Some Conservatives Unclear on Freedom

One thing about me, I’m an equal opportunity critic and even for people I’ve supported on some issues, that doesn’t mean I won’t turn right around and let them have it on others.  I think that’s how every rational, critical thinking individual ought to be, no heroes, no idols, everything is up for evaluation no […]

Where Philosophy Falls Apart

I’ve been very critical of philosophy over the years and for very good reason because philosophy tends to get misused a lot. There are times where philosophy is useful, such as when it keeps debates and discussions on the proper, logical, non-fallacious path and keeps people from saying things that are simply unjustified and unjustifiable. […]

How to Categorize Yourself

It’s always difficult to figure out a way to accurately categorize people politically because nobody ever uses the same scale.  What one person calls a liberal, another might find centrist.  What one person calls a conservative, another might think is a neo-con.  Then you have the people on the extreme fringes at both ends that […]

Political Extremists on Both Sides

From time to time, I’ll run into people on the extreme right who are convinced that everyone who isn’t as fanatically right-wing as they are, must be liberal. It means that the overwhelming majority of the planet, even among conservatives, are automatically liberal and they simply dismiss anything that any of them have to say […]

The Libertarian War on Marriage

I see this come up from time to time, always from libertarians and always without any chance of being taken seriously.  Some libertarians have this bizarre belief that the way to solve the gay marriage issue isn’t to legalize gay marriage, it’s to get rid of all marriage for everyone. The funny thing is, most […]

Why Not Join an Atheist Group?

On the most recent Atheist Experience, in the aftershow, someone called and said he was nervous about joining the local atheist group because he was afraid that it would be like church.  While I like, for the most part, what Russell and Tracie said, I do have to interject that there are places where they […]

The Eleven Commandments of Progressivism

Elizabeth Warren, the current liberal media darling, has issued Eleven Commandments of Progressivism that has mindless liberals swarming and singing her praises.  However, as I look at these, I disagree with most of them, strenuously in some cases, and any rational, responsible person ought to do the same.  Besides, these aren’t commandments, these are beliefs. […]

Religion is Irrelevant When You Think About it

This is something I’ve talked about before, but in a discussion today, plus reading an excellent article, I realized that there’s really no point in talking about or criticizing religion anymore.  There’s no reason to attack Atheism+.  There’s no purpose in talking about politics.  In the end, the problems are all the same and the […]

America Has No Allies

It should come as no surprise, but America has no more allies in the world, particularly in the Middle East.  In fact, we’re really, really bad at picking allies and therefore, it isn’t a shock when the ones we have stab us in the back and we’re typically clueless as to their motivations.  We’ve been […]

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #70

It’s another all-news show, this time out, we talk about the race to the bottom between the GOP and the religious Southern Democrats, Gordon Klingenschmitt wins the GOP primary in Colorado and rational people slit their collective wrists, Hobby Lobby and the coming shitstorm and a couple of stories about the continuing failure of religion […]

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #64

In a ridiculously long episode, Cephus and Mike welcome guest Jim Goebel to talk about the cluelessness of creationists, the reason Catholics keep getting into trouble, good news, more Americans are expressing willingness to vote for an atheist and the rise of exorcism among Catholics and others, because they really think black magic, Satanism and […]

Republicans, You’re Just Laughable!

I just got off the phone with a guy looking for money for the Republican Party.  He called to ask some questions about the direction of the Republican Party  and where I thought they needed to go.  I told him they needed to focus on the economy as their major direction in the upcoming election […]

Libertarians Don’t Get Reality

I was recently involved in a discussion about which American third-party had the best chance to go mainstream and what might happen if they did.  Of course, the whole discussion is based on an irrational idea, the whole reason that third parties aren’t mainstream is because they don’t appeal to a sizable number of American […]

The Emotional Nature of Liberalism

It’s really hard to find people who identify as both “conservative” and “atheist”, as I’ve written many times before.  It’s even harder to find people who, identifying as conservative atheists, are willing to talk about religion, most are ardent debaters of political subjects but rarely, if ever, delve into religious topics.  Therefore, I was quite […]

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #56

And we’re back!  This time out, Cephus and Mike talk about anti-American sentiment in American schools, the attempt to push religion back into school, Pope Francis flapping his gums but not actually taking any action and the new Christian dead raisers and boy band (listen to the episode).  Plus, we deconstruct Libertarian politics and see […]

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #53

In our longest podcast ever, we discover that God wrote the Constitution, Missouri wants to warn parents before their kids learn facts, gay marriage leads inevitably to parents marrying their children and Pat Robertson tells Ken Ham to shut the hell up and we heartily agree with that.  Plus, we take a long, long, long […]

The Problem of Labels

This is an ongoing issue for quite a while and as time has gone on, I’ve largely changed my mind on the effectiveness of most labels, simply because I think that most of them get in the way of clarity, not help it.  I’ve talked about this to some degree before, both on the blog […]

What Killed Halloween For Me

It seems that every year, I write a Halloween post, despondent over the current state of the holiday and wishing things were still the way they used to be, back in the day.  This isn’t just a case of “good old dayism”, where people have a convenient and nostalgic memory of the past, there have […]

Sympathy for the Poor?

I’ve made my views clear on the difference between sympathy and empathy in the past, but, as usual, I keep seeing liberals leaning strongly toward the emotional end of the spectrum instead of the rational end.  Unfortunately, they tend to use the wrong terminology, claiming that they sympathize with people when, in reality, they empathize […]

I’m Wearing that Empty Suit

In a Letter to the Editor in the Washington Times on December 7, 2012, a religious conservative named Todd Lewis argued that secular conservatism, or conservatism that exists without the appeal to religion, was “an empty suit”.  I take personal exception to that statement considering I am a secular conservative and my suit is most […]

Prop. 8 Arguments Are Stupid

I’ve been looking at some of the arguments that are going on in the Supreme Court regarding Proposition 8 and it strikes me that virtually all of the claims made by the pro-8 people are just dumb.  Now keep in mind, this is being written in the first day or two of the case, even […]

Why I’m Not a Libertarian

This comes up from time to time and recently, we had a disagreement on it on our Podcast, so I decided it was time to once again tackle the Libertarian problem.  I am not a libertarian, I do not identify that way and I consider much of what they say nonsensical.  There are some things […]

Rights Around the World

There’s been a lot of talk about a couple of guys in Muslim countries who have been arrested for violating the law, mostly blasphemy laws.  There are numerous atheist bloggers and tweeters who really want these people released.  I say no. There are two people currently on the ever-rotating list of foreign people who have […]

A Return to Conservatism

A long time ago, I posted a section on definitions, among which, I started posting on conservatism.  I say started because, let’s be honest, I forgot to finish it.  In recent weeks, however, a couple of other atheist blogs and Twitter users, have been posting about conservative atheists and I realized two things.  First, there […]