A Reader’s Legal Question: Student-Led Prayers

Reader questions are edited to eliminate references to specific people and places, unless there’s a need to call out the cavalry. If you see something here that almost resembles your question, but your main concern isn’t addressed, go ahead and ask again in the comments. I’ll do my best to respond.   Reader Question: I [Read More...]

Sanal Edamaruku Proves, Once Again, No Miracle

So, there’s this statue of the Madonna that sits in a small grotto near Ballinspittle, County Cork, Ireland, that allegedly started breathing and gesturing when it was approached by some worshippers back in 1985. “It’s a miracle!” cried devout Irish Catholics, who flocked to observe the moving, floating statue by the thousands. Since then, more [Read More...]

The Week in Review – Law and Atheism 12/6/2012

This week’s legal roundup: The Christian Family Coalition persuaded the Miami-Dade County Commissioners to institute a prayer to start off each meeting. Commissioner Dennis Moss was understandably upset at the passage of the ordinance, and objected vociferously, which displeased the CFC. It seems that they expect their elected officials never to defend the wall of [Read More...]

Dad throws down on the Charlie Brown case.

The story about the production of A Charlie Brown Christmas has reached our state newspaper.  This letter made it into the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. It’s freedom of choice It seems the freethinkers are raising a stink about some primary-school kids going to see A Charlie Brown Christmas as a school field trip. The person being [Read More...]

The Legend of Uncle Bobolink, Part III.

THE LEGEND OF UNCLE BOBOLINK PART I THE LEGEND OF UNCLE BOBOLINK PART II This continues the saga of a troll who keeps swapping his IP address to get around being banned, and who keeps having his comments mysteriously altered by a powerful sorcerer. With sudden relief, Bobolink remembered some of Faithbrand’s magical qualities: it [Read More...]

Marco Rubio defers to science…kind of.

Marco Rubio has gotten a little more specific about the age of the Earth. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida attempted to clear up Wednesday his controversial answer to a question about the Earth’s age last month. “Science says (the Earth) is about 4.5 billion years old. My faith teaches that’s not inconsistent,” Rubio said [Read More...]

The Legend of Uncle Bobolink, Part II.

THE LEGEND OF UNCLE BOBOLINK PART I Bobolink has returned, once again morphing his IP address.  Once again, his comments were edited for my (and now your) amusement. “For Reasonsbane!” shouted Bobolink, charging the castle with a vigor accumulated over years of stewing and grumbling to himself while reading atheist blogs. Sadly, in the dark [Read More...]

The rod was not spared.

A couple in Las Vegas has beaten their seven year-old child to death for not reading the bible. Police say Palmer later admitted that he beat Roderick with numerous household items, including a belt, a spatula and a wooden paddle, as well as with his hands. Dina Palmer, who initially denied involvement in the beatings, [Read More...]

The Legend of Sir Uncle Bobolink, Mightiest of the Trolls.

Some bloggers just ban trolls who hinder the conversation.  Not I.  If somebody trolls my blog, I edit their comments to amuse myself before adding their new IP to the ban list. There is a group of sock puppet trolls in the Kansas City area who are, to be perfectly frank, deranged.  They are banned.  [Read More...]

The American Psychological Association removes Asperger’s as a diagnosis.

The APA is apparently reclassifying those who have Asperger’s, which will no longer be a diagnosis under the DSM-V: The American Psychiatric Association voted this weekend to remove the diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome from the so-called bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders. People with Asperger’s will now more likely be [Read More...]

Sour grapes dipped in delusion.

Remember that banner in Cranston, Rhode Island that admonished students to lose with dignity?  Despite harping repeatedly on how wholesome that message was, it seems many conservatives should have given the portion about losing with grace a keener eye.  They have not handled losing at the polls last month particularly well.  In fact, here is [Read More...]

My interview with We Are Atheism

Steven here… This year at Skepticon I sat down with Adam Brown from We Are Atheism to discuss growing up as an atheist. I actually begged off of doing a video with them for a long time primarily because I wasn’t convinced that my story would be of any help to closeted atheists. I’ve always [Read More...]

What would it look like if global warming was real?

DrB- Remember this xkcd comic? What could be said of global warming, what capitalist signs would show up if ice caps were melting? Multi-billion dollar international companies didn’t get that way by ignoring reality*, so are they responding to climate change like it’s a real thing?   “We have studied lots of observation data – [Read More...]

SSA to host two annual conferences.

There is a problem with a lot of conferences.  Well, it’s not a problem with the conferences, but a problem with the population distribution of the United States.  Once you get west of Kansas, there’s not a whole lot of people until you hit the highly populous states snuggled up to the Pacific.  So if [Read More...]


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