BREAKING: Federal judge strikes down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban.

Judge Kristine Baker, an Obama appointee, has ruled that Arkansas' gay marriage ban violates the Constitution!A federal judge struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, arguing that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution … [Read More...]

End of the day link dump: ex-youth minister receives sentence for sexual assaults.

So every day I select a group of stories out of my news feed to write about.  However, there are always a bunch left over at the end of the day.  I'm going to start just link-dumping the stories which caught my eye but didn't get their own post into an end of the day post.Michaelyn was on the TV in a news report about Skepticon (along with a bunch of other cool people, including the PASTA Foundation).  I married fame.Uganda lawmakers, deferring to their Christian beliefs, are writing a ne … [Read More...]

Pat Robertson: Archeage and Dungeons and Dragons are an open invitation to demonic possession.

Thank god Pat is shining some light on this:I used to play D&D (and I've played Archeage) and look how I turned out.  Hell, I've even heard it can destroy the lives of tried and true Catholics like this guy:And who wants that?  You used to think the worst byproduct of playing D … [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: should clerks be exempted from issuing same-sex marriage licenses?

We haven't had a Tuesday conversation post in a while, so let's check out this story.  A federal judge has overturned Montana's gay marriage ban, which means issuing same-sex marriage licenses is now a job expectation for county clerks, just like issuing such licenses to straight couples.But … [Read More...]

Debate (Do the findings of science entail that Christianity is false?): my first rebuttal.

This is the next entry in my debate with John Lepp over "Do the findings of science entail that Christianity is false?"  While we agreed to rounds of 1,500 words, I had a beast of a time trimming down my post so that it adequately hit all of John's arguments.  It simply takes longer to rebut a claim … [Read More...]

Pope appoints Jesuit who shielded a child-raping priest to position in charge of policing child-raping priests.

I'd like to tell you the story of a priest named Donald McGuire (I won't refer to him as father because...well, you'll see): Jesuit officials in Chicago will pay $19.6 million to settle a civil lawsuit brought by six men who claim they were molested by a former priest and onetime spiritual advisor … [Read More...]

Father responds to local letter on separation of church and state.

A man named Colin Carr wrote a letter-to-the-editor of my hometown paper challenging the separation of church and state.  He opens with: This is written in response to the article published byThe Baxter Bulletin on Nov. 15, entitled, "Think over, 'Under God." Isn't it wonderful that we live in a c … [Read More...]

Maryland councilwoman declines to be sworn in on bible, is sworn in on the Constitution instead.

Hemant pinged out a councilwoman in Maryland who gave a great quote when swearing in for her new position.  Ordinarily I'd just let it slide since Hemant already saw it, but this is just too good not to blog.Jessica Fitzwater just won a seat on the Frederick County Council in Maryland.  When sw … [Read More...]

Help the Duggars Raise Money for LGBT Kids

A funny thing happens when someone broadcasts hate. Sometimes - just sometimes - love proves itself to be stronger.I'm sure Jim and Michelle Duggar never intended to give money to any young LGBT people, especially not LGBT youth made homeless when they came out to their parents.The Duggars ( … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: puppies vs. stairs.

Ok, back to work today!  I've already seen some maddening stories, so soak up these puppies trying to conquer stairs: … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: baby pig has a new mama.

Good morning everybody!  I got back from Skepticon late last night and have decided to take it pretty easy today.  What a great trip though!  Good attendance for my talk and got a pretty lengthy standing ovation.  And, of course, there was so much love all weekend.  Just a wonderful trip.I might … [Read More...]

No Gods, Just Quads

One of the things I wonder about a lot is how spirituality and atheism can work together. When I first realized I was an atheist, I remember feeling conflicted about the sense of awe that some things gave me. I used to associate that with religion, and I felt like I had to try to ignore it, to put … [Read More...]

Sunday Night Happiness – Daryl Didnt Die

The Walking Dead has gotten into the habit of teasing its viewers with killing off Daryl. It's come to the point that when Daryl is clipping his fingernails in a concrete bunker with the Spartan army from 300 defending him, the Jaws theme starts playing just to toy with my emotions!There was a … [Read More...]

Kirk Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas’ was so terrible he’s artificially inflating the rating

Kirk Cameron is back in theaters. Before you run away screaming at just the thought of that, it's worth knowing what people outside of our little commune of godless heathens that just hate God, hate Christmas, and hate Christians (sarcasm) think of his latest... um... film.The LA Times called … [Read More...]