Pete Stark Mentions the Lord to Ron Paul

Pete Stark (D-CA) is the only openly non-theistic congressperson. I sometimes wonder how much his colleagues know about his non-theism. Is it something they ever talk about? Joke about? As far as I can tell, Stark barely mentions it… The congressional newspaper The Hill recently published an exchange Stark had with Ron Paul (R-TX). They [Read More...]

Can We Get an Atheist on the Supreme Court?

The current Supreme Court consists of: 6 Catholics 2 Jews 1 Protestant And if Justice John Paul Stevens retires next year — he probably will — the sole Protestant would be gone. Dahlia Lithwick at Slate asks why it’s uncouth to talk about the religious makeup of the Supreme Court: … We talk about the [Read More...]

Clergy Ratings Hit 30-Year Low, But…

This makes me sick: Americans’ views of the “honesty and ethics” of clergy have hit a 32-year low, with just half rating their moral caliber as high or very high, according to Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics Ratings of Professions survey. Wait, that’s a good thing, right? Half the people don’t think Catholic Church clergy [Read More...]

GOP Attacks Christmas Strawman

by Jesse Galef – A bill sponsored by 19 House Republicans (including six from South Carolina, never a good sign,) wants to reaffirm that people can celebrate Christmas and mention God. I’m guessing this is in response to a gross misunderstanding of current legal concerns over displays that are government-sponsored or on government property. Via [Read More...]

Keith Olbermann Goes After “Charlie Brown Christmas” Mayor

Russell Wiseman, the mayor of Arlington, TN recently explained on Facebook that the reason President Obama gave his speech about Afghanistan last Tuesday night was because he’s a Muslim and he hates Christmas: Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch “The Charlie Brown Christmas Special” and our muslim president [Read More...]