Religious Freedom Panel in Houston on Thursday 10/22


I've been getting messages from out-of-state wondering WTF is going on with Texas' politics, whether it is the governor shutting down Planned Parenthood and protecting their religious monuments, or the local cops plastering Bible slogans on their cars and telling secular citizens to suck it. To say nothing of what's still going on in our schools -especially in rural communities, despite all our protests and against the advice of experts. Now we've got police departments hiring only right wing … [Read more...]

Interview at INR5


While in British Columbia for the 5th Imagine No Religion conference, I was interviewed by one of the locals.Love the thumbnail he created. … [Read more...]

Hemphill County Texas Sheriff dares you to take offense to Bible verse on police vehicles

How about the Golden Rule if you want to be kind?

Just like unattended graffiti, police departments are getting bolder and bolder about putting their Christian stamp on state owned police vehicles. In Hemphill County,  Sheriff James Pearson wants everyone to know that if you take offence to "I am the good shepherd. John 10:11" on vehicles paid for by atheist tax money too that you are "missing the point". Which sort of begs the question exactly which "sheep" does this department see themselves as the good shepherd of? His reasoning:Hemphill … [Read more...]

Physicalism and Metaphysical Naturalism discussed

I was interviewed by The Objective Centrist on the notions of physicalism/metaphysical naturalism and atheism's dependence on that. … [Read more...]



Last week Lilandra debated Carol Everett of the Pro-Life Action League. I was proud of how well my wife did on stage. Although there were a few theistic critics in the live audience, the comments we saw online were exclusively positive and supportive of Lilandra's performance. The event was hosted by the Bible and Beer Consortium, who invited her to debate again next year.It's funny to me that this was Lilandra's first debate, because I've still never had one. I know a few other people who … [Read more...]

Twitter says Bernie won


Normally whoever wins the debate is whoever you already agreed with before it began, but it seems that Twitter has an objective way of determining the winner of last night's Democratic debate. See the link here.It was an amusing thing to see. The funniest summary I saw on Twitter was "a corporate sell-out, an idealist, and three cardboard cut-outs walk into a bar..."  It did seem like Hillary vs Bernie in the midst of three stuffed suits. I understand those other three didn't get equal … [Read more...]

Anti-choicers Faux Concern for Women.

Having reproductive choices actually empowers women.

Beth Presswood, of the podcast Godless Bitches and Atheist Experience, has started a new blog with a take-down of another  specious argument that abortion somehow demeans women. She is a dear friend, and her rants against anti-abortion quackery sites like Life Action News, which she calls " Lie Action News" are not only amusing but informative. In answer to a "Lie Action News" post about how abortion supposedly demeans women: Here we see the typical anti-choice lack of understanding of the … [Read more...]

Texas Governor Calls Freedom from Religion Foundation “Misguided and Malicious”

In God we Trust Texas Senate

Of course Texas Governor and Christian Culture Warrior, Greg Abbott, has pledged his full support for the Childress Police Department's commandeering of state owned police vehicles for the motto "In God we Trust". "There can be no doubt that courts in Texas would uphold the constitutionality of the Childress Police Department's decision to place 'In God We Trust' on the department's patrol vehicles," Abbott said in the letter. "If the Childress Police Department chooses to continue this … [Read more...]

The Religious Wrong

Last week, we were supposed to have fallen victim of John Hagee's four blood moons tetrad prophesy. That didn't happen, but Hagee made a fat sum of money on his book scaring his megachurch following into the end times, and no one will hold him accountable for being wrong. Harold Camping's failed end-of-the-world prophesy in 2011 actually cost lives, both in lives lost and in lives ruined, but they're at it again. Camping's eBible fellowship said the earth would be "anihilated" ...yesterday. What … [Read more...]

Texas now has a spot for the Baphomet statue

An open spot for Baphomet right there.

Now that Oklahomans have worked out that state sponsored religious monuments on their capitol grounds means allowing the Satanic Temple a piece of capitol real estate too; the Ten Commandments were quietly removed from state grounds yesterday. On the plus side no one was hurt, but on the minus side its supporters are being sore losers. "This is a historical event," Reynolds said. "Now we know we have to change the Constitution. It would be good to get rid of some of the Supreme Court justices, … [Read more...]