On Disproving Abiogenesis

Previously, I wrote an article addressing a description of "specified complexity", any why it's a fairly useless indicator of design. A commenter plopped into the comments section an article (fp) which addresses the improbability of abiogenesis.That article, and ongoing comments in favor of specified complexity, seem to making errors along similar lines. … [Read More...]

FAITH & HIGH SCHOOL: Archbishop wants Catholic school teachers declared “ministers” so he can control their private lives.

Meet Salvatore Cordileone, the archbishop that oversees San Francisco: Archbishop Cordileone has long been a leading opponent of same-sex marriage. In 2008, he was instrumental in placing Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, on the California ballot. He is also chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. Given his views on gay rights, some San Franciscans expressed surprise in 2012 when he was named archbishop he … [Read More...]

SCIENCE & POLITICS: Jim Inhofe throws a snowball at the President to disprove global warming.

I'm not joking.Sen. Jim Inhofe, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, tossed a snowball on the Senate floor as part of a speech expressing skepticism about the reality of climate change. The Oklahoma Republican opened by showing pictures of an igloo his daughter's family built … [Read More...]

Leonard Nimoy has died.

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Spock on Star Trek, has died: Leonard Nimoy, whose portrayal of "Star Trek's" logic-driven, half-human science officer Spock made him an iconic figure to generations, died Friday. He was 83. Admittedly, I'm not much of a Star Trek fan.  But when any character … [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & FAITH: South Carolina school trying to ban homosexuality after two gay athletes come out.

After two players on their volleyball team came out as gay, Erskine College is attempting to ban homosexuality.  Because that's going to work about as well as banning pre-marital sex. The school’s “Statement on Human Sexuality,” issued late last week, said “We believe the Bible teaches that all sexu … [Read More...]

ACTIVISM: The Hotline Project has officially launched!

For months now I've been volunteering with the Hotline Project (my capacity has been to vet applicants).  After all this work (and exponentially more work on the part of Sarah Morehead and Suzi Bocks), it's finally launched.We are thrilled to announce the official launch of the Hotline Project! A … [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: Kitten learns that size matters.

Good morning everybody! … [Read More...]

GODLESSNESS: Liberty Institute lied about the FFRF too. FFRF delivers swift, emotionless metaphorical backhand.

I wrote the other day about how the Liberty Institute named the five most dangerous enemies (their words) to Christianity in the United States.  Rob Boston at Americans United pointed out how their claims about AU (not unlike many of their other claims) weren't exactly true.Now the FFRF has … [Read More...]

POLITICS: FCC approves net neutrality!

For those confused about what net neutrality is, click here.For the rest, here's the good news: The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one — w … [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: Arkansas’ other LGBT discrimination bill barely stopped.

So Arkansas' bill that would prohibit towns from establishing civil rights ordinances that protect LGBT people is now law.  As he promised, Gov. Asa Hutchinson allowed it to become law without his signature (at least he can see the writing on the wall with gay rights, but he's still … [Read More...]

GODLESSNESS: Freethought advocate Avijit Roy has been murdered in Bangladesh.

Dr. Avijit Roy ran the website Mukto-mona, which connected freethinkers and atheists hailing from Bengali and South Asia.  He was also an accomplished author who was recently in Bangladesh celebrating the release of two of his books there: Avijit, a Bangladesh-born engineer, who was living in the Un … [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: Tim Minchin and Sam’s mum.

I know we've all heard this song, but this song popped on my playlist yesterday on the way to voice lessons and it's still stuck in my head making me happy.I just got out of session #4 with "Harold."  It was a productive cryfest.  Will write more when I collect my thoughts. … [Read More...]

FAITH & POLITICS: Pew – majority of Republicans want Christianity as the national religion and more.

Ok, I'm just going to say it: a lot of Republican voters are inexcusably ignorant and they've found a home where they can reliably get patted on the back for it in the GOP.  Don't agree or find that offensive?  Look at the poll Pew released yesterday.How many reject evolution?  49%  (13% don't kn … [Read More...]

FAITH: Group of Saudi men arrested for dancing at a birthday party.

The morality police left their station where people are killed or tortured for blasphemy to arrest people for the "crime" of dancing:Saudi Arabia's morality police detained a group of young men for dancing at a birthday party and referred them to prosecutors, according to a state-linked media … [Read More...]