Entries by Cody Hashman

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

Muslim Refugees Are Welcome by This Godless Atheist

By Staks Rosch President Trump has attempted to ban Muslims from several foreign nations, including Syrian refugees, from entering the United States. The federal court has temporarily issued a stay against Trump’s Executive Order. Not surprisingly, religious leaders and believers are mixed on whether or not the United States should welcome Syrian refugees and Muslims in […]

How Ex-Mormons Are Defying The LDS Church With Selfies

By Jennings Brown Over the last week, hundreds of former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have posted photos of themselves on an ex-Mormon corner of Reddit in an act of rebellion, a celebration of freedom from the restraints of the LDS Church, and an unshielded, open-armed welcome for people considering abandoning their […]