Entries by Cody Hashman

Junk restrictive faith-based laws: Mumbai atheists

by Imran Fazal The Atheists community from Mumbai will be coming together in a conference to demand abolition of the Indian Penal Code Sections 295 (hurting religious sentiments), 295A (deliberate act intended to outrage religious feelings) and 298 (Uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person). The community will […]

Music Monday: Father John Misty – "Pure Comedy"

If you watched Saturday Night Live this past weekend you might have been surprised that Father John Misty went out on a limb to call into question modern religious belief and practice on live television with one of his newest songs "Pure Comedy." I quite enjoy how the song ends, you should check it out! […]

Music Monday: Nina Simone – "Ain't Got No, I Got Life"

If you haven't seen What Happened, Miss Simone? on Netflix, I strongly suggest it. Contained within some of the rare footage featured in the documentary is a performance of "Ain't Got No, I Got Life." Like a lot of live art, the song changes from performance to performance to emphasize different aspects of the message. […]

Music Monday: Etta James – "God's Song"

Curiously subtitled "That's Why I Love Mankind," Etta James soulfully questions the benevolence of God in a rendition of Randy Newman's "God's Song". The words of the subtitle serve two purposes in the song. The first as a snarky retort from a power hungry, malevolent god that revels in the futile praise and sacrifice of humankind. The […]

Music Monday: Hozier – "Take me to Church"

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a beautiful song and thought provoking video that celebrates love and a heretical view of "church." This chart-topping song is from Hozier's 2014 self-titled album. Read "Take Me to Church" by Hozier on Genius

Distrust of unbelievers runs deep in American history

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama recently raised eyebrows during his confirmation hearing for attorney general when he expressed doubts that secular people respected the truth as much as did those with religious convictions. Even as he insisted that there should be no religious tests for holding public office, Sessions was queasy about the potential dangers […]

An Atheist in a Foxhole in Ft. Lauderdale

On Friday, January 6, 2017, I flew from my home town of Indianapolis to Ft. Lauderdale to attend a family wedding, do some deep sea fishing, and play in a poker tournament. It was a routine day of travel….until a horrific event unfolded at carousel 3 in the baggage claim area of the Ft. Lauderdale […]

Music Monday: First Aid Kit – "Hard Believer"

In the first installment of the Openly Secular Music Monday series I've decided to share a personal favorite of mine from the Swedish folk-duo First Aid Kit. "Hard Believer" is from their 2010 album The Big Black and the Blue. Read "Hard Believer" by First Aid Kit on Genius

"I don't believe in just one more."

Everyone's favorite British comedian had an interesting dialogue with Stephen Colbert last night about science and atheism last night: You don't want to miss this on #LSSC tonight: @rickygervais debates religion, science, atheism and more with @stephenathome. pic.twitter.com/HeKybVnnny — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) February 2, 2017