Pictures from Apostacon.

It's been a bit of a rough day in the head and the news is slow, so what better time to put up pictures from Apostacon?  Let's inject some happiness into the day.Apostacon and American Atheists continue to set the standard for well-run conferences in my eyes.  Last year Sarah Morehead was awarded Atheist-of-the-Year, and her work with Apostacon shows why she earned it.  Even though it was psychologically t … [Read More...]

Pastor Bob Ripley: pastor (and Christian) no more.

Another member of the clergy project has outed himself.  While a pastor leaving religion is becoming old hat (every reliable poll confirms that the rate of people leaving religion is way higher than the rate of people entering it), and even though Hemant has already covered this, I feel compelled to blog about it to.  Why?  Because on the rare occasions an atheist public figure converts the religious go positively bonkers.  Best to have a long list of counter-examples handy.The person who has … [Read More...]

CBS rejects FFRF ad on separation of church and state.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation created an ad this year featuring Ron Reagan, son of the former President.  In the ad Ron calls for the separation of church and state and for people to support the FFRF.  The ad has run on youtube and Comedy Central.Recently the FFRF approached CBS about a … [Read More...]

Founder of Domino’s Pizza has created a town in Florida without democracy.

I knew that Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino's Pizza, was a bit a religious loon, but I had no idea to the extent.  This man built an entire town just so he could, among other things, deny birth control of any sort within its borders: One aspect the Town of Ave Maria, Florida and the other is … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: dog trying to eat a taco.

Deeeeeeelicious.  :) … [Read More...]

Moral Frameworks: God is up a creek without a ladder

JT posted an article about a baby drowning during a baptism. A fellow named SteveK took issue, and JT decided to post him as an example, as I'm generally in favor of doing. Christianity, by existing, does a great job producing atheists, these days.The topics interests me, so I'd like to dig in … [Read More...]

Aftermath of appointment #7.

It was a good session.  I left feeling a lot better about things.Last week Katy recorded our session (that was not a good session, I was a traumatic mess).  She showed me the video of that today.  I asked her what this was supposed to accomplish.  She said she wanted me to see what I looked like … [Read More...]

Close to Lawrence, Kansas? Come hear my wife speak tonight!

Tonight Michaelyn will be giving a talk on the KU campus about how religion is not a mental illness.  :)  If you're in the area, swing by.  Free food and free admission. … [Read More...]

Pre-appointment thoughts.

I haven't weighed myself in a week because I've been eating more.  Each time I feel like shit right after, but I keep doing it.  Today I busted out the scale to check, sure I'd ballooned back up over 200 lbs.  It was 190.0.  I've not gained or lost any weight, despite feeling like I've overeaten eve … [Read More...]

Huckabee: elect people who will fire non-Christians.

Secular Progressive has a great post up about comments potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made at the Value Voters Summit.  Seriously, go read the whole thing.  But here's the money quote: Speaking at the 2014 Values Voter Summit this weekend Huckabee said: Some of you are frustrated an … [Read More...]

Religious discrimination in the NFL needs to go.

Ugh, I can't believe I'm writing this.So last night the Kansas City Chiefs sportsed way harder than the New England Patriots.  In that game Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown.  Afterward Abdullah, a devout Muslim, knelt in prayer:For this, Ab … [Read More...]

Lord’s Prayer forced on students in Texas high school marching band

This story was brought to my attention by a friend and neighbor who is the mother of a student who will soon be attending Lewisville High School, part of the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) that my daughter also goes to, and she was worried that her student might feel left out of the … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: not a ninja.

Good morning guys.  I have another appointment today, so look for fairly quick posts.  I kind of feel indifferent about everything today, which is nothing new, but today it's a particularly powerful indifference (how's that for a writing mechanism?).  I haven't gained or lost any weight in a week. I … [Read More...]

Rick Perry praises the economic genius of…Sam Brownback.

Rick Perry recently talked up Kansas governor Sam Brownback at a fundraiser by saying a bunch of things that simply aren't true: In competing political events Wednesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hailed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s economic record, while supporters of Brownback’s opponent, Paul Davis, to … [Read More...]