion Facilitates Evil

I wrote the post below in May of 2009 shortly after yet another Catholic abuse scandal emerged. It is a shame to find that it is still relevant in …

Can Social Pressure Help to Prevent Clergy Abuse?

I'm not inclined to think that hashtag activism can cure every social ill, but I don't want to dismiss it as being wholly ineffective either. If …

Social Media

U.S. Motto Inaccurate: American Atheists Do Not Trust in God

"In god we trust" has been the national motto of the United States since 1956. It appears on our currency, in our courthouses, and in several …

Time For 'In God We Trust' To Go

When you walk into a building owned and operated by your city, county, state, or federal government, you generally do so for a reason. Unless you …

Rights & Freedoms

If Republicans Lose Congress, Forget All About 'Merry Christmas'

According to CNN, President Trump said the following to a room full of evangelical Christian leaders he invited to the White House this week:<p>I just …

Political Activism

What Does Secular Mean?

Manifestacion Anti Clerical or (The Street Gazzete: Anti Clerical Manifestation) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Despite widespread confusion, <i>secularism</i> is …

Religion

Normalizing Atheism

Photo by dailyinvention<p>At some point in the interval of time between when <b>Donald Trump</b> announced that he was running for president and when he took …

Donald Trump

Atheism Does NOT Require Faith

Next to the claim that atheists are evil because some sort of god is required for morality, insisting that atheism requires faith seems to be a …

All Children are Born Atheists

Anyone who understands the definition of atheism must acknowledge that all children are born atheists, including those born to Christian parents. …

The Summer Blogging Slump

Conservative Skeptic recently mentioned that his blog traffic has been down lately, and I've noticed the same thing throughout much of July and …

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On The Logical Impossibility Of God

Mount Scopus הר הצופים (Photo credit: Wikipedia)<p>I was rereading a portion of <b>George Smith</b>'s excellent Atheism: The case against God recently and found …