Reason station finally set up in the Warren, MI City Hall.

Remember Jim Fouts, the mayor of Warren, who allowed a prayer station in city hall but forbid a reason station?  He wound up settling a lawsuit that the town’s legal counsel likely told him he had literally no chance at winning.  Part of the settlement meant the town got to fork over $100,000 to the ACLU (the [Read More...]

The Gideons did not send a plane full of “emergency bibles” to Nepal.

I’ve seen a concerning number of people link to stories about the Gideons sending “emergency bibles” to Nepal in the wake of the major earthquake.  The story started on the satirical website The Lapine (which appears to be down), but was picked up elsewhere as a supposedly legit story.  I can’t blame people as it [Read More...]

Leadership is overrated.

The jokes write themselves: [Read more...]

Bachmann says Obama will bring about the end of the world, is offended when he doesn’t take her seriously.

Oh, Michele Bachmann.  Now that she’s out of Congress she can just say whatever she wants (and given what she said when she was restrained, you can imagine the gold we’re getting now).  Recently she said that Obama was going to usher in the end times: Michele Bachmann and other conservative Christians were outraged after [Read More...]

Anti-gay side tells the SCOTUS we can’t alter the definition of marriage. We can, we should, and Clarence Thomas should know it.

Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for its first same-sex marriage case.  Justice Kennedy, widely believed to be the swing vote on this case, expressed reluctance to alter a definition that has been with us through millenia: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said he was concerned about changing a conception of marriage that has persisted for [Read More...]

What the hell, Netflix?

I’m going to go out on a limb and say the movie about two of each animal fitting on a boat to survive a global flood that left no evidence might not be based on real life.  If it is, then from now on Harry Potter is a documentary.   I have a lot of [Read More...]

Tom DeLay: god wrote the Constitution.

Tom DeLay, one of the undisputed kings of dirty politics, went on Matt Hagee’s show the other day to say America’s greatest failing is a secular government (presumably because this way criminals get punished in life rather than forgiven after death) and that god wrote the Constitution. During an appearance on John Hagee Ministries’ Global [Read More...]

Conservative think tank sends two “real scientists” to tell the pope humans aren’t causing climate change.

The Heartland Institute is a conservative think tank heavily backed by the Koch brothers.  As the pope is about to make a bunch of pronouncements about the environment via encyclical letter, the HI is sending two “real scientists” (their words, the scientists aren’t named) to convince the pope that climate change is not driven by [Read More...]

Far and away the most arrogant headline I’ve ever seen: How Christianity Invented Children.

I couldn’t believe this article in The Week:   Of course I immediately asked myself the obvious question: is this a joke?  Am I being punked by a Poe? Nope.  Here’s the first paragraph: We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how [Read More...]

FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Mike Huckabee claims pro equality SCOTUS decision would criminalize Christianity.

Did you know that if the Supreme Court legalizes marriage equality that it will, in essence, criminalize Christianity?  Thanks Mike Huckabee for this scoop: “If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to [Read More...]