Secular Students at the University of North Georgia taking a stand for church/state separation.

I got a press release in my inbox today from the Secular Student Alliance.  It turns out the University of North Georgia is holding mandatory prayers for on campus events for its cadets, which is a legal and ethical no-no. “University of North Georgia students are standing up for the separation of church and state [Read More…]

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Guest post: Helen Stringer on the identity of Oasis.

Helen Stringer is an up-and-comer who you will hear more of in the next few years, mark my words.  She is the founder and leader of Kansas City Oasis, a group for which I have spoken and attended again this last weekend.  Because she is so quickly becoming a go-to voice for atheist community building that [Read More…]

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Jon Stewart on GOP tactics and voter suppression laws.

Jon Stewart once again points out how the GOP is attempting to win through any means other than rational arguments. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive It’s like Jim Wright says:  If your vote didn’t matter, then these rotten sons of bitches wouldn’t be working [Read More…]

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Iran sentences a woman to a year in prison for watching a men’s volleyball game.

It seems a distinguishing point of fundamentally religious societies is that fun activities can be viewed as a crime.  How’s about watching a volleyball game landing you in jail for a year in Iran? A British-Iranian woman detained in Iran after trying to watch a men’s volleyball match has been sentenced to a year in [Read More…]

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Election day thoughts, gratitude, and something I changed my mind about.

I love writing about changing my mind.  As Matt Dillahunty says, I like being less wrong than I was the previous day.  😛 But first I want you to go lend some support to some particular candidates today.  The first is Daniel Moran who was running for the state House in Texas (and who occasionally [Read More…]

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Election day open thread.

Hey guys.  Gonna keep this short so I can potentially add to it later.  In this open thread feel free to talk about whatever, but also mention where lines are particularly long or if you feel there are any violations of which people need to be aware.  I’ll update this post accordingly throughout the day. [Read more…]

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Your morning happiness: kitten kisses.

It’s election day, and odds are it’s going to be a bit of a depressing one.  Maybe we could all use some kitten kisses: [Read more…]

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God as a basis of morality – a flowchart

Because I’m on a morality kick, I decided to create a flowchart to encapsulate the unintelligibly of the theistic argument. [Read more…]

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Russell Glasser appearing on Atheists on Air tonight at 9pm EDT!

I got contacted by AoA about appearing on their show tonight after their guest bailed at the last minute.  I really wanted to, but I’m really tired after a week of travel and speaking and I need to take a night to rest, I think.  But it worked out because they actually upgraded to Russell [Read More…]

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Russia tears down monument to Steven Jobs because new Apple CEO is gay.

When Steve Jobs died a monument was erected in Russia to recognize his contributions.  When new Apple CEO Tim Cook announced last week that he was gay, they tore it down: Residents of Saint Petersburg have reportedly torn down a giant interactive iPhone memorial that commemorated the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs after the [Read More…]

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Eight people sentenced to three years in jail for attending a gay wedding in Egypt.

Two months ago I wrote about how nine people were arrested in Egypt when video surfaced that they had attended a gay wedding.  If you want some clear insight as to how religion can corrupt the moral sense of entire societies, here it is: Egypt has arrested seven men for taking part in a gay wedding [Read More…]

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John Oliver on the elections that really matter, and a quick guide for KS and MO voting.

If you think federal elections are important, you really need to pay attention to state elections.  States pass thousands more laws than our inert federal legislature (and the senate changing hands won’t change a thing).  Just listen to John Oliver break it down: So, if you’re voting tomorrow in Missouri or Kansas (the places closest [Read More…]

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Rebecca Hamilton: “Critics of Christianity don’t help those in need.”

Rebecca Hamilton has hit an all-time low, giving shark shit at the bottom of the ocean a run for its money in terms of lowness.  She did it in a post titled “The Difference is Jesus: Christian Medical Missions in India.” Christians, unlike their critics, build hospitals and schools, go on missions to help those in [Read More…]

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Guest post: fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Cory Johnston is a reader, podcaster, and mental health advocate who contacted me about doing a guest post here about a fundraiser he’s doing for the CMHA. ­­When I was around 9 years old, my mother spent some time away from home. I don’t remember anyone actually telling me why. What I do remember is [Read More…]

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