Ohio anti-evolution bill is dead.

Another anti-evolution ship just got sunk: Ohio’s House Bill 597 — which if enacted would require students in the state’s public schools to “review, in an objective manner, the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories in the [state science] standards” — died in the legislature, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (December 15, 2014). As NCSE previously reported, HB 597, [Read More…]

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FFRF gets Georgia Southern University to reprimand and stop proselytizing teacher.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation sent a letter to Georgia Southern University urging them to investigate Emerson McMullen, a professor of history at the school, for using his classroom to proselytize his religion. The results of that investigation are in: The report also confirmed that McMullen had indeed offered an [Read More…]

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Bryan Fischer: Jesus would use torture.

No commentary needed: “Christianity is not a pacifist religion,” Fischer said. “The God that we serve is described in Exodus 15 as a ‘man of war.’ Now we often think of gentle Jesus, meek and mild, but let’s not forget, according to Romans 19:13, when he comes back … he will be riding a white [Read More…]

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Kelly Shackelford incensed that gays persecute Christians so much.

Kelly Shackelford from the Liberty Institute recently said some pretty silly things about how persecuted Christians are at the hands of gay people. In a conference call held by E.W. Jackson’s group Staying True to America’s National Destiny (S.T.A.N.D) last week, Liberty Institute president Kelly Shackelford said that the advancement of LGBT rights and laws [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: Mrs. Claws.

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Greg Abbott backs nativity scene in Texas Capitol

Literally a few hours after I post a story about how the vast majority of Americans support having religious holiday displays on government property, I find a story of a nativity scene going up in the Texas Capitol. On Monday, a very simplistic nativity scene (pictured above) was unveiled in the basement of the Capitol’s rotunda [Read More…]

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Open letter to anybody who acts like it’s the end of the world when their drive through order is wrong.

This post isn’t about religion or politics, but it’s my blog and I write what’s on my mind.  So there.  😛 On a facebook group of which I’m a part, a guy was complaining the other day how the “high schooler” at McDonald’s had gotten his order wrong and how he had to go all the [Read More…]

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Indiana pond turns blood red. No one is raptured.

In 2011 a lake in West Texas turned blood red. Recognizing the obvious sign of the End Times™, Indiana pastor and rapture enthusiast Paul Begley quoted Revelation 16:3:   “The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: a unicorn that farts rainbows.

Yesterday was a pretty rough day for me psychologically.  Today’s not much better, but I have an appointment with Katy (my therapist) at 4pm, so hopefully we can sort some of it out. Because of this, I couldn’t sleep last night (got to bed around 5:30am, hence why the morning happiness post is coming in [Read More…]

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Poll: overwhelming support for religious displays on government property

A new poll has found that 72% of Americans believe having religious holiday displays on government property is okay.The poll, released Monday by Pew Forum, found that not only did nearly three-quarters find this acceptable, but 44% of the respondents said that this would be okay even if they were only Christian displays. That being said, when we [Read More…]

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People Are More Important Than Beliefs

The following is a post by Helen Stringer, who runs Kansas City Oasis.  Helen and Mike Aus (the man who runs Houston Oasis) have agreed to become contributors to this blog where they will write about community building.  Give Helen a big welcome!  ~ JT My husband and I bought our first home near a [Read More…]

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As an atheist, this is why apologetics don’t convince me

When I hook horns with apologetics, I often wonder what the other side is doing, because from A to Z, their entire approach is wrong to convince me of anything. Today, I thought I’d spend some time being introspective and explaining where apologetics falls short for me, personally. [Read more…]

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Pat Robertson: don’t bother going to the doctor, god will be your physician.

The other day Pat Robertson got a message from an elderly man named Jim who was eschewing doctors in favor of his faith in god: I am 76 years-old.  Several years ago, I made a covenant with god.  I asked him to be my physician.  I said, “I trust you, Lord, for all my physical [Read More…]

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Public high school student won’t participate in class until ten commandments monument returns.

The superintendent of Harding High School in Marion, OH recently did something really smart: he removed a ten commandments monument from the school.  His reasoning was: According to Superintendent Gary Barber, he had watched other Ohio school districts face legal challenges and wanted “to make sure that [our] resources are directly aligned to our district’s mission and vision [Read More…]

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