Choosing one’s own cap and gown

Generally, when it comes to graduation ceremonies, the males get the black robes, and the females are assigned the white robes. This creates friction with some transgender people. [Read more…]

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SPORTS: March Madness open thread.

Michaelyn is sick so we’re all curled up watching the NCAA tournament (I’m reading news and blogging during commercials/halftime).  If you guys are watching the games like us and want to shoot the breeze about it, here’s your space to do so. Right now we’re watching Northeastern vs. Notre Dame.  I’m torn on this one. [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: Denmark to keep its anti-blasphemy law.

Denmark was playing with the idea of repealing their anti-blasphemy law, since fines and jail time for offending people is kind of a bad idea.  Sadly, it looks like they’re going to keep it: During the current session of the UN Human Rights Council, Denmark has announced that, after conducting a review on the matter, [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Five years ago Limbaugh said he’d leave the country of Obamacare was implemented.

Five years ago Rush Limbaugh said that if Obamacare got implemented then he’d leave country.  He said he’d go to CostaRica specifically: Limbaugh told listeners almost a year ago that he wants President Obama to fail. But now, as the health care debate heads for a climax in Congress, he seems more than ever to [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: In the Garden of the Gods.

Good morning, all.  Of course, the moment we get to Colorado Michaelyn has become sick.  We think it’s just a cold, but still, grrrrrrr. Here we are yesterday in the Garden of the Gods being shmoopy:   Look for posts to be short today. [Read more…]

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FAITH: Main church in the San Francisco dioceses spraying homeless with water to keep them away.

“Look, if there are homeless people hanging around our church then the people coming to give us 10% of their income might have to walk past them.  We can’t have that.” I’m paraphrasing, but that’s pretty much the gist: A Catholic cathedral in San Francisco installed a watering system in an attempt to soak homeless [Read More…]

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SPORTS: Join the WWJTD NCAA bracket pool.

Did you make a bracket?  Want to run it up against other atheists?  Here’s where you can join the WWJTD group on ESPN. In my realistic bracket (not the one where I have Arkansas winning the national championship), I have Villanova going all the way.  I think Kentucky is pretty unstoppable, but they have one [Read More…]

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READER QUESTION: What is the best way to get involved in the atheist community?

I got a reader question from Danielle Martin who wanted to know the best ways to get involved in the atheist community: Do you have any advice for someone that wants to be more involved in secular community? I have talked to Danielle Muscato frequently about American Atheists and other secular organizations and I know [Read More…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Presbyterian Church (finally) allows gay marriage.

The Presbyterian Church has acknowledged in their constitution that gay marriage is acceptable: After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage. The final approval by a majority of the church’s 171 [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: What I do to Michaelyn on weekend mornings.

Good morning from Colorado!  Looks like a slow news day, so I’m going to get articles up and then we’re going to go to the zoo.   [Read more…]

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People Are More Important Than Beliefs

The following is a guest post from J. Michael Specer.  J. Michael Spencer is the lead organizer for Greater Boston Oasis. He has been blogging on the Boston Oasis website about his thoughts on starting an Oasis and why he’s passionate about the model.  I (Helen Stringer, with Kansas City Oasis) enjoyed his most recent [Read More…]

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I’m a Sinner

My local grocery store has a stand where also-local businesses can put their brochures. Most of the brochures are professionally printed, large and colorful. Then, one day, I looked over and saw this small, bland brochure barely peeping over the rim of the shelf. All I could see is “If you died right now do [Read More…]

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I love you, mom!

We stopped off at the Russell Stover factory in the middle of nowhere, Kansas. We scoured the on site store to find every package that said, “I love you, mom” and took pictures to send to my mother. (Click the image to make them bigger, mom) And here are some bonus pics:   Because we [Read More…]

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I’m blogging from my cell phone!

580 miles to Denver!  Michaelyn is taking the first leg of the trip. Ok, not the best picture. But still, I’m blogging from a cell phone (which has more processing power than my first desktop computer). Oh my FSM the future is awesome. What should we see between here and Colorado Springs? Biggest ball of [Read More…]

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