I’m not the President’s biggest fan (or staunchest opponent), but this is pretty great: President Obama signed a presidential memorandum Tuesday directing federal agencies to overhaul the way Americans repay their student loans. The move is the latest in a series of steps the administration has taken to promote college access and affordability, including expanding a [Read More…]
POLITICS: Sweden cancels defense agreement with Saudi Arabia over human rights abuses, including Badawi.
Finally, a nation taking real action in response to the torture of Raif Badawi: Sweden has announced it will cancel a defence agreement with Saudi Arabia worth billions of crowns to its industry after criticism of Riyadh’s human rights record sparked a diplomatic row. Sweden’s Social Democrat-Greens coalition government, which came to power last October, [Read More…]
Want to see what it looks like to fail at your job? Superintendent Michael Gilbert is defiant: he won’t stop the principal of White Oak High School from reading bible verses over the school’s loudspeaker: The superintendent of a Texas school district recently criticized by “Friendly Atheist” Hemant Mehta and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) for allowing a principal [Read More…]
A couple bills in Colorado that would allow business owners to discriminate against gay customers as long as they do it for religious reasons have been rejected: One proposal would have prohibited penalties in discrimination cases if the punishment — such as an order to serve gay couples — violated the beliefs of the accused. [Read More…]
Last week I wrote about Justin Harris, the Arkansas state rep. who adopted two girls, immediately gave them to a man he knew to be irresponsible (who proceeded to rape them), all while collecting money from the state meant to help him raise the girls. Oh, he also owns a pre-school called “Growing God’s Kingdom.” [Read More…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]