The first recognized gay marriage in Ohio.

Good morning!  I’d like to start you off today with a happy story.  It centers around two men in Ohio, where I still live for another week, who love each other very much. James Obergefell is now married to John Arthur, who has an advanced form of sclerosis that is expected to take his life [Read More...]

Skyrim: Falskaar. This is how to apply for a job in the gaming industry like a boss.

In a new article at the Secular View I write about the 19 year-old who decided to apply for a job with Bethesda in the most epic way: by spending a full year making one of the greatest mods of all time. Aside from the voice acted characters and the new dungeon, the mod includes [Read More...]

Could the USA secure our border if the zombie apocalypse begins in Mexico or Canada?

I saw this video the other day and it got me thinking: Could the US secure our border in the case of a zombie apocalypse if necessary?  I examine possible ways it could be done and give commentary on my newest article over at Shit Zombies Say.  Here’s an excerpt: Could we build a fence?  [Read More...]

Comprehensive sex education results in less teen pregnancy.

It’s the strangest thing: in California, as comprehensive sex education becomes the norm, teen pregnancy rates have declined. California’s teen birth rate has plummeted to the lowest level that it’s been in the past 20 years, according to new data from the state’s health department. The state’s rate now stands at 28 births for every [Read More...]

Atheists help poor families in Mississippi beat the heat.

Last year the Northeast Mississippi Secular Humanist Association raised money to purchase air conditioning units for less well-off families in Mississippi.  I’ve spoken in Mississippi and can vouch: in the summer it’s like a swamp on steroids there. Hemant reported on it: The money they raised (over $800) allowed them to buy seven air conditioner [Read More...]

Videos of my FtBCon panels from this weekend.

I was on some panels at FtBConscience this weekend.  The first was Atheist Music hosted by Brianne Bilyeu.  It was good to see the faces of some very dear friends, Ashley Miller and Shelley Segal.  They’re really good people.  I’m also a huge fan of Roy Zimmerman and didn’t know he was going to be [Read More...]

American Atheists monument vandalized (UPDATE: vandal has apologized).

Didn’t take long, did it?  It’s not paint or anything, some local, self-proclaimed hillbilly spit his terbacky all over the monument.  But don’t fret!  Through a logical appraising of the evidence, I feel confident we can ascertain this ruffian’s identity.  Detective JT on the job. So what clues do we have?  First, let’s examine American [Read More...]

Another day, another set of nightmares born of religion.

Sufficient adjective do not exist to communicate the horror of this: Arifa, a mother of two, has been stoned to death on the orders of Panchayat (a tribal court) for possessing a cell phone. She was executed on 11 July in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province. The victim was stoned to [Read More...]

Final FtBCon schedule (with omg links) now available.

The final schedule for FTBConscience, the online conference that starts tonight at 5pm CST, is up. If you’re wondering when you can catch me, I’ll be doing Atheist Music on Saturday from 9pm – 10pm CST, Atheists in Pop Culture on Sunday from 2pm – 4pm CST, and Organizing a Regional Conference on Sunday from [Read More...]

Federal judge blocks “Freedom is never free” monument.

In California a federal judge just put a stop to the construction of the monument because it was “unmistakably religious”. A federal judge on Monday blocked a construction of a monument in southern California, ruling it would be an “unmistakably religious” symbol on public property. The Lake Elsinore City Council unanimously approved the construction of [Read More...]

Fight racism; vote Republican.

A friend sent me this: Presumably they were all out of the “Fight pain, headbutt the sidewalk” bumper stickers. Here’s what gets me: the owner of this truck didn’t make that bumper sticker.  Someone mass-produced that bumper sticker, assuming there would be a market for it, and this guy purchased it not realizing the hilarity [Read More...]

Matt Dillahunty drops the hammer on Lindy West.

Lindy West, who must’ve studied at the Chris Stedman school of activism, wrote an article in Jezebel titled How to Be an Atheist Without Being a Dick About It.  Matt Dillahunty went through it with a scalpel, opening with the obvious: We begin with the standard unsupported claim… “so many people insist on being such [Read More...]

National Atheist Party Drops the Name “Atheist”

In a press release Thursday, the National Atheist Party announced that for the second time in two years, it is changing its name. Perhaps you haven’t heard of the party. It’s a political party, but it does not run candidates for office. It styles itself as a “Constitutional movement … dedicated to the preservation of [Read More...]

Organizations behind the Magdalene laundries have plenty of money to not give to the survivors.

Yesterday I wrote about how the Catholic Church would not be paying anything into the restitution fund in Ireland for the survivors of the Magdalene laundries: a slave labor institution for women suspected of *gasp* having sex out of wedlock. It turns out that in 2009 the four nun-operated organizations culpable for running the laundries [Read More...]