Did you know that Day of Silence silences conservatives and is medical malpractice?

Day of Silence is an annual day of protest against gay people being bullied into the closet.  Protesters remain silent all day in solidarity of closeted LGBT people, sometimes wearing tape over their mouths.  I participated every year in college and even helped organize some years. I thought I was making plain my opposition to [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: “Let It Go” from Frozen + Vivaldi’s Winter.

Have some music to start your day!  :) [Read more...]

Working on Reasonfest stuff today.

Hey all.  It’s going to be a day of working on Reasonfest for me.  I will catch you guys tomorrow. [Read more...]

Humanity, not just atheism, has lost a great man. Edwin Kagin lived well.

David Silverman has just reported that Edwin Kagin, the man who was the legal director at American Atheists, and my friend, has died. He was 73. While the “media” atheists get much of the attention, those close to the atheist movement know that most of the progress is achieved by the people working behind the [Read More...]

The Onion cited by homophobic vice mayor in Arizona to praise Fred Phelps.

The Onion’s slogan is “The most trusted name in news.”  The irony is that The Onion is a satire news site, some would say obviously so.  But to some people elected on the supposed ground of being at least equally as competent as his peers, The Onion may actually be the most trusted name in [Read More...]

Maryland lawmaker Jon S. Cardin isn’t messing around with stopping gay reparative therapy.

Jon S. Cardin is a badass.  Here’s the scoop: earlier in the month Cardin announced he was submitting a bill that would ban gay-conversion therapy in the state.  Christopher Doyle, founder of the International Healing Foundation (which ironically uses tactics that the American Psychological Association has said have the opposite effect of healing) went public [Read More...]

Discrimination against transgender people about to be illegal in Maryland.

It’s a happy Friday, it seems.  :)  Michaelyn had a short day of classes, so I’m looking forward to spending a day with her. In even happier news, the legislature in Maryland has passed a bill that would make discrimination against transgender people illegal.  The governor has said he will sign it: Legislation barring discrimination [Read More...]

Diocese sues another diocese for sending them a priest accused of diddling boys.

Well this is awkward: In a rare legal move, a Roman Catholic diocese in Minnesota is suing a diocese in Ireland, alleging it transferred a priest to Minnesota without warning that the man had been accused of sexual abuse. Good for the diocese in Minnesota.  This comes right on the heels of the Pope saying [Read More...]

“Come to me and I will give you rest…for a price.”

My friend Angel sent me this: Which leads one to ask…there’s an Atlanta, TX? Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and not to my competitors for you are potential profit.  It’s like they put the scripture on there to say “See this?  We don’t give a shit about this.” [Read more...]

Your morning happiness: mighty duel.

What a fearless warrior. They were both masters… [Read more...]

Response to Tom Gilson and Carson Weitnaur.

Hemant posted an excerpt from the authors of  True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism.  That’s quite the title.  Anyway, Tom Gilson and Carson Weitnaur had promised to respond to criticisms/critiques from readers of the Friendly Atheist. I’d like to respond to their responses. Another great question came from Dave Wildermuth, who asked, “how does one [Read More...]

Pat Robertson: the left-wing is where the fanatics are.

Pat Robertson wants you to know that he’s the one with “good sense of the world.”  The left wing though, that’s where the extremists and fanatics are: “The president has been willing to destroy the health supply of our entire nation to accommodate the left-wing, this is left-wing ideology and we’ve got to resist it. [Read More...]

World Vision reminds the future where our bigotry came from.

A charity group called World Vision initially did something cool this week – they kinda sorta said gay people who were married could work for them.  For a Christian group this type of baby step represents a journey to the metaphorical moon. However, World Vision soon realized that this baby step was too much for [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: dog shares his peanut butter jar.

This dog was given an empty peanut butter jar.  It proceeded to share it with its stuffed animal companion: When I saw this, what popped into my mind was Hemant’s post from this morning about World Vision.  When World Vision announced it would let gay people help them feed starving children, thousands of Christian donors [Read More...]