Scalia and Texas Supreme Court Justice make scary quotes about religion and government.

I wonder when Kayla Moore will be asking a couple of Justices to recuse themselves from any decisions involving religious liberty.  The first is Texas Supreme Court Justice John Devine, who thinks the church has gone to sleep and let progressives into positions of power, which is not what the Founding Fathers would’ve wanted: “How do [Read More...]

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Joel Osteen: sometimes you just have to turn off your mind.

Saw this tweet by Joel Osteen last night and couldn’t help but share. It really captures the reason religion is such a horrible thing: the idea that you should stop thinking, and that it’s a good thing if you do.  If a real god exists who loves/respects you, the last way he’d want to reach [Read More...]

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5th Circuit issues ruling that will close all but eight abortion clinics in Texas.

The law in question would “require all abortions to take place in ambulatory surgical centers, or expensive mini-hospitals that cost over $1 million to construct.”  Because conservative lawmakers in Texas just want abortions to be safe.  Next they’ll pass a law requiring all gun ranges/gun stores to have admitting privileges to a hospital on the [Read More...]

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Anti-gay baker breaks the law, cries persecution when there are consequences.

The Value Voters Summit was last weekend.  I love how the name of the event implies that people who aren’t sniffing god’s prostate on a daily basis don’t have values. One of the speakers was Melissa Klein, the baker from Oregon who refused to sell a wedding cake to a lesbian couple.  It turns out [Read More...]

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LaBarbera thinks he’s like a Jew in Nazi Germany and LGBT rights advocates are the Nazis.

What is it with wingers this week comparing themselves to a group that was the victim of genocide?  Seriously, it’s everywhere.  Today’s oh-so-persecuted Christian is Peter LaBarbera: While discussing the Human Rights Campaign’s “Export of Hate” report and what he claims are Right Wing Watch’s misrepresentations of his remarks, LaBarbera said of gay rights supporters: [Read More...]

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Official storms out of pagan invocation. The price of dishonesty.

Ed Brayton reported recently on a County Commissioner who stormed out of an invocation delivered by a local pagain: A Florida pagan, who has been thwarted in his attempts to deliver the invocation before the Escambia County School Board, was given the opportunity to appear before the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners only to [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: kitten loves its mom.

Ok, the news today is depressing as fuck.  Look at this image a bunch and get ready. [Read more...]

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On his first day new state senator in Texas compares Christians to Jews in Nazi Germany.

After state Sen. Robert Duncan (R) left office to become the chancellor at Texas Tech a special election was held for his replacement.  The winner of that election was Charles Perry who, by all accounts, is order of magnitude more theocratic and inane than the other Perry in Texas politics. Need proof?  In his first [Read More...]

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Philadelphia restaurant will pay servers a living wage.

How sad it is that the phrase “Philadelphia restaurant will pay servers a living wage” can be a headline?  But it’s true: A new restaurant in Philadelphia won’t allow customers to tip its waitstaff. Instead, it plans to pay employees a living wage with generous benefits. Chef Brian Oliveira and co-owner Cristian Mora of Girard Brasserie [Read More...]

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Neal Larson can’t find real examples of discrimination in order to gripe about militant atheists.

I’m not sure what it is, but whether it’s Joshua Feuerstein or whoever else, I generally get inundated with articles and videos when they’re particularly crappier than the average.  Why do articles with extremely bad arguments go viral among the faithful? Anyway, the one I’m getting a lot right now is by Neal Larson titled [Read More...]

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Colbert loves O’Reilly’s plan for ISIS. O’Reilly fires back.

My father always used to say “Son, don’t get into arguments with people who buy ink by the barrel.”  Stephen Colbert is that guy.  First Colbert pointed out that O’Reilly’s plan to stop ISIS is a bit…dumb. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive O’Reilly took umbrage to [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: baby fox.

I wonder what the baby fox says… [Read more...]

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Pictures from Apostacon.

It’s been a bit of a rough day in the head and the news is slow, so what better time to put up pictures from Apostacon?  Let’s inject some happiness into the day. Apostacon and American Atheists continue to set the standard for well-run conferences in my eyes.  Last year Sarah Morehead was awarded Atheist-of-the-Year, [Read More...]

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Pastor Bob Ripley: pastor (and Christian) no more.

Another member of the clergy project has outed himself.  While a pastor leaving religion is becoming old hat (every reliable poll confirms that the rate of people leaving religion is way higher than the rate of people entering it), and even though Hemant has already covered this, I feel compelled to blog about it to. [Read More...]

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