FAITH & HIGH SCHOOL: Public school nurse refused to treat a student when the student did not recite the pledge of allegiance.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen an article that makes me verbally exclaim “what the fuck?”  Well, we can reset that counter.  A nurse at a Pennsylvania public school has refused to attend to a student because the student didn’t stand and recite the pledge of allegiance: Yesterday, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Arkansas has passed six anti-abortion bills in the last month with another en route.

How did I miss this?  Ah well, I guess it comes as no surprise as Arkansas is being run by theocrats at the moment.  It turns out that Arkansas has passed six anti-abortion laws in the last month and want to pass another: Arkansas sure loves its religious freedom, but how about a person’s freedom [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Husky pile!

Good morning! The directors of the Spring musical in which my private voice students are performing opens this weekend and the directors have asked me back again tonight to work with some of the students, so I’ll be dipping out early again today.  Sorry all. On the upside, man, I get so much fulfillment out [Read More…]

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KC Oasis: One Year Strong

One year ago, almost to the day, we launched Kansas City Oasis out of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition (KCAC). It was the culmination of six months of intense planning, coaching from Mike Aus of Houston Oasis, fund-raising, blood, sweat, tears, elbow grease, fast food, and late night meetings. It was worth it. All of [Read More…]

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ATHEISM: Atheist Ireland denounces PZ Myers.

I see on Hemant’s blog that Atheist Ireland has formally disassociated itself from blogger PZ Myers. Atheist Ireland is publicly dissociating itself from the hurtful and dehumanising, hateful and violent, unjust and defamatory rhetoric of the atheist blogger PZ Myers. The final of many, many straws were his latest smear that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is ‘happily [Read More…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Pastor James David Manning: we must be willing to kill to stop sodomites.

I’m always told that faith in Christ makes people better, yet there are so many examples of people whose faith has clearly made them worse.  How can that be? So often we hear the message, “What I’m doing can’t be bad – the bible says to do it!”  Meanwhile, to everybody else, it occurs to [Read More…]

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FAITH: Nebraska Catholic school intends to fire gay teacher. Students try to protect him.

The younger generation, how I love you. Omaha is the home to Skutt Catholic School, an institution set to fire an English teacher for making someone of the wrong gender tremendously happy in love.  The students, however, have put up an online petition to the school outlining the situation and asking for support for their [Read More…]

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FAITH: State park in Tennessee vandalized by people offended at the idea the earth is millions of years old.

The most telling bit of vandalism ever: View post on imgur.com What reaction did they expect?  “Oh shit, somebody scratched out “millions.”  Now I’m convinced the earth is young and that religion makes people more moral.  Thanks, young earth creationists!” [Read more…]

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FAITH: Catholics in the Philippines being crucified to get closer to Jesus.

In the Philippines where the vast majority of the population is Catholic, several are inflicting wounds on themselves to bring them closer to Christ, because that’s apparently what a god of love would want: Devotees in the fervently Catholic Philippines marked Good Friday by being nailed to crosses and whipping their backs bloody, in extreme [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Kansas passes bill making second trimester abortion procedure illegal.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, flanked by pictures of fetuses, signed a new law into place that would make one of the few viable second trimester abortion procedures illegal: Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, a strong abortion [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Louisiana governor wants to pass RFRA worse than Indiana’s.

Governor Bobby Jindal would like to pass an, ahem, religious freedom bill that is even worse than Indiana’s original: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is throwing his support behind a religious freedom bill that’s broader in many ways than the controversial one in Indiana that Gov. Mike Pence (R) wasforced to clarify after a national uproar. [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: Springfield, MO votes to repeal protections for LGBT.

My private voice students are in hell week for their production of All Shook Up.  The directors have asked me to come give what insights I can, so I’m heading over there later today.  However, a lot’s happening in the news – so get ready for short posts. Last October the City Council of Springfield, [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Dem eyes.

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GAY RIGHTS: Josh Feuerstein’s search for anti-Christian discrimination.

Joshua Feuerstein is at it again.  This time he thought he’d be clever by marching into a bakery and asking for a cake that read “We do not support gay marriage” and announcing anti-Christian bigotry when they refused to make it: Cut the Cake bakery said it has lost business and faced harassment since last [Read More…]

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