Rebecca Hamilton doesn’t like DoJ’s amicus brief to overturn DOMA.

Rebecca Hamilton, over at Public Catholic, is worried about the amicus brief filed by the Obama DoJ imploring the SCOTUS to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.  Her gripe is it twofold.  First, she complains that it would muddle the laws: The act does not prohibit states from allowing gay marriages, neither does it obligate [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: what would you do?

There are some days when I miss performing.  I’m the type of performer who doesn’t need an audience (though, like all performers, I can certainly appreciate one).  I just like being with a cast and creating a role, and falling into that character.  I always considered myself an actor who sang, not the other way [Read More...]

AIDS cured in Mississippi baby.

For the second time in history, a case of AIDS has been cured. A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. There’s no [Read More...]

Explain this vague, scarcely believable scenario, atheist!

One particularly nasty troll out of Kansas City, named Jim Christensen, is banned from this blog.  However, while all other banned people get put into a spam filter that immediately deletes their comments with no fuss, Jim is in moderation…because his comments are so delightfully obsessive and crazy.  I keep his comments to enjoy, as [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: why do you fight religion?

For those of you who are actively anti-faith like myself, what made you that way?  After all, few of us go straight from not believing in god to being thoroughly anti-religion.  And many of us who were raised secular often see people happy in religion (note I didn’t say “religion making people happy”) and think [Read More...]

Why are only pleasant things sinful?

Sitting in the Des Moines airport after two extra days in Iowa courtesy of snowmageddon.  Had a blast with the students from the SSA at Central College.  Seriously, A++, would hang out with again.  Soon I’ll be home for a couple of days before jetting off to Nebraska.  No rest for the weary.  :P I [Read More...]

Michaelyn’s favorite quote.

Michaelyn made this out of one of her favorite quotes of mine.  She sent it to me saying “Thank you for helping me to find my present heaven.”  That woman is too good to me, and far too flattering. I’m so, so lucky. [Read more...]

Meming it up.

While I was in Las Vegas, I posed for Mallorie Nasrallah‘s Faces collection.  Essentially I sat in her studio and made silly faces for her.  Today, she sent me the one she chose for the series. So I posted it to facebook…and then this started happening. This shiz cracks me up.  If you do one, [Read More...]

I get email: John Harrington’s 15 minutes of fame.

The other day I posted a silly question and invited people to destroy it.  The person who posed the question then sent me this message. I understand what you’re saying JT. I wasn’t going to pull the inscrutable thing though. I honestly was clarifying and maybe i could have phrased it better or PMed you. [Read More...]

Destroy this stupid question.

I posted my rant about people telling me their prayers were answered on facebook.  The first comment on it was… So even if a god was shown to exist through demonstrable phenomena, you wouldn’t want to worship/know/follow it unless it lined up with your standards of character? My standard is compassion.  If god is not [Read More...]