Tag Archives: Holiday

Happy Memorial Day From a Pacifist

It’s hard to be a pacifist in a fiercely patriotic nation. So often, the language of patriotism hides an underlying current of pro-war values. “Support the Troops” means “support the wars/domination of the USA abroad.” “Defend our borders” means buying into a smug, often racist, anti-immigration perspective. And when people say they’re “proud to be […]

Posted in National Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Legacy of Harvey Milk (Repost from 1/10/09)

Today is Harvey Milk Day! In tribute to this wonderful leader, I thought I would repost one of my earliest blog entries. Here is my post from January 10, 2009. If you have time, I encourage you to watch the Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk on hulu. My name is Harvey Milk and […]

Posted in Queer Culture, Queer Rights | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Reflections on April Fools’ Day and My “Crisis of Nonbelief”

I love April Fools’ Day, even though I generally hate the way many choose to celebrate it. Pranks and tricks don’t really amuse me. Keep your silly string to yourself, thank you. But at the heart of April Fools’ Day is the true fooling—the white lies, as my father would call them—that I think make […]

Posted in Atheism, Zack's Life | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Think ManRoulette Saved My Soul

(Note: I notice that months later, this post still gets a lot of hits, but I’m not sure how people are feeling about it. I just thought I’d put this disclaimer up that this post was written on April 1st, and there’s an important follow-up post from the following day. Enjoy!) So last night, I […]

Posted in Zack's Life | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

ZackFord Vlogs #7 – Moody Weather, Easter, and Trivial ZFb Updates

Here are some of the posts from this past week I mentioned in the video: » Dan Choi, HRC, The “Schism,” and Mixed Messages » I Saw Maggie Gallagher in Person! Nothing to report. Here’s a photo of me and my co-intern Peper with Norm the Navel from 2007: Here’s a video news report about […]

Posted in Things to Make You Smile, ZackFord Vlogs | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

An Atheist Perspective on St. Patrick’s Day

There are a number of reasons I don’t like St. Patrick’s Day, as an atheist: » It’s named for a patron Saint who was a religious leader. » It is a Catholic Holiday. » It celebrates the superstition of luck. » It celebrates believing in mythical creatures (whose myth also reinforces capitalism). » Green is […]

Posted in Atheism, Things to Make You Smile | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Single Man’s Defense of Valentine’s Day

[ I had nothing new to say about Valentine’s Day for 2011, so I stickied 2010’s post to the top for the day. Make it a special one for you and your loved one(s)! ] Yes, the intent of this post is to defend Valentine’s Day, but in the interest of pathos, allow me to share […]

Posted in Things to Make You Smile, Things to Make You Think, Zack's Life | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

An Atheist Ponders Groundhog Day

I’m from Pennsylvania. I can actually point to Punxsutawney on a map. It is common knowledge that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. Groundhog Day is an exciting tradition that we recognize and discuss every year. And it is absolutely absurd. In case you’re curious, he did see […]

Posted in Atheism | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Atheist Free Speech = Atheist “Hate”?

Every time atheism gets attacked, it makes me wonder just how insecure some folks must be with their beliefs. Atheists, as a stigmatized group, are an easy target for that insecurity, and William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Illinois comptroller, is very insecure. Because I haven’t covered this issue before, here’s some background. The Illinois […]

Posted in Atheism, Challenging Religious Privilege | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

MLK’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail 2.0 (Three Excerpts)

You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Washington. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and […]

Posted in Queer Rights | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment