Idaho has spent $70,000 defending its same-sex marriage ban.

Zack Ford has another stellar article up at Think Progress which answers the question of how much Idaho has spent trying to keep LGBT people relegated to second class citizens: So far, taxpayers in Idaho have spent $71,477 for the state to defend its ban on same-sex marriage. Most of that chunk has gone directly to Monte [Read More...]

Vote for the winner of the “Nothing fails like prayer” contest!

After the Greece decision the Freedom From Religion Foundation requested that atheists ask for equal time giving invocations before their local governments.  Well, the entries are in, and there’s money and vacation time on the line: Voting is only open for 72 hours so please vote now! (Voting closes at noon Central Time, Thursday, Sept. [Read More...]

Candidate for Congress: government is outlawing Christianity.

Gordon Klingenschmitt is running for Congress in Colorado.  He recently heard of a wedding business in New York that was fined $13,000 for refusing gay customers.  At first glance this might seem like a standard protection against discrimination – saying businesses can’t refuse gay people seems hardly different from saying a business can’t segregate their [Read More...]

Picture from my home town (and maybe yours)?

This made me chuckle when I saw it, so I thought i’d pass it along. [Read more...]

Kansas voters migrating away from incumbent governor who did everything they wanted.

Sam Brownback, the governor of my current state of residency (Kansas), has unwittingly been the focal point of a political experiment.  He is a Tea Party favorite in a legislature under complete conservative Republican control (i.e., he has had the freedom to turn the GOP’s economic dreams into reality).  How has this worked out?  Job [Read More...]

Jaclynn Glenn: Christians vs. Atheists raising money for the same charity.

Jaclynn Glenn just released a great video that both highlights the stigma atheists face in public and the general kindness of atheists that makes the stigma even more inappropriate.  Well done. Jaclynn and some friends spend two days raising money for the same charity, one day as representatives of a church (not really, but for [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: face is yummy.

Good morning everybody.  I slept very little this weekend, so here’s a picture of a cute puppy while I get to stumbling about the blog. [Read more...]

Megachurch pastors in the poorest areas (the South) are the highest paid.

From the Department of Things That Aren’t Surprising: Despite tending some of the poorest flocks, pastors at large churches across the American South are among North America’s highest paid, a new survey shows. The study, conducted by a Dallas-based church think tank called Leadership Network, surveyed a total of 727 churches in North America with [Read More...]

Matt Dillahunty’s Atheist Debates – Argument from Design part 1: Order and Purpose.

This summer Matt Dillahunty founded the Atheist Debates Patreon project.  It was so successful that Matt is now making videos on debating apologists for a living, which is great for atheism.  Matt is, in my eyes, one of our most skilled debaters and perhaps the best communicator in the business. The first video produced for [Read More...]

Pastor behind bars for noisy services.

I know, I know…you read that title and think “What???  Shouldn’t they have given him a warning first?”  Well, the police did.  They warned him and fined him for two years. Columbia Police officers have been called to the church more than 50 times for noise complaints. Neighbors said the noise coming from the musical [Read More...]