Barton on Democracy and Theocracy

David Barton went on the TV show of Mike and Cindy Jacobs (yes, the "prophet" -- read: con artist -- who says God gave her a bottomless bowl of spaghetti) and said that it's a myth that the Christian right wants a theocracy because you can't be both a democracy and a theocracy. … [Read more...]

Palin Continues Her Crusade of Stupid

I know some people don't like it when I call people stupid, but if Sarah Palin isn't stupid then we might as well erase the word from the English language and pretend that everyone is really, really smart. She alternated the factual but irrelevant with the highly dishonest and the outright moronic in an appearance on the Hannity show. … [Read more...]

‘Psychic’ Fraud Marks Gets 10 Years

Rose Marks, the matriarch of an entirely family of "psychic" con artists, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of many counts of fraud for bilking desperate people out of millions and millions of dollars. Insert the obligatory "she should have seen this coming" joke. … [Read more...]

Why Christianity Will Become Less Anti-Gay

While the battle rages over equality for LGBT people it may be difficult to see how much things will change over the next couple decades, but as Amanda Marcotte correctly points out, it is almost a certainty that Christianity will become less and less anti-gay as time goes by. … [Read more...]

School Blackmails Parent Over SSA Club

The story of the SSA club at Pigsah High School in North Carolina just gets worse by the day. First they refused to let the club form, then they approved it, then the young lady who was trying to get it started withdrew due to death threats and intimidation. Hemant reports on what else the school did to scuttle the club: … [Read more...]

Georgia to Get Ten Commandments Monument?

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed a bill to place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state capitol. It still needs to pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, but I can't imagine that won't happen. And I know American Atheists is already working on opposition to it. … [Read more...]

Pathfinders Bring Clean Water to Thousands

Some of the things the Pathfinders have done around the world in the first few months of their journey has been difficult to quantify. They've worked with kids in humanist schools and helped people at refugee camps. But here's a very clear example we can point to of something they did: Opened a water purification center that is bringing clean, safe drinking water to thousands of people in Ecuador. … [Read more...]

Rob Boston’s New Book

Prometheus Books was kind enough to send me a copy of Rob Boston's new book Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn't Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I'll do that in a few weeks when I'm traveling (airports and planes, good places to catch up on reading). Rob is one of the foremost advocates of separation of church and state and he is always worth reading. … [Read more...]

Cath. School Won’t March in Parade if Gay Veterans Can

A Catholic school marching band is withdrawing from the annual Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade because a group of gay military veterans have also been approved to march in it. Because apparently just walking down the same street with gay people can give you the cooties. … [Read more...]

CA Farmers Turning to Dowsing

Those of you who have been involved with organized skepticism for any significant length of time likely know about dowsing, an absurd bit of supernatural nonsense that says you can find water with two "divining rods" and a gut feeling. California farmers are so desperate for water due to the calamitous drought there that they're turning to dowsers for help. … [Read more...]

Steve King is Worried About Fake Gay People

Rep. Steve King, the dumbest man in Congress not named Louis Gohmert, is worried that if we don't pass "right to discriminate" bill like the one in Arizona, people will pretend to be gay so they can sue businesses for discriminating against them. Because, of course, they choose to be gay. … [Read more...]

Putin and Obama’s ‘Weakness’

Now that the Ukraine has blown up and Putin has sent troops into Crimea, the right is having a grand old time blaming it all on Obama being "weak" on foreign policy and thus making Putin feel "emboldened" that he could do it. Sarah Palin is even claiming to be a prophet, with Fox News pushing that idea far and wide: … [Read more...]