Is Twitter Still Viable for Atheists Seeking an Online Community?
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by Jack
3d ago
I'm trying to think back to 2008 when I joined Twitter or even to 2010 when I began to understand how it worked. Did it offer a sense of community at that time? If so, what happened to it? The main reason I started using Twitter was to do something I couldn't do offline. I wanted to interact with other atheists. I wanted to talk to people who might understand some of what I was going through. I wanted a place to be myself. I didn't have that offline, so I went looking for it online. Copyright © 2005-2023 Atheist Revolution ..read more
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An Accurate History Gives Us the Context to Understand Our World
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by Jack
5d ago
While talking with my family recently, the topic of history came up. This was in the context of news about Republicans meddling in the teaching of history. I had said something about the importance of having an accurate history. Without it, children would grow up not understanding the context of their world. How about a quick example? Consider the topic of police brutality in the United States. Focus on the problem of racial bias in policing and how it has led to the death of many Black men. Could anyone make sense of this problem without knowing something about our troubled history of race r ..read more
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I Don't Want to Rely on Anger: Searching for a New Emotional Anchor
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by Jack
1w ago
For the first few years of writing a blog, I had a weekly ritual. I didn't do it every week, but I managed to do it most Sunday mornings. I made coffee and fired up a random iTunes playlist that spanned my entire music collection. I'd then open the blinds on the window next to me so I could see my neighbors heading to one of the many churches. Finally, I'd sit down at my desk to write. This ritual didn't start out as intentional as I'm making it sound, but it soon became that way. I was aware that I was writing about atheism at the same time almost everyone else was focusing on the opposite ..read more
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Worried About Christian Nationalism? End the National Prayer Breakfast
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by Jack
1w ago
The National Prayer Breakfast has been a slap in the face to secular Americans throughout its history. It is one of far too many things that should never occur in a nation that values the separation of church and state. I know I'm repeating myself, but it needs to be said again until it changes. Christianity is not supposed to get a pass when it comes to the separation of church and state. That is Christian privilege, and it needs to end. Many of us have criticized this yearly spectacle, highlighting the devious intentions of those behind it. We tire of seeing our elected officials use their ..read more
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Should You Carry a Pocket Notebook? A Free Way to Find Out
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by Jack
2w ago
Have you seen other people carrying small pocket notebooks? Some of them look cool, don't they? Have you wondered how they use them and whether you should try one? You could run out and buy a 3-pack of Field Notes, a leather cover that suits your style, a bullet pen, and give it a try. But doing so would be a bit of a gamble. It would be a shame to spend the money and find out you had little use for this stuff. The good news is that you can find out whether it would be helpful for you to carry a pocket notebook. The better news is that you can do so without spending any money. In this post, I ..read more
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Twitter is Hard to Justify Without Viable Third Party Clients
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by Jack
2w ago
I joined Twitter in 2008, and I enjoyed using it until 2021. I started re-evaluating my use of it then, as I found that I was enjoying it much less than I used to. The benefits I had derived from it were harder to detect. I started to wonder if it was time to let it go. My reevaluation of Twitter intensified in October of 2022 and has continued to do so since then. It did not take the new owner long to reveal himself to be a tool. His slash-and-burn style reminded me a great deal of Trump's first term. The changes to Twitter were for the worse. Together, they made the service much less appeal ..read more
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Support Christians Who Speak Out Against Christian Nationalism
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by Jack
3w ago
Many atheists have called on Christians to denounce Christian nationalism. I know I have. There are various ways atheists and other secular folks can help, but there aren't enough of us. Thus, much of this particular fight rests with Christians who value democracy. Some Christians are speaking out against Christian nationalism. When they do so, it is important that we support and even applaud their efforts. When you come across an online post, reach out to the author to express appreciation. This won't balance out the garbage they hear from the other side, but it helps. Most people like to kn ..read more
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To Oppose Christian Nationalism, We Need to End Christian Privilege
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by Jack
1M ago
The United States has a problem with Christian nationalism. It is not a new problem, and it is important to understand that it predates Donald Trump. It has flared up in some major ways we have to confront. If we fail to do so, it will cause more harm to democracy. It is not going away on its own, not without some help. It seems like our Christian nationalism problem has gotten worse in the last 10 years. Is that because it has gotten worse, or does it seem that way because we are more likely to hear about it now? I fear it has gotten worse, and that is why we are more likely to hear about it ..read more
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Catch Up on Your Reading: Atheist Revolution's Most Popular Posts of 2022
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by Jack
1M ago
What is your evaluation of 2022 as compared to other years? Was it better than most, worse than most, or the same? I don't find this an easy question to answer. Some things were better, and some were worse. There were disappointments and pleasant surprises along the way. Sounds like a typical year, doesn't it? If I had to appraise the year as a whole, I'd say it was somewhat better than 2021, but that's as far as I'd go. Like every other year, it brought some changes for me. As far as Atheist Revolution, I suppose there were two worth mentioning. Copyright © 2005-2023 Atheist Revolution ..read more
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Christian Nationalism Helped to Motivate the January 6 Capitol Insurrection
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by Jack
1M ago
The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol released its final report this month. As expected, the report has faced mixed reactions. Some secular organizations in the U.S. have questioned the lack of attention to Christian nationalism. They are right to do so. After all, seems clear that Christian nationalism was an important motivator. Glossing over this fact is misleading. Here's some what the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had to say: The rioters, white supremacist Nick Fuentes primary among them, frequently engaged in Christian rituals ..read more
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