Forest for the Trees, JT. Forest for the trees.

I’ve been painstakingly preprocessing Larry’s 11-page post about evolution. Back a couple months, JT addressed a video by Joshua Feuerstein. Larry’s post was responding to JT’s response. This isn’t one of my official posts… but I wanted to hop in and comment. Joshua pulled out the previously-refuted-a-quadrillion-times argument: evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics. JT [Read More...]

Atheism and American Politics: Gaining Traction?

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Atheist community here. So the atheist channel is doing a summer of questions that many of our bloggers are going to answer (will update the bottom of the page with other Patheos writer’s [Read More...]

Arizona public charter school using books that say slavery was beneficial to African-Americans.

There is apparently a public school in Arizona giving its history students propaganda rather than textbooks: The nonprofit Americans United for Separation of Church and State is calling out one of the oldest public charter schools in Arizona for using two books from crank and Glenn Beck favorite Cleon Skousen that promote racism and a [Read More...]

Matt Barber: “the left moves to outlaw Christianity.”

Thanks again, special twitter list, for this: Holy shit!  We’re outlawing Christianity?  Like, if you believe in Jesus you’d be arrested, fined, and/or thrown in jail?  That’s horrible!  Horrible…and unlikely in a nation run by Christians in which the majority are Christian.  What, did a bunch of Christians just up and say “You know who [Read More...]

BREAKING: Secular celebrants allowed to perform weddings in Indiana.

A federal court has just struck down an Indiana law saying celebrants must be religious in order to be legally recognized. A federal court has ruled that humanist couples in Indiana can be married by their own “secular celebrants,” something that until now was illegal under state law. In a unanimous ruling, the Chicago-based 7th U.S. [Read More...]

Guest post by Helen Stringer on atheist community building.

Helen Stringer is an up-and-comer who you will hear more of in the next few years, mark my words.  She is the founder and leader of Kansas City Oasis, a group for which I have spoken and attended again this last weekend.  Because she is so quickly becoming a go-to voice for atheist community building, [Read More...]

Your afternoon happiness: wedding shoes.

Hey guys.  Sorry for the late start today…it was another inexplicably sleepless night.  :(  I blame god. Anyway, here’s a pic our wedding photographers just posted to facebook.  It made me smile: [Read more...]

The Laws of Apologetics

These are “laws” in the sense of consistently observed in reality with little to no instances of ever being false. [Read more...]

Why so many religions?

This may be better suited to a Twitter comment or something, but I wanted to briefly comment: ” If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?” [Read more...]

County Commissionar in Maryland defies judge, plays martyr at the thought of going to jail.

Back in April both Hemant and I wrote pieces about Carroll County (Maryland) Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier.  Frazier opened city meetings with sectarian prayers to Jesus.  Some members of the community felt it was inappropriate (including a local Catholic) and the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit on their behalf, which they won.  Frazier twice [Read More...]

Pastor who raped woman he was counseling gets three years probation.

What was it Hemant said the other day?  “The lesson is clear: If you’re committing a crime, just remember to do it in the name of Jesus.”  That certainly goes for a pastor who abused his position as a counselor by coercing a woman into sex. A Dodge City pastor will serve three years of [Read More...]

Turns out Republicans love Obamacare.

A part of the Commonwealth Fund study I missed yesterday was that Republicans generally like Obamacare: Overall, 73 percent of people who bought health plans and 87 percent of those who signed up for Medicaid said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their new health insurance. Seventy-four percent of newly insured Republicans liked their plans. [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: Bride and Groom run off.

Josiah and Tyler (the photographers at our wedding) posted this image of the bride/groom run off to facebook yesterday.  Doctor Who fans will get it when I say “RUN!” Also, part of the dialogue in our ceremony went: Dr. Dave (officiant):  Do you, Mr…um… Me:  Smith.  John Smith. Dr. Dave:  Do you, Mr. Smith, take… [Read More...]

Case Study – Larry – A call for submissions

Larry is a goldmine. My intention is to go through his assertions about science and evolution, and run them through the ringer wringer, through an ongoing series. [Read more...]