Pastor Becky Riggle: businesses have the right to refuse Jews for religious reasons.

Here’s a Houston preacher trying to convince the city council to enact a turn away the gays bill: Good on the councilwoman for calling her on her bullshit.  The look on her face at the end conveyed what she was thinking, which makes me wish she had vocalized what she was thinking. We don’t need [Read More...]

Idaho has some real winners running for Governor.

These guys make Butch Otter look like Ozzie Osbourne. [Read more...]

Malaysian Prime Minister: Islam being threatened by “human rightism, humanism, and secularism.”

Islamic countries making my job easy, if not wholly depressing, today. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Islam and its followers are now being tested by new threats under the guise of humanism, secularism, liberalism and human rights. He said this mindset appeared to be becoming a new form of religion which was [Read More...]

Iraq considers law that would allow men to marry girls as young as nine years-old.

Speaking of the influence of Islam on lawmaking… Most controversially, the law, proposed by former Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari and passed by the Cabinet, would consider girls adults and thus ready for marriage at 9 years old. “We know that the state of women in Iraq is getting worse, despite the intellectual openness that women [Read More...]

Pregnant Sudanese woman to be given 100 lashes and THEN be hanged…for not being a Muslim.

Tell me again how Muslims who support the death penalty for apostates are a scant few.  How come we keep seeing stuff like this on the societal level in largely Islamic countries? An eight-month pregnant Sudanese woman was sentenced to death on Thursday, after she was convicted of “apostasy” for marrying a Christian man, according [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: Michaelyn is graduating!

Today Michaelyn has her psychology department graduation, then this weekend it’s a bunch of ceremonies where I have to go be eye candy for her.  Michaelyn’s mom is coming in today so posts are going to be fast and furious, then I need to go get cleaned up so her mother doesn’t think her daughter’s [Read More...]

This cartoon of Richard Dawkins sets the record for “most stupid in an image.”

I saw this on reddit the other day and it almost made me weep that people can be so fucking stupid. How do you cram so many shit arguments into 508×657 pixels?  It would be impressive if not in the service of rank ignorance. Ok, away we go.  We’ll start with what the kid is [Read More...]

Secularists protest Alabama violations of the separation of church and state.

In response to the slew of blatant intermingling of church and state in Alabama recently, about a hundred demonstrators gathered at the steps of the Alabama Capitol to protest: Lisa York Cox says she is concerned about the direction of the Alabama state legislature and other state leadership. “They laws they are trying to pass [Read More...]

GOP revealed as the source of ABC’s leaked and deliberately edited Benghazi emails.

Back when Obama was running for re-election, ABC got leaked some damning quotes from inside the Obama administration about the attacks in Benghazi.  The quotes suggested that the White House was trying to protect its own interests rather than getting to the heart of the matter.  These quotes were later revealed to be altered to [Read More...]

Help send a deserving young woman to Camp Quest.

One of the organizers of Camp Quest Kansas City linked me to this post the other day and it seemed like a worthy cause to share: Carey is no longer welcomed at the church camp she attended for years after coming out to her youth group friends and leadership. After a brief stint with Judaism, [Read More...]

My brother has a different approach to internet debate than my father.

With marriage equality coming to my home state of Arkansas newspapers across the state are being inundated with articles and columns about the subject.  My hometown paper ran an article about where in the state same sex couples could still tie the knot since stays started getting issued.  Of course a true god warrior, Vicki [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: Community songs.

Here are a couple songs from the show Community that I play some days to keep me in a good mood.  :) [Read more...]

Gov. Otter’s request for a stay on the Idaho gay marriage ruling is rejected – for the best possible reason!

Gov. Otter had preemptively applied for a stay should Idaho’s gay marriage ban be ruled unconstitutional.  Otter said, with a tone of pride usually reserved for members of this “religion of humility” telling others how to comport themselves, that he would appeal this all the way to the Supreme Court!  Well, that request has just [Read More...]

Learn to debate: the power of tie-downs and how they could be used to make a corrupt mayor squirm.

One of my favorite tools in debates is the tie-down.  Here’s the deal: most of the objections you get in debates (especially about god’s existence, etc.) aren’t legit objections, they’re just rationalizations.  For instance, in my debate with Aaron Brummitt (which was over the question “Does God Exist?”) he railed against evolution non-stop.  Now, do [Read More...]