Federal court rules that Global Catholic Television Network must cover contraception.

EWTN sued on the presumption that they shouldn’t be bound by the same healthcare laws that bind other companies.  Apparently not giving them an exception to the same laws others must follow is somehow discrimination against them.  Thankfully a federal court has just ruled against them: U.S. District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade of Mobile [Read More...]

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How the ignorance of the citizenry affects museums that are supposed to cure that ignorance.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a little lackingon one of the most important scientific conclusions of our time: Visitors to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science can stand beside an enormous rotating drill bit, take a virtual ride down a fracking well and run their fingers along the smooth, dark surface [Read More...]

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Buddhist officials in Myanmar forging laws that curtail changing religion and interfaith marriage.

When I’m criticizing religion, one of the things I often hear is that if every religion were like Buddhism we’d have no problems.  This is absurd to anybody who has had their thumb to the pulse of global politics in the last decade.  While I can certainly admit that on the whole Buddhism causes fewer [Read More...]

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RNS cites 2013 Labor Dept. study: people spend an average of 9 minutes/day on religious activities.

The Religion News Service isolated a part of a 2013 study by the Labor Department to show religious people only spend an average of 9 minutes per day on religious activities.  That includes actually attending church. Time for prayer? Labor Dept. time use survey finds folks average less than 9 minutes a day on religious [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: board-gaming it up with Scoundrels of Skullport.

I’m back and…there’s a lot to write about today.  Get ready. Morning happiness, for me this morning, is all about board games.  With the wedding coming up, some of my best friends will soon be wending their way into town (my friend David is who I was picking up yesterday).  We love board games, and [Read More...]

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Picking up a groomsman today.

Hey gang.  One of the down sides of living in the untouched wilderness of Northern Arkansas (as my parents do) is that the nearest airport is 2.5 hours away.  One of my groomsmen is flying in today and I’m making the run up to get him as well as visiting some old college friends.  So [Read More...]

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County Commissioner in rural Tennessee opposing “In God We Trust” on Local Courthouse.

A County Commissioner is opposing the addition of “In God We Trust” to the Roane County Courthouse in Tennessee: Roane County Commissioner Steve Keller [sic] says he’s been an atheist since he was a teen. “It means I don’t believe in God,” explained Keller. “I don’t have any problem with religion, religion is fine, it [Read More...]

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Town in GOP-haven Kentucky definitely doesn’t turn to socialism to deal with high gas prices.

Kentucky, a land where Bill Clinton managed to carry the state, but a state that has been otherwise red since 1980.  Romney carried the state by 22.7% points in the last election.  You can bet their citizenry don’t want none of that Obama socialism. Which makes one Kentucky town’s solution to high gas prices…ironic: Officials [Read More...]

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The most religious states aren’t doing so well.

As someone who grew up in the South and who gets to tour the country (so I have a basis for comparison) which includes other parts of the South (where much of my fan base resides), I can assure you that you don’t have to spend too much time in the rural South to see [Read More...]

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Jon Stewart: Obama’s Iraq critics are dead wrong about everything.

Yesterday I made a facebook status: “Who do we have on talk shows criticizing Obama for his handling of Iraq? The people who fucking put us there. Just…fuck.”  I also wrote a post with some of the details. Then this morning I see this.  Great minds think alike, right? The Daily Show Get More: Daily [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: POTATOOOOOOOO!

You know what would really make me happy?  If you went and voted “no” on this poll. Ok, full disclosure: I’m posting this because it makes me and Michaelyn laugh our asses off every time.  Hopefully it will at least make you smile: [Read more...]

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Poll: should doctors be able to refuse treating a patient due to religious beliefs?

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is running a poll on their website about whether doctors have a right to refuse services to women based on the doctor’s religious beliefs (it’s on the right-hand side bar). I just voted and, right now, 85% of respondents think doctors should be allowed to refuse treatment [Read More...]

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Epic Rap Battles of History: Isaac Newton vs. Bill Nye.

This newest Epic Rap Battles of History came out today and it’s god damn epic.  And that actor playing Isaac Newton looks and sounds awfully familiar… [Read more...]

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Romney and McCain disingenuously criticize Obama for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

On Friday Mitt Romney said, of Obama withdrawing our troops from Iraq, “Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing.”  I could write about the obscenity of that statement, but an actual veteran of the war has written a viral [Read More...]

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