Christian couple in Pakistan beat, murdered, and burned for desecrating the Quran.

In Pakistan you’d best be careful which ideas you disrespect.  If you disrespect Islam, you do so very much at the risk of your life from people who will no doubt tout the life-changing and moralizing influence of their beloved religion: An enraged mob beat a Christian couple to death and burnt their bodies in [Read More…]

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BREAKING: Federal judge strikes down Kansas gay marriage ban!

Ok, so when the 10th Circuit ruled that gay marriage bans were unconstitutional, why didn’t Kansas immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples?  The short answer is because Kansas is a backwards state and Sam Brownback is lame. The long answer is that the case that was appealed to the 10th Circuit was the [Read More…]

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Morally confused man reports child molester to the police and is ostracized by his more confused Jewish sect.

I got forwarded an article with the descriptor “A Jewish community turned against the man who reported a child molester.”  This was the first paragraph. Sam Kellner’s reputation in the Hasidic community of Borough Park, Brooklyn, began to suffer in 2008, when his teen-age son told him that he had been molested by a man who [Read More…]

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Secular Students at the University of North Georgia taking a stand for church/state separation.

I got a press release in my inbox today from the Secular Student Alliance.  It turns out the University of North Georgia is holding mandatory prayers for on campus events for its cadets, which is a legal and ethical no-no. “University of North Georgia students are standing up for the separation of church and state [Read More…]

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Guest post: Helen Stringer on the identity of Oasis.

Helen Stringer is an up-and-comer who you will hear more of in the next few years, mark my words.  She is the founder and leader of Kansas City Oasis, a group for which I have spoken and attended again this last weekend.  Because she is so quickly becoming a go-to voice for atheist community building that [Read More…]

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Jon Stewart on GOP tactics and voter suppression laws.

Jon Stewart once again points out how the GOP is attempting to win through any means other than rational arguments. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive It’s like Jim Wright says:  If your vote didn’t matter, then these rotten sons of bitches wouldn’t be working [Read More…]

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Iran sentences a woman to a year in prison for watching a men’s volleyball game.

It seems a distinguishing point of fundamentally religious societies is that fun activities can be viewed as a crime.  How’s about watching a volleyball game landing you in jail for a year in Iran? A British-Iranian woman detained in Iran after trying to watch a men’s volleyball match has been sentenced to a year in [Read More…]

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Election day thoughts, gratitude, and something I changed my mind about.

I love writing about changing my mind.  As Matt Dillahunty says, I like being less wrong than I was the previous day.  😛 But first I want you to go lend some support to some particular candidates today.  The first is Daniel Moran who was running for the state House in Texas (and who occasionally [Read More…]

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Election day open thread.

Hey guys.  Gonna keep this short so I can potentially add to it later.  In this open thread feel free to talk about whatever, but also mention where lines are particularly long or if you feel there are any violations of which people need to be aware.  I’ll update this post accordingly throughout the day. [Read more…]

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Your morning happiness: kitten kisses.

It’s election day, and odds are it’s going to be a bit of a depressing one.  Maybe we could all use some kitten kisses: [Read more…]

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God as a basis of morality – a flowchart

Because I’m on a morality kick, I decided to create a flowchart to encapsulate the unintelligibly of the theistic argument. [Read more…]

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Russell Glasser appearing on Atheists on Air tonight at 9pm EDT!

I got contacted by AoA about appearing on their show tonight after their guest bailed at the last minute.  I really wanted to, but I’m really tired after a week of travel and speaking and I need to take a night to rest, I think.  But it worked out because they actually upgraded to Russell [Read More…]

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Russia tears down monument to Steven Jobs because new Apple CEO is gay.

When Steve Jobs died a monument was erected in Russia to recognize his contributions.  When new Apple CEO Tim Cook announced last week that he was gay, they tore it down: Residents of Saint Petersburg have reportedly torn down a giant interactive iPhone memorial that commemorated the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs after the [Read More…]

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Eight people sentenced to three years in jail for attending a gay wedding in Egypt.

Two months ago I wrote about how nine people were arrested in Egypt when video surfaced that they had attended a gay wedding.  If you want some clear insight as to how religion can corrupt the moral sense of entire societies, here it is: Egypt has arrested seven men for taking part in a gay wedding [Read More…]

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