Atheist Thanksgiving.

Welp, it's Thanksgiving - time to sit around and ruminate over what we're thankful for, right?  How about this year we all take a moment and acknowledge what we're thankful for in the atheist movement?I'm thankful to Sam Harris.  It was his book The End of Faith that made me into an activist.  On that note I'm also thankful for Christopher Hitchens and Victor Stenger whose work provided me with fresh arguments and greatly influenced my own debate style.I'm thankful for American Atheists. … [Read More...]

Why Republicans appeal marriage equality cases they know they’re going to lose.

This comment from LARK62 made my day.  It captures concisely and specifically why GOP governors/AGs continue to push and appeal to Circuit Courts which have already ruled against other states making the same arguments:It was, is and always will be a way for politicians to pander to right wing voters. And since the appeals are financed by taxpayers, they get to pander without spending a dime of their own money. It's a win for the politician, and the outcome doesn't matter. The longer the case … [Read More...]

Bryan Fischer is not happy about the decisions in Arkansas and Mississippi.

Bryan Fischer is hungry for discrimination which, in the wake of Arkansas and Mississippi having their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges yesterday, prompted the head of the American Family Association to toss a spectacular word salad. "The federal judiciary has mutated into a … [Read More...]

The Importance of Community

Now that I've had a few days to unwind from my second Skepticon and reflect on it, I thought I would talk about it because my opinion is relevant and everybody cares. ;)As someone who lives in an area that is predominantly Christian, as I'm sure many of you do, it's a bit of a shock to be s … [Read More...]

Skepticon talks: Matt Dillahunty “Confronting Christianity.”

The talks from Skepticon are hitting the internet.  Here's Matt Dillahunty, who freaking rocked it (and did so on short notice). … [Read More...]

Judge rules Mississippi’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but this one’s not over yet.

Ok, first, the good news: a federal judge has ruled Mississippi's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.  federal judge has overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but he is putting his order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal.U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: the happiest turtle.

This makes me want a pet turtle.Sorry for the late start.  Michaelyn is off school today and sick so I'm being a good hubby.  :)  Will spend much of the day curled up with her, so content won't be as heavy today. … [Read More...]

BREAKING: Federal judge strikes down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban.

Judge Kristine Baker, an Obama appointee, has ruled that Arkansas' gay marriage ban violates the Constitution!A federal judge struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in … [Read More...]

End of the day link dump: ex-youth minister receives sentence for sexual assaults.

So every day I select a group of stories out of my news feed to write about.  However, there are always a bunch left over at the end of the day.  I'm going to start just link-dumping the stories which caught my eye but didn't get their own post into an end of the day post.Michaelyn was on the TV … [Read More...]

Pat Robertson: Archeage and Dungeons and Dragons are an open invitation to demonic possession.

Thank god Pat is shining some light on this:I used to play D&D (and I've played Archeage) and look how I turned out.  Hell, I've even heard it can destroy the lives of tried and true Catholics like this guy:And who wants that?  You used to think the worst byproduct of playing D … [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: should clerks be exempted from issuing same-sex marriage licenses?

We haven't had a Tuesday conversation post in a while, so let's check out this story.  A federal judge has overturned Montana's gay marriage ban, which means issuing same-sex marriage licenses is now a job expectation for county clerks, just like issuing such licenses to straight couples.But … [Read More...]

Debate (Do the findings of science entail that Christianity is false?): my first rebuttal.

This is the next entry in my debate with John Lepp over "Do the findings of science entail that Christianity is false?"  While we agreed to rounds of 1,500 words, I had a beast of a time trimming down my post so that it adequately hit all of John's arguments.  It simply takes longer to rebut a claim … [Read More...]

Pope appoints Jesuit who shielded a child-raping priest to position in charge of policing child-raping priests.

I'd like to tell you the story of a priest named Donald McGuire (I won't refer to him as father because...well, you'll see): Jesuit officials in Chicago will pay $19.6 million to settle a civil lawsuit brought by six men who claim they were molested by a former priest and onetime spiritual advisor … [Read More...]

Father responds to local letter on separation of church and state.

A man named Colin Carr wrote a letter-to-the-editor of my hometown paper challenging the separation of church and state.  He opens with: This is written in response to the article published byThe Baxter Bulletin on Nov. 15, entitled, "Think over, 'Under God." Isn't it wonderful that we live in a c … [Read More...]