MORNING HAPPINESS: Forever.

I’m in the mood to share songs I’ll never get to sing (professionally, the shower is still fair game) due to being the wrong race, gender, etc.  We’ll start with “Forever” from Shrek, the Musical. My private voice students are doing a concert on May 1.  One of my most promising students, an 8th grader, [Read More…]

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LIVE VIDEO PODCAST: Conversations With Christians “Faith/Doubt” 10PM EST

On this episode we meet with Christian Craig French to discuss the difference between doubt and faith as it relates to his beliefs.  We will dive into what he feels should constitute as a Convincing Argument.  He will bring his Christian perspective to these questions. Conversations With Christians is a series appearing on Atheist Analysis  [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Oklahoma GOP puts forth a bill that would punish judges/clerks for issuing SSM licenes.

Sally Kern and the rest of the Republicans in Oklahoma don’t seem to know how the balance of power works.  If the courts invalidate a law, you can’t just pass the same law again and call it good. Yesterday, the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation that would prohibit judges and clerks in the state from issuing [Read More…]

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POLITICS & HIGH SCHOOL: Oklahoma Republican wants 10 commandments in History courses.

Yesterday I wrote about the bill in Oklahoma seeking to defund AP history courses for not always supporting American exceptionalism.  In the bill Rep. Dan Fisher provides the standards he wants, as he tries to override the standards academics in American History want: …the bill also requires students to read the Ten Commandments, three speeches [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: Tennessee Republican wants to add “Almighty God, our Creator and Savior” to TN constitution.

Want to see the most recent example of the GOP ignoring the task of governing to jerk off their voter base?  Look no further than James VanHuss’ most recent bill: Republican State Representative James VanHuss wants to make one small change to the constitution of the state of Tennessee. “We recognize that our liberties do [Read More…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: BDSM or Neuroscience?

You choose:   I was apprised of what I’ll have to do once I’m in the fMRI scanner.  I’m not going to say it here just yet because I don’t want any preconceived notions about what they’re trying to ascertain. I’m not smart enough to become a neuroscientist and try to find cures for people [Read More…]

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Eat-Meat Day

It’s Ash Wednesday, where some sects of Christianity (such as Catholics) are supposed to “fast” by avoiding meat. So in other words, it’s Eat-Meat Day. To those vegetarians/vegans out there, you can eat fish, because it’s not meat, apparently: Q: Are chicken and fish considered meat? A: Chicken yes, fish no. The Catholic Church’s abstinence [Read More…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: Off to get see if they’ll experiment on me.

Hey guys.  It’s a rough day for me here.  I have an appointment in 40 minutes to see if I’d be an appropriate test subject for an fMRI study dealing with clinical depression. I’m kind of excited and hope they let me in.  If having access to my brain can help someone better understand how [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & LAW: Alabama Supreme Court Justice may eliminate all marriages if gays are allowed.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock (wasn’t he the bad guy in Rambo 2?) is displeased that gay people get equal rights in Alabama, and he’s so bent on keeping them from getting married he’s considering trying to wipe out marriage for everybody: Justice Murdock’s opinion is attached to a brief order from the state [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Puppies in love. :)

They are in love. (Michaelyn sent me this because it looks like a lot of pictures we’ve taken)   [Read more…]

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Raising My Kids Without Religion

I grew up attending church on and off through childhood, but I don’t consider my upbringing to be very religious. My parents never tried to talk me into Jesus and salvation, or heaven and hell. It simply wasn’t a part of our daily life. In fact, I remember my father telling me once that he [Read More…]

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Tomorrow’s gonna be a bit slow.

Some of you may have noticed that Patheos is being really slow on the backend and returning random 504 errors, so I’m going to queue all remaining posts for today for tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m really busy, so content will probably be a little light.  There is an fMRI study being done at KU and they’re [Read More…]

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POLITICS & HIGH SCHOOL: Oklahoma GOP trying to eliminate AP History courses.

Those darn experts on the subject of American History have produced a curriculum for AP History classes in Oklahoma that dares to paint America as having imperfections: Since the College Board released a new course framework for U.S. history in October 2012,conservative backlash against the course has grown significantly. The Republican National Committee condemned the course [Read More…]

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FAITH: “God loves me.”

I saw this picture and my jaw hit my shoes: Man, can you imagine if god hated her?  You’d think being all-knowing god could’ve shown his love in a more loving way. To quote one of my friends to whom I showed this: This whole preying on victims of shitty situations and having them sign [Read More…]

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