I am at the American Atheist convention in Memphis. I’ve already bumped into Russell Glasser from the Atheist Experience and had a few drinks with him and some other gents (and ladies) including David Fitzgerald, Dana Fredsti, Frank Zindler, and this really cool tech guy named Randy. Here I am making my move on Russell: [Read More...]
I just got to the Dallas airport and popped open my news feed only to see Mike Pence has defiantly pulled a 180. In a press conference that lasted all of 34 second, frustrated with the blowback Indiana has received over its RFRA, Pence said the only clarification needed was to say that if companies [Read More...]
GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Anti-gay law like Indiana’s passed in Arkansas, sent to Gov. Hutchinson who has said he’ll sign it.
The Arkansas legislature has just sent the state’s right-to-discriminate bill, virtually identical to Indiana’s, to Gov. Asa Hutchinson who has said he plans to sign it: Arkansas is a penstroke away from having a “license to discriminate” law nearly identical to Indiana’s. HB 1228, the Arkansas “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA), already passed both the House and the [Read More...]
GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Georgia running away from its own anti-gay bill after watching Indiana implode.
Georgia was working on an RFRA similar to Indiana’s (it was written with the help of the same people/organizations). Now, after watching Indiana lose money that can only be described with the scientific term “shitloads”, they seem to have had a change of heart: Let nobody tell you that your voice doesn’t matter. Nowhere is [Read More...]
CNN’s Chris Cuomo did a beautiful interview with Ryan McCann of the Indiana Family Institute. Here’s the thing: McCann and his ilk cannot win by telling the truth. If they say that this bill is to permit discrimination (which it is) they lose in public opinion and in court. But rather than losing fairly they [Read More...]
She sends me pictures from her lab most days: Pretty sure her nerd level in that pic is over 9,000. If I walked into a friend’s house and saw that device I would immediately know what it was for. In a lab setting I have no clue what’s going on. [Read more...]
Politics are more fraught with more knee-jerk opposition than ever, so it’s such a relief to finally see Democrats and Republicans working together in the state of New York. Because if there’s one thing they can both agree on…it’s that helping rich people nets campaign donations: Of the thousands of items packed into Gov. Andrew M. [Read More...]
GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Indianapolis (Republican) mayor takes steps to fight Indiana’s new anti-gay law.
I could not be happier if more Republicans were like this: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the City-County Council on Monday called on the Indiana General Assembly to either repeal the divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act or add explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in state law. Ballard also issued an executive order [Read More...]
If your law is too anti-gay for NASCAR there’s probably some real problems. [Read more...]
GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: KY Gov: gay marriage ban is non-discriminatory because everybody’s free to marry someone of the opposite sex.
Gov. Steve Beshear’s lawyer has filed a brief with the Supreme Court saying the state’s gay marriage ban is constitutional and should stand because it’s not discriminatory: it prevents everybody from marrying somebody of the same sex: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state’s ban on gay marriage should be upheld in part because it [Read More...]
A cursory glance at the news this morning reveals not a lot of happiness. So let’s at least get started with this picture which was captioned “Toddler was asked to feed the cat”: [Read more...]
It turns out if you propose a bill allowing people to skirt the law if they do so for religious reasons then it’s not just Christians who get to skirt the law: a classic case of “unintended consequences,” the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana may have opened the door for the establishment of the [Read More...]
So I’ll be in Memphis Wednesday through Sunday. I’m doing something for the conference pretty much every day whether it’s hosting a debate workshop with Matt Dillahunty, moderating a panel on secular authors, or giving my usual dinner speech on Friday. It’ll be a hoot, as always. If you’re going to be there, look me [Read More...]
GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: After blowback, Indiana governor wants legislation to “clarify” anti-gay bill.
So Indiana passed a law allowing businesses to discriminate against their LGBT customers so long as they do it for religious reasons, because apparently immoral things become just great as long as you them for religion. The running message from defenders of this law (who are all religious and anti-gay, but I’m sure that’s a [Read More...]