MORNING HAPPINESS: Angie loves her jar.

I saw this on reddit this morning.  The caption was, “Angie loves her jar.” It’s going to be a half day for me.  I have to drive to Columbia, MO to speak at SASHA Con this weekend.  If you guys are around I hope to see you there! [Read more…]

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APPEARANCES: Come see me speak in Columbia, Missouri this weekend (SASHA Con).

I’ll be speaking along with some other groovy people at SASHA Con in Columbia, MO this weekend.  David Tamayo and Greg Lammers, two of my favorite speakers, will be there. The whole conference will take place on the Mizzou campus in Mumford Hall room 133.  Here are directions and tips on parking.   It’s free [Read More…]

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FAITH: Saudi activist gets ten years in prison for acquiring banned books and organizing protests.

Remember that time Saudi Arabia said they had an awesome human rights record?  Yeah, about that… A founding member of one of the few independent human rights groups in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, a regional rights group has said. Mohammed al-Bajadi was sentenced last Thursday by the specialised criminal [Read More…]

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FAITH: Kent Hovind found guilty of contempt, hung jury on three other charges.

It looks like Kent Hovind’s going to be spending a little more time behind bars: At 11:09 a.m. the jury in the trial of Pensacola evangelist Kent Hovind returned their verdict convicting Hovind on one of four counts he was facing, and his co-defendant Paul John Hansen on two of five. Hovind was found guilty [Read More…]

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FAITH: How is this not a joke?

This is not a joke.  How is this not a joke? [Read more…]

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FAITH, GAY RIGHTS, & POLITICS: Oklahoma passes a bill that would give marriage to clergy.

Todd Russ, a GOP lawmaker in Oklahoma, previously introduced a bill that would get the state out of issuing marriage licenses and, instead, leave it to the clergy to issue marriage certificates.  That bill has passed the Oklahoma House: Sparked by controversy over same-sex marriages, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would [Read More…]

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BREAKING: Utah passes anti-discrimination bill with exemptions for religious organizations.

It’s not perfect, but it’s a step: After seven years of debate and a historic compromise, the Utah House of Representatives on Wednesday (March 11) voted final passage of a bill to enact the state’s first statewide nondiscrimination protections for the gay and transgender community, while providing safeguards for religious liberty. The 65-10 vote was the [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS Louisiana governor says Obama’s greatest threat to America is secularization.

Bobby Jindal wants Christians to know their religious liberty is at stake.  The President, so he says, is going to squelch religious libery…by injecting too much of the thing protecting those rights into our country.  This, he says, is the greatest threat to our nation: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke yesterday to conservative talk show host Steve [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: Rick Wiles: “Obama is possessed, the leader of ISIS, and Hitler reincarnated.”

Points for Rick Wiles.  All those other nutcases on the right only say Obama is like Hitler, but only Rick Wiles is saying that Obama literally is Hitler: Religious Right activist and End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles, who has previouslyscoredinterviewswithGOPcongressmen, dedicated the Monday edition of his “Trunews” program to arguing that President Obama created ISIS in order to [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: Mayor of Warren, MI handing out “In God We Trust” posters after losing to the FFRF.

Want to see what it looks like when you have a lame-duck mayor who’s a sore loser?  Remember Jim Fouts, the mayor of Warren, who allowed a prayer station in city hall but forbid a reason station?  He wound up settling a lawsuit that the town’s legal counsel likely told him he had literally no [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Obama just made it easier for students to repay college loans.

I’m not the President’s biggest fan (or staunchest opponent), but this is pretty great: President Obama signed a presidential memorandum Tuesday directing federal agencies to overhaul the way Americans repay their student loans. The move is the latest in a series of steps the administration has taken to promote college access and affordability, including expanding a [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: No f**ks given.

“Yeah, I did it.  What are you gonna do?  Clean it up and then feed me?  That’s what I thought.” [Read more…]

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POLITICS: Sweden cancels defense agreement with Saudi Arabia over human rights abuses, including Badawi.

Finally, a nation taking real action in response to the torture of Raif Badawi: Sweden has announced it will cancel a defence agreement with Saudi Arabia worth billions of crowns to its industry after criticism of Riyadh’s human rights record sparked a diplomatic row. Sweden’s Social Democrat-Greens coalition government, which came to power last October, [Read More…]

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FAITH, HIGH SCHOOL, & LAW: Texas superintendent won’t stop bible verses over loudspeaker.

Want to see what it looks like to fail at your job?  Superintendent Michael Gilbert is defiant: he won’t stop the principal of White Oak High School from reading bible verses over the school’s loudspeaker: The superintendent of a Texas school district recently criticized by “Friendly Atheist” Hemant Mehta and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) for allowing a principal [Read More…]

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