I think Bad Catholic gets a lot wrong about the Pope.

Marc has a post on Bad Catholic that is getting shared around about the Pope stepping down.  I don’t like it.  Here’s why. On the day of his anointing he wore a sweater underneath his finery, for it was cold. “Pray for me,” he said to me, “that I may not flee for fear of [Read More...]

AIDS cured in Mississippi baby.

For the second time in history, a case of AIDS has been cured. A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. There’s no [Read More...]

Help make my life miserable.

I’ve decided I need to do more breakdowns of arguments like my open letter to Matt Barber.  So, I’m probably going to regret asking this, but what religious blogs should I read to keep a daily idea of what believers are saying.  William Lane Craig?  Frank Turek?  Half of the Patheos Catholic portal? Help me [Read More...]

Religious liberty: you’re doing it wrong.

Arief Hidayat is a candidate to be a court Justice in Indonesia.  He has some pretty strange ideas about religious freedom. A Constitutional Court justice candidate, Arief Hidayat, said on Monday that atheism and same-sex marriage should be prohibited in Indonesia because they were based on values that contradicted the country’s ideology of Pancasila and [Read More...]

Atheism on the rise in Rwanda.

The New Times reports that atheism is on the rise in Rwanda following the genocide.  It’s hard to keep believing in a god who professes to help those who pray, when those who pray are being killed, while praying, at the hand of their religious leaders. His loving grandparents – who were proud to spent [Read More...]

The wealth inequality in America is not ideal. Duh.

Here’s a video that spells out the breadth of the problem with wealth inequality in the United States.  It makes a bad argument in part, relying on the opinion of non-experts to identify the ideal wealth distribution.  That aside, there’s obviously a problem and this video helps us to see just how far it stretches. [Read More...]

Organized atheism is not too much like religion.

When I was speaking at UNLV, one of the questions I got after the talk was about how to address the claims that by becoming organized atheism is becoming too much like a religion. Why does the fact that we’re getting organized make us more like religion and not, say, the women’s suffrage movement?  Or [Read More...]

American Atheists going soft…just kidding, they’re as excellent as ever.

Oh American Atheists.  They’re putting up some billboards down in Texas that *gasp* quote Republicans on things they actually said (and which much of their base passionately believes). Hey James Randi, watch me predict the future.  I predict that before the day is out we’ll start hearing the screams of persecution from people who have [Read More...]

All yordle weekend.

Next weekend I’ll be hitting the road for three straight weeks talking about how much it rocks that god doesn’t exist.  Which means this is my last weekend at home for a while.  That means I might post the occasional new story this weekend, but I’ll mostly be reading and getting in all the gaming [Read More...]

Perk of the new ‘hood.

Sorry for the light day of posting yesterday.  On the bright spot, Cambridge and I got mostly moved into our new place in a neighborhood without constant gunfire and domestic violence audible from across the street. And this place comes with a bonus… Xenos Christian School.  Now if only there were away to make the [Read More...]

Who wants to be a millionaire…Pat Robertson edition.

Pat Robertson has declared that one lucky 700 Club viewer is praying at just the right time and in just the right way for a million dollars, and god is going to provide it. Congratulations to you, nebulous winner of god’s affection in a rich country, of a race that never experiences discrimination, who will [Read More...]

Obama asks the SCOTUS to strike down Prop 8.

This doesn’t earn him forgiveness for drone strikes, persecution of whistleblowers, or protecting torturers from the Bush years…but it’s a start. Throwing unprecedented political weight into legalizing same-sex marriage, the Obama administration on Thursday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down California’s ban on gay nuptials. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the administration for the [Read More...]

Jimmy Carter: religion is a cause of oppression against women.

Here’s a clip of Jimmy Carter flat out saying that religion is one of the causes of violence against women and of the suppression of equality for them. But he fails to reach the conclusion that religion is bad.  Who is realizing the shortcomings of religion and trying to fix it?  Humans.  If our moral [Read More...]

Open letter to Matt Barber.

The Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber has an open letter to gay teens in the wnd.  Here’s my open letter to Matt Barber. Hi Matt.  I’m a straight guy.  To be perfectly honest, the thought of another guy’s penis repulses me only slightly less than your letter.  And yet, here I am, writing you this letter [Read More...]


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