Watching the Republicans Delude Themselves in the Election Aftermath

The dissecting and pulling apart of Mitt Romney‘s defeat has begun in earnest by the media on all sides of the political spectrum. Most of this has focused on stuff like voter demographics, the voting patterns of minority groups, and how successful both parties were (or were not) in getting their supporters to actually vote. A couple of things that have happened over the past few days are far more interesting to me. They offer a tantalizing glimpse into the minds of previously-hopeful Republicans — I say “hopeful,” though it may very well be a case of delusion more than hope.

First: This may be one of the amazing, beguiling, scary, and hilarious three minutes ever seen on FOX News Channel… which is saying something, given their standard content. I am, of course, talking about the moment FOX News finally called Ohio for Obama, thus ending the race for the White House: [Read more...]

A College Atheist Group Just Received ~$67,000 in Funding

When I ran my college atheist group, it was a triumph when we brought in one awesome speaker.

When I heard that the Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison were running their own conference last year (and again this coming year), I thought that was about as good as it could get.

They’ve just blown out whatever glass ceiling might have been in place. [Read more...]

How the Atheist Community Can Reach Out to Hispanics

I recently attended a talk by PZ Myers at Murray State University. It was titled: The Inescapable Conflict Between Science and Religion. The talk, as you might expect, was really good, but that is not exactly what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about one of the questions that caught my attention after the presentation. A student asked, “How can we attract more African Americans to our group and have a more diverse atheist community?” PZ answered the question by saying: “Ask the African Americans in the audience and they might be able to give you a better answer than mine.” [Read more...]

Edward Tarte Discusses Hell

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Victory For Marriage Equality In Washington State Now Official

The opposition has conceded defeat in Ref. 74 here in Washington with 66% of the votes in. Even before their announcement,  King County (which holds about 30% of the state’s population) had already updated their website: Gay and lesbian couples will be able to apply for marriage licences starting Dec. 6th and, after the three day waiting period, [Read More...]


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