FAITH, LAW, & POLITICS: Canada’s Supreme Court rules no prayers before government meetings.

Back in 2011 a man sued  the town of Simoneau in Quebec over the town reciting explicitly Catholic prayers before city council meetings.  He was victorious in his efforts: In 2011, Quebec’s human rights tribunal ordered an end to prayers, demanded that a crucifix in the city council chamber be removed and awarded damages to Simoneau. [Read More...]

Atheism and Stalin

Unless you’ve been living under an atheistic rock, you’ve probably encountered assertions from theists, such as “tens of millions of people were murdered in the name of atheism“, or “atheism is the cause for a hundred million deaths.” I’m going to analyze and address it here, but mostly it’s for another project that I’d like to [Read More...]

POLITICS: Are Democrats/liberals really thinking of sitting out this election if Warren doesn’t run?

So Hillary Clinton is running for President.  I had no idea that some people are promising to sit this one out because Elizabeth Warren is not running until an Addicting Info article graced my laptop this morning: So, with Warren definitely not running, why are so many progressive Democrats abandoning support for Hillary Clinton or [Read More...]

POLITICS: Pat Robertson says Hilary Clinton will take us back to the 1950s.

I got a strange number of messages and emails asking, “Why didn’t you blog about Hilary announcing that she’s running for President?” Because it’s not news. It’s about as unexpected as the headline “This just in: McDonald’s is bad for you.” Everybody knew she was running ages ago.  Hell, she’s been running for President for the [Read More...]

HIGH SCHOOL, FAITH, & POLITICS: California advances bill that would remove religious exemptions for vaccinations.

As of right now in California you cannot send unvaccinated children to school, thus endangering the rest of the kids.  Well, unless you’re religious.  Then endanger away.  But that may be coming to an end: California lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a bill that would require schoolchildren in the state to be vaccinated amid impassioned pleas [Read More...]

FAITH & POLITICS: Bible one step closer to becoming the Tennessee state book.

With not even a dissenting vote the bill to make the bible the official state book of Tennessee passed both the House and Senate committees: Senate and House committees overwhelmingly approved measures Tuesday that would designate the Bible as the official book of Tennessee, despite reservations raised by religious leaders and some lawmakers. The Senate [Read More...]

POLITICS: Arkansas has passed six anti-abortion bills in the last month with another en route.

How did I miss this?  Ah well, I guess it comes as no surprise as Arkansas is being run by theocrats at the moment.  It turns out that Arkansas has passed six anti-abortion laws in the last month and want to pass another: Arkansas sure loves its religious freedom, but how about a person’s freedom [Read More...]

POLITICS: Kansas passes bill making second trimester abortion procedure illegal.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, flanked by pictures of fetuses, signed a new law into place that would make one of the few viable second trimester abortion procedures illegal: Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, a strong abortion [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Louisiana governor wants to pass RFRA worse than Indiana’s.

Governor Bobby Jindal would like to pass an, ahem, religious freedom bill that is even worse than Indiana’s original: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is throwing his support behind a religious freedom bill that’s broader in many ways than the controversial one in Indiana that Gov. Mike Pence (R) wasforced to clarify after a national uproar. [Read More...]

POLITICS: Ted Cruz’ first ad. Oh, and he wants to strip the federal courts of their power so they can’t let gays marry.

Ted Cruz has his first political ad out and it’s exactly what you’d expect. Is he running for preacher or for President?  That’s a mystery. And if Ted wasn’t Christian he’d have been raised without a dad?  I…what?  You know what?  It doesn’t even matter.  Right wingers are going to see this video and hear, [Read More...]