One Hundred and Five Thousand, Nine Hundred Eighty Nine. Dollars.

Wolf-Blitzer-Atheist

You know the story: Helping A Tornado Survivor, Atheist Style — Oklahoma tornado survivor Rebecca Vitsmun admits she's an atheist during a TV interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, and atheists worldwide pitch in to help her and her family rebuild.The donation effort at Indiegogo is still roaring along.The total as I write this is, yes, $105,989. … [Read more...]

Time for Serious Outreach into Islam?

Muslims Praying

Here's a story from the United Kingdom's online news site Mail Online, the heated subtext of which is "OMG MUSLIMS!!!"One country, two religions and three very telling pictures: The empty pews at churches just yards from an overcrowded mosqueIt's a story in pictures, with a small amount of text: What they show are three acts of worship performed in the East End of London within a few hundred yards of each other at the end of last month.Two of the photos show Sunday morning … [Read more...]

Finding the Real Villain in [Churches Hate Gay Boy Scouts]

Boy Scout

Thinking about this story, Some Churches Say They'll Cut Ties to Boy Scouts Following Its Lifting Ban on Gay Scouts, a first reaction might lead you to lambaste the people who'd do such a thing."If the Boy Scouts are going to support gays, we're not going to support the Boy Scouts." Of course they have every right to say that, to act that way, but it's not a decent reaction, not a reaction that recognizes equality and fairness. You'd be prone to blame the people who'd do such a thing.On … [Read more...]

Wikipedia Does Days: May 26

Augustus_Statue

Didn't like history in school. Did. Not. It was just this droning recitation of dates and wars and such, people I didn't give a hoot about doing obscure things to each other while wearing weird clothes and armor and stuff.I don't know why it never got across to me that it was all real — real people doing real things. Probably it was all the fault of my teachers. Yeah, that must be it! Anyway, I dutifully memorized the dates and the events, and fired them back on tests, and did pretty good, d … [Read more...]

Helping A Tornado Survivor, Atheist-Style

Wolf-Blitzer-Atheist

There's a rather amazing story coming out of the Oklahoma tornado-aftermath.Moore, Oklahoma, resident and mother Rebecca Vitsmun, being interviewed by  CNN's Wolf Blitzer, responded to a spray of goddy rhetoric:Blitzer: "Well, you're blessed, Brian your husband is blessed, Anders is blessed. [...] I guess you gotta thank the Lord, huh? Do you thank the Lord, for that split-second decision (to leave her home and get to safety)?"Vitsmun: "I uh, I am actually an atheist."Amid … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Bridges and War and All Things Daft

Bush & Bridge

I know there are people who don't like driving across long, high bridges. I'm one of them, I guess, but my job requires me to gird my loins and cross the huge, 3-mile-long, almost-60-year-old  Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River near New York City twice a day.The collapse of the Interstate 5 highway bridge in Mount Vernon, Wash., on Thursday, brought that roaring to mind over the past few days.On days when traffic is slow and you're standing still on the Tappan Zee — like yesterday … [Read more...]


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