Despite massive Christian protests, LGBT protections passed in Plano, TX!

Despite much protest, including protest from the state’s attorney general and various Republican lawmakers, the city of Plano has passed a non-discrimination ordinance that includes LGBT: Monday night, the Plano, Texas City Council voted 5-3 to approve an expansion of the city’s Equal Rights Policy, adding protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, among [Read More...]

Matt Fradd discusses “10 Myths About Pornography”

The Franciscan University of Steubenville puts out regular videos about various topics, such as theological debates and lectures. In this particular lecture, it features Matt Fradd, who discuses “10 Myths About Pornography”. Here’s how you’ll know it’ll be fun – He’s a Catholic Apologist. That, an he’s a fun speaker. Sorry – this is a long article. [Read more...]

Link dump: “Choose faith in spite of the facts.” ~ Joel Osteen

Here are some of the links that didn’t find their way onto the blog today: Twelve year-old boy cheerleader commits suicide over gay bullying. The Vatican, which preaches the virtue of living humbly, stumbled upon millions of euros it had tucked away.  Fancy that. Ed Brayton has a good write up of the police tactic [Read More...]

Proving the existence of Allah to an atheist

I love looking into articles such as this, which discuss how to convert atheists. They provide interesting insights into the epistemological thingamajigs of theists. This is how they think supporting claims works. Though, often they’re just trying to “play the atheists’ game” against them, even if the arguments aren’t why they believe in the first [Read More...]

My brother defends freedom of speech while giving a civics 101 lesson.

I’m so proud of my family.  For anybody who admires me, trust me when I say I’m the least-impressive member of my family.  My father, my mother, my brother…they’re all people to whom I greatly look up. Anyway, one of my brother’s friends shared a story from The Blaze (to which I feel dirty linking) [Read More...]

The cycle of “pro life.”

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Link dump: Rick Santorum says separation of church and state is a Communist idea.

This is the time every day where I link dump a lot of the stories that, for one reason or another, didn’t get their own blog post.  But before that I want to ask a question.  You guys know I’ll do just about anything for a good cause and that I’m frequently posting about opportunities [Read More...]

Reminder: Russell Glasser speaking in St. Charles tomorrow!

Just in case you forgot, the SSA at St. Charles Community College is bringing in Russell Glasser, co-host of the Atheist Experience, to give a talk about embracing your inner Skeptic.  So if you’re up around the St. Louis area you’re lucky enough to get in on this early Friendsman present. The talk is free to get into.  Wish [Read More...]

End of the day link dump: ex-youth minister receives sentence for sexual assaults.

So every day I select a group of stories out of my news feed to write about.  However, there are always a bunch left over at the end of the day.  I’m going to start just link-dumping the stories which caught my eye but didn’t get their own post into an end of the day post. Michaelyn [Read More...]

No Gods, Just Quads

One of the things I wonder about a lot is how spirituality and atheism can work together. When I first realized I was an atheist, I remember feeling conflicted about the sense of awe that some things gave me. I used to associate that with religion, and I felt like I had to try to [Read More...]