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Progressive Secular Humanist

Tea Party of Louisiana claims Common Core turns kids gay

Demonstrating an alarming ignorance, the Tea Party of Louisiana is claiming Common Core educational standards are turning kids into “homosexuals.” A press release issued on the Tea Party of Louisiana’s website Monday morning came with this headline, “Common Core Turns First Wave of Students Gay.” The following is an excerpt from the Tea Party press [Read More...]

Godless in Dixie

An Atheist’s Advice to a Baptist Church

I had lunch last week with a friend of the family who is on staff at one of the largest churches in my state.  It was an enjoyable conversation that probably gave each of us plenty to talk about.  Would that all conversations between Evangelicals and atheists exhibited such mutual respect.  It’s amazing how pleasant [Read More...]


As Ye Live, So Shall Ye Google

In American counties considered the easiest in which to live, cameras, iPad apps, and jogging are among the subjects that residents are googling for. In the hardest counties to live in, it’s diabetes, guns, and the Antichrist. This is according to an analysis by the New York Times which used its own metrics to determine [Read More...]

Love, Joy, Feminism

An Open Letter to Duggar Defenders

More than two years ago I wrote a blog post titled My Concerns about the Duggars. To this day it continues getting hundreds of hits daily, along with the random comment. Probably half of the comments left on it defend the Duggars as upright, responsible people raising healthy, well-adjusted young people. These comments often lash out against me, calling me bitter and so forth. I've often thought of responding to these comments with further blog posts, but so far I haven't. Today that changes.


Amazing animated version of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot (Video)

I want to present this without much commentary. This is simply a beautiful motion graphic of Saga’s famous “Pale Blue Dot” from the original Cosmos series, and of course book, The Pale Blue Dot. Watch in awe. From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s [Read More...]

Daylight Atheism

Let’s Not Be Uncivil Here

Can’t we have a calm, reasoned, civil discussion about whether I should stop punching you or not? I mean, sure, I may currently be sitting on your chest aiming one punishing blow after another into your head, neck and shoulders. I’m willing to grant that reasonable people may differ about the ethics of this behavior. [Read More...]

What Would JT Do (WWJTD)

Since 2007, we have paid congressional staffers to edit the wikipedia page for the choco taco.

I used to think that with huge constituency’s to which our representatives must answer that congressional staffers were surely overworked.  Now I’m not so sure… The Twitter bot @CongressEdits has, since July 9, gleefully collected the Wikipedia edits of anonymous congressional staffers. Some of the edits are funny; some serious; some mundane. But surely none has enchanted [Read More...]

Friendly Atheist

Christians Are Furious That a Virginia Hospital Removed Bibles from Bedrooms, but Their Anger is Misplaced

LewisGale Hospital Alleghany, in Virginia, just removed all Bibles from their bedrooms, infuriating some Christians.But this time, atheists had nothing to do with it:

Camels with Hammers

Everything is Awesome!!!

A happy new song from Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island! (I semi-watched The LEGO Movie while doing some work while the nieces and nephews were over a couple weeks ago. What I caught of it was great. Some really funny lines. Definitely want to get around to giving it a proper watch one of [Read More...]

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