Is ‘Blessed’ a Big Deal?

The Vigo County School Corporation (public school) headquarters in Indiana had this message in front of their main building last year: Best Wishes For a Blessed New Year As reader Meg drove past the same building today, she caught a similar message: Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Is the word “blessing” worth raising a fuss over [Read More...]

Marco Rubio: Deluded This Way or That Way?

A late night rant here. Hope this makes sense. Do other atheists just roll their eyes when they read articles like the one in today’s New York Times by Mark Oppenheimer? But while Mr. [Marco] Rubio, 39, presented himself on his Florida Statehouse Web site and in interviews as a Roman Catholic, bloggers and journalists [Read More...]

Is This a Political Endorsement?

The National Day of Prayer Task Force in Austin is (as far as I can tell) a non-profit, tax-exempt religious group. They have put up a series of billboards promoting their website and (of course) prayer: As you all know from seeing the barrage of atheist billboards over the past couple years, there’s nothing wrong [Read More...]

Queen: Atheists Can Be Good, Too!

The Queen of England, head of the Anglican Church, made news yesterday for comments that were really very obvious to anyone who gives it the least bit of thought: Speaking at Church House, central London, she told members of General Synod that believers and atheists were equally able to contribute to the prosperity and wellbeing [Read More...]

Illinois Family Institute Named Anti-Gay Hate Group by Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center makes very clear on their website that “viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.” What does qualify them for that designation? Generally, the SPLC’s listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods — claims about LGBT people that have been [Read More...]