Handy Summation of Legal Limits on Prayer at Legislative Sessions

Restrictions on Legislative Prayer after Greece v Galloway

Greece v. Galloway gave much too much latitude for sectarian prayer at legislative meetings. (I’m against all ceremonial prayers at all government sponsored events for the reasons I spelled out in this post and I am especially offended at the concept of allowing sectarian prayers as the Court just did. As I read the entire decision and then discussed it with my [Read More...]

For The Bible Tells Me So, A Documentary Chronicling Conservative Christian Homophobia

Since Tuesday, I have been talking about the devastating impact of the conservative Christian church on LGBT youth. The other night, via an old Libby Anne post I serendipitously happened upon this relevant documentary called For the Bible Tells Me So, which is all about how conservative Christians demonize gays and what it’s like growing up gay [Read More...]

Ex-Muslims of North America Covered In The New York Times

My friend Heina Dadabhoy, who writes for Skepchick and is soon to have her own blog at Freethought Blogs, was profiled in the New York Times along with the Ex-Muslims of North America while attending Center For Inquiry’s Women In Secularism 3 last weekend: When Ms. Dadabhoy “came out” to her parents, “it didn’t go so well,” she said. [Read More...]

Islam Is Not A Race–But Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Still Very Often Racist

As a particular sociocultural phenomenon, “New Atheism” is usually traced back to the anti-faith backlash many Westerners were prone towards in the wake of 9/11. For Christopher Hitchens, it was 9/11 that crystallized his years of criticism of religion and focused his energies more centrally on opposing religion than he ever had before, turning him in [Read More...]

A Powerful Letter To Christian Homeschoolers

This letter by Darcy should be mandatory reading for the Christian parents who homeschool their kids in order to create an alternate Christian universe for their children: Dear parents, I’m in several online groups consisting of thousands of the homeschool alumni of my generation, the “Joshua Generation”, the products of the Christian homeschooling pioneers. And one [Read More...]

How’d Women in Secularism 3 Go?

Jennifer Bardi wrote a recap of last weekend’s Women In Secularism 3 conference, put on by CFI. She began by characterizing it as a “secular conference for women”,  a “feminist conference for humanists and atheists” and a “confederacy of black/white/Hispanic/Asian/gay/trans/cis/old/young/fat/skinny/pierced/inked/plain/ smart/caring/socially conscious human beings interested in gender equality”. Then she goes on to cover highlights: Lindsay’s [Read More...]

Ron Reagan Declares Himself An “Unabashed Atheist…Not Afraid of Burning in Hell”

A great ad for the Freedom From Religion Foundation! Here’s the script: Hi, I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. That’s why I’m asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working [Read More...]

An Empirical Study of the Link Between Suicidal LGBT Youth and Religious Upbringing

On Wednesday, I published a piece placing some of the blame for the horrifying rates of LGBT youth homelessness and suicidal tendencies on the conservative Christian churches that are raising their children in a toxically homophobic environment that not only demonizes their homosexuality as sinful but in no small part defines the Christian identity in [Read More...]

Are Solar Roadways The Future?

This is a well done and entertaining advertisement for an indie gogo fundraiser. I am by no means competent to evaluate the claims made in the video so use independent judgment and help me vet it if there’s anything fishy herein: If you’re convinced or want to learn more, check out the Indie Gogo here. [Read More...]


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