Image via WikipediaIt must be difficult to be a Christian extremist parent in 2009. First, those pesky public schools actually want to educate your children in science so they'll be able to compete in an increasingly complex job market. Second, some dare to teach method of sex education which have been shown to be...(gasp)...effective, instead of simply preaching "don't do it." And now, some schools have the nerve to realize that bullying detracts from the learning conducive environment they...Read Full Story
Image via WikipediaThe month of November brings both Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving, but it also heralds something even more special - the war on Christmas. It is almost unfortunate that this war is nothing more than a marketing campaign by Christian extremists to solicit donations from their deluded supporters. If only the war was real, it could bring atheists together to denounce Christian privilege as a potent cultural factor for maintaining extremism. But sadly, the war on Christmas is...Read Full Story
Friendly Atheist has a good post asking us all to consider whether we truly support freedom of speech. He is right to note what appears to be considerable hypocrisy around this issue. We pick on Christians for their hypocrisy because it tends to be so common and obvious, but I'd like to remind us that atheists are not immune from making the same mistake. This is a good subject for some discussion in light of the recent news about atheist billboards, bus campaigns, and the like.It is easy to...Read Full Story
My post asking whether atheists should consider picketing Christian extremist churches generated some great comments and spawned some interesting e-mails as well. Unfortunately, it appears that some who commented and e-mailed seemed to miss a couple of what I thought were crucial points in the original post. I'd like to clear these up and continue the discussion here.In the original post, I was discussing the possibility of picketing Christian extremist churches and not all Christian churches...Read Full Story
I was motivated, at least in part, to start Atheist Revolution because I was becoming increasingly frustrated to see politicians and media in the U.S. obsess over Islamic extremism in the Middle East while ignoring Christian extremism at home. In the couple of years since I have been blogging, little has changed. There is still a tendency in the U.S. to see religious extremism as problematic only as long as one's own religion is exempt from similar examination. Yes, there have been some...Read Full Story
Christian extremism is a poorly understood and often neglected phenomenon. Although we are constantly hearing about Muslim extremists, America is plagued with a Christian extremist movement which we ignore at our peril. Christian extremism includes the components of Christian fundamentalism (i.e., biblical inerrancy, evangelism, premillenialism...more
Christian extremism is a poorly understood and often neglected phenomenon. Although we are constantly hearing about Muslim extremists, America is plagued with a Christian extremist movement which we ignore at our peril. Christian extremism includes the components of Christian fundamentalism (i.e., biblical inerrancy, evangelism, premillenialism, separatism/sense of persecution, and biblical literalism with regard to creation) and adds some additional components (e.g., exclusivity, anti-intellectualism, social conservatism/anti-liberalism, intolerance, theocratic strivings, and militant opposition to modernism).