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By Tyson Gill. Over the years I have attended a fair number of rallies for various progressive causes. Many frankly left me feeling kind of disheartened and embarrassed. They were often a circus of special interests with everyone vying to draw attention to their own pet causes and showing no apparent interest in the subject…

By Tyson Gill. Do you have one of those wacky friends? The ones with a deep, sincere, heartfelt conviction that Elvis still lives. That he is actually in seclusion preparing for his epic comeback? Busy rehearsing for the ultimate Elvis concert that will transform the world? Your friend undoubtedly has an articulate rebuttal for every…

By Tyson Gill. Have no doubt: Atheism is a movement. It is every bit as much a movement as the Gay Rights Movement, the Feminist Movement, and the Civil Rights movement. It involves a large number of people working to advance an idea; the idea that religion and magical beliefs are not only unnecessary but…

By Tyson Gill.  I am really, really frustrated by the spineless unwillingness of my fellow atheists to just say simply, clearly, and without qualification that god does not exist. Period. End of story. Not worth debating. Drop the mic. Instead, most are Agnostic Atheists who have followed the misguided lead of Richard Dawkins. Like him,…

We’re New Yorkers, citizens of the greatest city in America! And since we represent the saner people in our city, we’re also the most enlightened and influential of New Yorkers! We are a large and united voice to be respected and reckoned with! We cannot be ignored. Hear us roar! Well, not so much. Our…

Can we Atheists ever convince any believer that they are wrong to put their faith in fantasies? Indeed, can anyone ever even change anyoneʼs mind about anything? Most people would answer this question with a resounding no! The prevailing view is that no matter what evidence or logic you present, people are unwilling, even incapable,…

The vast majority of people, religious or not, have great difficulty understanding and remembering, let alone articulating, what seems like absurdly nuanced differences between a dizzyingly variety of religious denominations. Whether it be Pentecostals, Adventists, Baptists, or Evangelicals, to name just a few, even those who deeply self-identify with one of these groups are typically…

The claims are often made by some that we humans are inherently religious, that deep belief in the supernatural is our default state and that it is somehow wrong to struggle against our most innate tendencies in a futile effort to reject our nature. It is easy to see why religious types would advance this…

Recently we Americans have been forced to confront real questions arising from our use of torture. Do we rationalize its use in certain circumstances but not others? Even ignoring the question of whether it actually works, does the end ever really justify the means? Is torture acceptable when our government is responsible but unacceptable when…

Most of us who are reading this article pride ourselves in our fact-based understanding of objective reality. When it comes to most things that we experience in the external world, we hold fast to soundly scientific explanations. But when it comes to our inner world, to our consciousness and perception of self, we often exceed…

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