Austin City Council candidate Gregario Casar’s response to claims of being an atheist

The race for Austin City Council District 4 garnered some negative attention recently for Laura Pressley, who is seeking to best Gregorio Casar in the run-off race where early voting just started. Pressley released a flyer claiming that Casar was a “self admitted atheist.” When I originally wrote on the subject, neither candidate responded in time [Read More…]

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Link dump: Rick Santorum says separation of church and state is a Communist idea.

This is the time every day where I link dump a lot of the stories that, for one reason or another, didn’t get their own blog post.  But before that I want to ask a question.  You guys know I’ll do just about anything for a good cause and that I’m frequently posting about opportunities [Read More…]

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Four dead as Islamic militants in Pakistan open fire on aid workers giving polio vaccines.

Speaking of Pakistan, it’s not where you want to be if you’re trying to eradicate diseases.  Just Monday this happened: Gunmen shot at a polio worker outside Peshawar on Monday when he was visiting houses to administer the vaccine. Jamaat ul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack. The [Read More…]

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Pakistani anti-terrorism court sentences actress and husband to 26 years for blasphemy.

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court (the thought of putting quotes around “anti-terrorism” occurred to me) has sentenced an actress and her husband to 26 years in prison for blasphemy.  It seems the actress, Veena Malik, danced during a scene in which Muhammad’s daughter got married, and it seemed the only appropriate response was to put her [Read More…]

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Reminder: Russell Glasser speaking in St. Charles tomorrow!

Just in case you forgot, the SSA at St. Charles Community College is bringing in Russell Glasser, co-host of the Atheist Experience, to give a talk about embracing your inner Skeptic.  So if you’re up around the St. Louis area you’re lucky enough to get in on this early Friendsman present. The talk is free to get into.  Wish [Read More…]

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Austin City Council candidate attacks supposedly ‘self admitted atheist’ opponent

The run-off race for Austin City Council District 4 is probably not something most people, especially outside of Austin, will pay much attention to, including myself. The race is between Laura Pressley and Gregorio Casar. Casar led Pressley with an impressive 39-22 lead in the November 4th election, commencing the run-off that is set to [Read More…]

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Christian homeless shelter appears to be exploiting residents as cheap labor and taking their social security/food stamps.

New Beginnings is a Christian homeless shelter in Florida which arranges for those using its services to work on behalf of the shelter to make an honest living.  There’s just one problem: the money the shelter gets to pay its workers doesn’t seem to find its way into the hands of the workers. A Christian-based [Read More…]

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Rocker who threw a beer bottle at his wife’s head upset about America’s “soul sickness.”

Scott Stapp, the front man for the band Creed, recently posted (and removed) a video from his facebook page lamenting the “soul sickness” of America. In a new video, now deleted from his Facebook page, Stapp — who has been documenting his quest to get the Boca Raton Police Department to investigate the theft of [Read More…]

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Debate (Do the findings of science entail that Christianity is false?): John Lepp’s first rebuttal.

Here is John Lepp’s first rebuttal. My opening. John’s opening. My first rebuttal Let’s go over some basics on who has the burden of proof:  The debate topic is “Do the findings of science entail that Christianity is false?”  Whoever is making an assertion of fact has the burden of proof.  The assertion is “Science [Read More…]

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Jesus & Mo: Speaking in Tongues.

The new Jesus & Mo made me smile. Mo, like so many believers, can be so reasonable when assessing the claims of other religions. [Read more…]

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American Atheists “blessing” the South with some wisdom-bearing billboards.

The American South will be getting a message from American Atheists starting today and running through Dec. 24th: Continuing its tradition of “firebrand-style” billboards at Christmastime, American Atheists launched a new campaign in Bible Belt cities, beginning Monday. The billboards feature a young girl writing a letter to Santa; her letter reads, “Dear Santa, All [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: dawgs.

I’m back.  What a holiday.  Lots of driving, but lots of good time with family and friends.  Time to start getting caught back up with what’s going on in the world.  Maybe it will all be happy. But just in case, on the off chance it’s all depressing, here are a couple of pictures from [Read More…]

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Finland legalizes marriage equality!

Finland getting with the times: The Finnish Parliament voted on Friday afternoon to allow gender-neutral marriage, 105-92. The vote had been expected to be closer. The gender-neutral marriage bill was seventh on the list of 15 votes. Four MPs out of the 200 MPs were absent on the first vote, concerning a reform of language [Read More…]

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Fundamentalist Christians hate ISIS, yet they have so much in common…

Hey everybody!  Just checking in from the road.  Last night we played Cards Against Humanity with Michaelyn’s mom, brothers, and sister-in-law, who are some of my favorite people.  They’re the kind that just make you smile all the time you’re around them. Today we’re hanging out with my mother-in-law, Diane, before making the journey north [Read More…]

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