Three Florida counties nix a public service so they don’t have to provide it to gay people.

Three counties in Florida are doing away with civil marriage ceremonies performed by the county in order to avoid marrying people of the same sex: In response to the likelihood that a federal judge will rule that a lift on the state’s gay marriage ban will apply to all Florida counties, three Jacksonville-area counties have [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: doge ram.

I saw this on top of /r/aww this morning and it made me all kinds of happy. Thanks for putting up with a bit of a dormant blog whilst I’ve been enjoying the vacation with my family.  We’re having a blast down here.  All our sportsball teams are winning, we’re playing loads of Cards Against [Read More…]

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More on the Baxter County nativity lawsuit: the legend of Paul Theresa Jaques.

Got ourselves another winner in the comments of the local paper establishing why people are reticent to challenge religious privilege in the South. The guy says that if somebody doesn’t like Christians getting access to government land that’s denied to everybody else, they should leave.  That’s kind of like the bully telling the person whose [Read More…]

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Logic: Reversing the Polarity

There’s a type of argument that’s always bugged me. Some examples are: Evidence for a god? It’s all around you. If God didn’t exist, we wouldn’t exist! That hurricane was God’s wrath because we’re allowing people to happily live their lives in freedom [they probably wouldn’t put it that way] Bob was a drug addict, [Read More…]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome to 2015!  Have a glorious day off!  If you watch football, I hope you root for the SEC with my family.  😀 Here is how we rang in the New Year down here in Arkansas: [Read more…]

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I’m glad I saw the new Hobbit movie, but it was the weakest of the three.

Sorry I’ve not blogged today.  I’ve been spending the entire day chilling with the family.  So you get blogs about what I’m doing instead of what I’m reading about online.  If you don’t like spoilers, now is the time to stop reading. We just saw the new Hobbit movie with the family. I’m glad I [Read More…]

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Letters to the editor about the nativity: Stephen J. Lemmons.

Today’s last letter to the editor is from Stephen J. Lemmons: To Appignani Humanist Legal Center: I, a lone individual, Christian, am filing my complaint with you because someone is interfering with my Christmas holidays. This is rubbish.  The AHA has never filed suit against anybody for celebrating Christmas and never will.  If it interferes [Read More…]

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Letters to the editor on the nativity: James Crawford.

Our next offering in the local paper’s opinion section comes from James Crawford: Do you ever wonder why Humanists like Dessa Blackthorn get so upset over manger scenes… You mean the Dessa Blackthorn who’s in the comments section of previous articles saying she likes the manger scene? …while Christians mostly stand idly by when others [Read More…]

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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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