Pat Robertson: still a winner.

Pat Robertson got asked how one should deal with pictures of same-sex couples kissing on facebook.  Somehow the answer was “wish for a ‘vomit’ button” instead of “close the fucking picture if you don’t like it”. You’ve got a couple of same-sex guys kissing, do you like that? Well that makes me want to throw [Read More...]

Joyce Meyer encourages people to let go of reason to be closer to god.

Joyce Meyer is one of the megapastor archetypes who lives a life of opulence on account of her ministry work.  I was recently directed to an essay Meyer wrote on her website titled Set Free From Excessive Reasoning. Oh boy.  Here’s the opening: Many Christians live in the shallow area of their soul—they live by [Read More...]

Resolution with Dorothy.

Remember my dad’s exchange with Dorothy?  I’m happy to report a happy ending to that discussion.  Dorothy responded with: This has taken me a while to respond because I wanted to read and ponder what you opponents to my argument had to say. I must say that I’m very impressed with John’s knowledge and passion [Read More...]

The Neumanns convicted of homicide.

Those who have seen my talks on religion know that I repeatedly use the example of Kara Neumann to demonstrate what irrational ideas can do to the good intentions of people. Eleven-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann died of undiagnosed diabetes on Easter Sunday in March 2008 at her parents’ home in the central Wisconsin village of [Read More...]

Timothy Dolan shuffled child-raping priests to new locations.

Timothy Dolan, up until recently could’ve been called the highest ranking Catholic in the United States.  However, during his time overseeing the Milwaukee archdiocese, the now Cardinal and Archbishop of New York eventually had to have the archdiocese declare bankruptcy.  The reason?  Having to settle too many lawsuits with the victims of child rape. In [Read More...]

My take on the “10 awkward things” article.

I saw Hemant take a swipe at the 10 awkward things about the American Atheists monument article and I just couldn’t resist piling on.  Baseless axe-grinding like Tom Hoopes’ article is like a sweet, sweet siren calling to me, and no matter how much I’d rather be doing something else I just can’t help but [Read More...]

When brilliant people say stupid things.

John Lennox is a math professor at Oxford.  He’s undoubtedly a clever guy.  However, he recently gave a talk at a prayer breakfast which affirmed one of the primary reasons I loathe religion: it makes clever people say and do unfathomably stupid things. He urged Christians to have “the courage to create public space” for [Read More...]

Start your day with pictures, one terrible, one beautiful.

Lose-lose, sorry women in the Old Testament. Let’s face it: god doesn’t exactly have that whole “love” or “justice” thing down.  Thankfully, most humans have an appreciation for both when they’re not trying to emulate god: [Read more...]

Fifty more secular monuments coming from American Atheists.

Today American Atheists will reveal their secular monument outside the Bradford County Courthouse.  Here it is wearing a burka to protect the on-lookers from its sexiness: The monument will be placed as the result of a settled lawsuit that challenged the existence of the ten commandments monument on the courthouse lawn.  The secular monument, a [Read More...]

Creation museum’s dwindling attendance causing them to put Ark Encounter theme park on hold.

It seems the creation…*ahem*… ”museum” is in a spot of trouble. In a developing story from Kentucky, the Creation Museum is running out of money due to declining attendance, bringing their “Ark Encounter” project to a stand-still because of a lack of funding. Admittedly I did a little tap dance off the edge of the couch [Read More...]