Not Your Ordinary Cap and Gown

This past weekend, my Muslim friend graduated from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Her facebook album revealed that the commencement ceremony was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. One would assume Jesus looked down with a special disapproval at this particular graduation — as Jesus [Read More...]

Off to San Jose

For the next few days, I’ll be visiting San Jose for the American Humanist Association’s annual conference. (On Sunday morning, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion on the topic: “Where’s Critical Thinking in Our Public Schools?”) Not sure what Internet access will be like there, so I’ll assume there’s none. If you’re there, please [Read More...]

Westboro Baptist Church Got it Right…?

I know Fred Phelps‘ Westboro Baptist Church says a lot of crazy shit about gay people, but for once, they actually got something right about you and me. (Obviously, I’m not referring to the “Fags are Beasts” sign.) Is that a prediction or a command? Too late, in either case… How did they know!? (Thanks [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Lying to Grandparents for Atheist Father

Dear Richard, My entire immediate family, from my parents down to my eight-year-old sister, is completely atheist. However my dad’s family are deeply Catholic, and ever since I was a child we’ve been pretending we are as well, to the point of actually attending church occasionally so we could lie convincingly and not trip ourselves [Read More...]

The Catholic Church’s New Interview Questions

Want to apply for Seminary? According to the New York Times, you’ll have to answer an interesting string of questions…: “When was the last time you had sex?” all candidates for the seminary are asked. (The preferred answer: not for three years or more.) “What kind of sexual experiences have you had?” is another common [Read More...]