GODLESSNESS: Study finds atheists more driven by compassion than theists when it comes to charity.

A new study has found that atheists, when being charitable, are more driven by simple compassion than their religious counterparts: Atheists and agnostics are more driven by compassion to help others than are highly religious people, a new study finds. That doesn’t mean highly religious people don’t give, according to the research to be published in the [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Touch Me, from Spring Awakening.

I’ve been on a big Spring Awakening kick lately.  While the musical itself is hella depressing, this song always makes me happy.  It’s poetic and does an amazing, if not abstract job of capturing teens coming to grips with the idea that they like girls.   Good morning, everybody. [Read more…]

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FAITH, LAW, & HIGH SCHOOL: Denver school settles with the AHA, ends program that incentivized evangelizing.

Last November I wrote about how a couple Denver-area schools were getting sued by the American Humanist Association for having teachers helping students to Evangelize.  One specific example was with Operation Christmas Child with the SkyView Academy: Many details were left out of this story.  For the fundraisers such as Operation Christmas Child the teachers distributed empty [Read More…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Mat Staver: it is a Christian’s duty to disobey pro-equality rulings.

Mat Staver, from the Liberty Counsel, has posted a piece in the Christian Post admonishing Christians to disobey equality laws that will result if the SCOTUS rules in favor of marriage equality: “This is the redline we will not cross. While no one wants this conflict, we have no choice but to resist an unjust [Read More…]

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FAITH: Dennis Prager: California is having a drought because we’re “worshiping nature.”

Dennis Prager knows why California is experiencing a drought: too much care about the environment: “A false god is one that you really do worship because you think it is godlike. God created nature. Nature is subservient to God. Nature is created for the human being. Today it is the opposite. Where I live in [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: Little Rock passes civil rights ordinance that protects LGBT, despite state laws.

Despite a recent state law which forbids municipalities in Arkansas from passing civil rights ordinances that protect LGBT citizens, the Little Rock city council convened last night to overwhelmingly pass such a measure: The Little Rock City Board dispensed with debate tonight and went straight to a vote on its ordinance to extend civil rights [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Hi there, buddy!

Good morning everybody.  Thanks for all the well wishes and support the last two days.  I’m feeling a bit better this morning. Here’s our morning happiness for today: Today is voice lesson day, which I really need.  It’s become one of the highlights of my week.  I love how much my students seem to enjoy [Read More…]

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WALL OF TEXT

Over at the AXP blog, a theistic commenter made a post that might qualify as a “wall of text”, in all the implicated glory. I thought I’d go through and add to the wall, but inserting my thoughts as I went along. [Read more…]

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GODLESSNESS: Madison, WI becomes the first city to recognize atheists as a protected class!

Here’s some happy news: In what is believed to be a first in the United States, the Common Council of Madison, Wis., has voted to amend the city’s equal opportunities ordinance “to add nonreligion as a protected class.” The legislation adds atheists to the categories of people who could potentially face discrimination. It was co-sponsored [Read More…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Two North Carolina Churches vandalized with pro-equality messages. This is wrong.

I saw an article in my special twitter feed yesterday about two North Carolina churches that were defaced with pro-gay rights messages: Officials at Bales Memorial Wesleyan Church in Jamestown arrived last Saturday to find the church sign broken and pelted with eggs and silly string. Some of the church windows had been smashed, flowers [Read More…]

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FAITH: 14 year-old boy dies in school shooting, sheriff says we need prayer in schools.

Earlier this week in Elkhart, Indiana there was a school shooting that cost a 14 year-old boy his life.  The county held a summit where possible solutions to school violence, like more patrols from the local Sheriff’s department, were discussed.  Sadly, there’s always somebody eager to use a tragedy like this for their own group’s [Read More…]

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GODLESSNESS: New study shows atheists as mentally healthy as believers.

A new study has shown that atheists are just as mentally healthy as religious folks: Is being a believer beneficial to one’s mental health? That’s the conclusion of much psychological research, which points to both the social support of belonging to a congregation, and the stress-reducing qualities of knowing that a larger force is looking out [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Michaelyn holding a hedgehog.

Good morning all. I’m going to be honest, I’m still kind of a wreck from yesterday.  It’s hard for me to find the motivation to do much right now.  Fighting depression is a long process.  I had enjoyed several good days in a row and general success around situations that would’ve set me off a [Read More…]

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PERSONAL: Taking off for the day.

Hey all.  I feel bad after being gone all weekend, but today’s therapy session was pretty intense.  I’m, frankly, in no condition to keep reading the news today and can’t really find the motivation.  I’m going to take some time and see you all tomorrow. Leave happiness in the comments. [Read more…]

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