Megachurch pastors in the poorest areas (the South) are the highest paid.

From the Department of Things That Aren’t Surprising: Despite tending some of the poorest flocks, pastors at large churches across the American South are among North America’s highest paid, a new survey shows. The study, conducted by a Dallas-based church think tank called Leadership Network, surveyed a total of 727 churches in North America with [Read More…]

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Matt Dillahunty’s Atheist Debates – Argument from Design part 1: Order and Purpose.

This summer Matt Dillahunty founded the Atheist Debates Patreon project.  It was so successful that Matt is now making videos on debating apologists for a living, which is great for atheism.  Matt is, in my eyes, one of our most skilled debaters and perhaps the best communicator in the business. The first video produced for [Read More…]

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Pastor behind bars for noisy services.

I know, I know…you read that title and think “What???  Shouldn’t they have given him a warning first?”  Well, the police did.  They warned him and fined him for two years. Columbia Police officers have been called to the church more than 50 times for noise complaints. Neighbors said the noise coming from the musical [Read More…]

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Take 20 seconds to tell the government to keep the internet at one speed.

If net neutrality is dissolved it will greatly benefit the rich and their companies (that can already afford speeds necessary to grow their business) and hurt most people (like me) and start-up companies (who will be unable to afford their present internet speeds).  So please take 20 seconds and follow these steps: Click here to [Read More…]

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Anorexia journal: that felt nice.

First thing’s first, I’m down to 189.4 lbs.  That means I’ve lost almost 20 lbs in less than six weeks.  That’s too much, and I still feel like I’m eating way too much.  Yesterday I even had a little bit of ice cream, which was stupid.  I knew how I would react and I did [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: Obama sing to the shawties.

Hey all.  Gonna be quick hits on the blog this morning.  The father-in-law’s birthday is coming up so in a couple hours Michaelyn are driving up to see him.  I’ll be back tomorrow. Here’s a clip that usually manages to make me giggle: [Read more…]

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Atheist groups upset about AZ Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Partnerships.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has created a new office which has rightly earned the ire of some prominent atheists: Brewer had initially established something called the ArizonaSERVES Task Force by executive order in 2010. The order established a 21-member panel — eight of whom are representatives of faith-based organizations — to promote service and volunteerism [Read More…]

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The lesson of 9/11.

In laying out his strategy against ISIS yesterday the President said, “No religion condones the killing of innocents.” I think Sam Harris has a splendid response to this notion: As an atheist, I cannot help wondering when this scrim of pretense and delusion will be finally burned away—either by the clear light of reason or by [Read More…]

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Two years for taking a blowjob pic with a Jesus statue is ludicrous.

In Everett Pennsylvania a 14 year-old boy has been arrested for taking and posting this picture on facebook: Is it tasteless?  Very.  Is it trespassing?  Possibly.  Hemant even called the kid an idiot, but I don’t know if I’d go that far.  He did something idiotic, but hell, so did I at 14 years-old.  It [Read More…]

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Marriage is an insane proposal.

Aziz Ansari’s words, not mine.  😛  My favorite part is “It’s a priest.  I want you to swear to god you won’t back out of this deal.” [Read more…]

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Hugh Laurie must be from the North Pole…

…because this tweet from yesterday was cold. [Read more…]

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Your morning happiness: this pig really loves this cat.

Good morning!  Here’s a reason to be happy (before I deluge you with reasons to be pissed). [Read more…]

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Phil Robertson: sexually transmitted diseases are punishment for gay sex.

Oh this guy, he says a lot of wrong things. Last December, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson caused a stir after telling GQ that homosexuality is a sin and that African Americans were more content under Jim Crow laws. Now, Robertson is peddling a new book and joined the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins radio show Tuesday to explain how sexually [Read More…]

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Indiana’s Attorney General: gay marriage bans don’t target gay people.

So the 7th Circuit recently ruled that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the United States Constitution.  This didn’t sit well with Indiana AG Greg Zoeller who wants the Supreme Court to take up the issue (careful what you wish for, Greg).  He has filed a brief that includes the most amazing (in [Read More…]

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