Elevator music-gate

I haven't written about the so-called elevator-gate situation, and probably never will. I feel that all the important things that could be said, have been said (in a sea of shit that probably shouldn't have been said). I grew bored of the discussion early on - despite the fact that I'm a feminist and 'picked a side'. It's not that it's unimportant, it's just not my fight/struggle. However, I was disappointed to see such a line in the sand drawn. Anyway, I still read PZ and Jen (of course), … [Read more...]

Attention internet atheists: be like the Lorax

This month, my blog has been the vehicle of successful crowd-sourced activism. Twice. Obviously, I know my place. I had a few eye-catching titles, some 'right place right time' information etc. The real champions are the anonymous masses at the news aggregating sites (reddit, stumbleupon) and other social networking sites (twitter, facebook). Take a bow, internet. I think the only credit I deserve is for knowing what to do with the crowd in the off chance they show up on my posts. We … [Read more...]

Kick-ass atheist student group raised funds for disabled veterans

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus has a very active Atheists group. UNCG- Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics are a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance, so it's not surprising to hear that they are up to some meaningful activism. They have attracted some veterans of their own, and decided to actually do something meaningful on Veteran's Day. Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor our servicemen and women who have fought for our right to organize apart from religion.  So … [Read more...]

Nurse suspended after ‘Lifestyle of sin’ for gays with PTSD

I just got a head's up from Mark Dingbaum at Change.org announcing the news. It seems that the VA Hospital in Dallas is doing the right thing. Nurse Nanci Pandathurai has been suspended from seeing patients. To be clear, she is still going to work while the investigation concludes. Her duties will now be more aligned with secretarial / administrative assistant work until her case is concluded. If you're not familiar with the story, try to read this without breaking your computer. Mark … [Read more...]

Glenwood Elementary admits mistake, apologizes for “I love Jesus because…”

American Atheists is proud to announce that Glenwood Elementary in the McDowell County (NC) School District, has apologized for the unconstitutional "I love Jesus because ___" controversy. An article I wrote here on FtB last week sounded the alert, and the secular internet community reacted strongly. Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media support is often crucial to our success at American Atheists (I'm the Military Director at American Atheists). Here are the results, for … [Read more...]

Deployment is over and my daughter is so happy to see me!

This is about 5 minutes after I landed back in the Fort Bragg area. Perhaps 'happy' isn't the right word. My daughter Zoe is also learning to say "Not the mama." Zoe, if you are reading this years from now... that was a reference to this TV show: http://www.youtube.com/embed/HNR4hKbSH7I? … [Read more...]

Air Force offers classes in psychic skills, homeopathy, angel healing

The Air Force has just announced its support of what has to be a diploma mill. I'm all for the DoD spending money on useful education opportunities for service members. I'm glad that there is serious talk of an incentive to hire veterans. But this is just one more thing that should really be stopped when so many items are on the chopping block. This one gets weird though. If you follow the links back to the admittedly unaccredited institution... they aren't even trying. The spirituality … [Read more...]

Is it just me, or does childbirth look easy?

Pro-tip, never say that when you are in the maternity ward. When my daughter Zoe was born, I made that remark. I was trying to make my wife smile and take her mind off the pain. The nurse yelled at me. She told me that I was way off base. The nurse told me that I could never know that kind of pain. Perhaps. Anyway, I've been away from my daughter Zoe for longer than she's been alive. That's something I never want to be able to say again. She's adorable, and my wife has done an amazing … [Read more...]

Televangelist speaks of attack by 80 foot demons, satanic baby farms

Notice how nobody else in the room seems to care... I mean it's either true and "OH NO!" or she's lying and "Lying is a sin, stfu!" But you decide: http://www.youtube.com/embed/FAM8ILWgYb4? I can't believe that the lady in the middle acts like that. She just heard about 80 foot demons attacking her friend. First question: "I'm trying to relate 80 feet... well houses are like 40 feet... so it's like two houses... okay go on, honey- it's like two houses, we're listening-" … [Read more...]

Photographs of God on Facebook. No, really…

I think atheism is completely refuted now that photos of god are everywhere. Not photoshopped. Sorry guys, we were wrong. … [Read more...]