No change on feminism and charitable priorities from Bergoglio.

Recall that under Pope Ratzinger many nuns were reprimanded for spending far too much time pursuing justice and caring for the poor. The Vatican last year said in its doctrinal assessment that the nuns’ group was tinged with feminist influences, focused too much on ending social and economic injustice and not enough on stopping abortion, [Read More...]

Siran Stacy appearance shut down at Alabama middle school thanks to the FFRF.

I freaking love the FFRF.  Do you remember when a brave high school student named Katy Vaughn stood up and cried foul when her school invited evangelist Siran Stacy to give a presentation at their prom?  Stacy took the opportunity to talk about how gays are terrible and how pre-marital sex makes baby Jesus cry [Read More...]

Catholic Church actually supported Chilean dictator.

Meet Augusto Pinochet, Chilean dictator from 1973-1990.  Not a very nice guy. From the beginning, the government implemented harsh measures against its political opponents. According to various reports and investigations 1,200–3,200 people were killed, up to 80,000 were interned, and up to 30,000 were tortured by his regime including women and children. And… By the [Read More...]

Islam is a horrible religion and a terrible influence upon the world.

Every day I read stories about what is transpiring in nations dominated by Islam and think to myself “Yup, it could be worse.”  And then I blog about the lesser horrors of American Christianity because, well, that’s where I and most of my readers live. But I actually agree with Sam Harris on the point [Read More...]

Dad on morality and law.

This letter made its way into my hometown newspaper: In the April 3 column on same-sex marriage, the point was made that morality has no place in legislation and court rulings. This idea is contrary to the fundamental nature of law. Law is the expression of the will of a sovereign. Thus morality is the [Read More...]

Thomas McDonald pretending to be clever.

I have a general policy.  If I think someone’s a terrible human being, I try to go through all the reasons for why I think that before declaring them to be an asshole.  But in this case I just can’t wait: Thomas L. McDonald, Catholic blogger here at Patheos, is an irretrievable asshole.  If ever [Read More...]

Atheists are patriots.

American Atheists held a regional conference in Kansas City last year.  I was scheduled to give a workshop on activism.  However, due to a death in David Silverman’s family, I was asked to fill in.  I wrote up a quick talk and delivered it the following day.  KCAC just posted that talk.  Here ya go. [Read more...]

Vatican pirating porn?

TorrentFreak reports that when the Vatican pirates movies, they go all out… But just when the whole exercise was beginning to fall a bit flat, we spotted some downloads to get pulses racing. It seems that while Vatican dwellers aren’t all that interested in Hollywood movies, they do enjoy adult related celluloid. Lea Lexis and [Read More...]

Peter Higgs: “stop calling it the god particle”.

It turns out that the guy who first hypothesized of the Higgs Boson, Peter Higgs, doesn’t care for people calling it “the god particle”. …the professor wants people to stop referring to it as the “God particle” because he does not believe the particle holding the physical fabric of the universe together is the work [Read More...]

Rick Warren did what he could, but mental illness claims another victim.

As many of you have likely read, Rick Warren’s son committed suicide.  This is the kind of thing I would never wish even upon my enemies.  A parent should never have to bury a child.  Hemant says pretty much what is on my mind (I strongly recommend reading his whole post): We should be grateful [Read More...]