FAITH & POLITICS: Rick Santorum says we can get bibles back into public schools.

Santorum speaking at The Awakening Conference (where people go to get awakened to the fact that their religion *gasp* doesn’t run everything), an event for the Liberty Counsel on Saturday, was stumping for getting bibles back into public schools: “The reason Bibles are no longer in the public schools is because we let them take them [Read More…]

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FAITH: Satan was the first to demand equal rights.

I’m so glad the American Atheist convention is going to be in Tennessee.  It seems they need it: Somehow their conclusion is that equal rights are evil, not that Satan isn’t so bad and that god’s a bit of a jerk.  We always hear from apologists that “with secular morality anything goes because there’s no [Read More…]

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SCIENCE: Anti-vax biologist offers €100,000 prize to anybody who can prove the existence of Measles. Court rules he has to pay it.

Stefan Lanka is a biologist who, somehow, doesn’t believe Measles exists.  He’s so confident about this he offered a €100,000 prize (about $105,890) to anybody who could prove that Measles exists as a legit disease rather than as a psychosomatic illness.  Readers of this blog may recall Kent Hovind’s infamous $250,000 challenge to anybody who [Read More…]

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PERSONAL: Thanks MU SASHA!

I had a great time.   [Read more…]

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FAITH, HIGH SCHOOL, & LAW: Texas superintendent has a change of heart after receiving a letter from the FFRF.

Just last week I wrote about how Michael Gilbert, the Superintendent of the White Oak School District in Texas, said he wouldn’t be stopping a high school principal from reading scripture over the loudspeaker every day (to read my rebuttals to all this, follow the previous link): He argued that the FFRF should be ignored [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: I should fit!

I’m back from Columbia and what a lovely time it was.  The organizers did a spectacular job, turnout was good, and all the speakers were fantastic.  A couple of angry Christians stormed out of my talk when I asserted that genocide by flood might not have been a very compassionate move by god.  Ah well. [Read More…]

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FAITH: Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar asks his congregation to buy him a $65 million private jet.

Creflo Dollar is a prosperity gospel megachurch preacher at the World Changers church in Atlanta.  His last name is very telling. It turns out his church’s private jet is getting a bit old, so he wants a new one – and not just any private jet.  Pastor Dollar wants the best of the best of [Read More…]

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FAITH: Catholic Church argues paying for lost child rape lawsuits burdens their religion. 7th Circuit rules against them.

Timothy Dolan, who was a candidate to become pope this last time around, is…not a great person.  For one, he shuffled child-raping priests off to new locations.  Also, some priests in his charge raped a bunch of kids back in the day and won a lawsuit against the diocese.  So Dolan moved $50 million into a cemetery maintenance fund [Read More…]

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POLITICS & GAY RIGHTS: American Thinker says Obama will strike down gay marriage bans to make us more Islamic.

American Thinker is a very ironically named conservative site, which makes it a lovely outlet for humor on occasion.  Today they have an article for Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison (both from the Family Research Council, which uses the word “research” as ironically as American Thinker uses “thinker”) suggesting that Obama plans to make America [Read More…]

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FAITH, GAY RIGHTS, POLITICS, & LAW: Alabama House passes bill that would allow clerks/judges to refuse to perform ceremonies for gay couples.

Jesus Christ, Alabama is backwards.  The Republican-dominated House just passed a bill that would allow judges and government clerks to refuse to give marriage licenses to LGBT people: After nearly four hours of debate, the Alabama House on Thursday passed a bill that gives judges, ministers and other officiants the right to refuse to perform [Read More…]

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FAITH & LAW: Liberty Institute brags of winning a lawsuit with American Atheists in which a ruling wasn’t made.

I saw this in my special twitter feed and couldn’t believe my eyes: Ok, slow down guys.  This is just flat out bullshit. They didn’t defeat American Atheists because the judge didn’t reach a conclusion.  The judge’s opinion said the court lacked jurisdiction to rule on this. Specifically it said, “In the absence of standing, [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Angie loves her jar.

I saw this on reddit this morning.  The caption was, “Angie loves her jar.” It’s going to be a half day for me.  I have to drive to Columbia, MO to speak at SASHA Con this weekend.  If you guys are around I hope to see you there! [Read more…]

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APPEARANCES: Come see me speak in Columbia, Missouri this weekend (SASHA Con).

I’ll be speaking along with some other groovy people at SASHA Con in Columbia, MO this weekend.  David Tamayo and Greg Lammers, two of my favorite speakers, will be there. The whole conference will take place on the Mizzou campus in Mumford Hall room 133.  Here are directions and tips on parking.   It’s free [Read More…]

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FAITH: Saudi activist gets ten years in prison for acquiring banned books and organizing protests.

Remember that time Saudi Arabia said they had an awesome human rights record?  Yeah, about that… A founding member of one of the few independent human rights groups in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, a regional rights group has said. Mohammed al-Bajadi was sentenced last Thursday by the specialised criminal [Read More…]

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