It’s Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day sucks.  Restaurants are crowded, single people feel like shit, and if I set aside one day out of the year to treat my wife/partner extra special that means my game has fallen off the other 364 days of the year.  If you’re celebrating it, fill your boots, but it’s not my thing. So [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: Judge rules that gay conversion clinics are committing consumer fraud.

A superior court judge in New Jersey, Peter F. Bariso Jr., has ruled against JONAH and several other gay conversion groups (and individuals who claim to be able to “cure” gay people): “This ruling is monumental and devastating to the conversion therapy industry,” Dinelli said. “For the first time, a court has ruled that it is [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: Tennessee Republican trying to make the bible the state book.

A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee is trying to make the bible the state book: Freshman Rep. Jerry Sexton wants to add the Bible to the state symbols of Tennessee. According to the Bean Station Republican’s legislation, the Holy Bible would be “designated as the official state book.” It’s unclear how the proposal would meet a [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: Video of the first gay marriage in Mobile County.

Probate Judge Don Davis of Mobile County, Alabama listened to Roy Moore who told him a higher court’s ruling could be ignored.  That didn’t work out so well for Davis. So yesterday Mobile County finally obeyed the law and began giving marriage licenses to gay couples.  The first in line were Robert Povilat and Milton Persinger. [Read More…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Preacher delivers epic, discriminatory rant to Birmingham City Council.

Meet Cedric Hatcher, a Birmingham Preacher who went before city council to complain that marriage equality infringes upon his rights.  It is a rant so detached from reality, so overflowing with pouting and hate, and so over-the-top that even some of the councilman can’t help but crack up: Hoo boy.  God looked at all the citizens [Read More…]

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FAITH & LAW: Birth control mandate challenges overturned in the 3rd Circuit.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed three lower court victories for religious groups challenging parts of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate: A federal appeals court has reversed lower court victories by two western Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses and a private Christian college that challenged birth control coverage mandates as part of federal [Read More…]

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FAITH: Members of Christian parenting site trying to get dinosaurs out of public schools.

Because who knows science better: scientists or someone who took biology in high school? The writer thinks the scientific evidence for dinosaurs is scant and also claims they set a bad example for children. The writer illustrates the point with an anecdote: “At my children’s school, several children were left in tears after one of [Read More…]

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GODLESSNESS & PERSONAL: I have to brag.

I feel like a pretentious ass, but I have to share this.  J. Michael Spencer is starting up an Oasis in Boston (fuck yes!) and has written about how the project came to be.  I’m in there, along with my wife: Over time, I began to read less and less of PZ’s blog and more [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Killing time at the airport.

I follow airlive.net on twitter because I’m incredibly fascinated with airplane disasters and they give live updates about when planes declare pan-pan-pan, mayday, emergency, etc. This morning, however, I was a bit shocked to see a tweet that read “VIDEO Stuck at San Francisco airport, a group of girls killing time by dancing “Flawless” choreography [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: Live, on-the-ground report on the damage from gay marriage in Alabama.

I’ve never heard of Jeremy Todd Addaway of Redneck News (but I dig his initials), but thank goodness he had the courage to wade out into Alabama, into the maelstrom following gay marriage coming to the entire state, to give the rest of us a look at the damage gay marriage is doing. God help us. [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & LAW: CNN’s Chris Cuomo takes Roy Moore to task.

This is one of the most beautiful interviews I’ve ever seen: Ooooooooh, he mad.  So mad. Moore’s lone tactic seems to be to imply that there are unjust laws.  He keeps asking Cuomo if he would’ve followed the decision in Dred Scott.  It seems like a simple answer: yes, and I would’ve acknowledged it as [Read More…]

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BREAKING: Federal judge rules Alabama probate judges must issue same-sex marriage licenses.

The probate judge in Mobile County, Alabama, Don Davis, was sued for not giving a marriage license to a gay couple who wanted one on Monday.  The judge assigned to his hearing was Callie Granade, the federal judge who struck down Alabama’s gay marriage ban.  Awkward. Davis apparently didn’t show up, choosing to instead just [Read More…]

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A = !A

We’ve all heard it a number of times, by now. “Atheism is a religion.” When we attempt to explain why this is not the case, the conversation goes something like this: [Read more…]

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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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