Category Archives: armchair blasphemy

The Ugly Slandering of Christopher Hitchens

“Hitchens secretly loved my Jesus,” is the overarching message that Larry Taunton tells himself but shows absolutely no evidence for in “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist.”  The radical, religious fundamentalist slanders the late atheist writer and thinker, Christopher Hitchens, in a short, badly argued book, designed not to illuminate, but rather to make yet another religious huckster a lot of money.  In the book, Taunton wholesale invents an inner life and struggle of the superior author, creating a straw man so flimsy Hitchens himself could have blown it down with a single puff of cigarette smoke.

As an atheist myself, I’m not nearly as well read as Hitchens, but even I have heard every one of the shallow arguments presented in the book many times over.  The author isn’t even an effective or interesting advocate for his faith.  He’s trite and lazy, lobbing the sort of silly claptrap Hitchens spent a lifetime refuting. The central conceit of the book is that the author’s arguments were so “persuasive” that Hitchens began to warm to Jesus.  It would be laughable, except that it’s utterly disrespectful to the deceased man and his life’s work.

It could be ignored or laughed at, except that the book isn’t just a mediocre hit job on Hitchens himself.  It’s filled with subtle jabs, outright insults and fiery damnation aimed at the usual fundamentalist boogeymen—atheists, gays and liberals.  Aside from insulting Hitchens, Taunton creates something much more sinister.  He denies the rights of all atheists, agnostic and freethinkers—every single one of us—to exist.  Continue reading The Ugly Slandering of Christopher Hitchens

PODCAST 27: 7/12/16 – More Shootings, Guns and The Perversion of Roger Ailes

I think Roger Ailes is an irredeemable pervert. And that is probably his best quality.  On this week’s podcast, Edwin, RobRoy and Rick talk about the latest spate of shootings (bad business), talk about the latest in gun control in California and wax poetic about Ailes obvious peccadilloes.

Podcast 24: 4/19/16 – The Worst Hotel in L.A. and Some Political Shit

Edwin and RobRoy talk about their stay in Los Angeles, and the blasphemy team also talk about the New York primary.  At the end, of course, we can’t resist talking about the Mississippi and North Carolina laws that discriminate against the LGBT community.

Podcast 24: 3/17/16 – The Last Time We Will Discuss Donald Trump (I hope)

Recorded the night before Super Tuesday III, this is the last time we talk about Trump.  I hope to god.  Watch for my piece in Salon on the working class community that created the Trump phenomenon.  We also jibber-jab about the CESLetter, a critique of Mormonism by an insider.

Podcast 23: 3/4/16 – Real Estate, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders

One thing about Donald Trump is that he has brought the level of political discourse to a place that even I can understand it.

“Fuck that guy.”  This Year's Choices?

That makes sense to me.

In this week’s podcast, Rick,RobRoy and myself have a wide ranging conversation on real estate, Donald Trump and the continued movement of all political discourse to the kind of discourse I remember having when I was a dishwasher at the Owl Club.  We also talk over my personal experience as a Bernie Sanders delegate at my local caucus.

Podcast: Iowa Predictions and “Bundy” Update

On this week’s Podcast, Edwin, Rick and RobRoy discuss their predictions about the Iowa caucus.  We also mock Sean Anderson, the last douche bag standing in Oregon.  There is also a fun digression about large men in Speedos.

PODCAST 22 – 1/01/2016 Oregon Stand Off Discussion

Check out my piece today in Salon on the Oregon stand off.  On this week’s Podcast, Edwin, RobRoy and Rick discuss the latest events around the Bundy family and their fixation on using public lands to enrich themselves.

Check Out Podcast 13 on Camping and the Amway Economy

I enjoyed the heck out of the latest podcast:

Check out podcast 13 on camping, guns and Amway scams.

Very shortly, I’ll have a piece up on Salon that covers some of the Amway scam. Suffice to day, we have become a nation of people preying on each other.   Instead of working, saving or building stuff, we seem intent on selling each other cheap, Chinese shit no one wants or needs.  But hey, let’s have fun anyway!

Podcast 12, Picking Presidents and the Dugger Drama

This week’s podcast was particularly fun, with Edwin, Rick and RobRoy sitting down to talk the presidential contest and then discussing the Josh Dugger scandal.  For a preview of the issue with the Dugger’s check out this piece in Slate and then listen:

Listen to the whole podcast here

There is a lot of interesting stuff going in with religion, hypocrisy and social issues in America– check out my latest on Salon for a taste.  You can be sure we’ll be chatting up these issues again soon.