No more abstinence-only education in Illinois.

What is up with this day?  Normally reading the news is a slow, morose trek through a reminder that shit’s horrible.  But today the news has decided the be a constant source for celebration.  Ok, let’s roll with it. Illinois has banned abstinence-only education. Illinois public schools that teach sex education will be required to [Read More...]

American Atheists to unveil a secular monument to counter ten commandments.

Wow!  Is today ever a red letter day!  I woke up to the story that Michelle Bachmann is history (or would be if ethically dubious people confined to obscurity were “history”).  And then I found a press release from American Atheists in my inbox that just made my day. The Bradford County Courthouse in Florida [Read More...]

So long Michelle Bachmann. May you find the obscurity you so richly deserve.

Oh Michelle… Our time together was so short, but it felt like forever.  Literally. Michelle Bachmann has announced that she will not seek reelection.  She says it’s for ethical reasons: if the President can only serve eight years then she should only serve eight years.  It’s an ethical reason that, rest assured, has absolutely nothing [Read More...]

Streaming ranked night.

Tonight is ranked night in League of Legends, when my ranked team owns all faces.  I’m warming up.  Ranked matches start at 10pm EDT. Watch live video from jteberhard on [Read more...]

US Supreme Court Deals Blow to Defunders of Planned Parenthood

Anne here… No, that headline does not contain a typo. Planned Parenthood and its defenders have been warding off legislative blows in lawsuits all over the country in the last several years, and things have been especially nasty in the last couple of years. In 2011 Indiana passed a law preventing any Medicaid funds from going [Read More...]

Tell Skepticon how to be more accessible!

Lauren Lane has just put a post up on the Skepticon website asking for tips on how to make Skepticon more accessible.  She’s got some good starters: Here are some things we are brainstorming to help kick off the conversation: Ginormous signage ASL Interpreters for as many talks as we can manage (Anyone know of [Read More...]

Hagee: even if they die, they were healed.

John Hagee’s son (and boy, did that apple not fall very far) wants people to know that if you pray for someone’s cancer to be healed and they subsequently die, that they were truly healed. Of course, believing Hagee is no less embarrassing than believing an ancient book talking about a guy rising from the [Read More...]

Oklahoma bill places restrictions on funeral protests.

In a bill undoubtedly targeted at the Westboro Baptist Church, the Oklahoma legislature has enshrined limits on how a person can protest funerals. New Oklahoma law restricts funeralprotests. Oklahoma GovernorMary Fallinsigned a bill into law Monday that adds restrictions to funeral protests. Under Senate Bill 406, protests would not be allowed two hours before or after [Read More...]

First Muslim lesbian couple married in the UK. Now they fear for their lives.

Few things confuse me more than gay people that still consider themselves Christian or Muslim.  Why would you pledge allegiance to a god and a people who so clearly despise you? Anyway, a lesbian Muslim couple recently became the first such couple to wed in the UK. Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29, from [Read More...]

Arkansas Republican doesn’t understand respect.

Arkansas Rep. Jason Rapert (Republican, surprise, surprise) posted this tweet yesterday: I suspect AtheistLoki, like most atheists knows plenty about respect.  I suspect the problem with Jason Rapert is that he has not learned that respect should be denied to contemptible ideas and people, regardless of the size of the cross around their neck. First: [Read More...]

LoL streaming!

It’s late, it’s a holiday.  So how about some gaming?  Michaelyn will join me later.  :) Watch live video from jteberhard on [Read more...]

Louie Gohmert: woman should carry brain-dead fetus to term.

In the debate over a bill that would ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, the Democrats brought forth a witness who told this story (to a panel comprised entirely of men): “I would have had to carry to term and give birth to a baby whom the doctors concurred had no chance of [Read More...]

Maintaining inequality with a smile, and making sure children are just as callous.

There’s a new picture book out for kids titled God Made Mom and Dad. Want to comment on that video? Don’t bother, because as usual the comments are turned off.  There are, however, 2,402 down votes on the video (and only 26 up votes). This is a great book that can be used as a [Read More...]

Godless love.

Here’s the Godless Love episode of The Nones from yesterday.  [Read more...]