Catholic Church in Ireland won’t contribute to the victims of Magdalene laundries.

From 1765 all the way up to 1996 the Catholic Church in Ireland kept women suspected of being sexually active outside of wedlock prisoner, using them as slave labor (I blogged a documentary about it here).  These institutions were known as the Magdalene laundries or Magdalene asylums.  The Irish government has accepted its complicity with [Read More...]

Don’t want a computer virus? Visit porn sites, not church sites.

This has been getting thrown about the internet lately: Symantec has released a study confirming that religious sites are more likely to give you a virus than any other type of website (porn sites included): Symantec just released its usual yearly overview of Internet security, and it found something that anybody who’s had to clean [Read More...]

Smartest 12 year-old on earth.

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the translation, but if it’s even close to correct this kid is pretty spectacular. “That’s not discipline, it’s abuse and insanity.”  Of course, when religion’s involved, it’s depressing how brilliant one can appear merely by stating the obvious. [Read more...]

Moving makes no sense.

In two weeks I leave Ohio to live with Michaelyn in the state of the future: Kansas.  I’m told that Kansas is a magical place, a model of competent upkeep and progressive policies, and I can’t wait to live there instead of some backwater, rundown hole teeming with fundamentalist Christians trapped in the good ol’ [Read More...]

George Zimmerman: it was god’s plan.

In America, if you really want to get away with a crime, you’d better hold up that cross and pay it lip service til you choke. Fucking slimeball.  Add one more entry to the long list of people who’ve done something terrible and blamed god’s plan for what they did.  It’s funny how similar god’s [Read More...]

Foundation Beyond Belief making it raaaaaaaaain!

Oh snap!  Foundation Beyond Belief has eclipsed a milestone: they’ve given away $1,000,000 to various charities! Here’s what a million dollars can do: Support gender equality around the globe Create access to safe drinking water in developing countries Promote peace and protect the most vulnerable victims of war Bring humanist education to schoolchildren in Uganda [Read More...]

How will the zombie virus spread? Hint: probably not by bites.

I have another zombie article posted.  In this one I lament that virtually nobody is preparing for the virus in the form we’re likely to see. One of the biggest problems facing anybody in a zombie scenario is that there are so many unknowns.  This is exacerbated by the fact that so many people are [Read More...]

Islamic militants call for more attacks on schools.

This is disgusting. The leader of Nigeria‘s Islamist militant group Boko Haram has called for more attacks against schools, describing western education as a “plot against Islam”, in a video released days after his fighters killed 46 students in an assault on a dorm. In the 15-minute recording released at the weekend, Abubakar Shekau said [Read More...]

Young girl kicked off her school’s football team for causing impure thoughts.

A Christian school has booted one of its students from the football team, not for lack of talent, but because has a vagina. Madison Baxter had been playing football for her Christian school’s team in Georgia for the past year but was recently told she would have to quit, the New York Daily News reports. [Read More...]

Pope Francis really laying down the law on child abuse for real this time.

Pope Francis has made a decree: sexually abusing children on Vatican grounds is illegal: Pope Francis has laid down a law making it a crime to abuse children sexually or physically on Vatican grounds, the Holy See announced Thursday. The acts were already crimes under church law, but are now specifically outlawed within the Vatican [Read More...]

West Virginia prosecutor is lying like crazy to support ten commandments monument.

Officials in Wyoming County, West Virginia (whoever named that county was trollin’) have a monument to the ten commandments on their courthouse lawn.  The ACLU apprised them to the fact that this was illegal, and so being a courthouse (which would imply they took obedience to the law seriously) they immediately did the right thing [Read More...]

This church looks like a chicken.

I’m awake!  I’m awake! I’m getting caught up on the news after a fun weekend at the Secular Student Alliance’s East conference.  In the meantime, feast your eyes upon this ironic piece of architecture: God is trollin’ yoooooooooooooou. [Read more...]

John Mueller reads my blog!

I’m sitting here at the Secular Student Alliance’s Eastern conference having a blast.  I gave a talk this morning on blogging that was well-attended and a lot of fun. Anyway, also in attendance are John Mueller and Kathy Goodman.  In 2009 they published a study in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled Atheist Students on [Read More...]

Two videos you need.

Here’s Mr. Deity explaining why skepticism doesn’t at all, in any way, lead to atheism: And here’s the best love song in all of forever: [Read more...]