Christian Activists Demand What They Already Have

CrownOfThorns

This weekend, I saw a story on AU's Wall of Separation blog that was too funny not to share: According to the Jacksonville Daily News, members of the Baysden Chapel Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church trooped down to the Onslow County School Board building in Jacksonville, N.C., this week to demand that students be allowed to pray. ..."We want to put prayer back into our schools and put God back where he belongs," said David Jarman, pastor of the Richlands congregation. Now, I've written … [Read more...]

The Twitter Report: Hands Off My Freeze Peach!

FreezePeach

It's a slow news day. How about some internet drama to liven things up? As you all know, I've been writing a lot lately about sexism and misogyny in the atheist community. While most atheists are perfectly decent, rational human beings who understand the concept of treating all people as equals, and while we don't have anything like the centuries of accumulated prejudice and patriarchy of religious institutions, we do have a few retrograde individuals who think that sexist slurs and abuse are … [Read more...]

The Twitter Report: Let’s Have A Rousing Welcome for the Pope

Postcards

On a related note to my last post, you've probably heard that the Pope recently took a bold step forward into the 21st century by joining Twitter. This is significant because it marks, to my knowledge, the first time that the Catholic church has ever taken a bold step forward on anything. (He chose the Twitter handle @Pontifex, I assume because @Popehat was already taken.) It's an interesting experiment, but I'm not expecting it to last. It's not just that the Pope's tweets so far have … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: October 21

Coffee

Some links from the last week: • As you may have heard, my good friend and awesome secular activist Greta Christina was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. It's fully treatable, but she needed some help to cover her living expenses while she recovers, and the atheist community came through in spades, meeting and exceeding what she had hoped to raise in barely 24 hours. • Dinesh D'Souza, the well-known Christian apologist, showed up at a conference last week with a much younger woman … [Read more...]

Dispatches from Future America: Income Tax Brackets Become Hereditary

[Editor's Note: These mysterious messages seemingly always come in pairs, so after receiving the last one, I was expecting a counterpoint to arrive in my inbox soon. I wasn't disappointed, as you'll see. Like the previous one, it claims to hail from a future world, but a very different future world than the one its predecessor originated from.] WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 2, 2041) — Reporters from the world's top luxury news services were on hand today as U.S. President Targg Romney IV … [Read more...]

Phone-Spam Evangelism

On Friday afternoon, I got a call on my cell phone from an 800 number I didn't recognize. I let it go to voicemail, and I'm glad I did, because that means I had a recording of this wonderfully bizarre call so I could transcribe and share it with you: God bless you, this is [unintelligible, but sounds like "Tom from NASA"]. I'm calling you because I know that you are going through one of the most toughest times of your life [sic], and this is why I'm calling you because prayer does bring … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: April 7

Here's what's in the news this week: • In these troubled economic terms, the Russian Orthodox church seems to be sensitive about their patriarch wearing a watch that costs 30,000 euros, which is why they tried to doctor a photo of him to hide the evidence. Unfortunately for them, they forgot to also edit out a reflection of the watch on his wrist. As I've said before, it's fortunate that most censors are unintelligent, unimaginative people. • In a story I definitely want to return to … [Read more...]

Shocking Newsflash: Infamous Atheist Wears Mismatched Socks!

LONDON, February 22 - It's been a rough week for Richard Dawkins, prominent evolutionary biologist and noted God-hater. Our reporters can reveal that on Monday, while Dawkins was ordering breakfast at a local shop, he received the wrong change for his coffee and muffin, but failed to count it and notice the error until he was a short distance away, when walking back would have been mildly inconvenient. Then, while consuming the items, he carelessly spilled a blotch of coffee on his pants leg, … [Read more...]

A New Spin on a Holiday Classic

If you've still got an appetite for holiday links, I'd like to point you to a great new piece by a friend of mine, the author Greta Christina. In a new post on her site, Greta takes that classic piece of Christmastime treacle, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus", and rewrites it the way it should have been written in the first place - not as an insistence on literal belief in falsehoods, but as an ode to the value of free inquiry and rational thought. It's both hilarious and brilliant. Check … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: November 12

Here's some miscellany to accompany your morning coffee: • 70 major U.S. corporations and civic organizations call for DOMA to be struck down in a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a federal legal challenge. • Help defend the First Amendment! The U.S. Forest Service is considering a request from FFRF to terminate a Catholic group's no-cost lease for a shrine to Jesus on federal parkland. The public comment period is open until December 8, and we need to make our voices heard. The … [Read more...]


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