Church camp defends sexual abuse of minors as “horseplay”.

(This post contains descriptions of sexual assault.  You’ve been warned) Well…this is awkward.  A counselor at a church camp in Tennessee has been accused of…well…read the excerpt (if you have a strong stomach and don’t mind the word “penis”): The Chattanooga Times Freepress reported that Vineyard Community Church Camp Counselor, Zachary Anderle, was charged with [Read More...]

A hero is dead. If atheists had martyrs…

Dr. Narendra Dabholkar is a hero.  He has spent the last 30 years in India where, out of compassion for its citizenry, he has fought those who would deceive in order to turn a profit. If a holy man had electrified the public with his miracles, Dr. Dabholkar, a former physician, would duplicate the miracles [Read More...]

Photography studio violated discrimination laws by refusing gay clients.

Ron White, when telling his famous story about getting thrown out of a bar, finishes it with the line “Ok, I told you that story so I can tell you this other story…”  That’s how this post is going to be. First, a photography studio in New Mexico that refused to photograph a gay wedding [Read More...]

Mandatory virginity inspections could be coming to Sumatra.

So…this is a thing. A plan to make female high school students undergo mandatory virginity tests has been met with outrage from activists, who argue that it discriminates against women and violates their human rights. Education chief Muhammad Rasyid, of Prabumulih district in south Sumatra put forward the idea, describing it as “an accurate way [Read More...]

Stephen Fry on age of consent and crime rate in Vatican City.

This cracked me up. The actual age of consent in the Vatican is a little fuzzy, what with the mingling of secular and divine laws (they say the deference should always be to divine law, but that’s not actually what always happens).  It turns out they have a lot of different ages of consent. While [Read More...]

Zombies: two new articles on surviving.

Last non-atheism post before I start plodding through the news.  I have a slew of new zombie survival articles over at From Preparing for an evacuation: stay cool, stay comfortable, plan ahead: The even bigger concern is what to do once you’ve gotten out of the building.  What are your goals?  Where do you [Read More...]

Gaming: solo queue highlights – grenade sniper.

It’s pretty much agreed upon that Heimerdinger is the worst champion in League of Legends – so of course I run him as my main at mid lane.  The worst ability on the worst champion is without a doubt his concussion grenade; it’s slow (making it hard to land), does miniscule damage, gives a very [Read More...]

Music: surprise at Kristin Chenowith concert.

*glump, good morning world*  I have a bunch of a few non-atheist posts to tide you over while I read the news. The first is about a happy coincidence at a Kristin Chenoweth concert.  For those who don’t know, Chenowith is a famous musical theater soprano (one of the most famous).  Most people know her [Read More...]

Mayor of Glendale, AZ doesn’t think prayers will help unless they’re recited to an audience.

The city of Glendale, AZ is considering adding prayer to the beginning of its meetings, and Mayor Jerry Weiers will have you know that it’s not to kowtow to religious voters, but to fix actual problems: The Glendale City Council is considering whether to begin its meetings with a prayer. There’s already a moment of [Read More...]

New Jersey becomes the second state to ban gay conversion therapy.

Chris Christie…sometimes he makes me cheer and praise his integrity as a Republican…other times he makes me shout “WTFFFFFFFFF???” from the rooftops.  This is one of those praise moments.  To call it gay conversion “therapy” is perhaps the most careless exhibition of false advertising since anything Axe body wash has done.  Gay conversion “therapy” is [Read More...]

Outbreak of measles cases in congregation of megachurch pastor who opposes vaccinations.

We reap what we sow.  I’m pretty sure that’s in the bible somewhere. Anyway, there’s been a measles outbreak in North Texas. The epicenter of the outbreak is Tarrant County, which has now confirmed 10 cases, and the epicenter of cases in Tarrant County seems to be at Eagle Mountain International Church. Eagle Mountain International [Read More...]

Orwellian freedom of religious conscience bill introduced in Wisconsin.

The religious lobby in Wisconsin has introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 43 and Senate Joint Resolution 38 which would alter the state’s constitution to include stronger conscience protection exemptions for religious people.  What’s a conscience protection exemption?  It essentially means you have to follow the law, just like everybody else, unless your religion tells you that [Read More...]

FFRF getting involved in the Bryant High School situation.

The FFRF has sent a letter to Bryant High School in Arkansas about the football coach organizing a prayer service for the football team. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent an August 22 letter to Bryant Public Schools Superintendent Randy Rutherford requesting he cancel the team religious worship service. The school is violating the Constitution [Read More...]

Then They Came for the Pastafarians…

In Russia, they have finally come for the Pastafarians. Seems that some Pastafarians neglected to get a parade permit before parading in Moscow over the weekend, and were ordered to walk the plank as a result. As if pirates believe in “permits.” Pfffft! Now, if the Moscow officials would call their parade permits “letters of [Read More...]