Suspect in custody re: Oklahoma ten commandments monument. He doesn’t seem to be an atheist.

Oklahoma police have arrested a suspect (who has confessed) in the destruction of the 10 commandments monument.  The guy who drove the car into the monument, regardless of whether he’s an atheist, should definitely have some mandatory psychological counseling assigned to him: Officials say someone drove their car into monument Thursday night, smashing it to [Read More…]

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Christian woman in Pakistan could face death penalty for blasphemy.

A Christian woman in Pakistan is having to defend herself from the state against charges of blasphemy, with her life hanging in the balance. A Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan plans to take her case to the country’s highest court after a high court last week rejected her appeal, her attorney [Read More…]

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Whoever drove a car into the Oklahoma ten commandments monument is an idiot.

I’ve often said that while atheism is the rational conclusion, that is no guarantee that an atheist reached that conclusion rationally or that they will be a good or rational person (the same is true of Christianity, except that it’s not a reasonable conclusion).  Here’s my exhibit A: A controversial monument of the Ten Commandments [Read More…]

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Holy crap. I reached my (original) Extra Life fundraising goal without fragging a single n00b.

I just received an email from Extra Life: JT, You came, you saw, you conquered!  Congratulations on another donation and for reaching your fundraising goal with Extra Life.  Your commitment and compassion translates to lifesaving care and equipment for local kids, and we couldn’t be happier that you gave of your time and your voice [Read More…]

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Dupuy: Republicans safe from Ebola.

Thanks to Keith Lowell Jensen for this one: [Read more…]

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New York street renamed to “George Carlin Way” despite protests from local parish.

Comedian Kevin Bartini has been working for three years to get the street where George Carlin grew up renamed in his honor.  Everybody seemed on board except for the local Catholic church on the block: And then some, as it turned out. In October 2011, Bartini talked to members of Community Board 9, which would [Read More…]

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Extra Life 2014: I’ll be streaming all day tomorrow to raise money for sick children.

DO ME A FAVOR AND HELP SPREAD THE WORD OF THIS ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE:  WE HAVE RECEIVED A $300 MATCHING OFFER!  THE NEXT $300 IN DONATIONS WILL BE DOUBLED!!!   WE’VE ALREADY MET THE MATCH!!!  HOLY SHIT! TOTAL SO FAR: $1,004/$2,500   For those who don’t know about the Extra Life movement, here’s [Read More…]

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Couple intervenes to defend Kansas gay marriage ban by saying SSM violates their property rights.

So the 10th Circuit ruling that gay marriage bans are unconstitutional affects us right here in Kansas.  Except Gov. Brownback is trying to rally his base in a neck and neck re-election race by fighting delaying the inevitable.  Essentially, after the 10th Circuit ruling a couple lesbians couples applied for marriage licenses.  Gov. Brownback had [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: broken leg sucks.

What a strange name for a morning happiness post, right? The caption on this one read “She’s upset about breaking her leg falling off a suitcase.” [Read more…]

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Haven’t we been here before?

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Interview with Andrea Desky of the P.A.S.T.A. Foundation.

At Apostacon this year I met a young woman named Andrea Desky,  She gave awesome hugs and was running around all weekend with an expensive-looking camera and a colander on her head.  I found out later that she was the head of a group called the PASTA Foundation which recently got their first blast in [Read More…]

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FOX News: Texas public school should keep explicitly Christian plaques because of “culture in the South.”

First, let’s set the stage: Earlier this year, the Midlothian Independent School District covered Christian plaques at two schools after the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) threatened to sue. But parents and students protested, and the Midlothian ISD board voted to uncover the plaques. That’s no good.  Let’s hear why: Tiffany Davlin, who organized protests to [Read More…]

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Another North Carolina magistrate resigns rather than serve the public equally.

Another North Carolina judge has realized a problem: his religious beliefs insist he not do his job properly, but he likes his job.  Give the choice between adequately filling his role as a government employee and abiding by his religion, he made the best choice for himself: he resigned his position as judge. Swain County [Read More…]

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Legal win: Texas school district agrees to stop announcing local church events.

This one comes from the American Humanist Association’s legal team: The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center received a notice from school district officials at Lake Dallas Independent School District in Corinth, Texas, that the Lake Dallas High School’s football stadium public announcement system will no longer be used to advertise church gatherings held [Read More…]

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