Most vouchers in the D.C. voucher program funnel government money to religious schools.

I know this is going to come as a shock to you, but in the Washington D.C. voucher program most of the vouchers are going to religious schools. The U.S. Department of Education released a report last week (pdf) evaluating the current state of the D.C. school voucher program (called “Opportunity Scholarships”). Their findings indicate what many [Read More...]

North Carolina pastor loses it over gay marriage.

So good to be reading the news again.  It’s like shadenfreude forces my brain to release endorphins, which is why I love articles like this: A Baptist pastor is warning that God will escalate the Ebola crisis when North Carolina begins performing same-sex marriages. Would you believe that much of West Africa is largely Christian? [Read More...]

I just want everybody to deride threats consistently.

Last week Hemant posted about Jerry DeWitt’s atheist church (good god, can we not call it church?) down in Louisiana.  More specifically, Hemant posted about how one of the family had received some scary threats in their mailbox: We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. You’re little [Read More...]

I’ll be on Logic Cast tonight at 9pm EST with Jeremiah Beene discussing Islam.

Gonna be on a podcast tonight with friend and psychology experts Jeremiah Beene.  Things kick off at 9pm EST.  Just click here to listen.  :) [Read more...]

A couple of interesting studies.

Ever wonder what people pray for?  Welp, a Christian retailer just did a phone survey and the results…weren’t really surprising: …a survey conducted by LifeWay, a Christian retailer based in Nashville, TN, should be one that we can rely on. So what was LifeWay curious about? Prayer. In particular: how often you pray; what you [Read More...]

Mormon Church upset about gay bar having Mormon night.

A Salt Lake City gay bar has started having Mormon nights once per week: According to KUTV, bar staff wore missionary nametags, while special Mormon-themed drinks called ‘sacrament shots’, ‘baptism by fireball’, ‘garment droppers’ and ‘151 missionary’ were put on the menu. A naked statue of the Mormon prophet Moroni was also erected on top [Read More...]

National Organization for Marriage is disappointed in the Supreme Court.

Brian Brown from NOM is outraged at the Supreme Court, and he’s got a bunch of trite, easily debunked arguments to express his displeasure: We are surprised and extremely disappointed that the US Supreme Court has refused to grant review of the same-sex marriage cases pending before them. This is wrong on so many levels. [Read More...]

SCOTUS also denies appeal from Ohio science teacher who taught creationism.

Lost beneath the symphony of elation for marriage equality today is the fact that the SCOTUS also denied the appeal of John Freshwater.  Freshwater was eventually fired for preaching in his classroom, teaching creationism, and using a Tesla coil to burn a cross into the arm of a student.  Not joking:   I know some of [Read More...]

In which I try to comfort Peter LaBarbera.

It’s strange.  In the wake of an avalanche of marriage equality cases having their stays lifted, none of the usual merry band of people determined to make the word “family” synonymous with discrimination have made a peep.  Nothing from Bryan Fischer, Matt Barber, etc. But Peter LaBarbera, leader of American for Truth About Homosexuality (the [Read More...]

Student who was forced to stand for the pledge receives apology from school.

Last month a student at a Ventura County, CA high school was intimidated by his teacher into standing for the pledge of allegiance after the student initially refused.  The American Humanist Association went to this students defense and won a victory for first amendment rights everywhere: The American Humanist Association was contacted by the student [Read More...]