I was waiting for someone to wrongly contact me about the Snapple case (Someone with the same name as me filed an idiotic lawsuit against them). And it hadn’t happened… until today. Here’s the letter I received this morning from a French reporter: Dear Sir, I am contacting you today in regards to a possible law suit I believe has been filed by yourself against Cadbury Schweppes Plc for claims over mislabelling products like Snapple juice as ”all natural”. I… Read more

A voicemail came in over the weekend to the Secular Student Alliance (an organization I chair). It was a sweet gesture. A loving one, really. I mean, the man says “God bless you” toward the end… Have a listen (wav). Here’s what bothers me. How on Earth can this guy butcher my name that badly?! There’s no “R” in my first name. Both my first and last names are phonetically pronounced (Heh’-mint Meh’-tuh). I understand slight variations. I even get… Read more

A five-year-old kid’s name is Max Hell. His dad’s name is Alex Hell. The surname has an Austrian origin. Alex says the name means “bright.” Now, the Hells are feeling the heat. According to Yahoo! News, Max was “barred from enrolling in a Catholic school in Australia because his surname jarred with its religious teachings…” That’s it. Max could be a perfect angel, but his last name is Hell, so no deal. The school eventually came to their senses and… Read more

Saint Gasoline is my hero: [tags]atheist, atheism, science, evolution, creationism[/tags] Read more

The American Humanist Association and The Humanist magazine have a newly revamped blog called Rant & Reason. There are also new bloggers and contributors, including Lori Lipman Brown of the Secular Coalition for America. Go check it out and add it to your blogroll! The RSS feed is here. [tags]atheist, atheism. Humanism[/tags] Read more

A billboard in New York’s Times Square is raising a lot of eyebrows and drawing ire from a local church. The billboard in question can be seen here. A better *ahem* glimpse can be seen here. According to Rev. Neil Rhodes, pastor of the interdenominational Times Square Church: “You walk into a church building, you have naked bodies before your eyes, how are you going to close your eyes and seek God?” The Associated Press says the ad “is to… Read more

Some of you saw the following picture and inquired about where it came from: It’s not from an actual coloring book. It’s a piece of art by the fantastic Derek Chatwood. You can see more of his work on Flickr. Some of my other favorites: Jesus on a Dinosaur, part 2! Jesus and Charles Darwin can’t get along… And, oh, those poor misguided homosexuals: Homosexuality that involves clergy? That would never happen… He’s good, isn’t he? [tags]atheist, atheism, Derek Chatwood,… Read more

Dale McGowan’s excellent book Parenting Beyond Belief is featured in the BeliefWatch section of this week’s Newsweek magazine (July 16th issue). As usual, Newsweek finds it hard to discuss atheism in a positive light. Nearly a third of Lisa Miller’s article is spent discussing how parenting books in general are a bunch of crap. There’s also a pointless column-filling jab at atheist-lit: Parenting books are the most useless and irresistible kind of literature. Designed to prey on parents’ insecurities, they… Read more

Bill passes along this joke via Radio 4 in England: Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens must be feeling pretty stupid. They say they can’t discover any evidence of God, then Paris Hilton goes to jail and finds him within 24 hours. We know from Hilton’s interview with Larry King that she read the Bible but couldn’t name her favorite passage. According to 24Sizzler, we also find out this piece of entertaining news: The unseen outtakes of Paris Hilton’s interview with… Read more

Today is all baseball. The Washington Post reports the following about the Nationals baseball team: Reliever Jesus Colome remained in a hospital yesterday with an infection on his right buttock, though GM Jim Bowden said he would get out today. The Nationals don’t know when Colome, 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 40 appearances, will be able to pitch. “It’s a serious situation,” Bowden said. “We pray for his buttocks and his family.” As Arnold at Balance and Paradox humorously… Read more

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