Candidate for Congress, James Woods, sends condoms to anti-abortion activists.

Most press releases that hit my inbox are droll and boring, even if they sometimes convey important information.  But this one made me smile and I just had to share it.  Seems a few anti-abortion groups encouraged people to write letters to James Woods who is running for the House in Arizona.  In their letters they asked Woods to oppose abortion rights.  His response was just wonderful:In response to a handful of form letters sent to the Woods for Congress campaign by local anti-abortion adv … [Read More...]

No really, stop it, because neither Jesus or the state of Kentucky are going to help you with legal fees.

Can we expect legal action on the $18 million tax break Kentucky just gave Ken Ham’s ministry?

The internet is rightly abuzz with the state of Kentucky giving an $18 million tax break to Answers in Genesis (which is bad grammar, they have only one answer, "god," and even that isn't really an answer).  Patheos' own Dan Arel has already covered this brilliantly, but here's the short version (<---this whole article is worth a read): "On the day the tax incentives were recommended, the Answers in Genesis website had a help-wanted advertisement," Phelps notes. The job description included … [Read More...]

Louisiana Tea Party opposes common core math standards because they will turn students gay.

There's a political battle raging in Louisiana right now over how to teach basic arithmetic.  Educators and Sen. David Vitter support the new common core standards (if you don't know what they are, see Hemant's write up).  Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes them for some strange reason that seems to have s … [Read More...]

Upcoming game depicts greatest terrorist threat to America as terrorists. Tea Partiers don’t like it.

A recent study by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism (START) performed by the University of Maryland at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security concluded that the greatest terrorist threat to America isn’t radical Muslims – it’s right wing radical g … [Read More...]

Since 2007, we have paid congressional staffers to edit the wikipedia page for the choco taco.

I used to think that with huge constituencies to which our representatives must answer that congressional staffers were surely overworked.  Now I'm not so sure... The Twitter bot @CongressEdits has, since July 9, gleefully collected the Wikipedia edits of anonymous congressional staffers. Some of th … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: Simon Belmont is a jerk.

Ok, I know not everybody has played the Castlevania games.  Long story, short: Simon Belmont is the vampire hunter who pursues and defeats Dracula in every game.  This music video kind of turns that on its head: … [Read More...]

The Holiness of God: Chapter 1 – The Holy Grail

Awhile back, I was explaining why I don't get Christianity. A commenter suggested I read a book - "The Holiness of God" by RC Sproul [1985]. I was contemplating doing an audio book reading/commentary, but I think I'll stick to writing. … [Read More...]

Study: LGBT people who go to religious counseling more likely to commit suicide.

Going to a counselor or a therapist is something a person does for the same reason they go to the doctor: your quality of life is supposed to improve.  However, a new study out of UCLA has found that when LGBT people seek therapy from a religious counselor, their odds of committing suicide actually g … [Read More...]

Saudi Arabia officials put out call to arrest atheist bloggers.

Man, am I glad the theocrats haven't gained control of the United States government, otherwise it might look like Saudi Arabia where atheist bloggers are being arrested and corrections officers think atheist activists should be shot for treason (wait, that one was in the US.  Shit.):Saudi … [Read More...]

Michaelyn and I will be on The Thinking Atheist tomorrow night talking about mental health.

Seth Andrews has invited my wife and I to join him on his show, The Thinking Atheist, tomorrow night at 7pm EST to talk about mental health.  I imagine I'll field questions about what it's like to be a bit insane while Michaelyn will put her BS in neuroscience to work as well as try to communicate … [Read More...]

LGBT continue to face violence and murder in Uganda. Many going into hiding.

Gays continue to be executed by the public in Uganda: Six LGBT persons have been stoned to death in rural Uganda, it has been revealed.The six, three gay men, two lesbians and a transperson, were reportedly stoned to death according to a press statement released this week by two … [Read More...]

Todd Starnes says atheists bullying Georgia teens. Mother responds.

A friend of my mother's posted this article by the perpetually paranoid Todd Starnes.  Just the first sentence should give you a feel for the drama and fear Starnes is once again trying to stir: The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson — folks around Ga … [Read More...]

My birthday, my illness, and the gift of a reminder that my brain is not my friend right now.

Weeks ago Michaelyn and I decided that we'd invite a handful of my closest friends to Dave & Busters for a birthday celebration.  At that time I was at least 6 lbs. heavier and had no idea the extent to which I would relapse.  Before last night, it had been weeks since I'd left the house, partly … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: Odds are that we will probably be alright.

Ok, it's time for some upbeat music.  Boom: … [Read More...]