IRS settles with the FFRF, agrees to start cracking down on churches that play politics.

This is a huge win for the FFRF! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against  ‘electioneering.’ As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, [Read More...]

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Hey Southwest Airlines! This employee deserves a gajillion raises.

On my way home from giving a talk in Ohio on Sunday night I was sitting in the Columbus airport waiting on my flight when the flight at the next terminal over was canceled.  For those of us who fly a lot, we know these things happen.  Machines break, and airplanes are machines.  The responsible [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: armadillo loves its doll.

This pet armadillo really loves its doll: [Read more...]

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Larry Doesn’t Get Science Pt 2 – Understanding Evolution Pt 1

This is part of a series: [Index]. Part 2 – Larry doesn’t understand evolution. [Read more...]

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Guest post by Kelsey Joe Starr: the SCA’s #KnitABrick campaign.

The following is a guest post by Kelsey Jo Starr who is currently rocking out at Camp Quest Michigan.  Kelsey is a rising senior at Virginia Tech University where she studies political science and psychology.  Kelsey Jo has served as the vice president of the Freethinkers at Virginia Tech and is a communications intern at [Read More...]

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10 year-old girl raped by Islamic Mullah, family considering killing the girl to atone.

Not even a million morning happiness posts could prepare someone for this. It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defence that it had been consensual sex. But the victim was only 10 years old. [Read More...]

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Kids raised in religious homes less capable of distinguishing fact from fiction.

Get your surprised faces ready: Results from a study published in the latest issue of Cognitive Science suggest that 5- and 6-year-old kids from religious backgrounds judge fact from fiction differently than those with non-religious upbringings. Unsurprisingly, when children were presented stories that depicted “ordinarily impossible events brought about by divine intervention,” kids who either [Read More...]

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Iowa Governor, in official capacity, signs proclamation that all should pray biblically.

This is disgusting.  It is the abuse of a position of power that is supposed to represent all citizens equally eschewing every Iowan who is not a Christian: In a public ceremony earlier this year, Branstad signed the proclamation ahead of a July 14 revival at the Iowa Capitol: NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E Branstad, [Read More...]

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Your morning wtf?

No morning happiness today.  Yesterday was a long day so posts today are going to be short and sweet and then I’m going to stream games for a bit, since I’ve been going pretty hard for well over a week now.  So I’m all good and cynical and, with the help of the American Family [Read More...]

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Happy birthday to one of the greatest activists you might not have heard of.

Today is the birthday of Lauren Lane, co-creator and current organizer of the Skepticon conference.  I’ve often said that some of the best, most efficient activists for our side are ones you seldom hear of: like Lyz Liddell, the force of nature that is the heart of the SSA or Amanda Knief with American Atheists.  [Read More...]

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Infinite Punishment for Finite Crime Pt 3 – Followup Thoughts

I’m still thinking about this topic, apparently. I have some (relatively) brief thoughts about it. [Read more...]

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Over 100 GOP ex-lawmakers endorse Democrat opponent to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

It’s a hard knock life for Sam Brownback, the Tea Party governor of Kansas.  He’s gotten to do everything the Tea Party has ever wanted: tax cuts on top of tax cuts (especially for the rich), spending cuts (especially with education), and pretty much everything else in the Tea Party playbook.  How’s it working out?  [Read More...]

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Head of NOM doesn’t like Obama’s executive order either.

Brian Brown, the head of the National Organization for Marriage (a hate group), doesn’t care for Obama’s executive order either, and he’s got all kinds of doom-sayin’ ready to go, almost all of which has no bearing on the actual executive order.  But it sure sounds scary.  Booooooooo!  (H/T to Joe My God): “The fact [Read More...]

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Bryan Fischer is not happy about Obama’s equality order.

Bryan Fischer took to twitter to express his outrage about Obama’s anti-discrimination order which prohibits companies that work for the federal government from discriminating against gay people.  Apparently if you don’t let Christians discriminate against gay people, you’re oppressing the Christians. Sexual deviancy?  Deviant in regards to what?  How Bryan Fischer thinks people should have [Read More...]

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