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Mommy, What’s a Terrorist?

K – Mommy, what’s a terrorist? I was zoning out on my way to work to the sound of my hybrid car’s windshield wipers and the smell of my coffee with dark chocolate almond milk. My six year-old daughter had heard a story on the radio. An 18 year-old High School …


Losing My Religion: A Review of The Gluten Lie

Two topics always seem to inspire a robust conversation on my Facebook feed — diet and religion. I’m conflicted on both topics — I’m an atheist Jew who has, at various times, eaten clean, low fat, carb free and out of a garbage can (that last episode brought to you by …


Happy Earth Day. Please Save Me.

Today is Earth Day, a day set aside for saving the planet, but I’m hoping this year someone will save me instead. Save me from the crusaders. It’s not that there’s no reason for Earth Day. The Earth is still screwed, I’m sure, but it’s difficult to hear anything about, say, climate change over …

Ages 13-17 (Teen)

A Ray of Hope for High School Dating Assemblies

I went to high school in a small town in the South which was dominated by a massive Baptist church. There was a Catholic church that was fairly moderate in size, and then a scattering of small churches of other denominations. The Baptist church was the center of the town’s …

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Festival of Lights: Doing Holidays When You Don’t Do Religion

As my kid has noted on many occasions, Jewish holidays are often not much fun. On Yom Kippur, for instance, it’s fasting and repenting. I don’t fast.  My kid and Dr. Skull fast, Dr. Skull earnestly and the kid moodily. “Why do I have to do this?” she demands of …

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A Very Atheist Rosh Hashanah

I am an atheist Jew. Or an agnostic Jew. Or an agnostic atheist Jew. Eh, whatever. Unlike Judaism, atheism is not a core part of my identity. I guess I’ve just been Jewish longer than I’ve been a non-believer. Since I’ve always been a member of Reform or Reconstructionist synagogues, I’ve felt pretty …


Losing our religion? ‘Not fast enough’, says UN.

So, I’m back, and you know what that means. Ireland’s education system still sucks, at least when it comes to equal access for non-Christians. You see, a couple of weeks ago an Irish delegation, led by our Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, was in front of a United Nations panel to …

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5 Problems with Atheist Ideas: Conflicts with Atheism Part II

Note–This piece is a follow up to Conflicts With Atheism Part 1: From an Indian-American Mom Raised Atheist. Read it here. Get ready for an unpopular opinion: Many atheists have the following (perhaps subconscious) attitude: “I was born into a religious family. I was wise enough to see the error …

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Conflicts With Atheism Part I: From an Indian-American Mom Raised Atheist

“God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against his children for failing to live up to his impossible standards.”   “Why should I wish to see God better than this day? I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then, In the faces …


Stealing Our Children’s Futures: The Evils of Childhood Religious Indoctrination

An Apology: It was pointed out to me that this post that went up this morning was a duplicate of one that I posted last month, and so it is.  I must apologize.  I normally organize my writing projects into a “working” folder and a “completed” folder.  This article, obviously, …