Civil Unions Bill Passes in the Illinois House

It’s about damn time. SB 1716, a bill allowing civil unions in Illinois, was passed by the House in a 61-52 vote. The State Senate is expected to pass it and Governor Pat Quinn has said he will sign it into law. Making this victory even sweeter was coming home to an “Urgent” Prayer Request [Read More...]

A Song ‘Defending’ Scientology

The comedy show Political Subversities recently featured actor Todd Briscoe “defending” Scientology. (The language is probably NSFW.) I enjoyed the last line in particular [Read more...]

Talking to a Leader of Westboro Baptist Church

Is it useful to dialogue with Christians who strongly disagree with you and will probably never change their minds? It’s debatable, but I generally think it’s a good thing. This video takes that to the extreme, though. Atheist vloggers MannixThePirate & xCrowMagnuSx sat down with Shirley Phelps-Roper (daughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps) [Read More...]

The Christopher Hitchens/Tony Blair Debate on Whether Religion is a Force for Good

***Update***: Links have been fixed! … In case you’re one of the three people who weren’t aware of it, Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair debated the resolution “Religion is a force for good in the world”… and Hitchens seems to be the winner with more than 10% of the audience changing their minds and siding [Read More...]

The Judge Who Stole Christmas

Remember that trailer for “Christmas with a Capital C,” the straight-to-DVD movie about the battle over a Nativity scene on public property? Awesome, right? It turns out there’s a book called The Judge Who Stole Christmas by Randy Singer, unrelated to the movie, that focuses on virtually the same thing: This holiday novella’s premise is [Read More...]