Walker Bristol says atheist conferences kill critical thought. I firmly disagree.

Oh how I hate linking to Chris Stedman’s blog, but sometimes things just can’t be helped.  Walker Bristol has a post up over there expressing his cynicism about atheist conferences. Our movement, centered around critical thinking and challenging dogmatic authority, is grossly quick to defer to the interests and ideas of the powerful and subvert [Read More...]

Finally a real miracle: science textbooks in Texas are sound on evolution.

The battle in Texas is not over.  Right now the state board of education is packed with people who make a living telling credulous people that evolution is not true.  However, for the time being, things are a-ok according to science educators. “It appears that publishers have done a good job resisting political pressure to [Read More...]

Glenn Beck: Progressives are like killers.

Once again, this requires very little comment, as if I could dredge out any more stupidity from this clip beyond what is right there on the surface even if I had years to analyze it.  Even summoning up the totality of all my eloquence, after conjuring up every ounce of vivacity and probing every recess [Read More...]

Department of Defense to extend full benefits to married same sex couples no later than Sept. 3.

I feel like I’m not providing a whole lot of commentary in my blogs today…that’s simply because there isn’t much more to say.  Such is the case here.  This is a victory for human decency, for fairness…and it’s very telling that these same things are being considered a loss by the most fervent practitioners of [Read More...]

Should we lift the ban on churches endorsing political candidates?

I just read an article about a report from the office of Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from the state of Iowa.  Even though most Americans favor the prohibition against churches being able to endorse political candidates (a fact that surprised me), he wants the ban lifted. I’m a little torn on this.  Let me [Read More...]

American sprinter defies Russia’s anti gay laws.

This made my day: A top American distance runner dedicated the silver medal he won at the track and field World Championships in Moscow to his gay and lesbian friends, becoming the first athlete to openly defy Russia’s new anti-gay law that outlaws “homosexual propaganda.” Good for him. [Read more...]

Speaking of gaming posts: LoL support highlights from the last few days.

I’ve been playing a bit of support in my ranked games lately.  My curse has, sadly, been very much alive.  I’ve not been winning despite some fairly solid play for the most part.  Anyway, here are some Nami bubbles and some of dem pro flays with Thresh: Watch live video from jteberhard on TwitchTV Watch [Read More...]

More “miracles”: Virgin Mary appears on a cross. Children still starve. Thanks god!

There’s been an avalanche of stories lately of people believing completely mundane occurrences are miracles.  Have we learned our lesson?  Of course not!  Here’s a cross atop the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Providence, Rhode Island: This may appear as a corroded cross to you, but it’s actually a miracle [Read More...]

My philosophy on blogging (and why I won’t stop doing posts about gaming).

I recently got a comment on one of my gaming posts from Denis Robert: I like you JT, but these gamer posts are getting really tiresome. Can’t you start a specific gamer blog for these things? I mean, it’s real inside baseball stuff that is of no interest to most of your readers. I’m sure [Read More...]

USA Today opposes religious exemptions to healthcare laws.

The USA Today editorial board has come out against allowing religious exemptions to healthcare laws.  I’m always torn when someone says something better than me.  On the one hand I’m elated to get to experience their expertise…on the other, I want to kick myself for not thinking of it first.  This is one of those [Read More...]

Crisis pregnancy center in VA caught on tape lying to patients.

Crisis pregnancy centers are a lie from start.  They put up billboards with messages like “Pregnant?  You have options” with the assumption being that they can help with an abortion.  In reality they exist to talk women not only out of abortions but out of using any form of birth control – and they are [Read More...]

Wonder of wonders: “miracle” priest wasn’t an angel.

Recently a priest showed up at a car wreck, prayed, and then it was reported that he “vanished”.  It was hailed as a miracle and even reported as a miracle.  In a fit of deep sorrow spurred by the realization that people can be that desperate, I wrote of the “miracle” priest: There was a [Read More...]

Aggregate of studies confirms that with greater intelligence a person is less likely to believe in god.

Just gonna leave this here: Religious people are less intelligent than non-believers, according to a new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades. A team led by Miron Zuckerman of the University of Rochester found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies And this: The studies [Read More...]

Beat the Heat fundraiser was an enormous success! You guys rule!

Remember that Beat the Heat fundraiser where the Northeast Mississippi Secular Humanist Association was raising money to buy air conditioning units for needy families (because, let’s face it, Mississippi is muggy enough in the summer to make a swamp look dry).  They wanted to replicate the success of the previous year when they were able [Read More...]


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