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…]
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…]
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…]
Mormon Church is not endorsing anti-LGBT protections, they’re wanting to keep their power to discriminate.
Word is spreading far and wide that the Mormon Church is now willing to support non-discrimination ordinances that protect LGBT people. This is simply not true, as Camille Beredjick points out at the Friendly Atheist: The Mormon church will support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in matters of housing, employment, and public services, one elder said, as [Read More…]
At 86 years old, the Amazing Randi has decided it’s time to fight charlatans on his own time rather than as a career. It’s surely reassuring to know that you can walk away from your life’s work because the movement is in a place to continue it without you: This doesn’t mean that I’m retiring [Read More…]
I went to college in Springfield, MO and ruffled more than a few feathers in my time there. The city itself is home the headquarters for the Assemblies of God (which loves Jesus about as much as they hate gay people, which is a LOT). They came in at #6 on the list of most [Read More…]
Earlier this week I wrote about how Turkey, touted by many as the success story for moderate, “true” Islam, had ordered facebook to block pages critical of the prophet Mohammad. I was elated that, thus far, facebook had ignored them. Indeed, look what Mark Zuckerberg had to say write after the Charlie Hebdo attacks: Sadly, I [Read More…]
From time to time those of us who have been organizing the new emerging secular communities have been told that there isn’t a market for this kind of thing. We’ve sometimes heard comments along these lines: “Atheists aren’t joiners. They won’t support something like this.” “Cat-herding” is the stock metaphor. And the nay-sayers might have [Read More…]
Yarr, but we’ll let her stay anyhow so long as she pulls her weight. Content will be short and sweet today. I’ve taken on a collection of private voice students in a town 75 minutes away. I daresay it has been almost therapeutic for me. I love coaching young performers almost as much as [Read More…]
I follow an Aussie on twitter who goes by @MrOzAtheist. He’s possibly my favorite tweeter. He says so much with so few words. The other day he was having a repartee with someone who was saying atheism required faith. He responded with this lovely image: Beautiful. [Read more…]
Greece has elected a prime minister who told the Archbishop of Athens he wouldn’t be needed for the swearing in.
Greece just elected Alex Tsipras as their prime minister. Tsipras is an open atheist, who told the Archbishop of Athens he’d be swearing into office politically, not religiously: GREECE’S new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, made history within hours of his victory by informing the Archbishop of Athens, very politely, that clerical services would not be required for his swearing-in ceremony. An avowed atheist who has [Read More…]
For those unfamiliar with Harlem’s Pastor Manning, you can see some of his greatest hits here. Now he’s at it again, saying that homosexuals deserve to die. As Hemant says, he doesn’t get paid to be right. He gets paid to be confident. He’s 100% right when he passes the blame to scripture. It’s right [Read More…]
Everybody’s cheering Rep. Patricia Todd, a gay lawmaker in Alabama. She has said that she will expose the extramarital affairs of some of her anti-gay peers who simultaneously tout “family values” to prevent equal status for LGBT citizens. “I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs, [Read More…]