Governor of Rhode Island vetoes “choose life” license plates.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island seems like a decent chap.  The Democrat-majority state congress did something really silly and Chafee just saved the state a lot of lost money in a lawsuit on account of it. Democratic Gov. Lincoln Chafee, citing a tradition of separating church and state, on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would [Read More...]

New papers from Goodman and Mueller.

Kathleen Goodman and John Mueller are two academics that kind of fly under the radar in the atheist community.  In 2009 they published a study in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled Atheist Students on Campus: From Misconceptions to Inclusion.  That paper influenced my life greatly and I used it repeatedly when I was high [Read More...]

Get time off purgatory for following the pope on twitter.

Michaelyn sent this to me the other day and it turned into the first fight in our relationship.  I spent five minutes chastising her: never send me satire articles as if they were real news!  It harms my credibility!  What is this from, The Onion? Michaelyn responded that it was from the Guardian. Oh.  And [Read More...]

England and Wales decide equality for gays is worth offending conservatives.

It doesn’t take omnipotence to realize that love has more to do with character of one’s partner than what’s between their legs.  England is about to become the most recent nation to announce, however indirectly, that any god who decreed that gays should not be full, equal citizens was wrong – just as wrong as [Read More...]

My League of Legends curse continues.

It is common knowledge among those I with whom I play League of Legends that I am cursed.  I attract the absolute worst players at the game.  Like, not just bad players, but people who have to be playing with their feet.  It’s uncanny.  This has been verified by others around me, so it’s not [Read More...]

Streaming dat LoL.

It’s been a slow news day, so it’s time for video games.  To watch and comment head over to my stream at The Secular View. [Read more...]

Child abuse under the guise of love.

Here’s an educational video put out to help Christian parents deal with kids imagining things. How evil Satan is!  God is telling his followers to blow each other up in many Islamic societies, to suppress education the world over (including in the USA), to deprive normal citizens of equal rights, and let’s not even get [Read More...]

Catholic Church in Ireland won’t contribute to the victims of Magdalene laundries.

From 1765 all the way up to 1996 the Catholic Church in Ireland kept women suspected of being sexually active outside of wedlock prisoner, using them as slave labor (I blogged a documentary about it here).  These institutions were known as the Magdalene laundries or Magdalene asylums.  The Irish government has accepted its complicity with [Read More...]

Don’t want a computer virus? Visit porn sites, not church sites.

This has been getting thrown about the internet lately: Symantec has released a study confirming that religious sites are more likely to give you a virus than any other type of website (porn sites included): Symantec just released its usual yearly overview of Internet security, and it found something that anybody who’s had to clean [Read More...]

Smartest 12 year-old on earth.

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the translation, but if it’s even close to correct this kid is pretty spectacular. “That’s not discipline, it’s abuse and insanity.”  Of course, when religion’s involved, it’s depressing how brilliant one can appear merely by stating the obvious. [Read more...]

Moving makes no sense.

In two weeks I leave Ohio to live with Michaelyn in the state of the future: Kansas.  I’m told that Kansas is a magical place, a model of competent upkeep and progressive policies, and I can’t wait to live there instead of some backwater, rundown hole teeming with fundamentalist Christians trapped in the good ol’ [Read More...]

George Zimmerman: it was god’s plan.

In America, if you really want to get away with a crime, you’d better hold up that cross and pay it lip service til you choke. Fucking slimeball.  Add one more entry to the long list of people who’ve done something terrible and blamed god’s plan for what they did.  It’s funny how similar god’s [Read More...]

Foundation Beyond Belief making it raaaaaaaaain!

Oh snap!  Foundation Beyond Belief has eclipsed a milestone: they’ve given away $1,000,000 to various charities! Here’s what a million dollars can do: Support gender equality around the globe Create access to safe drinking water in developing countries Promote peace and protect the most vulnerable victims of war Bring humanist education to schoolchildren in Uganda [Read More...]

How will the zombie virus spread? Hint: probably not by bites.

I have another zombie article posted.  In this one I lament that virtually nobody is preparing for the virus in the form we’re likely to see. One of the biggest problems facing anybody in a zombie scenario is that there are so many unknowns.  This is exacerbated by the fact that so many people are [Read More...]