FAITH: Men suspected of killing Avijit Roy arrested in Bangladesh.

Some of the men suspected in the murder of Avijit Roy have been arrested. Three suspected Islamists were on Saturday arrested in Bangladesh in a pre-dawn raid, as authorities intensified a crackdown on extremists following the brutal killing of American blogger Avijit Roy in the capital. As Terry Firma points out over at Friendly Atheist, this is progress: The protests over godlessness have often gone the other way in Bangladesh. Many Bangladeshi writers and bloggers have, with good rea … [Read More...]

FAITH: David Barton: there will never be a vaccination for AIDS because the bible says it’s to punish gay people.

David Barton confirms that he's not just a liar and a lousy "historian," he's also a deplorable human being. "Anything the Bible says is right, there is scientific basis for it now," Barton said. "The federal government, in the last several years, has spent tens of billions of dollars looking for a vaccine for AIDS and I don't think they will ever find a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. And I say that based on a particular Bible verse ... Notice this, homosexuals receive in their bodies the penalty due … [Read More...]

FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Scott Lively calls for prayer vigil before SCOTUS until same-sex marriage ruling.

For those who don't know Scott Lively, he's a very colorful chap who really, really, really doesn't like gay people.  Like, to the tune of supporting laws that would see LGBT people killed in other countries.  He also claims to know the anti-Christ will arrive in September if LGBT people are allowed … [Read More...]

INTERESTING: Skydiver has seizure at 9,000 feet and is rescued by instructor.

I follow the Air News & Services twitter feed because I'm immensely interested in plane crashes.  They just posted a video a man took while skydiving where he has a mid-air seizure.  His instructor manages to catch up to him and pull his ripcord.  The man spent about 30 seconds unconscious, wa … [Read More...]

FAITH: In which I expose the biggest moron on earth.

Ah, my special twitter feed of terrible people is good for the occasional laugh.  I saw this one from Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel:He is, of course, talking about the American Family Association's bigotry map, in which the AFA flags every organization they think is guilty of … [Read More...]

MENTAL ILLNESS & PERSONAL: Pictures of my brain.

I recently participated in an fMRI study being done by a neuroscientist at the University of Kansas under whom my wife studied.  They were looking for people with my affliction and, since I will never be a neuroscientist and able to help create cures for people like me in that capacity, I was … [Read More...]

FAITH: Ben Carson suggests religion should fact-check science to protect against propaganda.

I've written before on how Ben Carson confuses me.  He's clearly a smart man, a genius-caliber intellect when it comes to neurosurgery.  But then he says some of the most astronomically stupid things.  Here's his most recent:Possible Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested over th … [Read More...]

ACTIVISM: I guess I’ll be spending a week at Camp Quest KC…

You beautiful, beautiful people.  Last week I asked you all to help Sarah Hargreaves raise money for Camp Quest Kansas City in her competition with David Diskin from Camp Quest West.  I said that if she raised over $2,000 that I would commit a week of my time to Camp Quest KC in the summer, thinking … [Read More...]

BREAKING: Nebraska’s gay marriage ban is history.

Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon (federal judge, so Roy Moore is unimpressed) has ruled that Nebraska's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.  I'm reading his ruling now and boy, does it have some lovely bits.  Like this: Nebraska's “Defense of Marriage" Constitutional Amendment, Section … [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: Every day when Michaelyn gets home…

...this happens. … [Read More...]

FAITH & HIGH SCHOOL: American Atheists gets school to end prayer after baseball practice.

American Atheists was tipped off that the head coach and assistant coach of the Leesburg High School baseball team were leading the team in prayer after practice.  They took the right first step - they gave the school an opportunity to end the practice on their own.  And it worked!On February 1 … [Read More...]

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 … [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 Sta … [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...]