Gordon Klingenschmitt inadvertently calls Christianity demonic.

Something really great, in terms of church-state separation, happened in India a few weeks ago: Earlier this month, India's Supreme Court ruled that fatwas issued by Sharia courts carried no legal power and could not be enforced by the government or against the will of those who refuse to abide by them. Of course when it has to do with religions that aren't Christianity, religious leaders like Gordon Klingenschmitt think the separation of church and state is grand.  It's easy for them to see … [Read More...]

Seeking to preach on someone else’s turf, Operation Save America disrupts UU service honoring a member who had died.

If you want to convince people that your church is the true church and get them to a point where they want to join, what's the best way to do that?  Whatever it is, it's probably not bursting uninvited into another church's service to preach over what they're doing.  But even if, for some silly reason, that were a good and moral strategy, when is the best time to barge in on another church's service to tell them they are part of a synagogue of Satan?  Whatever time it is, it's probably not when i … [Read More...]

No more teacher-led prayers in Indiana school district. #ThanksFFRF

Another epic win for the FFRF.  They are on a roll: The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) contacted the Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute last May after receiving a complaint from a parent after teacher Jeffrey Burress at Sarah Scott Middle School al … [Read More...]

Fox News personalities upset 911 responded to call from potential illegal immigrant.

Fox News personalities were miffed the other day to learn that 911 responders answered a call to help someone who may have been an undocumented immigrant. “They stumbled across the border illegally and now they need your help!” Fox News host Steve Doocy complained, pointing to a 911 call in Brooks C … [Read More...]

How are they making 50 Shades of Grey into a movie?

Ok, I know this isn't politics or religion, but god dammit this is my space and I'm compelled to rant.Like part of Twilight, I forced myself to read through most of 50 Shades of Not-Quite-Vanilla-Sex to see what the hype was about.  Like Twilight, I failed to achieve my goal.  I still don't know … [Read More...]

Sandy Rios: FBI agents dressed in drag are coming.

Man, thank god for Sandy Rios.  While you may have thought that Obama's executive order forbidding the federal government from employing companies that discriminate was all about equality, think again!  It was subtle, which is probably why nobody noticed, but it also set the stage for drag-wearing F … [Read More...]

Christian group fasting to stop gay marriage: participants can eat.

Apparently prayer alone wasn't enough, a Virginia anti-gay group has decided to add fasting to its list of activities that don't change anything to be performed while boasting of changing the world: The Virginia-based Family Foundation announced a coordinated fast earlier this month, in order to … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: subtle hint.

I think it might be time to play. … [Read More...]

Photo of a Cat

In yesterday's post about misunderstanding evolution, a commenter, Daniel, commented on a point that I thought was interesting. … [Read More...]

Help a young atheist conservationist get educated!

I met Niki at a conference she was helping to run a while back.  She was extremely kind and a very hard worker.  And now she's been accepted into the University of Exeter’s Animal Behavior Master's program. It's one of the only behavioral programs in the world that combines biology and psychology and … [Read More...]

Volunteer on Christian mission rapes orphans in his care.

A volunteer on a Christian mission used part of that time to rape children: According to a report published by Jezebel on July 22, 2014 a teen missionaryfrom Oklahoma molested and raped children at a Kenya orphanage while on a recent missionary trip.Jezebel writes: According to court records, … [Read More...]

Father on why young people, specifically, are rejecting religion.

Father linked to a good article this morning from, of all places, my conservative hometown paper.  The article discusses the implication for a society that is less religious than ever, and only becoming more so: The decline in religiosity is especially telling. When one considers how theistic … [Read More...]

IRS settles with the FFRF, agrees to start cracking down on churches that play politics.

This is a huge win for the FFRF! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against  ‘electioneering.’As previously reported, the Freedom from Reli … [Read More...]

Hey Southwest Airlines! This employee deserves a gajillion raises.

On my way home from giving a talk in Ohio on Sunday night I was sitting in the Columbus airport waiting on my flight when the flight at the next terminal over was canceled.  For those of us who fly a lot, we know these things happen.  Machines break, and airplanes are machines.  The responsible th … [Read More...]