Iowa GOP pushing to have “In God We Trust” put in every public school.

Yes, yes, bills about teacher pay or how to improve education in Iowa can wait until we take care of the important stuff. Eleven Republicans in the Iowa House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would force all public schools to display the motto “In God We Trust.” The bill requires schools to display the [Read More...]

Glenn Beck is done with America and going to *gasp* burn the American flag.

Glenn Beck is so upset at how the liberals have taken over and has suggested he may perform the radical act of burning the American flag. Here’s where I found this story: Whoa!  He’s so frustrated he’s going to burn a piece of fabric?  That’ll really show the people in charge. I’ve never personally been [Read More...]

Arizona passes anti-gay bill.

In an apparent fit of envy with Kansas the state of Arizona has passed a new bill with some pretty (intentionally) confusing wording.  But rest assured there is no doubt why the bill was passed and what it will do: This afternoon, on a party-line 17-13 vote, Republicans in the Arizona Senate bucked the national trend and [Read More...]

Morning happiness #2: the balloon song.

Looks like it’s closing in on my turn to be sick as Michaelyn recovers.  All good!  I have Community to curl up with.  Speaking of which, here’s the balloon song from an episode we watched last night.  I have it on repeat and thought I’d share.  :) [Read more...]

Your morning happiness: baby ducks on a water slide.

Just try to be depressed by all the terrible shit in the world after seeing…THIS! [Read more...]

Want to help design the Reasonfest logo?

Hey gang!  Reasonfest is right around the corner and will feature the likes of Matt Dillahunty, Katherine Stewart, Dan Barker, and more.  But we need a logo to put on shirts/advertising.  Designers at KU and elsewhere will charge and arm and a leg for this, which is totally cool – gotta make a living with [Read More...]

Schaibles go to prison for killing two of their children through neglect (they call it “prayer”).

In April of last year I wrote about Herbert and Catherine Schaible who, at that time, had just had a second child die of neglect.  They called it faith-healing, but while there was plenty of faith, there was absolutely no healing and the result was the death of their son at the hands of bacterial pneumonia.  A [Read More...]

Brother Donny Reagan isn’t racist, he just doesn’t think we should allow whites to marry blacks.

His argument seems to be “The bible says so!”  What I can’t seem to figure out is how nobody hears this proud piece of racism and says “Ok, the bible says so…so what?  That shit is evil.” This makes me sick. We must think about our morality.  Sure, anybody can assert that something is moral, [Read More...]

Bishop kept altar boy list from police.

You guys know Roger Mahoney, right (if you don’t, click here, here, and here)?  Well, something else has come up about ol’ Roger.  It turns out when police investigating one of the priests in his charge back in the day they asked for a list of altar boys at the priest’s last parish.  Mahoney denied it to them. When [Read More...]

A response to Jeff.

Someone I went to school with (named Jeff, hence the title of the post) left me this message on facebook this morning: So, I’ve been meaning to ask you this for a while, JT. I went to Missouri State, and watched you debate there and I have seen your posts on Facebook over the years [Read More...]

Megachurch pastor thinks he’s found the anti-Christ: it’s an uppity gay football player.

Dwight McKissic is a megachurch pastor who is pretty nostalgic about minority heroes who speak up loud and proud: Fifty years ago, James Brown released a song that became a great source of inspiration, pride, and self-esteem for Black Americans—“Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.” I remember it so well. All the kids [Read More...]

Tony Perkins: ex-gay therapy is like rescuing someone from a burning building.

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council (where they do little to no research and work to prevent families from forming…but they are a council, so they’ve got that going) reacted to efforts in his state to make ex-gay “therapy” illegal in some situations by shitting out the first simile that came to [Read More...]

FFRF asks Iowa State to remove bibles from University Hotel. ISU does the right thing, obeys the law, saves money.

I write fairly frequently on school administrators who insist on breaking the law in favor of their religion.  For public schools it’s not the administrators who are on the line: they get to go fight a foredoomed legal battle with taxpayer money used for the education of other peoples’ kids on the line.  Public universities [Read More...]

Church of England reiterates it will not embrace gay marriage.

In March marriage equality will become the law of the land in England.  Many wondered how the Church of England would react.  The Church even acknowledged the need to react: The Church of England had announced that it would address the issue of sexuality, saying it was aware it needed to reflect rapid changes in [Read More...]