Justin Welby: the Church of England accepting gay marriage will lead to the mass murder of Christians.

Sometimes a claim is made that is so logically incoherent, so stark raving mad in composition, so inherently contemptuous of the notion of cause and effect, that a rebuttal cannot even apply to it.  This claim, by the Archbishop of Canturbury, is what I’m talking about: African Christians will be killed if the Church of [Read More...]

I bought a box of teddy grahams.

And I did so because of this commercial: A gay couple?  Raising well-adjusted kids just like every major psychological body says they do?  Whoa, now that’s edgy. And an interracial couple?  Being portrayed as wholesome and stable in the melting pot of America?  Way to push the envelope. Reading the youtube comments on that video [Read More...]

Same sex marriages from other states to be recognized in Ohio.

I was worried after taking the last three days off to do Reasonfest that there would be tons to catch up on, but it looks like the news slowed down a bit for me.  Thanks, news! But then I was worried I wouldn’t have much to write about today.  Fortunately, I came upon this little [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: HOLY CRAP A MOUSE!

I’m back!  Reasonfest 2014 has concluded.  Overall I’m pleased with how it went.  All the presenters were very good.  Scott Clifton’s debut on the atheist circuit exceeded my every expectation.  Clifton has every reason to be a Prima donna but is extremely down to earth and nice. I also slept all through the night last [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: you guys.

Hey all.  Just wanted to say thanks for bearing with me during hell week for Reasonfest.  Things kick off this evening and I’ll be scrambling all day today and tomorrow.  I’ll be back to doing 6-8 posts a day on Monday. You guys are the coolest.  <3 [Read more...]

This message must have been real important. Let me help spread it.

When my friend Edwin Kagin died I handled it in the way I have for years: I sat down and I wrote.  It’s my catharsis.  I recounted what an admirable man Edwin Kagin was as that was what I could think about in the wake of his death. I didn’t check the comments for day [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: better living through science.

The last three weeks I’ve had a lot of trouble sleeping.  I’ve been tired, just hardly able to sleep.  This is strange for me because I am a god damn all-star when it comes to sleeping.  Seriously, ask Michaelyn because it drives her crazy.  My head hits the pillow and five minutes later I’m sleeping [Read More...]

Live-blogging tabling.

I can’t really read the news or write while I’m here because I’m spending time interacting with people.  But I’ll post some highlights to keep me from being bored. There’s a Christian group tabling right beside us.  The most challenging part of today is not interjecting myself into all their conversations. Tabling is like fishing: [Read More...]

Hemant is more optimistic about the reaction to Christian law-breakers than I.

First: thanks everybody for being so patient with light and short content this week.  It’s hell week for Reasonfest so…yeah.  :P Second: Hemant wrote a post today about Carroll County (Maryland) Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier.  You see,  they’ve been opening their board meetings with sectarian prayers to Jesus.  Just last week the AHA won a suit [Read More...]

New laws in Saudi Arabia designate all atheists as terrorists.

So I guess grad school in Saudi Arabia is out of the question… The interior ministry regulations include other sweeping provisions that authorities can use to criminalize virtually any expression or association critical of the government and its understanding of Islam. These “terrorism” provisions include the following: Article 1: “Calling for atheist thought in any [Read More...]

Reasonfest is this weekend!

I guess while I’m sitting here gearing up to table, I should mention that Reasonfest is this weekend.  :) It’s Friday night and then all of Saturday and will feature Dr. Darrel Ray, Dan Barker, Ed Brayton, Sarah Morehead, Lyz Liddell, and Scott Clifton.  There will be a debate between a local pastor (Eugene Curry) [Read More...]

You can never go home.

I’m sitting in the Union on the University of Kansas campus.  I’ll be here for most of the day tabling for Reasonfest.  When I’m not telling students about the event this weekend or indulging them when they wonder why anybody would allocate their time to challenging religion, I’ll be thinking about my talk for Friday [Read More...]

Hobby Lobby’s 401(k) fund invests in, wait for it, contraceptives.

Just going to leave this here.  No need to even utter the word “hypocrisy”…it would be condescending to any reader for me to feel I needed to use that word. Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012—three months after the company’s owners filed their lawsuit—show that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement [Read More...]

Did you know that Day of Silence silences conservatives and is medical malpractice?

Day of Silence is an annual day of protest against gay people being bullied into the closet.  Protesters remain silent all day in solidarity of closeted LGBT people, sometimes wearing tape over their mouths.  I participated every year in college and even helped organize some years. I thought I was making plain my opposition to [Read More...]