Everything Happens for a Reason: An Open Letter to My Friends and Others Who Believe This ©2014
By Martha Readyoff
First of all, let me say that I love you and admire you. If you are my friend, I love you and you know who you are. If I don’t know you and if you believe that everything happens for a reason then I have strong evidence to think that you are like my friends who believe this and are therefore a good person and probably pretty pleasant to be around- other than having to listen to you say “everything happens for a reason.” Just kidding . . . sort of. I find this phrase and...
Guest blog by Brandon Christen This will be a 5 part series. Each argument will be broken down individually to give it the explanation it deserves.
With perhaps the notable exception of gay marriage, there are few issues that seem—on the face of it—more starkly divided, and dividable, along religious and non-religious lines, it is abortion. The broadly portrayed narrative in the past has been one of conservative, religious ideologies making the claim that an embryo is a full person by merit of its possessing a unique and individual “soul”—this being the same soul that, in many...
Name: Bill Fusaro
Location: Deep River, CT
It was December 25, 1973. I was eight years old and had just finished opening “all” my Christmas presents. Then my mom said something like, “Wait … Santa left you guys a note.” Me and my brothers rushed over to the table. There was a hand written note which said, “You each have one more present in the basement. – Santa Claus.”Of course I was excited about the fact that there was still another present … as it turned out there were three brand new...
Guest blog by: Jason Paul Benell
Recently the IRS settled with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) concerning the political activism that many religious groups have engaged in over the past years. FFRF challenged the IRS on the grounds that religious organizations receive preferential treatment due to their church status, citing the requirement for all non-profit groups file special financial accountability forms while churches do not. They allege that “this preferential treatment directly benefits churches while discriminating against other non-profit organizations solely on the...
Name: Ryan Carnett
Location: Springfield, MO
Former Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational Christian