Letters to the editor about the nativity: Diane Border.

There are three letters in the local paper today about the nativity.  All of them are bursting with as much ignorance as confidence.  That seems like a good way to occupy my time on the blog today.  The first comes from Diane Border. Ms. Blackthorn should study the Constitution. Should every judge who has made [Read More…]

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Man who didn’t board crashed airplane thanks the same god who didn’t bother to save everybody else.

Another major airliner crashed two nights ago and they’ve yet to find the wreckage.  And while no-shows are common for most flights, one man who got too sick to board the doomed airliner was sure that in this one case it was god protecting him (a god who didn’t appear to care about the other [Read More…]

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A letter to the residents of Baxter County who support denying government space to others.

I had a thought about Mickey Pendergrass, the County Judge in Baxter County (home to the town in which I grew up) who has allowed a Christian nativity on the courthouse lawn but denied the local freethinkers a “Happy Winter Solstice” banner and a request to erect a Menorah. Pendergrass is not an oddity.  Read [Read More…]

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Comment Roundup: Theists, don’t do this

The Friendly Atheist had an article about Ryan Bell’s theological status. I got caught up in debating with some people, and, as one would expect, it promptly turned into a class on Epistemology 101. In particular, I’d like to address one argument we get on occasion that really doesn’t help the apologist’s position. [Read more…]

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Your morning happiness: warmest cat on earth.

This picture pretty much captures the feeling of the holidays down here with my family.    We’re having the time of our lives.  I won the cosmic lottery with my family. [Read more…]

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Your morning happiness: I’m married to daddy!

My friend Rob Lehr (the guy who films and produces the Skepticon talks) made this video and sent it to me.  I literally lol’d. Freud would be proud. [Read more…]

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More from the locals on the nativity.

I know many of you have been in the comment section of our local paper’s article on the nativity defending the brave plaintiff.  My family has been as well, and my brother just came up with a highlight with one of the locals who used to have a radio show here in town and who [Read More…]

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Your evening happiness: holiday fun with the family.

As many of you know I’m in Arkansas for the next few weeks enjoying time with my family (and, what I fear will be my last living grandparent’s final Christmas). But before I got down here Michaelyn and I spent Christmas day with her family.  My mother-in-law made ninja turtle hats for myself, my two [Read More…]

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Actions speak louder than prayer.

I had a thought this morning. Imagine if you hired a company to build you a house, and then you immediately started building the house yourself.  This would be silly, and would confirm that you didn’t think the company would do the work for which you hired them (and, thus, would probably offend the contractors). [Read More…]

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Anti-gay “religious freedom” bill being debated in Indiana.

State Sen. Scott Schneider has introduced a “religious freedom” bill in Indiana.  Micah Clark of the American Family Association describes what it would do: It would allow small businesses — such as bakeries, caterers, florists, and wedding chapels — to refuse services to gay couples based on the owner’s religious beliefs, he said. It would [Read More…]

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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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