FAITH & POLITICS: Bible one step closer to becoming the Tennessee state book.

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…]

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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…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Cows love dog.

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…]

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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…]

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POLITICS: Arkansas has passed six anti-abortion bills in the last month with another en route.

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…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Husky pile!

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…]

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KC Oasis: One Year Strong

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…]

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ATHEISM: Atheist Ireland denounces PZ Myers.

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…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Pastor James David Manning: we must be willing to kill to stop sodomites.

I’m always told that faith in Christ makes people better, yet there are so many examples of people whose faith has clearly made them worse.  How can that be? So often we hear the message, “What I’m doing can’t be bad – the bible says to do it!”  Meanwhile, to everybody else, it occurs to [Read More…]

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FAITH: Nebraska Catholic school intends to fire gay teacher. Students try to protect him.

The younger generation, how I love you. Omaha is the home to Skutt Catholic School, an institution set to fire an English teacher for making someone of the wrong gender tremendously happy in love.  The students, however, have put up an online petition to the school outlining the situation and asking for support for their [Read More…]

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FAITH: State park in Tennessee vandalized by people offended at the idea the earth is millions of years old.

The most telling bit of vandalism ever: View post on imgur.com What reaction did they expect?  “Oh shit, somebody scratched out “millions.”  Now I’m convinced the earth is young and that religion makes people more moral.  Thanks, young earth creationists!” [Read more…]

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FAITH: Catholics in the Philippines being crucified to get closer to Jesus.

In the Philippines where the vast majority of the population is Catholic, several are inflicting wounds on themselves to bring them closer to Christ, because that’s apparently what a god of love would want: Devotees in the fervently Catholic Philippines marked Good Friday by being nailed to crosses and whipping their backs bloody, in extreme [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Kansas passes bill making second trimester abortion procedure illegal.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, flanked by pictures of fetuses, signed a new law into place that would make one of the few viable second trimester abortion procedures illegal: Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, a strong abortion [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Louisiana governor wants to pass RFRA worse than Indiana’s.

Governor Bobby Jindal would like to pass an, ahem, religious freedom bill that is even worse than Indiana’s original: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is throwing his support behind a religious freedom bill that’s broader in many ways than the controversial one in Indiana that Gov. Mike Pence (R) wasforced to clarify after a national uproar. [Read More…]

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