Priest who covered up child molestation gets to help decide the next Pope.

Today will be a day of twelve hours in the air or in airports…so content may be a little light. Remember Robert Roger Mahoney, the Los Angeles priest who covered up, you guessed it, child molestation?  You know, the one who appeared to be cast out in an effort to show the world how the [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: punishment.

Before you get all kinky because of the title, it’s not about what Republicans and priests do when nobody’s looking.  Dan Fincke and Libby Anne have one of their new deep questions out: How and when (if ever) should we take it upon ourselves to punish someone in our lives for a moral failure? How [Read More...]

Bishop Eddie Long feeds his congregants to a con man.

So…this happened. Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long is facing a suit from former parishioners who say he encouraged them to invest in a company that was operating an alleged Ponzi scheme. A dozen former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., filed suit in DeKalb County court in late January. The [Read More...]

New study: religion doesn’t deter criminal behavior.

We’re often told that religion makes people better.  It turns out, it actually reinforces any behavior, even immoral behavior. The U.S. study found that through “purposeful distortion or genuine ignorance,” hardcore criminals often co-opt religious doctrine to justify or further their crimes. The findings could have important implications, the researchers say, for how faith-based services [Read More...]

Frank Turek fears me. Also he sucks.

I had received an invitation to debate Frank Turek, author of the abysmal I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, in April at TAMU-CC.  However, just yesterday I got this email from the organizers. Unfortunately, Dr. Turek decided to back out of the debate. An email he sent said, “you can’t successfully debate [Read More...]

Help me unwind on Saturday?

No sooner did I get to Las Vegas than my laptop started blue screening on boot up, leaving me to blog from my tablet.  Lame! But, as fate would have it, I was staying with Liam Jones and Mallorie Nasrallah, both of whom are computer gurus.  Some diagnostic tests in their spare time and a [Read More...]

Kansas being dumb. Also blankets being soft.

Not to be outdone by Arkansas, Kansas Republicans are going to show Obama how to really make the economy a priority… The bill would prohibit strip clubs, adult stores and other sexually oriented businesses from locating within 1,000 feet of schools, libraries, public parks, licensed day-care centers and houses of worship. Yeah, churches have a [Read More...]

Salvation is within us.

Ever since the human mind was first able to hope, we have yearned for those we care about who are blind to be able to see.  Desperate to escape our helplessness, our hope became prayer to the same god who made our loved ones blind.  Yet god only ever ignored the pleas, dispensing blindness to [Read More...]

Redefining truth.

I’m reading an article in the Huffington Post about a group of Islamic scholars attempting to reconcile their faith with evolution.  The most common argument by those types was present here. My own suggestion to Muslims grappling with such an issue is to recognize that when it comes to what we believe, science and religion address two [Read More...]

What is the party of small government and fiscal responsibility up to in Arkansas?

In Arkansas a bill has been introduced that would siphon taxpayer dollars to religiously sectarian schools.  Father says it very well… I am thoroughly disgusted with our new Republican controlled Arkansas legislature. I have never seen so much contempt for the constitution and established jurisprudence in such a short time as these clowns display. Two [Read More...]

Good times in Vegas.

Vegas has been a great time.  I’m hanging out waiting to speak at UNLV on Tuesday, but Michaelyn is long gone.  I like Vegas a lot.  We saw Penn & Teller and they were every bit as good as billed. Mostly it was great because Michaelyn was here. I bought her a balloon hat.  We [Read More...]

Djesus Uncrossed.

Check out the new Tarantino movie. [Read more...]

Things believers say vs Things believers do

DrB- In the same notion as “Do True Believers™ wear seatbelts?”….what else are they up to? Consider, if you are a True Believer™ you trust fully in your God’s protection. After all, this comes up every school shooting: If only God was around to do what he promises: Psalm 23:1-4 The LORD is my shepherd; [Read More...]

A quick 180 for gay rights.

Last year a male student wanted to bring his boyfriend to the prom at his public high school.  He was denied, and this year he tried again. Stacy Dawson, a 17-year-old senior at Scott County Central High School in Sikeston, Mo., had been told last year that he couldn’t bring his boyfriend due to a [Read More...]


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