About to hit the road for Gateway to Reason. WOOOOO!

I'm about to hit the road to St. Louis where I'll be speaking at Gateway to Reason this weekend.  It looks to be a fantastic event with some really great speakers including David Fitzgerald, Teresa MacBain, Lucien Greaves (hail Satan!), Rebecca Vitsmun, Aron Ra, Seth Andrews, Matt Dillahunty, Dan Barker, David Smalley and fellow Patheos bloggers Vyckie Garrison, Sarah Morehead, and Hemant Mehta,  I'm super pumped.Plus, I have a lot of friends in St. Louis (I went to college in Springfield, M … [Read More...]

Wheaton College cancels health coverage for 750 students rather than filling out a form.

So with the Affordable Care Act comes a religious exemption: if you're a religious employer that doesn't want to provide contraception you must fill out a form and the funding for that contraception will come from elsewhere.  It's a win-win: people still get their birth control, religious people don't have to provide it.  And so everybody lived happily ever after.Or did they?Apparently for Wheaton College that isn't good enough.  It's apparently insufficient that they don't have to pr … [Read More...]

Catholic Church boycotting huge shipment of polio vaccine being dispensed to Kenya.

The World Health Organization is working with the government of Kenya to provide the country with a huge supply of polio vaccines to inoculate the nation's children.  Less children getting sick is an awesome thing, but there appears to be a hurdle: the Catholic Church is urging the citizenry to … [Read More...]


Oh man, what a day yesterday.  But I'm back and ready to get your day started off right (before I bombard you with everything that's wrong with the world): … [Read More...]

The New Atheists are still right about Abraham.

The quintessential faith lesson of the Bible is about being willing to uncritically obey a capricious deity at the expense of loving your own child.  This undermines the moral character of virtually all the major monotheisms of the world today as the only thing they seem to disagree on about this is … [Read More...]

Disproving Evolution – Part 28 – Origin of matter

[Index of series posts]Continuing the rebuttal of the article,  "9 Scientific Facts Prove that "The Theory of Evolution" is wrong."This is the author's last "scientific fact" - "Origin of Matter and Stars Proves Evolution is Wrong". As you could have guessed, the author saved the "best" for … [Read More...]

A day of driving.

Hey all.  I feel bad since I moved the last weekend and didn't post anything, but I've gotta take off again today.  I have car stuffs to do which, in this case, means making a big ass loop around Kansas.  It'll be a day of driving.I'm sure some of the other contributors here will keep you en … [Read More...]

BREAKING: OK Supreme Court will not rehear the 10 commandments case. Monument on state capitol must go.

A few weeks ago the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a 10 commandments monument (to the exclusion of other monuments) on the state capitol grounds was a violation of the separation of church and state (file that under "no shit").  But afterward Gov. Mary Fallin said the monument would remain.  She t … [Read More...]

Disproving Evolution – Part 27 – Chromosome count

[Index of series posts]Continuing the rebuttal of the article,  "9 Scientific Facts Prove that "The Theory of Evolution" is wrong."Here we look at scientific fact #8 -"Chromosome Count Proves Evolution is Wrong"Sorry, this will be a slightly longer post. … [Read More...]

Touch ‘em all ministries.

Somewhere, at some point, somebody heard that name suggested and said, "Yes!  That!  I can't think of anything better!"I can't make this stuff up.Apparently they're a group that goes to sporting events to evangelize to people who went there to watch their kids play tee ball, not a C … [Read More...]

IN clerk fired for not doing her job/discrimination has filed a lawsuit claiming she was discriminated against.

Sometimes the dumb is thick enough to suffocate anybody in the immediate area.  That's what's going on here.An Indiana clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to certain people (same-sex couples) who are legally entitled to them (same-sex couples) and, not surprisingly, was fired for not doing … [Read More...]

Pastor who feeds congregants snakes promising they’ll turn into chocolate arrested for animal cruelty.

I don't get some preachers.  Like, they had to just be sitting around thinking "How can we make people like us enough to keep coming to church and to convince them that god is feeding us the wisdom of the universe?  Could we tell them to exercise regularly?  Could we tell them god commands hugs all a … [Read More...]

Science to the rescue! World’s first malaria vaccine approved and on its way to Africa.

Malaria has plagued Africa for a really, really long time.  It has shown no discrimination in the process.  Children?  They're fair game too.  Undoubtedly prayer after prayer has been sent up to a god whose only communication back has been to say "I either don't care or don't exist" through his ina … [Read More...]

ACLU thanks highly conservative lawmaker from Arkansas for the $100,000 “contribution” to future lawsuits.

A constant theme on this blog is a state senator from my home state of Arkansas, Jason Rapert, because he's constantly being terrible. This is the guy who was beside himself that a gay pride parade could be held on a Sunday.  He also wanted to impeach the judge who struck down the state’s gay mar … [Read More...]