Sharing Thanksgiving with Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugees

Obviously not in the way the original colonists, many refugees from religious persecution, did to the indigenous peoples of the Americas.  But like Abraham Lincoln did on the first official Thanksgiving in celebration and gratitude  that Gettysburg, the deciding battle of the American Civil War was over.Although the Syrian Civil War ravaging people's lives is not over, this site will direct you to websites where you can share some of your good fortune. If you can't, even sharing this in … [Read more...]

Anti-theist Answers to Christian Questions

Matt Slick of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministery (CARM) posted 31 questions for atheists, and I couldn't help but submit my answers to them.1. How would you define atheism?Atheism means ‘without theism’; theism being a belief system which proposes a deity. Atheism is a lack of belief in a deity; a deity being defined as a magical anthropomorphic immortal. A belief is a conviction. A lack of belief is a lack of conviction. So anyone who is not convinced that an actual dei … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Louisiana on Regime Change!

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!

Just when you thought the chances for political change in the South were pretty bleak, relatively unknown State Representative  (D) John Bel  Edwards comes along and upsets the Republican applecart. It was quite a feat in a solidly Red State like Louisiana. His victory speech: "This election shows us that the people of Louisiana in a time of deep cynicism about our politics, and also about our future, that the people have chosen hope over scorn, over negativity," Edwards told a crowd of s … [Read more...]

Texas: Epic Fail on Climate Change Preparedness.

“Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.”

How in blazes can a state that weathers every single hurricane season get a D+ in flood preparedness? The rest of the climate change preparedness report card is equally abysmal: Texas received an overall "F" in planning to prepare for extreme weather in the report, "States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card." The Lone Star State received the "F" grade for being unprepared to deal with extreme heat, "D-" for its drought preparations, "D" for wildfires and "D+" for coastal … [Read more...]

So Bernie and Hillary both won that debate?


So the Huffington Post says that Bernie Sanders swept the polls as the clear winner of last night's debate. Click the link and see all their charts. They have several from Time magazine, the Washington Times, Slate,, and even Fox, all showing that Bernie won by a landslide. CNBC said the same.So it's strange that the Wall Street Journal said that only 44% of Democrats thought that Bernie won. Each of these others favor Bernie by more than 80%. Those were all admittedly just … [Read more...]

Motorcops Toy Run


I'm sure almost everyone I know within a hundred miles of me will be at Skepticon this weekend, and I hope everyone has a great time there. It usually is every year. I won't be there because I'm staying home to work on other projects. But this Sunday, I will take a break and once again participate in something I've missed the last few years because I'm usually out of town. If you're into this sort of thing, the MotorCops for Kids toy run is (I think) the best biker event in this area all year. … [Read more...]

Even if there was a Jesus, he still wouldn’t be Jesus


In my previous post, I talked about some of the reasons that others have decided that Jesus never existed, and I hinted at some of my own. I say 'hinted' because it seems that I was too subtle. I'm often asked to explain things more deeply, because I often give the evidence that I think paints the picture obviously enough that I can safely assume that my listener will see the image indicated. However that rarely happens for reasons that are usually my fault. So I'll go into it a bit more.I … [Read more...]

Houston Pastors Preach Against Equality Over Transphobic Fears

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This week a smear campaign conducted by the Religious Right including pastors worked to defeat an Equal Rights ordinance dubbed HERO for Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. This is what was proposed on the ballot for Houstonians to consider: "Proposition 1: [Relating to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.] Are you in favor of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private … [Read more...]

Jesus never existed


I saw an article in Inquisitor today,wherein someone read through 126 historic documents from 1st century Israel, written by people who should have known about Jesus, yet had never heard of him. This includes Josephus, whose only mention of Jesus is now known to have been a forgery or redaction inserted later by someone else.Josephus also wrote extensively about Herod the Great,  but never mentioned the Slaughter of the Innocents, the story of Jesus' childhood which mirrors the tale of … [Read more...]

Correct Texas’ textbooks!


Moses was not a historic character and did not influence the formation of American government. The United States is not a Christian country, and our Constitution is not in any sense founded on the Ten Commandments. Yet all these lies are on the books being spread throughout our public schools.McGraw-Hill was called out by the family of a Texas high school student because their new geography textbook referred to African slaves as 'workers'. That was one of the changes made at the behest of … [Read more...]