Guess Why This Pastor Didn’t Tip His Server?

Ladies and gentleman, this may surprise you, but I was not always the wildly successful part-time freelance writer you see before you today.

There were many years of my life where I made my living waiting tables.

I was a server, my boyfriend was a server, my brother was a server, most of my friends have been servers, all of my servers have been servers.  I’m surrounded by the noble men and women of the service industry.

As a result, nothing raises my hackles quite like bad tippers.

Especially passive-aggressive bad tippers who justify their behavior with faith: [Read more…]

I Wrote Another Book! (Kind of.)

Several months ago, I had some conversations with the folks at Hyperink. They publish books, some from scratch and others from previously published content.

We talked about putting together some of my favorites posts from the past several years, organized around a few common themes, into a collection. I was hesitant at first, but when I saw that they had also put out books by Robert Scoble and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, I jumped on board pretty quickly. [Read more…]

San Diego Billboard Reads: ‘Atheism: A Personal Relationship with Reality’

Now, the San Diego Coalition of Reason is back with a new design (created by graphic artist Bruce Harris) and a new message that’s bound to get all sorts of publicity since it’s modeled after Christians who say they have a “personal relationship with Jesus” [Read more…]

FFRF is Suing Florist Who Refused to Deliver Flowers to Young Atheist

I thought Florist-gate ended a year ago. I was wrong.

The backstory: After Jessica Ahlquist won her legal battle to take down a religious banner from the wall of her public high school, the Freedom From Religion Foundation tried to send her flowers as a congratulatory gift. No florist in the Cranston, Rhode Island area would deliver them to her.

Including Twins Florist: [Read more…]

I Don’t Think This Will Sway the Court

The Westboro Baptist Church filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, not supporting either side in the Proposition 8 case, but still in support of the ban on gay marriage in California.

This list of citations in their brief is priceless:

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