Being Irrational About Being Rational

I’ve seen this before, but it’s come up recently in a debate with a Muslim who is completely convinced that his beliefs are rational, yet cannot see that, as he describes them, they are anything but.  He tries to use things like the Cosmological Argument, but when I point out that, even if it was […]

I’m Right Because I’m Right

Lots of people out there who are actually offended that anyone disagrees with them, to the point of calling anyone who opposes their point of view abusive.  Disagreement isn’t abuse, it isn’t offensive and so long as it isn’t done in an insulting way, you shouldn’t feel bad about it.  In fact, if you do […]

Lies, Damn Lies and Making Stuff Up

Even though this particular example is directed at a Christian, it seems to be a problem all over so I don’t want anyone to think this is a religious-only issue.  On an atheist forum, a Catholic member asserted that there were more male forum members on atheist forums and more female members on religious forums […]

More Bad Reasons to Believe in Jesus

Every now and then I’ll find someone’s top 10 or top 20 list of reasons to take some absurd proposition seriously and discredit them.  Usually I don’t go looking, they just fall in my lap, as this one did, and the reasons are every bit as ridiculous as most of the rest I’ve taken a […]

The Rules Don’t Apply to Religion

Maybe you’ve noticed this as well but it’s becoming absurdly common in my encounters with the religious.  A religious person simply cannot abide by the rules of evidence, logic and common sense that actually exist so they pretend they get to make up their own rules and insist that by following these imaginary rules, they […]

What is Philosophy For?

I’ve questioned a lot of “philosophers” over the years, asking what is modern philosophy good for and haven’t really gotten a lot of good answers.  Sure, they’ll toss out all the things that the ancient philosophers have done, but what has philosophy done for us lately? Anyhow, I came across this short video on YouTube […]

The Childishness of Religion

While it will come as no surprise to people who have had experience with debating irrational theists, theists can be pretty childish when it comes right down to it.  In a recent discussion, we were discussing the rationality, or lack thereof, of religion and how faith really isn’t a rational process.  I explained that rational people […]

Logic Escapes Christians

I know this is like a broken record, but lots of theists out there, Christians particularly in this example, just don’t have the slightest clue what logic is.  I had someone argue that there is an objective morality because, assuming God exists, then such a morality is a characteristic of God. Says who? Let’s look […]

Applying a Rational Standard

I actually had a somewhat interesting discussion with a Muslim recently where I questioned him on the validity of beliefs, not his in particular, but of all religious beliefs in general.  He is one of those theists who says they’re not proselytizing, they’re just telling people what they believe, as though that isn’t exactly the […]

Being Right All The Time

It’s a very common human foible, but lots of people have the psychological need to be right all the time, to defend their views to the death, even if those views are factually wrong, simply because their ego will not permit them to admit that they were actually mistaken.  I think this is very commonplace […]

Explaining Causation to Theists

I can’t tell you how many times I have theists tell me they don’t understand how something works, therefore God did it.  They don’t seem to be able to get it through their heads that the only way to say “therefore God did it” is to actually demonstrate that God exists and was demonstrably responsible. […]

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #67

Here we go again!  This week, Fox News falls for a 4Chan hoax, or do they?  Egypt outlaws unlicensed Imams and we wonder where you get an Imam license?  Christian persecution, a new study shows it’s nonsense but the Christians probably don’t care.  Pat Robertson encourages children not to involve the authorities in domestic abuse. […]

Predicting Religious Failure

It’s really sad to be able to accurately predict the actions and responses of the religious and predict religious failure virtually every time.  I mentioned this on an episode of The Bitchspot Report a while back, where I was debating a theist and predicting each and every response that she would give, before she gave it. […]

“Rational and Critical”

This is nothing new, I’m sure we’ve all seen it before, but does it ever strike you as funny to have theists claiming to be “rational and critical” of their beliefs? See, rational and critical people evaluate evidence in an attempt to discover if a particular claim is actually true.  They do not embrace a […]