Kasich on the Horrors of a ‘Secular Society’


John Kasich, who is apparently still running for the Republican presidential nomination (not that anyone would notice), went on an extended diatribe about the evils of secularism while speaking to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It's the same thing we've heard a thousand times before, without God we don't have any morality and society breaks down and violent crime and blah blah blah. … [Read more...]

TN County Won’t Seek God’s Mercy After All


Color me surprised after the board of commissioners of Blount County, Tennessee voted not to consider a resolution that would have begged God's mercy for the multitude of horrible sins the country has committed (like upholding women's rights and gay rights and other vile actions). The resolution would basically have asked God to pass over that county when he's raining fire and brimstone on the rest of us terrible sinners. … [Read more...]

Rubio: Voodoo Economics on Steroids


The Republican presidential candidates seem to be having a competition to see who can present a plan that cuts taxes more than the other guy and all of them are pretending that they can cut taxes without reducing spending and still balance the budget. In other words, it's the same voodoo economics the Republicans have been using since Reagan, which has never, ever worked. The result is always bigger deficits. Ezra Klein shreds Marco Rubio's plan. … [Read more...]

Huckabee: Not My Fault I Used False Quotes In My Book

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Buzzfeed has caught Mike Huckabee presenting a whole raft of false quotes from the Founding Fathers in his 1998 book Kids Who Kill, including Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Patrick Henry, as well as Abraham Lincoln and others. Most of them were probably cribbed from David Barton (seriously, when will wingnuts stop trusting him to tell the truth?). … [Read more...]

Wait, Texas Was Still Banning Flag Desecration?


Someone sent me a link to this article and I was a bit confused. The state of Texas tried to prosecute someone for desecrating an American flag for throwing it to the ground, but a state appeals court overturned that conviction because the law he was charged with violating is a violation of the First Amendment. How is this still an issue? The Supreme Court ruled on this more than 25 years ago. … [Read more...]

Welcome, Dan Linford

My buddy Dan Linford is now doing some blogging at Secular Spectrum here on Patheos, which is very cool. Dan is a philosophy professor specializing in the philosophy of religion (so he must sit at the kiddies table, according to the rather ridiculous Peter Boghossian) and the history of atheism. His first post is about a talk he recently gave at a Society of Christian Philosophers meeting. Yes, an atheist among the Christian philosophers. You should go read it. … [Read more...]

Dumbest Christian Meme Ever


I have found what just might be the dumbest Christian meme ever shared on Facebook. I know, there's a lot of competition for that one, but when you see it, I think you might agree. This was put out by the group American Vision in response to the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol this week, which they compare to ISIS destroying precious archaeological sites. … [Read more...]

O’Reilly: There’s No Such Thing as Hungry Kids in America


Bill O'Reilly continues to be massively out of touch with reality on pretty much any issue, as evidence by his very loud and belligerent denial that there is any such thing as hungry children in America. Why? Because many poor families have computers and cars (and many don't, of course, but the only "facts" that matter are the ones that confirm his beliefs). In fact, he thinks it's "insane" to believe that there are hungry children in this country. … [Read more...]

Alabama Sup. Court Justice Wants to Defy SCOTUS


An Alabama Supreme Court Justice is calling for state supreme courts to openly defy the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell, and it isn't Chief Justice Roy Moore this time, it's Justice Tom Parker. Parker used to be one of Moore's aides and is nearly as reactionary as him, so this is hardly a surprise. Bryan Fischer had him on his show to spout his nullificationist views. … [Read more...]

Farris: Christians Now Undergoing ‘Heresy Prosecutions’


Michael Farris, the incredibly influential founder of Patrick Henry College and the Home School Legal Defense Fund, offers up some wildly inaccurate and hyperbolic rhetoric claiming that Christians who oppose gay rights are not undergoing "heresy prosecutions" and that we now have he same level of religious liberty as that of the Middle Ages. History, how the hell does that work? … [Read more...]

Michele Bachmann Doesn’t Get Cause and Effect Either


The Christian right in general has a serious problem understanding cause and effect, as I've noted many times, and Michele Bachmann is no exception. They have an impenetrable, unfalsifiable view of the world that allows them to turn anything bad that happens -- and bad things happen all the time, of course -- into proof that God is punishing us for all the stuff they don't like. Flooding in South Carolina? Bachmann can explain that: … [Read more...]

Three Cheers for California’s Assisted Suicide Law

I am so happy to hear that the state of California has become the 5th state to allow some form of assisted suicide for terminally ill people seeking an end to their misery and suffering. Having just gone through this with one of my dearest friends, and having gone through it three times before with others that I love, I am a staunch advocate of such laws. … [Read more...]