Judge Roy Moore criticizes Huntsville for allowing secular invocations.

Roy Moore is upset that Huntsville, Alabama is abiding by the law and allowing non-Christians to deliver invocations before city council meetings. Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore called Huntsville’s decision to allow secular invocations at city council meetings “foolish.” “We’re having prayers [by] atheists? We’re having Wiccans say prayers? How foolish can we be?” [Read More…]

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New Zealand man faces charges for posting picture of Buddha wearing headphones.

In New Zealand Burma it’s actually a crime to offend religious sensibilities: Under Burma’s Religion Act anyone who attempts to insult, destroy or damage any religion can be sentenced to a maximum of two years in jail, with another two years for insulting religion through the written word. Now meet Phillip Blackwood, a bar manager in [Read More…]

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Creators of Nickelodeon’s “Legend of Korra” reveal main characters were bisexual in final episode.

The creators of the Nickelodeon show “The Legend of Korra” made it clear in the show’s final episode that Korra and another female character (Asami) were in love.  They later confirmed this on tumblr: “Our intention with the last scene was to make it as clear as possible that yes, Korra and Asami have romantic [Read More…]

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Update on the nativity lawsuit in my hometown (and a big thank you for all you’ve done).

I want to thank all of you.  Due in large part to the attention being paid to the situation in Baxter County, AR (in which you can find my hometown of Mountain Home), various national media outlets are picking up the story.  All of them are saying pretty much the same thing: The issue is [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: baby gorilla and baby chimp.

They are best friends!   [Read more…]

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Travel day.

Good morning everybody!  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you celebrated it however you saw fit free of being antagonized by people who insist you celebrate it their way. The wife and I are making the sojourn to Arkansas today, where we will be staying for a few weeks.  I’ll be back to [Read More…]

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How I’ve hijacked Christmas.

If you listen to Kirk Cameron, or the millions of Americans who think like him, Christmas has been hijacked by people who want to take Jesus out of it. While I don’t care why other people celebrate, in my own life he’s certainly right.  Jesus is no part of my holiday celebration or my family’s. [Read More…]

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Help bring some parity to the comment section of an article about the Mountain Home nativity.

There is a mountain of Christian privilege, dishonesty, and vitriol going on the facebook page for the Baxter Bulletin article on the nativity (here’s what’s going on if you’re just hearing about this). Some choice examples include: Boo Williams As well there should have been threats…yall don’t like our religious traditions, then move somewhere else…you [Read More…]

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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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