FAITH: Ben Carson suggests religion should fact-check science to protect against propaganda.

I’ve written before on how Ben Carson confuses me.  He’s clearly a smart man, a genius-caliber intellect when it comes to neurosurgery.  But then he says some of the most astronomically stupid things.  Here’s his most recent: Possible Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested over the weekend that religion was necessary for testing scientific theories [Read More...]

ACTIVISM: I guess I’ll be spending a week at Camp Quest KC…

You beautiful, beautiful people.  Last week I asked you all to help Sarah Hargreaves raise money for Camp Quest Kansas City in her competition with David Diskin from Camp Quest West.  I said that if she raised over $2,000 that I would commit a week of my time to Camp Quest KC in the summer, [Read More...]

BREAKING: Nebraska’s gay marriage ban is history.

Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon (federal judge, so Roy Moore is unimpressed) has ruled that Nebraska’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.  I’m reading his ruling now and boy, does it have some lovely bits.  Like this: Nebraska’s “Defense of Marriage” Constitutional Amendment, Section 29, is an unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: Every day when Michaelyn gets home…

…this happens. [Read more...]

FAITH & HIGH SCHOOL: American Atheists gets school to end prayer after baseball practice.

American Atheists was tipped off that the head coach and assistant coach of the Leesburg High School baseball team were leading the team in prayer after practice.  They took the right first step – they gave the school an opportunity to end the practice on their own.  And it worked! On February 10, American Atheists’ [Read More...]

FAITH & HIGH SCHOOL: Archbishop wants Catholic school teachers declared “ministers” so he can control their private lives.

Meet Salvatore Cordileone, the archbishop that oversees San Francisco: Archbishop Cordileone has long been a leading opponent of same-sex marriage. In 2008, he was instrumental in placing Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, on the California ballot. He is also chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. Given his views [Read More...]

SCIENCE & POLITICS: Jim Inhofe throws a snowball at the President to disprove global warming.

I’m not joking. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, tossed a snowball on the Senate floor as part of a speech expressing skepticism about the reality of climate change. The Oklahoma Republican opened by showing pictures of an igloo his daughter’s family built during a snowstorm five years ago, when [Read More...]

Leonard Nimoy has died.

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Spock on Star Trek, has died: Leonard Nimoy, whose portrayal of “Star Trek’s” logic-driven, half-human science officer Spock made him an iconic figure to generations, died Friday. He was 83. Admittedly, I’m not much of a Star Trek fan.  But when any character gives us wisdom or was as [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & FAITH: South Carolina school trying to ban homosexuality after two gay athletes come out.

After two players on their volleyball team came out as gay, Erskine College is attempting to ban homosexuality.  Because that’s going to work about as well as banning pre-marital sex. The school’s “Statement on Human Sexuality,” issued late last week, said “We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage [Read More...]

ACTIVISM: The Hotline Project has officially launched!

For months now I’ve been volunteering with the Hotline Project (my capacity has been to vet applicants).  After all this work (and exponentially more work on the part of Sarah Morehead and Suzi Bocks), it’s finally launched. We are thrilled to announce the official launch of the Hotline Project! After two years of work by a [Read More...]