GAY RIGHTS: France overturns treaties that block gay marriage!

When Francois Hollande was elected to be President of France, he made good on his campaign promise to legalize gay marriage (which drew a tremendous amount of ire from the Catholic Church).  While France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013, they kept treaties with eleven other nations which have not.  Those treaties make those country’s marriage [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & SCIENCE: Study about transgender identity in kids is flawed, but a good step.

I was extremely happy to see this study.  It’s the first of its kind, the first to tackle the issue of transgender identity in children.  It found that… …the gender identity of these children is deeply held and is not the result of confusion about gender identity or pretense. The study, led by psychological scientist [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Bring on the blizzard!

This greyhound is ready. [Read more…]

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FAITH: James David Manning thinks the next goal after LGBT equality is cannibalism.

Pastor James David Manning, of “semen in their lattes” infamy (and who just said Islamists are right to kill gay people), has a new message: if we let LGBT rights go too far, cannibalism is the next step. “God Almighty has given me the revelation threof that soon, after the court announces that they are [Read More…]

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FAITH & DEBATE: Matt Dillahunty gives us an exhaustive video on morality.

This is complete and as perfect as I think it could be. Matt has been producing a long series of excellent videos.  If you’d like to support his Patreon you can do so here. [Read more…]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Idaho bill that would’ve added LGBT to non-discrimination laws is dead.

In a 13-4 vote along party lines the Republican party in Idaho killed a bill that would’ve create anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT population of the state: After more than 20 hours of public testimony, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee decided to kill the “Add the Words” bill that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: Texas lawmaker thumbs her nose at Texas’ Muslim citizens.

Today is Texas Muslim Capitol Day in Austin, Texas.  It’s organized by the Council on American-Islam Relations (CAIR) as a day where Muslim citizens visit the capitol and lobby lawmakers.  This…isn’t going to be good. Twitter reports of some protesters who are exactly what you’d expect in Texas (though not a reflection on Austin, which is [Read More…]

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FAITH: Do 36% of Muslims support Sharia Law and/or death for apostasy?

This post at a blog called Believers vs. Non-Believers is getting spread around, particularly because it contains this image: According to this table 36% of Muslims, or 310.5 million Muslims, support Sharia Law (which carries the death penalty for apostasy).  The source for the numbers are not included in the table, but the post did carry [Read More…]

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FAITH: Tweet of the Day: Patheos blogger Dan Arel has a glorious tweet for Answers in Genesis.

This tweet, from fellow Atheist Channel blogger Dan Arel, absolutely made my day:   He has a great point that extends beyond Answers in Genesis.  How many people who oppose abortion on the grounds that it’s akin to genocide (even though it’s not) also praise god and think he was morally just in drowning virtually [Read More…]

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FAITH/POLITICS: Inhofe says man can’t change the climate.

Here’s Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe telling Congress that while the climate may be changing (it certainly is) man can’t be responsible (hinting that only god can change the climate, which he has said multiple times before): “Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Inhofe told the Senate last week. “There’s archeological evidence of [Read More…]

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FAITH: American Family Association has fired Bryan Fischer.

Well there goes a healthy chunk of my income.  Up until yesterday Bryan Fischer served as the AFA’s spokesperson and Director of Issue Analysis.  As Director of Issue Analysis Fischer had some gems that escaped the scrutiny of the media.  For instance, did you know that Jesus would use torture to fight terrorism?  Or had you [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Baby otter says hi.

Good morning everybody!  Here’s a baby otter to get your day started out right: I love that I’m giving voice lessons again.  I have one student, an 8th grader, who has shown a remarkable willingness to adopt whatever ideas I feed her.  Doing scales the other day she displayed a comfortable range that easily exceeded [Read More…]

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Andrew Sullivan is retiring, and he has inspired me to try something new.

One of the most famous and influential bloggers on earth is gay Catholic author of The Dish, Andrew Sullivan.  I first encountered Sullivan in his online debate with Sam Harris and I was immediately unimpressed. However, as I continued to read him, it became apparent he was a very sharp and informed chap who, never [Read More…]

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Guest post: I love freedom of expression, so I hate social media.

The following is a guest post by Branden Christen who studied History and Anthropology and now attends grad school. I love genuine and sincere expression. I’m within the school of philosophy (somewhat commonly called Continental Philosophy or Existentialism) which holds that we are, for better or worse, living in a world without the cut, dry, black [Read More…]

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