Richard Jeffress speaks loudly on CNN.

Amanda Knief, superstar spokesperson for American Atheists, went on CNN yesterday to talk about the prayer case from Greece, NY that’s going to the Supreme Court.  For those of you not following that case, here’s a quick rundown: The case being argued at the court Wednesday involves prayers said at the start of town council [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: eyes seu big.

I’m back.  I don’t know what was wrong with me (I was up 52 hours with a 1 hour nap even though I was exhausted from weeks of travel and speaking…the being awake was not at all by choice).  I finally got some sleep and then felt even more exhausted when I woke up.  But [Read More...]

Taking today off.

Hey gang.  I got in late last night from my talk in Hastings, NE.  I drove 10 hours and, though exhausted, didn’t sleep at all last night (25 hours and counting…). I think it’s just all the traveling I’ve been doing lately.  Ever been so exhausted you couldn’t sleep?  It’s weird. Anyway, I’m going to [Read More...]

Feminism panel thread.

Ok, the panel will be embedded here.  The panel starts at 10pm EST. As for my zombie survival talk in Nebraska tomorrow, head to Central Community College in Hastings.  My talk is in the Hall Building, which is their Student Union.  I’ll be in the big room just outside the snack bar.  Be ready to survive. [Read More...]

Appearances tonight and tomorrow.

No morning happiness this morning for a few reasons: 1.  I’m going to be doing a hangout tonight hosted by David Viviano about feminism and atheism.  I’m one of the male feminists they invited (oh, I know that will just tweak some people :P).  It’ll be at 10pm EST and I’ll make a post with [Read More...]

Think Islam isn’t a problem? What say you about this whole female genital mutilation thing?

Look, every time I make a post about a group of Muslims who read about their violent, sexist, or otherwise wicked acts being justified in the Koran, then had that reinforced by culture their entire lives, people always rush in to say that these are extremists (and presumably so are the cultures that reinforced them) [Read More...]

Glenn Beck: Obama responsible for motivating murderer.

Glenn Beck took to the airwaves yesterday to argue that if you, like virtually all economists, are concerned about the greatest wealth disparity in the history of the United States (what we have going right now) and you vocalize it, then you’re responsible for inciting class warfare and even murder. As Right Wing Watch noted, [Read More...]

Rand Paul plagiarizes part of speech…from Wikipedia.

…in order to argue that people who are pro-choice are also pro-eugenics.  Rachel Maddow nails him for it. [Read more...]

Your morning happiness: another cuteness dump and farewell to Lou Reed.

Sorry for the late start.  I slept in.  I regret nothing.  Here’s a great way to start the day. Also, Lou Reed has died.  He was a spectacular musician and, from all accounts, a generous and spectacular person.  Here are my favorite song by him: “Perfect Day”. [Read more...]

Thoughts on the soup kitchen that denied atheist volunteers.

First, Hemant wrote a great piece on this.  But now it’s my turn. I saw this story while I was on the road and was so pissed I couldn’t immediately write about it.  Mostly I was just so pissed.  The Upstate Atheists in Spartanburg, SC wanted to volunteer at the local soup kitchen.  Sadly, the [Read More...]

Some political images I liked.

I thought these were grand.  Enjoy! [Read more...]

Joe the Plumber: the Democrats are racist!

Joe the Plumber put up a tweet the other day accusing the Democrats of racism (in which he used an image from the site of conservative writer Kevin Jackson).  Yes, a die-hard Republican accused someone else of racism. Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, the conservative activist and failed Ohio congressional candidate who rose to prominence [Read More...]

Ted Cruz fails to identify the problem.

This is just a quick thought on an article I just read where Ted Cruz tries to lay the blame for the failure of the GOP’s shutdown at the feet of Senate Republicans: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday laid the blame for the unsuccessful defund Obamacare effort squarely on Senate Republicans in his keynote [Read More...]

Laws that prohibit you from discriminating are not intolerant – looking at you, Catholic Church.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor is worried: he’s concerned that laws might keep the Catholic Church from interacting with society in England: “The Church has a part to play within public life and increasingly should play it, speaking about church affairs and affairs of the nation – making a contribution not from a position of power, but [Read More...]