James Randi retires from the James Randi Educational Foundation.

At 86 years old, the Amazing Randi has decided it's time to fight charlatans on his own time rather than as a career.  It's surely reassuring to know that you can walk away from your life's work because the movement is in a place to continue it without you: This doesn’t mean that I’m retiring from my battle against the so-­called psychics, faith healers, paranormalists, and the assorted frauds I’ve encountered in my worldwide wanderings. I’ll in no way relax the critical attention I’ve given to … [Read More...]

List of most bible-minded cities in America for 2015 is out. My college town is #6!

I went to college in Springfield, MO and ruffled more than a few feathers in my time there.  The city itself is home the headquarters for the Assemblies of God (which loves Jesus about as much as they hate gay people, which is a LOT).  They came in at #6 on the list of most biblically-minded cities in America for 2015.Little Rock/Pine Bluff, AR came in at #10, but only because hardly any other town in Arkansas was big enough to qualify.  If my hometown were bigger it would've put Birmington, … [Read More...]

Facebook decides to censor pages critical of Mohammad/government in Turkey.

Earlier this week I wrote about how Turkey, touted by many as the success story for moderate, "true" Islam, had ordered facebook to block pages critical of the prophet Mohammad.  I was elated that, thus far, facebook had ignored them.Indeed, look what Mark Zuckerberg had to say write after the C … [Read More...]

The 16 Percent

From time to time those of us who have been organizing the new emerging secular communities have been told that there isn’t a market for this kind of thing. We’ve sometimes heard comments along these lines: “Atheists aren’t joiners. They won’t support something like this.” “Cat-herding” is the stock … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: we have a stowaway.

Yarr, but we'll let her stay anyhow so long as she pulls her weight. Content will be short and sweet today.  I've taken on a collection of private voice students in a town 75 minutes away.  I daresay it has been almost therapeutic for me.  I love coaching young performers almost as m … [Read More...]

Not a religion.

I follow an Aussie on twitter who goes by @MrOzAtheist.  He's possibly my favorite tweeter.  He says so much with so few words.The other day he was having a repartee with someone who was saying atheism required faith.  He responded with this lovely image:Beautiful.  … [Read More...]

Greece has elected a prime minister who told the Archbishop of Athens he wouldn’t be needed for the swearing in.

Greece just elected Alex Tsipras as their prime minister.  Tsipras is an open atheist, who told the Archbishop of Athens he'd be swearing into office politically, not religiously: GREECE'S new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, made history within hours of his victory by informing the Archbishop of Ath … [Read More...]

Hemant Mehta gives nine reasons religion is so powerful (spoiler: none of them are “playing fair”).

Hemant is good at what he does. … [Read More...]

Pastor James David Manning is at it again: “Islamists are right to kill homosexuals.”

For those unfamiliar with Harlem's Pastor Manning, you can see some of his greatest hits here.Now he's at it again, saying that homosexuals deserve to die.As Hemant says, he doesn't get paid to be right.  He gets paid to be confident.He's 100% right when he passes the blame to … [Read More...]

I’m torn over Alabama lawmaker who has vowed to expose the affairs of “family values” colleagues.

Everybody's cheering Rep. Patricia Todd, a gay lawmaker in Alabama.  She has said that she will expose the extramarital affairs of some of her anti-gay peers who simultaneously tout "family values" to prevent equal status for LGBT citizens. “I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘f … [Read More...]

Virginia Senate approve anti-discrimination bill that includes LGBT.

The Virginia Senate just passed an anti-discrimination bill that includes LGBT people.  The bill will all-but-certainly be signed into law. The Virginia Senate General Laws and Technology Committee on Monday approved a measure that would ban anti-LGBT discrimination against state and local … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: the cuddle lamb!

Good morning everybody!  :) … [Read More...]

Maybe I don’t have anything better to do…

I was going through my "other" inbox on facebook today (which I forget about for months at a time), when I came across this message: SwaugMaster OakenshieldWhy are you so into attacking religion? Its not like we do anything to you, you have your beliefs I have mine. Why do you get a … [Read More...]

When Christians say “we can’t redefine marriage”…

"Although [polygamy] was lawful among the ancient fathers: whether it be lawful now also, I would not hastily pronounce.” ~ St. Augustine, The Good of Marriage Redefining marriage is what Christianity has done throughout the ages.  Indeed, even Martin Luther, the catalyst for the Protestant Refo … [Read More...]