In Defense of Religious Belief

The Harris Poll about religious adherence was released a little over a week ago. In a report that surprised none of us at WWJTD but shook certain of our neighbors to the core, it determined that adherence to religious belief is dropping significantly. Well, significantly for a drop in religious belief, anyway. It’s a small [Read More…]

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Establishment Clause Win in Mississippi

Remember those school assemblies in Mississippi that were specifically intended to tell the high school students to accept Jesus into their othwise shallow and meaningless lives? I wrote about the situation when those assemblies happened last spring. In an agreed judgment entered of record Friday, the Rankin County School District administrators admitted that the students’ [Read More…]

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny Defies the Church Again

First he delivered a blistering reprimand to the Catholic Church over the Cloyne Report. Then he offered a heartfelt apology to the women incarcerated and forced to labor as slaves in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. (Full text is of the 19 minute apology is here.) (The church, of course, has yet to apologize.) Now he’s publicly [Read More…]

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“Under God” Under Fire

Oral arguments from yesterday’s hearing in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court have been posted on the the Suffolk University Law School website. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center is representing anonymous parents and students in Massachusetts public schools in an attempt to stop the pledge from being recited daily. I have not read the briefs in [Read More…]

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Then They Came for the Pastafarians…

In Russia, they have finally come for the Pastafarians. Seems that some Pastafarians neglected to get a parade permit before parading in Moscow over the weekend, and were ordered to walk the plank as a result. As if pirates believe in “permits.” Pfffft! Now, if the Moscow officials would call their parade permits “letters of [Read More…]

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Gender Identity Rights

Sexual reassignment surgery is all too often the fate of a child who is born with ambiguous genitalia. Recently, a couple in South Carolina, who adopted a foster child whose gender had been arbitrarily assigned when he was a toddler, sued the state on behalf of their child. They claim the sexual reassignment surgery was [Read More…]

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Ohio Still Hates Pregnant Women

Despite the fact that federal judges in Arkansas and North Dakota have struck down similar laws because of their blatant unconstitutionality, certain Ohio legislators, with the public support of the Duggar family (19 Kids and Counting), want to give their under-worked federal judges something to do, too. They’ve resurrected a fetal heartbeat bill that died [Read More…]

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Dawkins Foundation and Secular Coalition Join Forces

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) have joined forces to promote science, reason, and a secular government. According to a SCA press release, the two organizations each bring something very important to the table: “the Secular Coalition’s strong nonprofit and strategic planning experience, and the Dawkins [Read More…]

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New Dinosaur Exhibit at the Creationist Museum Explains Everything

This week, Ken Ham released a couple of new ads for his Creationist Museum that explain all about dinosaurs and his new “Dragon Legends” exhibit. They’re kind of painful to hear, but if you’re in the right mood, they could make you snicker. This one actually starts out okay: But, yeah, that ending was excruciating. [Read More…]

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Reason in the Rock

Little Rock’s annual conference on science and secularism needs your help. A couple of years ago, after a great experience at Skepticon 4, several of us were talking. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, we asked ourselves, if we could do what Skepticon did? Wouldn’t it be great to pull hundreds of people in for a conference [Read More…]

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