Poor, poor protector of child rapists.

Roger Mahoney, the Los Angeles Cardinal who protected child rapists, got caught, and still gets to be one of eleven Cardinals in the United States who gets to vote on the next Pope, is feeling humiliated.  He’s even got a blog post about how noble that makes him. But as disciples of Jesus Christ, we [Read More...]

Pre-marital sex laws in Virginia and the GOP.

Until recently, Virginia still had a law on the books that forbade pre-marital sex (a clever lawyer would note that it’s only pre-marital if you intend to get married). The law, originally enacted in the 19th century (1800s), makes cohabitation by unmarried couples a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 (US) for the first offense. A [Read More...]

I get email: John Harrington’s 15 minutes of fame.

The other day I posted a silly question and invited people to destroy it.  The person who posed the question then sent me this message. I understand what you’re saying JT. I wasn’t going to pull the inscrutable thing though. I honestly was clarifying and maybe i could have phrased it better or PMed you. [Read More...]

How could you ever think the GOP is racist?

This got posted to facebook recently.  It’s a picture of a plot to capture our African American President by baiting him with a watermelon. It was posted by Jennifer Olsen, the Chairwoman of the Yellowstone County GOP in Montana.  But rest assured, it’s not that he’s black or that the GOP is home to the [Read More...]

The Week in Review – Law and Secularism 2/21/13

Anne’s back… Frankenhand’s post-surgical bandages are off. I can type again! This is good news, because I can’t dictate well enough for Dragon Naturally Speaking to understand me. When I complained about this to my former secretary the other day over lunch, she cleared her throat awkwardly, shifted uncomfortably in her chair, and changed the [Read More...]

Destroy this stupid question.

I posted my rant about people telling me their prayers were answered on facebook.  The first comment on it was… So even if a god was shown to exist through demonstrable phenomena, you wouldn’t want to worship/know/follow it unless it lined up with your standards of character? My standard is compassion.  If god is not [Read More...]

Catholic Church is dysfunctional. Who knew? I mean, except for everybody…

For those of you who travel a lot, do you ever have those days where nothing goes right and it costs you a lot of money?  That’s how my day is going.  Evidently I’ve gotten into god’s knickers.  Good. Anyway, I just touched down in Dallas and am getting ready to head to Columbus and [Read More...]

Stop telling me god answered your prayers.

To each and every Christian emailing me, or telling me in person, how god answered your prayers: stop it.  The god who answers the prayers of those who have plenty because they have the right faith, while ignoring the prayers of those who suffer in want because they have the wrong faith, is a god [Read More...]

Priest who covered up child molestation gets to help decide the next Pope.

Today will be a day of twelve hours in the air or in airports…so content may be a little light. Remember Robert Roger Mahoney, the Los Angeles priest who covered up, you guessed it, child molestation?  You know, the one who appeared to be cast out in an effort to show the world how the [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: punishment.

Before you get all kinky because of the title, it’s not about what Republicans and priests do when nobody’s looking.  Dan Fincke and Libby Anne have one of their new deep questions out: How and when (if ever) should we take it upon ourselves to punish someone in our lives for a moral failure? How [Read More...]

Bishop Eddie Long feeds his congregants to a con man.

So…this happened. Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long is facing a suit from former parishioners who say he encouraged them to invest in a company that was operating an alleged Ponzi scheme. A dozen former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., filed suit in DeKalb County court in late January. The [Read More...]

New study: religion doesn’t deter criminal behavior.

We’re often told that religion makes people better.  It turns out, it actually reinforces any behavior, even immoral behavior. The U.S. study found that through “purposeful distortion or genuine ignorance,” hardcore criminals often co-opt religious doctrine to justify or further their crimes. The findings could have important implications, the researchers say, for how faith-based services [Read More...]

Frank Turek fears me. Also he sucks.

I had received an invitation to debate Frank Turek, author of the abysmal I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, in April at TAMU-CC.  However, just yesterday I got this email from the organizers. Unfortunately, Dr. Turek decided to back out of the debate. An email he sent said, “you can’t successfully debate [Read More...]

Help me unwind on Saturday?

No sooner did I get to Las Vegas than my laptop started blue screening on boot up, leaving me to blog from my tablet.  Lame! But, as fate would have it, I was staying with Liam Jones and Mallorie Nasrallah, both of whom are computer gurus.  Some diagnostic tests in their spare time and a [Read More...]