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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GAY RIGHTS: National marriage map, courtesy of @AmericanHumanist.

The American Humanist Association just tweeted this lovely, lovely image: God damn, I’m a happy man.  That just leaves 13 states where marriage equality is still denied, and it’s a lot of the same states that were the last to relinquish slavery and segregation.  Imagine that. And some of those white states have already had their [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Arkansas senate passes measure that would prohibit anti-discrimination protections for LGBT.

Jesus fucking Christ, my home state of Arkansas is on a derpy roll lately.  I guess they weren’t content watching Alabama claim the title as most bigoted state and wanted to step up their game.  The Arkansas state senate just passed a measure that would prevent cities and towns from adopting measures that prohibit discrimination [Read More…]

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FAITH: Franklin Graham says country has been taken over by secularists.

Evangelist Franklin Graham is sad because Christians are being persecuted!  Christianity is under attack by people who are, brace yourself, elected. The president of the Billy Graham Evangelist Association admonished believers in America for standing by while godless, democratically appointed government officials rip the Christian foundation of the country out from under them. “Our country has changed, [Read More…]

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FAITH: Saudi Arabian historian tells female host why women shouldn’t be permitted to drive.

Behold Saleh Al-Saadoon, a Middle Eastern historian, who supports a ban on women driving in Arab countries. I love the thesis of his argument.  It’s not that he thinks women are beneath men, it’s that he wants to protect them!  If women are allowed to drive they might, *gasp* be out in public by themselves.  Anything could [Read More…]

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LAW & POLITICS: Canadian Supreme Court strikes down the ban on assisted suicide.

A ruling in Canada has invalidated the country’s 22 year-old ban on physician-assisted suicide: The Supreme Court of Canada overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide on Friday, unanimously reversing a decision it made in 1993 and putting Canada in the company of a handful of Western countries to make it legal. The top court said [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: Prince Charles may intervene on Raif Badawi’s behalf.

I don’t like Prince Charles (anti-vax, supporter of alt-med, ugh), but I must give credit where it’s due.  It turns out even people we don’t generally like can be correct at times, and it’s just as important to make note of that as the multitude of times when they’re wrong.  This is one of those [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: How Alabama stands this morning.

According to the Washington Post, here’s where we stand this morning: While the map may look demoralizing at first look, remember that those nine counties contain just under half of Alabama’s population: About 40 percent of the state’s residents live in counties that went forward with the same-sex unions, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Couples [Read More…]

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