My religion says I must kick bigots square in the nuts.

This makes me sick. A pending bill in the Kentucky state legislature could pave the way for increased discrimination against LGBT people. Patheos notes that human rights groups are going to battle against a bill that would allow residents to sidestep anti-discrimination laws if they pointed to “sincerely” held “religious beliefs” that justify their actions. [Read More...]

Headed to Wichita and to St. Louis next.

This weekend I’ll be in Wichita, KS for Skeptics of Oz at Wichita State University’s CAC Theater.  The event’s free, so if you’re in the area come hang out with me, Teresa MacBain, Darrel Ray, Sharon Moss, and others.  Immediately after that I’m headed to St. Louis.  I’ll be at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood on [Read More...]


Steven here… Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers put out a blog post recently calling on people to sign a civility pledge. A lot of it is completely fair and how we would hope people would behave. In fact, on my first read-through, I didn’t really see anything that I objected to. I try to [Read More...]

Apostacon early registration now available.

Not joking or embellishing: Apostacon is the type of conference I (and I’m pretty sure every other organizer) always dreamed of running.  It’s taking place at a hotel with massive indoor water park, including a four-story water slide.  Tickets to said water park will be included in the cost of a hotel room, which the [Read More...]

Recovery mode.

Oooooooooooh, I am so fried today.  Last night weather was terrible all over the country.  My flight (in which I got to sit right next to Katherine Stewart) was delayed out of Madison and then about 66% of the flights out of Ohare were delayed badly, including my flight to Kansas.  Ultimately my head hit [Read More...]

Good morning, hangover.

After a day of amazing talks, atheists once again confirmed, by evidence, that they know how to party.  I didn’t feel like a victim of this happy fact last night, but this morning is a completely different story.  It’s all good.  We will go just as hard today.  Cool things about the Madison Freethought Festival [Read More...]

Dave Muscato on International Women’s Day.

The following is a guest post from Dave Muscato, the communications person for American Atheists. Today is International Women’s Day. Here at American Atheists headquarters, we’re celebrating. Women have played a vital role in the atheist movement, and today I want to profile several great activists in the movement who happen to be women. Women [Read More...]

Trapped in DC for the night.

Oh man, is today ever rocky.  The landing in Dulles was the worst of my life.  Plenty of wind shear and lots of rocking of our tiny plane.  For those who don’t know, I’m a very nervous flyer.  My hands were so sweaty I couldn’t white-knuckle the arm rest, despite my brain sending out the [Read More...]

North Korea throwing a worrisome tantrum.

So the UN passed harsher sanctions against North Korea, and even China signed on.  Among the prohibitions against stuff that could be used to enrich uranium, there will also be a block against shipping luxury items like yachts and jewelry to North Korea. The latter was kind of a “fuck you” to the wealthy class [Read More...]

Elizabeth Scalia is leery of experts.

The Obama DoJ filed a brief in the the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry in opposition the California’s ban on gay marriage.  Part of their brief rebutted the idea that straight marriages are the ideal place to raise children.  This is a superfluous point.  It wouldn’t matter if gay marriages were less optimal for raising [Read More...]

The road to evil on this earth is paved with good intentions.

Every single parent in this video loved their child as sincerely as you or I would, or do, love our children.  They wanted their children to be well. Good intentions are insufficient to keep a person from being a monster.  A responsible person must work to make sure he does not hold inaccurate beliefs in [Read More...]

Second comment: Rebecca doesn’t think the Cranston banner should have come down.

Our next comment comes from Rebecca: I’m a Christian and I think that looking at the majority of us from the few that do the wrong thing is misleading. I, as a Christian personally hate it when other Christians shove their religious beliefs down other people’s throats, and they goes for all religious and that [Read More...]

First comment: anonymous is illogical.

I’m getting an influx of religious readers to the blog.  Cool.  Welcome to all of you. These religious readers are leaving comments.  Cool.  I’ll spend today responding to some of them. The first comes from anonymous: as a Christian myself, your comment gave me goose bumps. It is true. We Christians tend to make fools [Read More...]

Sears and JC Penney cave to the AFA and pull ads from SNL.

Recently SNL did a hilarious skit that put Jesus in a Quentin Tarantino-like trailer.  This prompted the American Family Association to complain and two companies, Sears and JC Penney, pulled their ads from SNL. Two major retailers have apologized or removed their ads after receiving complaints about a “Saturday Night Live” skit about “Jesus” returning [Read More...]