GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: KY Gov: gay marriage ban is non-discriminatory because everybody’s free to marry someone of the opposite sex.

Gov. Steve Beshear’s lawyer has filed a brief with the Supreme Court saying the state’s gay marriage ban is constitutional and should stand because it’s not discriminatory: it prevents everybody from marrying somebody of the same sex: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state’s ban on gay marriage should be upheld in part because it [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Feeding the cat.

A cursory glance at the news this morning reveals not a lot of happiness.  So let’s at least get started with this picture which was captioned “Toddler was asked to feed the cat”: [Read more…]

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POLITICS: First Church of Cannabis taking advantage of Indiana’s “religious freedom” law.

It turns out if you propose a bill allowing people to skirt the law if they do so for religious reasons then it’s not just Christians who get to skirt the law:  a classic case of “unintended consequences,” the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana may have opened the door for the establishment of the [Read More…]

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APPEARANCES: I’ll be at the American Atheist convention this weekend.

So I’ll be in Memphis Wednesday through Sunday.  I’m doing something for the conference pretty much every day whether it’s hosting a debate workshop with Matt Dillahunty, moderating a panel on secular authors, or giving my usual dinner speech on Friday.  It’ll be a hoot, as always. If you’re going to be there, look me [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: After blowback, Indiana governor wants legislation to “clarify” anti-gay bill.

So Indiana passed a law allowing businesses to discriminate against their LGBT customers so long as they do it for religious reasons, because apparently immoral things become just great as long as you them for religion.  The running message from defenders of this law (who are all religious and anti-gay, but I’m sure that’s a [Read More…]

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FAITH: Another atheist blogger stabbed to death in Bangladesh.

Following in the wake of the stabbing of Avijit Roy and his wife (his wife survived), another atheist blogger, Oyasiqur Rhaman has been similarly killed. Blogger Oyasiqur Rhaman has been hacked to death in the capital’s Dipika Mosque Lane in Tejgaon. Tejgaon Industrial Police OC Salauddin confirmed the Dhaka Tribune about the death. Deceased Oyasiqur, [Read More…]

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PERSONAL: The corrupting power of fame and my love for my commenters.

My father and I were talking about some of the other bloggers in the atheist movement this weekend, people we used to follow.  We weren’t certain if we changed or if they changed, but change certainly happened somewhere.  Somewhere along the line anybody who disagreed with them on some points, even if they shared the [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Singing the music that speaks to you.

Good morning everybody.  What a weekend.  Having a meal with somebody who’s about to die, where we all know it might be the last time you see them, is so strange.  There’s that big elephant in the room, and ordinarily I don’t mind elephants in the room.  I just point them out and discuss them, [Read More…]

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FAITH: Jesus is not the answer to this question.

Ok, let me leave you with something happy before I conclude this incredibly frustrating day and hit the road for home.  A friend of mine posted this and it made me smile: [Read more…]

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POLITICS: Boehner calls Obama an “anti-war President.”

House Speaker John Boehner recently attempted to throw a dig at President Obama by calling him an “anti-war President”: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday blasted President Obama as an “anti-war president,” saying the commander-in-chief is not doing enough to battle terrorist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “The world [Read More…]

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PERSONAL: AT&T sucks.

Behold: $110 of frustration. Michaelyn and I are moving to Kansas City.  We applied to rent an apartment which we got, but the person running it called me and told me I had a collections request for $135 from AT&T.  This surprised me since I’ve not had AT&T in many, many years (thankfully, this won’t [Read More…]

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PERSONAL: Cancer sucks.

I have one living grandparent and she’s on her way out.  A few months ago she got a death sentence in the name of cancer and, talking to my parents who are helping to care for her, it’s all the things you expect if you’ve watched someone die of cancer before (as I have, several [Read More…]

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POLITICS & GAY RIGHTS: Arkansas about to pass an anti-gay law just like Indiana’s.

Last month the state of Arkansas passed a bill that forbid its municipalities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances that included LGBT people.  I know, party of small government, right?  Gov. Asa Hutchinson allowed the bill to become law without his signature, because that’s totally different than signing it.  He must not be anti-gay, right? Fortunately, that [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Trust.

It took a try, but once trust was established… [Read more…]

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