FAITH: Pope says not having children is selfish.

Pope Happy Rainbows is on a roll lately.  Now he’s saying it’s selfish to not have kids: Pope Francis has chided couples who choose not to have children , saying the decision was a “selfish” act. The statement, which he made in his general audience in St Peter’s Square, will be seen as especially controversial [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Texas trying to pass law that would assign lawyers to fetuses.

If you’re unfamiliar with Alabama’s law that uses taxpayer money to assign a lawyer to fetuses that may get aborted, watch this Daily Show clip: And then be sad that Texas is trying to do the same thing: In the aftermath of a high-profile legal battle over a brain-dead woman who was kept on life support against [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: Roy Moore gets a shiny endorsement from the KKK.

Man, Roy Moore is having a hard time getting an endorsement from anybody these days, but one group is loving him: the Ku Klux Klan: A Mississippi chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is supporting Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s stand for state’s rights and called for members to protest against the legalization [Read More…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: Second session with Harold.

Today’s session was good.  I was in a really good place psychologically.  While I irrationally worry on days like today that my therapist will say, “Oh, JT’s in a good mood, he must be faking/cured,” I’m happy because I’m most lucid when I’m in a good place and always get the most out of sessions [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Look at my butt.

This cat is using the skylight to full troll effect.  “Look at my butt!  Look at it!” My therapist appointment is this morning, so the blogging will start about noon central time.  Wish me luck.   [Read more…]

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Matt Dillahunty on the Chapel Hill murders.

As usual I can find no better wording than what Matt Dillahunty put on facebook: It’s certainly possible for an atheist to kill people because of their religion. It’s certainly possible that even in an ongoing parking dispute with neighbors, an individual’s hatred of the neighbors religion could contribute and amplify the response to the [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: Arkansas town cleverly sets the stage to fight anti-LGBT state law.

Ok, here’s another happy post.  Yesterday I wrote about how the Arkansas Senate passed a bill that would prohibit Arkansas town from passing nondiscrimination ordinances that protected LGBT people.  Boo, Arkansas. But in Arkansas there is one town which everybody knows is a holdout for the state’s LGBT population: Eureka Springs.  Last night, before the [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: An affordable officiant.

Today requires a second morning happiness.  Here’s a bona fide officiant in Alabama making herself available for LGBT couples who just got their marriage license:   Some days you look at the world and it looks pretty black.  It’s important to look for stuff like this. [Read more…]

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FAITH: On the Chapel Hill murders and criticizing ideas vs. creating out groups.

It’s coming to light that the man who shot and killed three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was an atheist.  It’s not clear why he shot them.  CNN says it was a parking dispute, and even FOX News says the same: The murder of three North Carolina college students [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Gilbert Godfried reads “50 Shades of Grey.”

I teach voice today, so posts will be short.  However, there’s a couple that will require nuance and sorrow.  Hopefully this can provide some laughter: [Read more…]

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GAY RIGHTS & LAW: Poetic justice.

In Alabama on Monday Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis was one of the judges who elected to defy the federal ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban.  As expected he was sued by some of the couples who wanted to get married that morning.  A hearing is set for Thursday morning and will [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Gov. Sam Brownback just removed LGBT as a class protected from discrimination.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has just issued an executive order (which is tyranny when Obama does it) that removes LGBT people as a protected class: Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order Tuesday removing gender identity and sexual orientation from the protected classes of state employees. His order rescinds a prior order from former Gov. [Read More…]

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FAITH & PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Georgia teacher tells child not to listen to atheist parents.

Holy shit.  I just read the Freedom From Religion Foundation‘s most recent press release.  I thought I’d come across some shitty administrations in my time (remember, I used to joust with them for a living), but I’ve never, ever heard of anything like what’s going on in the Emanuel County School System, Swainsboro, GA. The parents [Read More…]

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READER QUESTION: How do deal with co-worker who insists on talking religion?

I recently got this question from a reader, we’ll call her Joanna Dark.  Joanna asks: Is there anything that I can do about a new co-worker who feels the need to mention/credit god in any personal conversation at work? (Short of not making even small talk with her, which feels rude to me). I’d prefer [Read More…]

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