After Radio Host Implies That Activist Should Be Beaten Up, Fox News’ Todd Starnes Does the Right Thing

Normally, when we talk about Fox News’ Todd Starnes (below), it’s because he’s making up a story of Christian persecution.

But Starnes actually did something decent yesterday. Appearing on Christian fanatic Rick Wiles‘ radio show to discuss a story about Bible verses appearing on Air Force Academy dorm room white boards (and an atheist who complained about it), Starnes and Wiles had this exchange:

[Read more…]

In Case You Were In Need of a New Shirt…

The cool folks at Compass 120 Apparel created a shirt with a quotation of mine and they’re marketing it to men and women. I’ve asked that any money I would’ve made from the shirts be given instead to the Secular Student Alliance:

There’s a promotional video and everything! Check it out — and consider their other goods while you’re at it.

[Read more…]

Creationist Complains That His Side Isn’t Getting Equal Time on Cosmos

Creationist Danny Faulkner (below) of Answers In Genesis appeared on the “Janet Mefferd Show” late last week to complain about how Cosmos is being totally unfair. You see, it’s just promoting science. It’s not giving equal time to bullshit.

[Read more…]

What’s At Stake in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case?

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The issue is whether or not a public company owned by religious individuals can deny employees contraception or birth control — items the law says have to be included in basic health coverage.

Obviously, those of us who support church/state separation think that personal decisions about birth control (and the like) should be left up to the people using it, not their Christian bosses. (Of course, it’s ridiculous that health insurance is tied to employment in the first place, but that’s a separate issue.)

[Read more…]

Salvation Army Promises, After $450,000 Settlement, to Eliminate Religious Discrimination in Taxpayer-Funded Work

The Salvation Army, whose volunteers you might see ringing bells over the holidays, is a primarily religious organization whose goal is to spread the Gospel. At the same time, they get government funds, to the tune of $188,000,000 in New York alone, to do social service work. As long as the two worlds don’t collide, there shouldn’t be a problem.

But more than a decade ago, that’s exactly what happened:

[Read more…]