Con man headed to jail after a career of scamming church-goers.

Con artists first need to find marks: the most gullible people they can identify.  Lucky for them, there are weekly gatherings of people who not only believe a man rose from the dead and walked on water with no evidence whatsoever, they’ve dedicated their lives to that story. Thomas Kimmel, a con man, figured if [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: tripping balls after surgery.

The title of this image on reddit was literally “tripping balls after surgery.” [Read more…]

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Meta analysis of 63 studies finds an inverse relationship between intelligence and religiosity.

Just going to leave this here: A new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades has concluded that religious people are less intelligent than non-believers. A piece of University of Rochester analysis, led by Professor Miron Zuckerman, found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies. According [Read More…]

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GOP pull their abortion bill due to lack of support from female Republicans in Congress.

The Republicans have been working on an anti-abortion bill.  I know, shock and surprise.  But this one is dishonestly named.  I know, shock and surprise: The anti-abortion bill, falsely named the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would ban abortions after 20 weeks, and even in cases of rape, unless the mother filed a police [Read More…]

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Joni Ernst hates government handouts, except the $460,000 in subsidies her family received.

The GOP’s response to Obama’s State of the Union Address was given by Joni Ernst.  To quote Jim Wright: …they picked the most hardcore nutcase they could find to read it and the most amusing part of this morning’s media summaries are those attempting to making some kind of sense from Joni Ernst’s corn-fueled Bachmannesque [Read More…]

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Saw the President speak.

Sorry I’ve been out all morning.  It turns out that if you want to hear the President speak you need to wait three hours and then a few more to get out of the building.  I never knew that standing could be so exhausting. I still have to write two articles for American Atheists today, [Read More…]

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Your Epic Happiness: Dawkins Reads Hatemail Part 2

I have long awaited for this day…..and it has come (unlike Jesus). Dawkins reads his hate mail. Comedy. Gold. Enjoy!   Part 1 of Dawkins Hate Mail here…under the Husky, [Read more…]

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ISIS now targeting educated women for execution.

Targeting women and the educated, two demographics routinely despised by the fundamentalists of several religions, all in one fell swoop: The group, which controls large swathes of territory in Iraq and in neighbouring war-ravaged Syria, last week published pictures of the “crucifixions” of two men accused of being bandits, and of a woman being stoned [Read More…]

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Overall the SOTU Address was solid and factual. Great, but not perfect.

Ok, here’s my take on last night’s State of the Union Address. “Our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.” This is most certainly true.  While Obama has his flaws, his policies have dug us out of the recession the Republicans created – all while being constantly opposed on principle [Read More…]

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Christian Post: Was It Necessary for Jesus to Die?

This post popped up in my web-o-tron interface. I saw the header, and peeped “ooh!” This topic is one of my pet peeves about Christianity. Let’s see what the author has to say, that’ll clarify the matter. [Read more…]

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Your morning happiness: kitten in a jar.

This kitten is very confused. [Read more…]

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State of the Union Address open thread.

I’m actually taking Michaelyn out for dinner and a movie tonight since we’ve not been together for almost a week.  However, Patheos has asked me to do a breakdown of the SOTU Address for tomorrow, which I plan to do, even though I will miss the address live.  But for those of you watching, feel [Read More…]

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SCOTUS to hear marriage equality cases.

As many expected, the SCOTUS will hear at least some of the marriage equality cases before it during its present term: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, positioning it to resolve one of the great civil rights questions in a generation before its current term [Read More…]

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Atheist in UK ordered to attend mass as part of his divorce hearing.

As reported at Friendly Atheist, a British man has been ordered to attend mass as part of his divorce hearing: A judge has ordered a father to take his children to Roman Catholic mass as part of a divorce settlement, even though he is not Catholic. The man, who can only be identified as “Steve” [Read More…]

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