MORNING HAPPINESS: My kind of people.

Last night at the Bo Burnham show we found some other pro-gay people (sitting right behind us, with “NO H8” washable tattoos on their cheeks, so they kinda stuck out):   Always nice to be reminded that we’re in this with a lot of other people. Today is voice lesson day and I have a [Read More…]

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Evolution destroyed in under 5 minutes: The Ad-Hoc Constraint – Pt 2

Last time I looked at the first three points against evolution, utterly destroying it. Now, we continue. [Read more…]

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FAITH & LAW: Federal judge dismisses American Atheists’ Oklahoma ten commandments case.

And today was going so well. The Oklahoma legislature made national news when they erected a ten commandments monument on the capitol lawn.  This prompted other religious groups to want to get in on that sweet, sweet, government-endorsing-religion action.  The Satanic Temple wanted in first, followed by Hindus.  (Not really) amazingly, those groups were denied, [Read More…]

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FAITH & HUMOR: Best headline I’ve seen in a while.

No comment required: There’s nothing wrong with being that sexually naive.  However, if you are that sexually naive you’re definitely not in a position to be telling other people how to manage their sex lives. Via Jim Romenesko [Read more…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert wants to put 10 commandments monument on capitol grounds.

Oh the blog posts I’ve written on this guy.  There was the time that Rapert tweeted at someone that god and “people who honor him” are what made this country great (which probably comes as a shock to any atheists in the military): Good times.  Then there was the time he led the effort to [Read More…]

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HUMOR & GODLESSNESS: MST3K to riff on “God’s Not Dead” at American Atheist Convention.

I know I haven’t said it yet, but I’ll be at the American Atheist Convention in Memphis for like, five days this year.  I’ll be doing a workshop, giving a talk, hosting a panel…it’s going to be a big time and I hope to see some of you there.   One of the best parts [Read More…]

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PLANE CRASHES: How you could tell engine failure caused Harrison Ford’s plane crash.

When Harrison Ford’s plane crashed on the Penmar golf course, before any audio had been released or any details hit the airwaves, I had guessed it was due to engine failure.  Today that has been confirmed to be the case.  So why did I make that guess? When planes crash, the first thing investigators look [Read More…]

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PERSONAL: The beauty of paying it forward.

Last month Kansas City Oasis asked me to give their community moment.  This is when a member of the group talks about something that has changed their lives.  I decided to talk about my first voice teacher, Pearl Yeadon, who was extremely generous with me and, through that, turned me into a fairly competent singer. [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Going to see Bo Burnham!

My wife’s Christmas gift to us was tickets to a Bo Burnham concert in Kansas City tonight.  We’ll be taking off this afternoon to run some errands and I’ll post pics tomorrow.   For those of you who don’t know, Burnham became famous as a teenager writing songs on youtube.  He’s wicked smart and his [Read More…]

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SAD: Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, philanthropist, and atheist has died.

Atheist philanthropist and co-creator of The Simpsons, Sam Simon, has finally succumbed to cancer: Nine-time Emmy winner Sam Simon, who wrote episodes of “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” before co-creating landmark animated series “The Simpsons” and eventually becoming a philanthropist, died Sunday of colorectal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, his reps confirmed. [Read More…]

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Evolution destroyed in under 5 minutes: The Ad-Hoc Constraint – Pt 1

Woe is us – for the source of the very purpose of our lives (evolution) is no more. [Read more…]

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SCIENCE: Large population study finds no link between psychedelic drugs and health problems/suicidal behavior.

A new population study has confirmed what pretty much all previous research has found.  The part of the abstract which I’ve bolded pretty much sums up my position on drugs like mushrooms and LSD: A recent large population study of 130,000 adults in the United States failed to find evidence for a link between psychedelic use [Read More…]

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ACTIVISM & GODLESSNESS: Purpose-driven life and secularism.

The following is a guest post by Gleb Tsipursky (Co-Founder, President, and Chief Insights Officer at Intentional Insights, a new reason-themed nonprofit devoted to spreading rational thinking strategies to a broad audience). Purpose-Driven Life and Secularism Graphics by: Cerina Gillilan We need religion for a sense of purpose in life, at least according to the vast majority [Read More…]

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FAITH, GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Oklahoma pursuing openly anti-gay bill.

An Oklahoma state senator, Joseph Silk (R-Stone Age) has introduced a bill with a very frank goal: he wants businesses to be able to refuse service to gay people: State Senator Joseph Silk (R) is sponsoring the “Oklahoma Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015,” which would protect businesses — religious or secular — from lawsuits [Read More…]

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