Republican lawmaker argues same-sex marriage is the root cause of Baltimore riots.

A person who has a hand in making US laws has argued that allowing same-sex marriage is the reason people are rioting in Baltimore: A Republican U.S. House Representative Bill Flores of Texas argued this week that violence in Baltimore could be linked to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. I…what? On [Read More...]

Reason station finally set up in the Warren, MI City Hall.

Remember Jim Fouts, the mayor of Warren, who allowed a prayer station in city hall but forbid a reason station?  He wound up settling a lawsuit that the town’s legal counsel likely told him he had literally no chance at winning.  Part of the settlement meant the town got to fork over $100,000 to the ACLU (the [Read More...]

Bachmann says Obama will bring about the end of the world, is offended when he doesn’t take her seriously.

Oh, Michele Bachmann.  Now that she’s out of Congress she can just say whatever she wants (and given what she said when she was restrained, you can imagine the gold we’re getting now).  Recently she said that Obama was going to usher in the end times: Michele Bachmann and other conservative Christians were outraged after [Read More...]

I think the ACLU has it wrong opposing California bill that would remove religious exemption for vaccinating kids.

I’ve been writing about the California vaccination bill that’s looking more and more like it’s going to become law.  You see, in California if a child is not vaccinated they cannot attend public school.  That makes sense: you wouldn’t be allowed to send a child to school carrying a container of serious, highly infectious diseases, [Read More...]

Tom DeLay: god wrote the Constitution.

Tom DeLay, one of the undisputed kings of dirty politics, went on Matt Hagee’s show the other day to say America’s greatest failing is a secular government (presumably because this way criminals get punished in life rather than forgiven after death) and that god wrote the Constitution. During an appearance on John Hagee Ministries’ Global [Read More...]

HIGH SCHOOL & POLITICS: California bill that would remove religious exemptions to vaccine laws advances.

In California if a child is not vaccinated they cannot attend public school.  That makes sense: you wouldn’t be allowed to send a child to school carrying a container of serious, highly infectious diseases, and I don’t see how that concern changes when the child himself is the container.  There is a notable exception though: [Read More...]

BREAKING: Tennessee Senate kills the bill that would make the bible the state book.

Man, maybe I was wrong all this time – maybe miracles do happen. I just put up a post about how the GOP in the TN House advanced a bill to make the bible the state book in the face of warnings from the state’s Attorney General that it would be inviting a lost lawsuit.  But [Read More...]

FAITH & POLITICS: Tennessee House advances bill to make the bible the state book despite being warned its illegal.

Despite warnings from their legal allies that the bill is almost certainly illegal, the Republicans in the Tennessee state House have advanced a bill that would make the bible the state book: Tennessee state legislators on Wednesday (April 15) advanced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, a measure the state attorney [Read More...]

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...]


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