Church of England reiterates it will not embrace gay marriage.

In March marriage equality will become the law of the land in England.  Many wondered how the Church of England would react.  The Church even acknowledged the need to react: The Church of England had announced that it would address the issue of sexuality, saying it was aware it needed to reflect rapid changes in [Read More...]

Mother: “Jesus told me to put my baby on the railroad tracks.”

The god of Abraham strikes again. A Colorado woman told police that Jesus Christ pulled her two-week-old baby from her arms and laid the child on train tracks, KKTV-TV reported on Tuesday. 31-year-old Jennifer Sloan was accused of attempted first-degree murder following the incident in Pueblo on Feb. 14. KKTV reported at the time that witnesses saw [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: baby polar bear.

What is that, and can I play with it? Quick, somebody photoshop a bottle of Coke into his paw. [Read more...]

Playing caretaker today.

Hey gang.  Michaelyn’s home sick today, which means I’ll be curled up beside her probably watching Community.  It also means that I’ll likely need to take a sick day next week since kisses are the antidote and I must administer them. Probably catch you all tomorrow.  Send get well messages for Michaelyn! [Read more...]

Catch me on Secular.FM tonight!

Hey everybody!  Just a reminder that I’ll be on Secular.FM’s 24-hour podcast fundraiser tonight at 7:15pm EST.  Tune in and listen for when I say “Pokemon”.  That will be my secret “hello” to all my listeners. Secular.FM seeks to create a secular broadcasting network.  On Feb. 22-23 they’ll be doing a 24 hour podcast-a-thon to [Read More...]

Man born with a “tail” worshiped as a god.

A guy born with a bunch of hair growing out of his back is being worshiped as a god by mobs of people: … the 35-year-old tea picker said he wouldn’t change a thing and enjoys having God-like status even if his wife can’t stand it. Oraon is worshipped by hundreds of followers in his [Read More...]

Lack of faculty adviser should not impede formation of secular club in NC high school.

Hemant has a good write up about what inevitably happens when public school administrators finally consult the school’s attorneys about blocking an atheist club: the attorneys usually tell them there’s no way they’ll win and suddenly the administrators change their tune. Hemant’s piece closes by saying: “For what it’s worth, no faculty member has stepped [Read More...]

Anti-gay bill in Kansas dies in the senate, Kansas taxpayers save a lot of money.

I’ve written a couple of times about this odious bill and am happy to report that, in a surprise move, Republicans in the Kansas Senate broke off from House Republicans and helped kill the measure: A bill that would have allowed individuals to refuse to provide business services to same-sex couples in Kansas because of [Read More...]

Christian terrorist complains of torture in prison because A) He is beaten on a daily basis. B) He “only” gets a PS2 and doesn’t get his favorite games.

In 2011 Anders Breivik bombed a building in Oslo and then went on a murderous rampage killing 77 people in total, most of them teenagers at Workers’ Youth League camp, before being captured.  He did this to draw attention to his manifesto which closes with “I believe Europe should strive for: A cultural conservative approach [Read More...]

Snake-handling preacher, who believed god protects against snake bites, dies of snake bite.

It is not generally good form to report on a person’s death with amusement, and so I do not do so here.  I do, however, report on it with a tremendous sigh at the needlessness of it, with the hope that it can be a lesson for those who still live. Some people in this [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: cuddling instinct.

These puppies have some real symmetry going with their snuggling.  Now we’re all ready to be depressed by the news, right? [Read more...]

Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is history.

What an appropriate story for Valentine’s Day!  Last night Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down by Judge Wright Allen: “Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal. Surely this means all of us,” wrote Wright Allen, an Eastern District of Virginia judge in Norfolk. “While ever vigilant for the wisdom that can come from the voices of [Read More...]

Muslims in Syria destroying ancient relics that contradict their faith.

Just in case you thought for a second that religion welcomed facts and integrated them willingly so as to reach the most reasonable conclusion rather than protecting a particular conclusion against all change, I give you this: Islamic fundamentalists in Syria have started to destroy archaeological treasures such as Byzantine mosaics and Greek and Roman statues because their [Read More...]

Happy Valentine’s Day.

I’m hit/miss about this day.  Lots of people, particularly in religious areas, have it drilled into them from birth that happiness in life (and even success in the eyes of their families) means getting married.  Even for those who have escaped that burden, many of us yearn to be loved, perhaps for an inability to [Read More...]