The Danger of Atheist Pride

03/23/2011 Comments (89)

Did you know that it’s atheist pride week? March 20 - 26 has been designated by a group of atheists as A Week, a time when nonbelievers are encouraged to step forward and announce themselves as atheists “to raise awareness of how many people are ‘Good Without God’ and don’t need religion to influence their lives.” With over 18,000 Likes on Facebook and 15,000 participants last year, this movement is certainly getting some traction.

I’ll leave it to the Archbolds to come up with some witty suggestions for how one might celebrate A Week (watching reruns of NOVA and gathering ‘round a wreath that is decidedly symbolic of nothing, perhaps?). Instead, I’ll focus on what strikes me most about...READ MORE

Filed under atheism, atheist, atheists, richard dawkins, secularism

Sex and the Overpopulation Alarmists

03/21/2011 Comments (56)

Last week Sir David Attenborough gave a speech to the Royal Society of Arts in London in which he urged leaders to combat the problem of overpopulation. His main point was that we need greater awareness about all the problems it causes when people have too many kids.

I’ll skip the rebuttal of the overpopulation alarmists’ claims since others have covered the issue well (Father Frank Pavone has a good overview of the subject here). What strikes me most about the anti-population-growth crowd’s position is a disturbing disconnect in their message:

They discourage people from having children, but they do not discourage people from having sex.

As I’ve said elsewhere, this is a dangerous...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, abortion rate, contraception, infanticide, one-child policy, overpopulation, population control, sex, sex-selective abortion

Like Burning the Library at Alexandria

03/18/2011 Comments (31)

Back in the 80s, the fourth-century burning of the great library at Alexandria was a popular totem among atheists I knew. At the time it was widely believed that Church leaders torched it because they were afraid of knowledge, and the legendary act became a symbol of the kind of tragedies that can arise due to ignorance and fear. I recall a professor friend recounting the event in vivid detail one evening when my family visited his house, almost getting teary-eyed as he said, “Imagine all those rare books—gone. A collection unique in all of history, never to be seen again.”

Though we now know that it may not have been Church leaders who took out the library, it’s still troubling to...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, evangelization, human life, plan b, pro-life, secularism

The Catholic's Guide to Atheists

03/16/2011 Comments (509)

One of the most common question I get through my blog is: “How can I talk to my atheist friend / family member / coworker about the Faith?” First of all, you must remember that atheists are just like you and me, except that they eat small children for breakfast. (Kidding, kidding. They prefer them for lunch.) It also helps if you understand the average atheist’s mentality.

Below are the five most common misconceptions I encounter when I talk to cradle Catholics about this issue. Obviously, these are generalizations, so each one may not apply to every person who describes himself as an atheist. But as someone who grew up atheist and hung out in atheistic social circles for much of my life,...READ MORE

Filed under atheism, atheist, atheists, evangelization

The 5 Stages of Daylight Saving Time

03/14/2011 Comments (48)

According to Wikipedia, Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by a guy in New Zealand who wanted more daylight hours to collect bugs, and was popularized by governments hoping to cut down on coal and oil use. That’s the official line, anyway. My theory is that it’s all part of a vast conspiracy by sinister secret societies who want to keep the citizenry oppressed so that they can carry out their nefarious plans. After all, a people cannot revolt if they’re using all their mental energy to try to figure out what time it is.

With four kids under the age of seven, I am particularly impacted by this scourge. I live and die by our daily schedule, and being sleep deprived is my default state....READ MORE

Filed under daylight saving time, parenting, parents

Confessions of an Apolitical Housewife

03/11/2011 Comments (27)

On the unfortunate occasions that I emerge from my lair to socialize, I end up having a lot of conversations that go something like this:

FRIEND: What do you think about Libya?
ME: Who’s she?
FRIEND: Umm, the country.
ME: Oh, right. Libya. I’m sure it’s lovely.
FRIEND: Uhh, you know they’re in the midst of a revolution, right?
ME: There’s a revolution in Libya? Wow, crazy. I hope that works out.
FRIEND: I was going to ask you what you think NATO should do about Gaddafi, but I guess that would be a total waste of time.
ME: Unless this Nate O. guy is someone here at the party and Gaddafi is one of the appetizers, yeah. It’d be a waste of time.
FRIEND: [Pretends to choke on a carrot stick to...READ MORE

Filed under homeschool, news, politics, wives

The Nine Words that Make Christianity Make Sense

03/09/2011 Comments (45)

When I talk to atheists about Christianity, one of the most common objections they raise is the existence of suffering. An atheist friend recently cited one of the more disgusting stories from the day’s news and asked: “How can you believe that there’s a loving God when something like that happens?”

One self-described ex-Christian explained it to me this way: “They always told me in church that Jesus died on the cross for me because he loved me. I used to believe that, and then my mom got cancer and my sister was killed in a car accident. Now I don’t see why Jesus’ death on the cross matters, and I definitely don’t believe that he loves me.”

I can sympathize with those feelings. Though I’ve...READ MORE

Filed under ash wednesday, ashes, death, doubt, suffering

How Can They Value Puppies Over Unborn Babies?

03/07/2011 Comments (67)

This weekend I came across an inspiring story at the feminist website Jezebel:

Saturday, a black and white puppy was put to sleep; his body was thrown in a dumpster. Sunday, the little dog was found alive and “as healthy as he could be.” Now he’s been named Wall-E, and being called a “miracle pup”...Happy ending sure to come!

A common theme among the comments was concern about the off-handed way in which euthanized pets’ bodies are disposed. One person wrote:

Over the years, I took in three of my parents’ dogs, euthanized as a last resort. I then buried them in the huge backyard, each with a special blanket and a lot of my tears. They all have their own gardens now. The dumpster? No,...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, abortion survivors, animal rights movement, conception, contraception, culture of death, feminism, unborn

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About Jennifer Fulwiler

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Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer and speaker who converted to Catholicism after a life of atheism. She's a contributor to the books The Church and New Media and Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion, and is writing a book based on her personal blog, ConversionDiary.com. She and her husband live in Austin, TX with their five young children, and were featured in the nationally televised reality show Minor Revisions. You can follow her on Twitter at @conversiondiary.