GOP candidate in Minnesota believes humans and dinosaurs live together…like right now.

Bob Frey is a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in Minnesota.  He wants a position of responsibility in an era dominated by science, which suggests that our leaders should have some knowledge and/or appreciation for science. So how does Bob measure up?  Well, he’s actually testified before the states’ Senate Education Committee, where [Read More...]

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Pope: “1 in 50 priests/bishops/cardinals is a pedophile.”

So Pope Fluffy has put a number on the number of pedophiles in the high ranks of the Catholic Church: it’s about 1 in 50 according to ol’ Frankie.  And, given the Catholic Church’s past practice of PR above all else (which has been kicked into overdrive with the new pope), I’m sure there’s no [Read More...]

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This week’s edition of “Be careful what you wish for,” brought to you by the FFRF.

When I read the first sentence of this release I was ready to be all sad: Judge Kendall Sharp of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has dismissed FFRF’s free speech case against the Orange County School District… God dammit!  Why? …because the district has agreed to let FFRF distribute all [Read More...]

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Author of “Freedom From Homosexuality” arrested for A) Winning at life? B) Molesting a teenage boy?

Is the Ted Haggard Award a thing?  I feel like it should be a thing, and I feel like Pastor Duane Youngblood, author of the book Freedom From Homosexuality: No Longer Living the Lie should be its most recent recipient. A Pittsburgh pastor has been accused of sexuality assaulting a teeneger. Duane Youngblood with the [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: Tacky.

Oh Weird Al…. Also, Jack Black just makes me happy every time I see him. [Read more...]

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Forest for the Trees, JT. Forest for the trees.

I’ve been painstakingly preprocessing Larry’s 11-page post about evolution. Back a couple months, JT addressed a video by Joshua Feuerstein. Larry’s post was responding to JT’s response. This isn’t one of my official posts… but I wanted to hop in and comment. Joshua pulled out the previously-refuted-a-quadrillion-times argument: evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics. JT [Read More...]

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Atheism and American Politics: Gaining Traction?

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Atheist community here. So the atheist channel is doing a summer of questions that many of our bloggers are going to answer (will update the bottom of the page with other Patheos writer’s [Read More...]

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Arizona public charter school using books that say slavery was beneficial to African-Americans.

There is apparently a public school in Arizona giving its history students propaganda rather than textbooks: The nonprofit Americans United for Separation of Church and State is calling out one of the oldest public charter schools in Arizona for using two books from crank and Glenn Beck favorite Cleon Skousen that promote racism and a [Read More...]

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Matt Barber: “the left moves to outlaw Christianity.”

Thanks again, special twitter list, for this: Holy shit!  We’re outlawing Christianity?  Like, if you believe in Jesus you’d be arrested, fined, and/or thrown in jail?  That’s horrible!  Horrible…and unlikely in a nation run by Christians in which the majority are Christian.  What, did a bunch of Christians just up and say “You know who [Read More...]

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BREAKING: Secular celebrants allowed to perform weddings in Indiana.

A federal court has just struck down an Indiana law saying celebrants must be religious in order to be legally recognized. A federal court has ruled that humanist couples in Indiana can be married by their own “secular celebrants,” something that until now was illegal under state law. In a unanimous ruling, the Chicago-based 7th U.S. [Read More...]

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Guest post by Helen Stringer on atheist community building.

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, [Read More...]

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Your afternoon happiness: wedding shoes.

Hey guys.  Sorry for the late start today…it was another inexplicably sleepless night.  :(  I blame god. Anyway, here’s a pic our wedding photographers just posted to facebook.  It made me smile: [Read more...]

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The Laws of Apologetics

These are “laws” in the sense of consistently observed in reality with little to no instances of ever being false. [Read more...]

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Why so many religions?

This may be better suited to a Twitter comment or something, but I wanted to briefly comment: ” If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?” [Read more...]

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