First winner in the comment section of the Baxter Bulletin’s nativity article.

(If you need/want more info on the lawsuit filed against the local government in my hometown for discriminating against atheists, read this) Well that didn’t take long.  Brian Davis is upset with the Baxter Bulletin for posting a picture in its piece about the local nativity that only barely gets the Santa and the reindeer, as if [Read More…]

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Lawsuit filed against my hometown due to county judge’s discrimination.

My hometown has been pulling some shenanigans for the last year.  I’ll try to catch you up quickly. Last year in my home town the local freethinkers asked to put up their own holiday display next to the nativity (which is on the courthouse lawn, as it is every year) – a banner reading “Happy Winter [Read More…]

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Guest post: why religion is not a mental illness.

The following is a guest post by Matthew Facciani and doesn’t necessarily represent all of my views (though I agree with him on much).  I take a much more hard-lined approach on the dangers of religious belief than Matt, but on whether or not religion is a mental illness I’m 100% in his camp (especially [Read More…]

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Tylenol commercial features two moms.

I know it’s just clever advertising meant to capitalize on what has awesomely become the majority view, but I’m still happy to see it.  Good on ya, Tylenol. [Read more…]

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“If you don’t believe in god, why do you care if I pray?”

This was retweeted by one of the people in my right wing twitter column: Well, I’m an atheist, so I’ll tackle that question. I only care that you pray insofar as I believe you’re wrong about the existence of god.  That’s ok.  People can disagree about things and I can say you’re wrong without saying [Read More…]

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One Thing Bill Maher Gets Wrong

In a TIME article about the rise of atheist “churches” (“Non-Belief System,” August 4) Bill Maher expressed misgivings about the trend—misgivings that are also shared by many long- time atheists: “It undermines the whole point of atheism, because the reason why people need to get together in religion is precisely because it’s nonsensical.” At one [Read More…]

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Singing Les Miserables at Skepticon.

I was the closing talk at Skepticon this year.  After I was finished, one of the organizers told me their nerf-shooting gallery was $10 off of raising $500 and asked if I’d do something to make up the difference.  I announced that for at least $10 in donations I’d sing a song.  People complied.  This [Read More…]

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The reason for the season.

Today Michaelyn and I are traveling to her mother’s house to spend Christmas.  I have a few posts ready to go, but no heavy lifting.  But I wanted to leave you with this one.  I posted it last year and it’s still depressing relevant. My father came across somebody who said… This year and every [Read More…]

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Your Evening Happiness: Husky playing with with her pups!

First, I’ll admit if the Bengals pull out a win against Denver tonight, that would make me happy. Second, had to share this since it was too damn cute and funny. Momma husky teaches pups to play tag, or something… after having cocaine/ 6 red bulls! Purple [Read more…]

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More answers to trans questions.

A few days ago I allowed Stephanie Guttormson to field more questions on various aspects of being transgender.  Here are the results, via Stephanie. A few days ago, JT was gracious enough to indulge me again and have questions submitted to me by his wonderful readers.  I wanted to give people the opportunity to ask [Read More…]

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Michele Bachmann says she defeated progressives by outsmarting them.

I will miss Michele Bachmann.  She provided to much content for this blog.  But now, I find that her persona, that of a thoroughly inept loon, was all just a clever facade.  She claimed last week she defeated progressives by abusing gerrymandering outsmarting them: Bachmann said she uses “evidence-based arguments” against liberals who are only able to [Read More…]

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Want to see what it’s like to be persecuted by your neighbors? Put up an innocuous atheist display.

The FFRF recently talked in an article about the frequency with which their pro-separation of church/state billboards and other displays are vandalized: Atheist decorations also have become a target for destruction after their addition to some public forums in recent years as a counter-argument to menorahs and creches, a Wisconsin-based secularist group has said. “It’s [Read More…]

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Comment Roundup: Caring whether answers are actually true

As occasionally happens, a commenter pops in with discussion that I feel warrants breaking off into an official channel. In this case, Verbose Stoic addresses the contention that accepting religious answers, without validating them, means a person doesn’t care whether those answers are actually true. [Read more…]

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Your morning happiness: a white Christmas.

I hope we get one. [Read more…]

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