An entire Tennessee clerk’s office has resigned over the same-sex marriage ruling


According to a report on Pink News, the entire staff of the Decatur County clerk’s office in Tennessee has resigned over same-sex marriage, claiming they did so for the "glory of God."They are the only county clerk’s office in Tennessee that is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. And the real kicker is, they haven't even been asked to issue any such licenses.Clerk Gwen Pope and her employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler stated that they will resign over the Supreme Court ruli … [Read more...]

The Theist’s Claim To Ultimate Charity Needs to Stop


 Note: this piece was previously published on my first blog, The Unbelieving Voice, last year. Recent discussions have prompted me to republish it for a larger audience, here.   A man, seeing a homeless person, takes pity on him and hands him a dollar. The homeless man is grateful—they shake hands and part. A second man, seeing the homeless person, takes pity on him and hands him a dollar. The homeless man is again grateful—they shake hands and part. What is the difference betwee … [Read more...]

Missouri politican argues ‘In God We Trust’ has nothing to do with religion


Over at Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta has written a piece about my hometown of Springfield, Missouri. It concerns City Council member Justin Burnett, who is trying to have In God We Trust placed in Council Chambers below the City of Springfield logo. Mehta's breakdown is good, but there is a bit more to this story.Burnett isn't the only local politician pushing his religious agenda. Recently, Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott came under fire for the use of In God We Trust on county patrol … [Read more...]

When a non-believer faces tragedy

Image: "Pretty Pink & Green Heart" by D. Sharon Pruitt, from Wikimedia Commons, December 7, 2009

I'm a medical anomaly, of sorts. Aside from being the most accident prone member of my family, breaking a wrist and getting sand lodged in my eye in one summer, I was also diagnosed with juvenile, type one, diabetes when I was seven. Needless to say, I was in and out of hospitals pretty regularly.So when I was ten and they had me get an x-ray of my chest, I didn't think much of it. At this point, I was used to new tests being done. I couldn't link the x-ray in any way with my diabetes, but I … [Read more...]

A Response To Salon’s Plea to Stop Writing “God” with a lower-case “G”


Richard Eskow of Salon has asked that we stop using "god" instead of "God". Actually, he asked it in January--I've only come across his piece today so I hope I'm forgiven for the late response. He writes:In a world wracked by war, climate change and economic inequality, this may seem a trivial point. In fact, it almost certainly is. And in a “new atheism” debate characterized by mutual bitterness and rigidity, I don’t want to pour any more kerosene on seemingly eternal fires. But might I a … [Read more...]

Josh Duggar allegedly molested 5 girls, including his sisters


Two days ago I posted a story about the fact that TLC's Josh Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting was turned over to police for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.Today, TMZ (yes, the celebrity gossip site) has confirmed with law enforcement that Josh –who was around 14 at the time– was the alleged molester of five girls starting in 2002. An unknown number of the five girls are reported to be Josh's own sisters.TMZ reports that: According to the police report, Josh fondled the genitals and … [Read more...]

TLC star Josh Duggar named by police in underage sex probe


(This story has been updated on 05/23/2015 to reflect all recent developments in the story)Josh Duggar, one of the children in the hit TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting was turned over to the Arkansas State Police by this father Jim Bob Duggar, who according to a source says that Jim Bob caught Josh leaving a young girl’s bedroom and later “learned something inappropriate happened.” The charges sought against Josh was sexual assault in the fourth degree, and took place while Josh himself … [Read more...]

Kentucky gubernatorial candidates weigh in on Ark Encounter tax benefits

Photo: Answers in Genesis

Kentucky's Courier-Journal posted questions and answers with Kentucky's candidates for governor to replace outbound Democrat Steve Beshear who is not eligible to run for re-election.One interesting question posed by the Courier-Journal peaked my interest: Do you favor or oppose extending $18 million in state tax rebates to the Ark Encounter project in Grant County, which has acknowledged it plans to limit its hiring to Christians? Why or why not? And the answers? RepublicansMatt … [Read more...]

AD episode seven completely derails the biblical narrative

Image: The Spudd

AD is such a difficult series for me to follow anymore, let alone take seriously. Given how the producers had offered apologetics, rather than actual stories from the Bible, for the original Bible series from two years ago, it only makes sense that they would start showing episodes that they imagined themselves.Like in every post I have made on the show, the episode preys on the audience' uninformed ideas of history, politics, education, and government. It is apologetics disguised as … [Read more...]

Maryam’s Story: A Glimpse Inside the “Modern” Middle East


"In our society, there is no such thing as an independent woman; you are either your family’s responsibility or your husband’s," says Maryam, an intelligent, articulate, and humorous young woman from the United Arab Emirates. As she recounts her story, she is painting me a picture of her world – and it is far from pleasant. It is a world that most of us are aware of; it is hard to imagine anyone being surprised to learn that patriarchy is thriving in the Middle East. Yet, our awareness is super … [Read more...]