Your morning happiness: his first snow!

It’s this puppy’s first snow! [Read more...]

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My heroes of 2014.

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Heroes of 2014. Read other perspectives here. At Skepticon 6 I gave a talk over who I thought some of the unsung heroes in the atheist movement were.  So when Kathleen Mulhern asked me to write about who my heroes were in 2014 I was more than happy to [Read More...]

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Skepticon talks: Scott Clifton.

Scott Clifton gave a spectacular talk at Skepticon about “God, Science, and the Problem of Nature.”  I was traveling to San Jose for a debate and was putting together a rebuttal to the version of Kalaam I thought I’d encounter and so I messaged Matt Dillahunty to get his take.  He directed me to a [Read More...]

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We’ve come full circle: Russia using religious icons on the space station to be more godly than us.

Hemant Terry Firma over at the Friendly Atheist just posted a blog about a redditor named Vashnenko who noticed that pictures of the International Space Station reveal that the Russians have replaced pictures of famous Russian astronauts with religious iconography: In previous photos, you could see, on the wall behind the space travelers, black-and-white portraits of [Read More...]

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7th Circuit rules that Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese isn’t immune from lawsuits because they’re religious.

Lots of depressing news today, how about some good news? A couple weeks ago I wrote a blog about how the St. Vincent de Paul School and the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese fired an English teacher after finding out she was on birth control.  The teacher, Emily Herx, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit – it turns [Read More...]

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Even demons tremble at his name.

It turns out the presence of Lucien Greaves at the American Atheist conference didn’t resonate well with someone who found the link on my facebook wall. The three exclamation marks tell me she takes this demon business pretty seriously.  It’s a pity: she probably needs the American Atheist conference more than anybody who will be [Read More...]

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UK bans certain sex acts in porn, many aimed at female pleasure

Unlike here in the United States, the United Kingdom does not have a constitution that outlines their right to freedom of speech or expression, which has allowed American pornographers to make pretty much anything they want. In the UK, the government just quietly amended the 2003 Communications Act, which governs the nations porn production. The Audiovisual [Read More...]

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City of Kennesaw won’t allow mosque.

The City Council of Kennesaw recently approved a request from a Christian church to rent city space for their church services.  However, when a Muslim group made the exact same request, the result was conspicuously different: It was just this past July when the City Council approved a request from a Christian church to rent [Read More...]

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Canadian family keeps the corpse of a loved one six months believing in resurrection.

A Canadian family kept the corpse of a family member in the house for six months believing god would return it to life. Peter Wald’s family truly believed he would rise from the dead. They believed it because they had prayed for it, every single day, while his corpse lay rotting for six months in [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: a sad burrito.

Your morning happiness is ironically a sad-looking puppy…but he’s just too cute. Posts will come loose and fast since I have a therapy appointment at 1pm.   [Read more...]

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Austin City Council candidate Gregario Casar’s response to claims of being an atheist

The race for Austin City Council District 4 garnered some negative attention recently for Laura Pressley, who is seeking to best Gregorio Casar in the run-off race where early voting just started. Pressley released a flyer claiming that Casar was a “self admitted atheist.” When I originally wrote on the subject, neither candidate responded in time [Read More...]

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Link dump: Rick Santorum says separation of church and state is a Communist idea.

This is the time every day where I link dump a lot of the stories that, for one reason or another, didn’t get their own blog post.  But before that I want to ask a question.  You guys know I’ll do just about anything for a good cause and that I’m frequently posting about opportunities [Read More...]

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Four dead as Islamic militants in Pakistan open fire on aid workers giving polio vaccines.

Speaking of Pakistan, it’s not where you want to be if you’re trying to eradicate diseases.  Just Monday this happened: Gunmen shot at a polio worker outside Peshawar on Monday when he was visiting houses to administer the vaccine. Jamaat ul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack. The [Read More...]

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Pakistani anti-terrorism court sentences actress and husband to 26 years for blasphemy.

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court (the thought of putting quotes around “anti-terrorism” occurred to me) has sentenced an actress and her husband to 26 years in prison for blasphemy.  It seems the actress, Veena Malik, danced during a scene in which Muhammad’s daughter got married, and it seemed the only appropriate response was to put her [Read More...]

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