A few weeks ago I was contacted by a chap named Josh who apparently really loves his girlfriend, Carly. Carly is an atheist activist with an upcoming birthday, so Josh wanted to get a bunch of her atheist heroes to wish her happy birthday in a video. This is the result (I’m in at 6:38 [Read More…]
Man, there were some pretty loopy things said today. Let’s start with the Liberty Counsel. Even though same-sex marriage has been the law of the land in Florida since January 6th, and even though Judge Hinckle clarified his ruling as applying to the whole state, the Liberty Counsel has filed three briefs seeking to prohibit [Read More…]
I often envy people’s abilities to extract hidden meanings from things, almost on a Sherlock Holmes level. For instance, I said that when you disagree with some people in the atheist movement, even people whose goals you almost universally share, they’ll attempt to smear and destroy you instead of resolving the argument. One keen person [Read More…]
Two Turkish journalists reposted the controversial Charlie Hebdo cover with a picture of Mohammed and are now staring down lengthy jail sentences for insulting people’s religious value. A Turkish prosecutor is seeking prison terms for two journalists who republished the cover of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo featuring an image of the Prophet Mohammed, [Read More…]
SCIENCE & FAITH: Construction of revolutionary telescope halted for one week due to religious protests.
Exciting astronomical science is happening in Hawaii, namely the construction of a thirty-meter telescope, one of the most advanced ever conceived: Astronomers say the Thirty Meter Telescope will be the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on earth, capable of viewing galaxies at the edge of the observable universe, near the beginning of time. Awesome! [Read More…]
HIGH SCHOOL, FAITH, & POLITICS: California advances bill that would remove religious exemptions for vaccinations.
As of right now in California you cannot send unvaccinated children to school, thus endangering the rest of the kids. Well, unless you’re religious. Then endanger away. But that may be coming to an end: California lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a bill that would require schoolchildren in the state to be vaccinated amid impassioned pleas [Read More…]
With not even a dissenting vote the bill to make the bible the official state book of Tennessee passed both the House and Senate committees: Senate and House committees overwhelmingly approved measures Tuesday that would designate the Bible as the official book of Tennessee, despite reservations raised by religious leaders and some lawmakers. The Senate [Read More…]
FAITH: Right wing leader warns of stealth Jihad in the form of non-Christian holidays and foreign languages.
In Texas there’s an anti-Muslim group called ACT! for America, probably because if there’s any place in America where Muslims are treated too well, it’s Texas. Their leader, Dorrie O’Brien, recently gave America a warning about a Jihad seeping in right under our collective noses. We’re talking about stealth Jihad, and it’s so sneaky and [Read More…]
I’m back. For the record, the high school where I give private voice lessons is 75 minutes away, so lots of driving back and forth for me the last couple of days. But oh man, is it rewarding work. I love helping a student to give good energy on stage and becoming fascinated by it. [Read More…]
FAITH & HIGH SCHOOL: Public school nurse refused to treat a student when the student did not recite the pledge of allegiance.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen an article that makes me verbally exclaim “what the fuck?” Well, we can reset that counter. A nurse at a Pennsylvania public school has refused to attend to a student because the student didn’t stand and recite the pledge of allegiance: Yesterday, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist [Read More…]
How did I miss this? Ah well, I guess it comes as no surprise as Arkansas is being run by theocrats at the moment. It turns out that Arkansas has passed six anti-abortion laws in the last month and want to pass another: Arkansas sure loves its religious freedom, but how about a person’s freedom [Read More…]
Good morning! The directors of the Spring musical in which my private voice students are performing opens this weekend and the directors have asked me back again tonight to work with some of the students, so I’ll be dipping out early again today. Sorry all. On the upside, man, I get so much fulfillment out [Read More…]
One year ago, almost to the day, we launched Kansas City Oasis out of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition (KCAC). It was the culmination of six months of intense planning, coaching from Mike Aus of Houston Oasis, fund-raising, blood, sweat, tears, elbow grease, fast food, and late night meetings. It was worth it. All of [Read More…]
I see on Hemant’s blog that Atheist Ireland has formally disassociated itself from blogger PZ Myers. Atheist Ireland is publicly dissociating itself from the hurtful and dehumanising, hateful and violent, unjust and defamatory rhetoric of the atheist blogger PZ Myers. The final of many, many straws were his latest smear that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is ‘happily [Read More…]