The Devout Rationalist

What’s Wrong With the Police?

Caution:  PoliceWherever you stand on any one case, it’s clear we have a police problem in this country. The police appear to consider themselves to be under siege. They don’t seem to see themselves as part of the public, but rather as an occupying force, charged with controlling the public “for their own good”. read more>>>

The Flounce You Least Expect

golden_flounceThe most amazing thing happened to me last night. I got my first ever Facebook Flounce! read more>>>

Hobby Lobby and Religious Privilege: Points Totally Missed

300px-Seal_of_the_United_States_Supreme_CourtSo the big foofaraw today is the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, wherein the Court ruled that the special kind of corporation Hobby Lobby is (privately held by a small number of people) should be allowed to deny health coverage to its employees for specific medicines and treatments that offend its religious sensibilities. read more>>>

On My Foul Language And Low-Quality Posts

trollI would like to take this opportunity to thank so many of my commenters for their kind and helpful input on my posting habits. Surely, I would have no idea how my offhand political jokes and adult language were clogging up your infospace if you didn’t take the time to stop by and tell me! read more>>>

The Light Of Reason In His Eyes…

My wife thinks I’m a bit of a nut, but I can’t help but analyze everything to death. I spend a great deal of time with my baby boy, and while I revel in the experience, there’s a little piece of me deep down that seems to just observe and ponder. While some might find […]

If You Think Atheism Is A Religion, You Should Read This

There’s a lot of stupid on the intarwebs. If you can’t let most of it slide, you’re going to spend a lot of time angry. However, some of the stupid gets repeated over and over, and at some point, someone has to speak out about it, or sheer repetition will get people starting to think it’s true. This is one that’s been coming back over and over in recent years, and I just can’t let it slide, because now, I even see otherwise intelligent friends of mine saying it like they think it makes sense. read more>>>

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About the Author

Despite a decade of Catholic school, I have never been a believer. I guess I was just born without the gene! Nevertheless, I've always tried to explore others' ideas and practices, on the theory that just because you can't use one part of a product, it doesn't mean you have to throw the whole thing away.
I spent over a decade traveling the world, and I've lived in both Europe and the US. I've read the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Koran. I've studied engineering, yoga, martial arts, shooting sports, and ballroom dancing. What I've discovered is that a) spirituality is just a spooky sounding word for any of a number of methods for learning about yourself and your mind, and b) whatever word you use, doing so is the single most important thing in learning to be happy.
My blog, The Passionate Rationalist ( is dedicated to my thoughts both on gaining self-knowledge and using your mind to eliminate misunderstanding and delusion.