The 2014 Rock Hall of Fame Inductions

Saturday night HBO aired this year's induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I watched it as I always do. It was a mix of bands and performers that I really like, some I don't like as much but think should definitely be in the hall of fame and on or two that I don't care much about at all. … [Read more...]

Focusing on Children a Bad Move For Anti-Equality Lawyers

Jeffrey Toobin has a short profile of Austin Nimocks, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom who has been representing some states defending their bans on same-sex marriage and filing briefs in other cases. Toobin points out that he's making a rather glaring strategic mistake: … [Read more...]

Ignoring the Misogynist Plank in Christianity’s Eye

Matthew 7:3 is a verse about hypocrisy. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" it asks. Audrey Russo at BarbWire ignores that verse, along with many others in an insipid column about the Isla Vista shootings in which she tells feminists that they should be focused exclusively on Islam as the source of misogyny. … [Read more...]

SC Education Candidate Wants Creationism in Schools

Sheri Few, one of the many Republicans running to be the next superintendent of education in the state of South Carolina, thinks that schools should teach the "scientific theory of intelligent design" as an alternative to evolution. And she seems to have no idea what the word "objective" means. … [Read more...]

No Tax Breaks for Ark Park?

Answers in Genesis famously was given $43 million in tax breaks by the state of Kentucky a few years ago, but according to a local news site in that state those breaks have expired and they have had to reapply for them with a dramatically scaled-down project. … [Read more...]

Keyes: The Gay is ‘Suicide for Humanity’ and ‘Genocide’

Alan Keyes, more than almost anyone else on the far right fringe, is prone to flights of rhetorical fancy that reach astounding excesses. In his latest Worldnetdaily column he says "homosexual rights" are "suicide for humanity" and will cause "self-inflicted genocide." … [Read more...]

NOM Hit With Fine in Maine

Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices has hit the National Organization for Marriage with a big fine (not huge, but apparently the biggest they've ever given in that state) for concealing its role in a 2009 fight over same-sex marriage. … [Read more...]

The ‘I Used to Be a Skeptic’ Pose

One of the standard rhetorical forms we hear from some types of Christians (and wooey new agers too) is how they used to be such a serious unbeliever, a thoroughgoing skeptic, but they just couldn't resist the truth (often "Truth") any longer. A new study shows that this is very effective in convincing people of the validity of your claims: … [Read more...]

Vile Anti-Atheist Political Attack in Tennessee

Heidi Campbell is running for the city commission in Oak Hill, Tennessee on a platform of opposing more commercial development, but her opponents discovered that she's a secular humanist (or at least was part of a secular humanist group on Facebook) and are using that for a vile attack on her. … [Read more...]

Markuze/Mabus Pleads Guilty. Again.

Dennis Markuze, aka David Mabus, the guy who has threatened me and virtually every other public atheist on the internet repeatedly over the last decade, has pleaded guilty a second time to harassment, threatening a police officer and violating the probation from his first guilty plea by posting more online threats. … [Read more...]

WND Clutches Pearls Over Gay National Landmarks

The National Park Service is working to identify sites that have an important place in the history of LGBT Americans and the Worldnetdaily is predictably clutching its pearls at the idea. Because OMG, that might put them on the level with other famous landmarks! … [Read more...]

The Political Philosophy of Duck Dynasty

Eager to show that they will embrace anyone who appeals to their base no matter how ignorant or bigoted they are, the Republican Leadership Conference brought in Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty to show them the path to political success. The Worldnetdaily's Jerome Corsi presents his pearls of wisdom: … [Read more...]