Thinking morality is secular correlates with greater societal well-being with two outliers…

Yesterday I wrote a post about how the United States is the last highly developed country where most people think morality is tied to religion (take that same poll again in 5 years and see what it says!).  I said in the post that the rest of the world is becoming more reasonable than we. [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: puppy holding a baby.

Whenever a picture of a dog snuggling a baby finds its way onto the internet I can count on Michaelyn sending it to me.  This is why I joke that I’m trying to convince her that we have either a puppy or a baby (she’s convinced we can have both). But Michaelyn is off making [Read More...]

Man who pioneered the theory of inflation hears the news. Evidence is beautiful.

It is often asserted by people who think the bible gives greater answers than science that science cannot give us beauty or meaning.  This, of course, is preposterous on the level of people rising from the dead. You’ve likely heard that we’ve detected gravitational pulses from the first instant of the Big Bang which confirm [Read More...]

I’m going to learn about Nietzsche at the feet of Dr. Dan Fincke.

I’ve always said of Dan that he is one of atheism’s clearest thinkers.  I admire the man greatly, and so when he offered me the chance to do one of his online courses I leaped at the opportunity.  Ever since I first read one of Nietzsche’s concise, witty quips I have been interested in the [Read More...]

America: last highly developed country where people still believe you must be religious to be moral.

We’re #1!  We’re #1!  There is much rejoincing.  Yay. So the rest of the developed world is figuring out that religion doesn’t stop people from being shitbags (you’d think with the abundance of prosperity gospel evangelists in the US that we’d have figured this out first), and that atheism is not an impediment to morality: [Read More...]

New Republican ad reaches out to women, minorities, and young people.

It’s obvious even the most oblivious person that the GOP hasn’t been doing particularly well with women, young people (the ones who will make up an increasing percentage of the electorate as time goes on), and racial minorities.  This is likely due to the fact that the GOP have singled out women for exceptions to [Read More...]

Baptist Press wins the irony award.

In covering the new incarnation of Cosmos, the Baptist Press makes the following complaint: Even as the remix of Cosmos is sure to fascinate and educate, it is also likely committed to regurgitating some of the old faith/science myths, and perpetuate an atheistic worldview. Even in the first of the 13 broadcasts, Tyson is already [Read More...]

Going back to arguing god’s existence on the internet.

I actually got my debate start talking about god with Christians online.  It’s a good way to get a grasp of what your every day Christian is saying (as opposed to apologists who get paid to hand wave effectively).  I don’t do as much of it anymore since I’ve got the blog and live debates, [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: dawgs!

Here’s one for OnyxOny, a reader of the site who loves huskies.  This husky finds selfies to be about as lame as I do… And for everybody else, here’s a bebedawg: [Read more...]

James David Manning advocates stoning gay people to death.

I can’t help but notice that this nut hasn’t been arrested for attempted murder yet, which means he’s all about other people, not himself, stoning homosexuals to death: James David Manning, a pastor from New York City, is calling for Christians to stone gays. Manning’s ATLAH World Missionary Church has a new announcement: ‘Jesus would [Read More...]

Church explosion kills eight, bible is spared.

Why am I reading reports about a church destroyed by a gas explosion where they found a single bible intact? A single Bible was recovered from the ashes of an evangelical church that was destroyed by the explosion last week in New York City’s Harlem. Natural gas might have triggered Wednesday’s blast in East Harlem [Read More...]

On religious ground constitutional advisory board in Pakistan seeks to abolish of minimum age for girls to be married.

The Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan is a “recommendatory body that advises parliament in the law-making process, but cannot enact laws on its own.”  And boy, does it have a pretty fucked up recommendation to make: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Tuesday ruled that Pakistani laws prohibiting marriage of underage children are [Read More...]

Using divorce to challenge same-sex marriage ban in South Carolina.

This is interesting.  A couple in South Carolina that has been together long enough to be considered common law married under state statutes prior to the passing of the state’s constitutional ban on same sex marriage now wants to get divorced.  But they can’t get divorced unless the state considers them married: A suit filed [Read More...]

Uri Geller sees lots of attention being paid to a tragedy and wants a piece of the pie.

With all the finest technology humankind has ever produced deployed to find the missing Malaysian Airlines jet, do you know what might break the case wide open?  If you said “A washed up and debunked psychic yearning for the attention the world once paid him before he was washed up and debunked” then I have [Read More...]