The 16 Percent

From time to time those of us who have been organizing the new emerging secular communities have been told that there isn’t a market for this kind of thing. We’ve sometimes heard comments along these lines: “Atheists aren’t joiners. They won’t support something like this.” “Cat-herding” is the stock metaphor. And the nay-sayers might have [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: we have a stowaway.

Yarr, but we’ll let her stay anyhow so long as she pulls her weight.   Content will be short and sweet today.  I’ve taken on a collection of private voice students in a town 75 minutes away.  I daresay it has been almost therapeutic for me.  I love coaching young performers almost as much as [Read More...]

Not a religion.

I follow an Aussie on twitter who goes by @MrOzAtheist.  He’s possibly my favorite tweeter.  He says so much with so few words. The other day he was having a repartee with someone who was saying atheism required faith.  He responded with this lovely image: Beautiful.   [Read more...]

Greece has elected a prime minister who told the Archbishop of Athens he wouldn’t be needed for the swearing in.

Greece just elected Alex Tsipras as their prime minister.  Tsipras is an open atheist, who told the Archbishop of Athens he’d be swearing into office politically, not religiously: GREECE’S new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, made history within hours of his victory by informing the Archbishop of Athens, very politely, that clerical services would not be required for his swearing-in ceremony. An avowed atheist who has [Read More...]

Hemant Mehta gives nine reasons religion is so powerful (spoiler: none of them are “playing fair”).

Hemant is good at what he does. [Read more...]

Pastor James David Manning is at it again: “Islamists are right to kill homosexuals.”

For those unfamiliar with Harlem’s Pastor Manning, you can see some of his greatest hits here. Now he’s at it again, saying that homosexuals deserve to die. As Hemant says, he doesn’t get paid to be right.  He gets paid to be confident. He’s 100% right when he passes the blame to scripture.  It’s right [Read More...]

I’m torn over Alabama lawmaker who has vowed to expose the affairs of “family values” colleagues.

Everybody’s cheering Rep. Patricia Todd, a gay lawmaker in Alabama.  She has said that she will expose the extramarital affairs of some of her anti-gay peers who simultaneously tout “family values” to prevent equal status for LGBT citizens. “I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs, [Read More...]

Virginia Senate approve anti-discrimination bill that includes LGBT.

The Virginia Senate just passed an anti-discrimination bill that includes LGBT people.  The bill will all-but-certainly be signed into law. The Virginia Senate General Laws and Technology Committee on Monday approved a measure that would ban anti-LGBT discrimination against state and local government employees. State Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico County) introduced Senate Bill 785 [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: the cuddle lamb!

Good morning everybody!  :) [Read more...]

Maybe I don’t have anything better to do…

I was going through my “other” inbox on facebook today (which I forget about for months at a time), when I came across this message: SwaugMaster Oakenshield Why are you so into attacking religion? Its not like we do anything to you, you have your beliefs I have mine. Why do you get a kick [Read More...]

When Christians say “we can’t redefine marriage”…

“Although [polygamy] was lawful among the ancient fathers: whether it be lawful now also, I would not hastily pronounce.” ~ St. Augustine, The Good of Marriage Redefining marriage is what Christianity has done throughout the ages.  Indeed, even Martin Luther, the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation (though 53% of Protestants are unaware of that fact), wrote “I [Read More...]

Mike Huckabee: chapel services in public schools will put a stop to school shootings.

Huckabee was giving a speech at a Christian conference earlier this month when he suggested his religion could be the cure for school shootings: “Because we were bringing Bibles to school people weren’t bringing guns to school, except for the deer hunters who left them in their trucks,” Huckabee said. “What has happened to our [Read More...]

Sally Kern’s trifecta of anti-gay bills ignores science and promotes children-harming practices.

You all remember Sally Kern, right? State Rep. Sally Kern (R) is leading that charge. She infamously insists that homosexuality is “more dangerous” than terrorism, and has attempted to make a martyr of herself over the backlash for saying so. Last week, she filed three separate bills designed to circumvent equality for the LGBT community by either licensing discrimination [Read More...]

Turkish court orders facebook to block pages insulting Mohammad. Facebook ignores them.

A court in Turkey (you know, the great moderate Muslim success story) has ordered facebook to block several pages it says insult the prophet Mohammad: A Turkish court has ordered Facebook to block a number of pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, threatening to stop access to the whole social networking site if it [Read More...]