Much Ado About Your (Arizona) Neighbor’s Taxes

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn and Garriott v. Winn and will decide the constitutionality of a program that diverts tax money into private-school scholarships. This program allows donors a dollar-for-dollar reduction in state income taxes. The reduction is good for contributions of up to $1,000 if [Read More...]

ExMormon Now Available

C.L. Hanson is an ex-Mormon and the author of the excellent blog Letters From a Broad…. Her new book about growing up Mormon, ExMormon, is finally available on Amazon: If you’re raised Mormon, you have a plan all laid out for you: baptism at age eight, meetings every week, scouting and the priesthood (if you’re [Read More...]

The Unlikely Disciple in Paperback

One of the best books I read last year was Kevin Roose‘s The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University. It’s the story of an Ivy League student who spends a semester at Jerry Falwell‘s ultra-Christian Liberty University. My review and interview with Kevin can be found here. Recently, I was thrilled to [Read More...]

Mother Steals Gossip Girl Books From Library

Tina Harden‘s daughter brought home a couple young Gossip Girl-inspired novels in 2008. When Tina flipped through the books and saw the bad language and references to sex/drugs, she did what came naturally to her. She stole the books. She has had them in her possession since the fall of 2008: Harden owes $85 in [Read More...]

Massimo Pigliucci Criticizes “Scientism”

Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci is the author of a new book Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk. Just from the title, it sounds very promising, yes? Well, this extended, exclusive passage from the book may get your atheist senses tingling. It talks about the limits and powers of science. Pigliucci argues that scientists [Read More...]