7th Circuit dismisses case on the parsonage exemption.

Earlier this year the FFRF filed a lawsuit on the grounds that pastors were given tax benefits unavailable to atheist leaders.  They won in district court and the state appealed.  Now the 7th Circuit has overturned that ruling. The panel, in a unanimous decision by Circuit Judge Joel Flaum, vacated a strong ruling a year ago by [Read More…]

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Colbert on Gordon Klingenschmitt.

Colbert voices his *ahem* support for Colorado Republican lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt, who thinks Obama and LGBT people are demon possessed. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive [Read more…]

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I love Lucien Greaves and the Temple of Satan.

For those following the situation in Orange County, FL (where public schools allowed groups to distribute bibles and then decided to allow atheists to distribute literature rather than lose a lawsuit), there’s some happy and amusing news courtesy of fellow Patheos blogger Hemant Mehta. The Temple of Satan has filed a formal request to share [Read More…]

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Guest post: “Richard Dawkins is Coming…to Conservative Town” (To the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town)

The following is a guest post by Teresa MacBain. In the heart of the south, an atheist student group is making waves! The Kennesaw State University (KSU) Atheists United is hosting Richard Dawkins, November 21, 2014. I, for one, know just how bold and courageous they are in this endeavor. In late summer 2012, KSU [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: this baby goat has a leaf.

I have nothing to add beyond the title of this post.  This goat has a leaf.  It’s happy.  I’m happy. [Read more…]

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Did you know Carl Sagan wasn’t an atheist?

This was news to me, but according to a piece at another Patheos blog called Seasons of Grace over on the Catholic channel. I’m volunteering with the Recovering from Religion’s Hotline Project and have had to vet a couple applicants today (and another in an hour) while trying to keep up with current events.  I [Read More…]

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Welcome “Brooke” as a contributor.

Brooke is a friend I’ve met on the road who might be more passionate about being an activist than anybody I know.  I also wanted to pick up someone who can write competently about sex, since Christina has mostly moved on to being her own internet figure (they grow up so fast).  Sex is an [Read More…]

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Catholic Bishops in Kenya oppose tetanus vaccine because “it’s population control in disguise.”

Just like the Church’s campaign that said condoms increase the spread of AIDS, now bishops in Kenya are saying the same tetanus vaccine the WHO has administered in other countries without any deleterious effects to the population are, in face, laced with birth control: “We are calling on all Kenyans to avoid the tetanus vaccination [Read More…]

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SCOTUS votes 7-2 to lift stay on same-sex marriage in Kansas.

This is very interesting… The Supreme Court on Wednesday night lifted a stay on issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Kansas, making it the 33rd state in which gay unions are allowed. The decision indicated that the justices are content to allow the list of states where gay marriages are sanctioned to expand, even as it [Read More…]

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Gay marriage ban in Mississippi likely to fall soon.

Wednesday a Federal judge heard the arguments in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Phil Bryant.  To say the least, it seems to have gone well for the side of equality.  Judge Carlton W. Reeves who, according to Joe Jervis, “is an Obama nominee and used to work for the ACLU of Mississippi” apparently grilled the [Read More…]

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Glenn Beck wannaba explains how Monster energy drinks are Satanic.

It uses the “F Word”!  Look, it says “BFC” which stands for Big [censored] Can!  Look they even write it out on the side of the can! Way to uncover that thing they weren’t at all trying to hide (in fact, they were counting on people to find it).  You’re some kind of detective. But [Read More…]

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Federal judge rules Michigan’s ban on benefits for same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Well here’s some good news, though it may struggle to get past the 6th Circuit: The Sixth Circuit may have upheld Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, but some same-sex couples still have something to celebrate this week. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the state’s law banning the same-sex partners of public employees from receiving benefits is unconstitutional. The [Read More…]

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Ted Cruz’s followers call him out for his opposition to net neutrality

Ted Cruz came out swinging against net neutrality. His followers were more than happy to return the favor on his Facebook page. JT already tore into Ted Cruz, so I won’t go on explaining why net neutrality is actually a good thing for the internet. (All these pictures and more can be found here) It all [Read More…]

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Christians who freaked out when Cowboys signed Michael Sam noticeably silent when they sign an actual criminal.

When the Dallas Cowboys signed openly gay NFL rookie Michael Sam to their practice squad, many Christians (including NFL players) publicly and loudly lost their shit (including protests against the Cowboys).  In an effort expose the hysteria and moral confusion with which Christianity seems to imbue people, I want to introduce you to Josh Brent, [Read More…]

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