Free-flowing thoughts about crying at movies.

You may have noticed I didn’t write anything today.  That’s because Michaelyn and I took the day to go on a date which included seeing the Lego Movie. So…I cry at movies.  Always have.  And not the movies you’re supposed to cry at (because we all cried at the end of Despicable Me 2, don’t [Read More...]

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Harass Keith Lowell Jensen for my benefit.

Keith Lowell Jensen, in a fruitless effort to impress me and thus gain entrance into the cool atheists club, sent me a sneak peek at his upcoming DVD An Atheist Christmas.  I cannot tell a lie: it was hilarious while sneaking in a bunch of pretty solid points.  But this leaves me with a dilemma: [Read More...]

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Teen who fought for atheist club and won bows out due to threats.

Hemant reported on Kalei Wilson yesterday.  Wilson fought a long and hard battle against her high school’s administration to form an atheist club.  She’s been raising money on Indiegogo for the club and had been doing very well, but that all came to a close because of intimidation from followers of the presumably most loving [Read More...]

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Arizona’s anti-gay bill is dead, but the wailing of the “oppressed” lives on.

I fucking hate political language.  I wish people would just speak clearly, but that might alienate some voters who realize your exact position. Anyway, the good news is that Arizona’s anti-gay bill is dead.  Governor Jan Brewer slapped it with a veto: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed businesses [Read More...]

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Jon Stewart on Al Melvin and “religious persecution” in Arizona.

Boom goes the dynamite. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook [Read more...]

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Texas judge strikes down gay marriage ban.

Since I already got my roflmao on, I’ll reserve this blog post for just discussing the particulars.  First, it happened.  A judge in the comically conservative state of Texas has struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage with some gloriously concise wording: Texas on Wednesday became the latest state to have a federal judge [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: polar bear wants to play.

The news today is cheerier than usual, but there’s still enough humanity derp to warrant this image: [Read more...]

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Uganda’s anti-gay bill signed into law. President Museveni says same-sex kissing can give you worms.

Look, it’s not because President Yoweri Museveni is an Evangelical Christian leading a fundamentalist Christian nation (with some sprinkling of Islam thrown in for the anti-gay cherry on top) that he just signed a bill into law that means life imprisonment for gay people and anybody who doesn’t report them.  It’s that science shows us [Read More...]

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“Spontaneous” baptisms.

So church attendance is declining and, along with it, the number of baptisms.  So what is a megachurch pastor to do?  Certainly not tell the truth.  No, the congregation needs to believe that god is making sure things are going well.  So when things aren’t going well, people’s faith might start to decline…unless you lie. [Read More...]

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A great dilemma involving Katy Perry.

I don’t like Katy Perry’s music.  I used to be wishy washing on Perry herself before she emerged as an LGBT rights activist whose own spiritual beliefs are closer to functional atheism than to the beliefs of her two Pentecostal parents.  Good on her. Still, if you’ve heard Perry live she’s…not as good as on [Read More...]

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Al Melvin goes on Anderson Cooper to defend anti-gay bill in Arizona. Rehearsed talking points ensue.

I don’t think Al Melvin is qualified to make french fries, but he’s running for governor of Arizona. The man can’t answer (or won’t answer) Cooper’s questions, lies about the impetus for the bill, embarrasses himself by not getting that his bill would apply to religions other than his, and then sits there with a [Read More...]

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My appearance on the Skeptic Money podcast.

Last week I waltzed by Phil Ferguson’s podcast to talk about money, atheism, and whatever else crossed our minds. Podcast: Play in new window | Download [Read more...]

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On calling religion a mental illness.

The big topic around the atheist blogosphere the last couple of days is whether or not religion should be called a mental illness.  To spare you wondering where I stand, I’ll just lead off by saying that I don’t think it is even if at times religion is scarcely distinguishable from mental illness. There are [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: two day-old lamb.

It’s so happy to be alive! [Read more...]

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