Vote for the winner of the “Nothing fails like prayer” contest!

After the Greece decision the Freedom From Religion Foundation requested that atheists ask for equal time giving invocations before their local governments.  Well, the entries are in, and there’s money and vacation time on the line: Voting is only open for 72 hours so please vote now! (Voting closes at noon Central Time, Thursday, Sept. [Read More…]

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Candidate for Congress: government is outlawing Christianity.

Gordon Klingenschmitt is running for Congress in Colorado.  He recently heard of a wedding business in New York that was fined $13,000 for refusing gay customers.  At first glance this might seem like a standard protection against discrimination – saying businesses can’t refuse gay people seems hardly different from saying a business can’t segregate their [Read More…]

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Picture from my home town (and maybe yours)?

This made me chuckle when I saw it, so I thought i’d pass it along. [Read more…]

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Kansas voters migrating away from incumbent governor who did everything they wanted.

Sam Brownback, the governor of my current state of residency (Kansas), has unwittingly been the focal point of a political experiment.  He is a Tea Party favorite in a legislature under complete conservative Republican control (i.e., he has had the freedom to turn the GOP’s economic dreams into reality).  How has this worked out?  Job [Read More…]

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Jaclynn Glenn: Christians vs. Atheists raising money for the same charity.

Jaclynn Glenn just released a great video that both highlights the stigma atheists face in public and the general kindness of atheists that makes the stigma even more inappropriate.  Well done. Jaclynn and some friends spend two days raising money for the same charity, one day as representatives of a church (not really, but for [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: face is yummy.

Good morning everybody.  I slept very little this weekend, so here’s a picture of a cute puppy while I get to stumbling about the blog. [Read more…]

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Megachurch pastors in the poorest areas (the South) are the highest paid.

From the Department of Things That Aren’t Surprising: Despite tending some of the poorest flocks, pastors at large churches across the American South are among North America’s highest paid, a new survey shows. The study, conducted by a Dallas-based church think tank called Leadership Network, surveyed a total of 727 churches in North America with [Read More…]

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Matt Dillahunty’s Atheist Debates – Argument from Design part 1: Order and Purpose.

This summer Matt Dillahunty founded the Atheist Debates Patreon project.  It was so successful that Matt is now making videos on debating apologists for a living, which is great for atheism.  Matt is, in my eyes, one of our most skilled debaters and perhaps the best communicator in the business. The first video produced for [Read More…]

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Pastor behind bars for noisy services.

I know, I know…you read that title and think “What???  Shouldn’t they have given him a warning first?”  Well, the police did.  They warned him and fined him for two years. Columbia Police officers have been called to the church more than 50 times for noise complaints. Neighbors said the noise coming from the musical [Read More…]

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Take 20 seconds to tell the government to keep the internet at one speed.

If net neutrality is dissolved it will greatly benefit the rich and their companies (that can already afford speeds necessary to grow their business) and hurt most people (like me) and start-up companies (who will be unable to afford their present internet speeds).  So please take 20 seconds and follow these steps: Click here to [Read More…]

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Anorexia journal: that felt nice.

First thing’s first, I’m down to 189.4 lbs.  That means I’ve lost almost 20 lbs in less than six weeks.  That’s too much, and I still feel like I’m eating way too much.  Yesterday I even had a little bit of ice cream, which was stupid.  I knew how I would react and I did [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: Obama sing to the shawties.

Hey all.  Gonna be quick hits on the blog this morning.  The father-in-law’s birthday is coming up so in a couple hours Michaelyn are driving up to see him.  I’ll be back tomorrow. Here’s a clip that usually manages to make me giggle: [Read more…]

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Atheist groups upset about AZ Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Partnerships.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has created a new office which has rightly earned the ire of some prominent atheists: Brewer had initially established something called the ArizonaSERVES Task Force by executive order in 2010. The order established a 21-member panel — eight of whom are representatives of faith-based organizations — to promote service and volunteerism [Read More…]

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The lesson of 9/11.

In laying out his strategy against ISIS yesterday the President said, “No religion condones the killing of innocents.” I think Sam Harris has a splendid response to this notion: As an atheist, I cannot help wondering when this scrim of pretense and delusion will be finally burned away—either by the clear light of reason or by [Read More…]

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