Pope appoints Jesuit who shielded a child-raping priest to position in charge of policing child-raping priests.

I’d like to tell you the story of a priest named Donald McGuire (I won’t refer to him as father because…well, you’ll see): Jesuit officials in Chicago will pay $19.6 million to settle a civil lawsuit brought by six men who claim they were molested by a former priest and onetime spiritual advisor to Mother [Read More…]

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Father responds to local letter on separation of church and state.

A man named Colin Carr wrote a letter-to-the-editor of my hometown paper challenging the separation of church and state.  He opens with: This is written in response to the article published byThe Baxter Bulletin on Nov. 15, entitled, “Think over, ‘Under God.” Isn’t it wonderful that we live in a country where we have the God-given [Read More…]

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Maryland councilwoman declines to be sworn in on bible, is sworn in on the Constitution instead.

Hemant pinged out a councilwoman in Maryland who gave a great quote when swearing in for her new position.  Ordinarily I’d just let it slide since Hemant already saw it, but this is just too good not to blog. Jessica Fitzwater just won a seat on the Frederick County Council in Maryland.  When swearing in for [Read More…]

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Help the Duggars Raise Money for LGBT Kids

A funny thing happens when someone broadcasts hate. Sometimes – just sometimes – love proves itself to be stronger. I’m sure Jim and Michelle Duggar never intended to give money to any young LGBT people, especially not LGBT youth made homeless when they came out to their parents. The Duggars (of TLC’s “19 and Counting” reality show [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: puppies vs. stairs.

Ok, back to work today!  I’ve already seen some maddening stories, so soak up these puppies trying to conquer stairs: [Read more…]

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Your morning happiness: baby pig has a new mama.

Good morning everybody!  I got back from Skepticon late last night and have decided to take it pretty easy today.  What a great trip though!  Good attendance for my talk and got a pretty lengthy standing ovation.  And, of course, there was so much love all weekend.  Just a wonderful trip. I might do a [Read More…]

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No Gods, Just Quads

One of the things I wonder about a lot is how spirituality and atheism can work together. When I first realized I was an atheist, I remember feeling conflicted about the sense of awe that some things gave me. I used to associate that with religion, and I felt like I had to try to [Read More…]

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Sunday Night Happiness – Daryl Didnt Die

The Walking Dead has gotten into the habit of teasing its viewers with killing off Daryl. It’s come to the point that when Daryl is clipping his fingernails in a concrete bunker with the Spartan army from 300 defending him, the Jaws theme starts playing just to toy with my emotions! There was a bit [Read More…]

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Kirk Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas’ was so terrible he’s artificially inflating the rating

Kirk Cameron is back in theaters. Before you run away screaming at just the thought of that, it’s worth knowing what people outside of our little commune of godless heathens that just hate God, hate Christmas, and hate Christians (sarcasm) think of his latest… um… film. The LA Times called the movie, dubbed Kirk Cameron’s Saving [Read More…]

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An Example of how Scientific Journals are in Trouble

Merely being published in a “science” journal is quickly becoming nothing worth mentioning. Creationists are diluting the concept in the same sense that they create modern “Universities” that have no accreditation. [Read more…]

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Traveling day. Have a link dump.

I’m about to hit the road so I won’t have time to blog today.  Here are a bunch of the stories I had in my queue (now you will understand why I need a morning happiness post every morning). Hindu parents in India being held for honor-killing their own daughter: In a horrific case of [Read More…]

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Ted Cruz is supporting a gay judicial nominee?

Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, two of the most conservative members of the United States Senate, for some reason have recommended Robert Pitman for the Western District of Texas, a federal court. This is shocking, because if confirmed, Pitman would become the first openly gay federal judge in the state of Texas. He [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: Heading out for Skepticon 7 today.

Ugh, I woke up this morning to see a gajillion things I wanted to write about.  However, this morning Michaelyn, Dr. Dave, and I set off for Skepticon 7.  I think I’ll just cram them all into one post after this one. This seemed like a good time to indulge in some nostalgia. Here’s my [Read More…]

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Bryan Fischer finally gets it.

I can’t make this shit up.  In my special people twitter feed I just saw this.  It’s Matt Barber linking to a guest post on his site by Bryan Fischer with the most hilariously oblivious title ever: YES!  HE CAN BE TAUGHT! If you’re ever wondering just how far the sense of entitlement drawn from [Read More…]

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