Bus driver who said New Testament stopped bullets in gang attack staged the whole thing.

A while back the nation was briefly in love with the story of a Dayton bus driver.  Rickey Wagoner was reportedly shot at by gang members, with two of the bullets being stopped by a copy of the New Testament in his chest pocket.  Clearly, we were told (repeatedly), it was a miracle. Except after [Read More...]

Presbyterian Church decides gay marriage is ok. w00t!

This is a huge victory.  It speaks to the immense progress that the gay rights movement has made. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted at its General Assembly on Thursday to change its constitution’s definition of marriage from “a man and a woman” to “two people,” and to allow its ministers to perform same-sex marriages where [Read More...]

There’s homophobia even in opera. :(

As somebody who has done theater, musical theater, and opera at all levels from amateur to professional, I can personally assure you that the stereotype of gay people being in theater is…true.  It’s so true.  Theater is a welcoming place for gay people as a general rule.  It’s easier for them to come out there [Read More...]

UK bans teaching of creationism in all public schools.

You’d think establishing “schools shouldn’t be able to teach things that aren’t true” wouldn’t be much of a fight.  But, thanks to religion, even something that basic is an all-out culture war. Thankfully religious fundamentalism has lost big in the UK: In what’s being heralded as a secular triumph, the UK government has banned the [Read More...]

Business Insider publishes article: According To Math, You Should Believe In God.

Holy shit!  An article claiming that math dictates I should believe in god – in Business Insider no less (one can only wonder why we’re not finding this in any math journals)!  Geez, tell me all about it. There are countless arguments for and against the existence of God, but one famous argument involves analyzing [Read More...]

Poll in my hometown newspaper: do you believe Christians are being persecuted in America?

There was a poll in my hometown paper this morning that annoyed my whole family.  Maybe you guys have an opinion on the question “Do you believe Christians are being persecuted in America?” Father popped into the comments to give his two cents: I would be interested to hear in what forms this persecution is [Read More...]

Federal court rules that Global Catholic Television Network must cover contraception.

EWTN sued on the presumption that they shouldn’t be bound by the same healthcare laws that bind other companies.  Apparently not giving them an exception to the same laws others must follow is somehow discrimination against them.  Thankfully a federal court has just ruled against them: U.S. District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade of Mobile [Read More...]

Buddhist officials in Myanmar forging laws that curtail changing religion and interfaith marriage.

When I’m criticizing religion, one of the things I often hear is that if every religion were like Buddhism we’d have no problems.  This is absurd to anybody who has had their thumb to the pulse of global politics in the last decade.  While I can certainly admit that on the whole Buddhism causes fewer [Read More...]

RNS cites 2013 Labor Dept. study: people spend an average of 9 minutes/day on religious activities.

The Religion News Service isolated a part of a 2013 study by the Labor Department to show religious people only spend an average of 9 minutes per day on religious activities.  That includes actually attending church. Time for prayer? Labor Dept. time use survey finds folks average less than 9 minutes a day on religious [Read More...]

County Commissioner in rural Tennessee opposing “In God We Trust” on Local Courthouse.

A County Commissioner is opposing the addition of “In God We Trust” to the Roane County Courthouse in Tennessee: Roane County Commissioner Steve Keller [sic] says he’s been an atheist since he was a teen. “It means I don’t believe in God,” explained Keller. “I don’t have any problem with religion, religion is fine, it [Read More...]