BREAKING: Secular celebrants allowed to perform weddings in Indiana.

A federal court has just struck down an Indiana law saying celebrants must be religious in order to be legally recognized. A federal court has ruled that humanist couples in Indiana can be married by their own “secular celebrants,” something that until now was illegal under state law. In a unanimous ruling, the Chicago-based 7th U.S. [Read More…]

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Guest post by Helen Stringer on atheist community building.

Helen Stringer is an up-and-comer who you will hear more of in the next few years, mark my words.  She is the founder and leader of Kansas City Oasis, a group for which I have spoken and attended again this last weekend.  Because she is so quickly becoming a go-to voice for atheist community building, [Read More…]

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Your afternoon happiness: wedding shoes.

Hey guys.  Sorry for the late start today…it was another inexplicably sleepless night.    I blame god. Anyway, here’s a pic our wedding photographers just posted to facebook.  It made me smile: [Read more…]

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The Laws of Apologetics

These are “laws” in the sense of consistently observed in reality with little to no instances of ever being false. [Read more…]

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Why so many religions?

This may be better suited to a Twitter comment or something, but I wanted to briefly comment: ” If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?” [Read more…]

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County Commissionar in Maryland defies judge, plays martyr at the thought of going to jail.

Back in April both Hemant and I wrote pieces about Carroll County (Maryland) Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier.  Frazier opened city meetings with sectarian prayers to Jesus.  Some members of the community felt it was inappropriate (including a local Catholic) and the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit on their behalf, which they won.  Frazier twice [Read More…]

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Pastor who raped woman he was counseling gets three years probation.

What was it Hemant said the other day?  “The lesson is clear: If you’re committing a crime, just remember to do it in the name of Jesus.”  That certainly goes for a pastor who abused his position as a counselor by coercing a woman into sex. A Dodge City pastor will serve three years of [Read More…]

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Turns out Republicans love Obamacare.

A part of the Commonwealth Fund study I missed yesterday was that Republicans generally like Obamacare: Overall, 73 percent of people who bought health plans and 87 percent of those who signed up for Medicaid said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their new health insurance. Seventy-four percent of newly insured Republicans liked their plans. [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: Bride and Groom run off.

Josiah and Tyler (the photographers at our wedding) posted this image of the bride/groom run off to facebook yesterday.  Doctor Who fans will get it when I say “RUN!” Also, part of the dialogue in our ceremony went: Dr. Dave (officiant):  Do you, Mr…um… Me:  Smith.  John Smith. Dr. Dave:  Do you, Mr. Smith, take… [Read More…]

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Case Study – Larry – A call for submissions

Larry is a goldmine. My intention is to go through his assertions about science and evolution, and run them through the ringer wringer, through an ongoing series. [Read more…]

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Could gay marriage be coming to Kansas?

Something I failed to note yesterday when I talked about Utah appealing the gay marriage ruling (in favor of equality) to the Supreme Court is how far the 10th circuit court’s ruling applied: Besides Utah, the June 25 decision applies to Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming, but the circuit court put its ruling [Read More…]

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Anti-Obamacare ads may have increased enrollment.

This makes me so, so happy. The millions of dollars being spent in televisions ads that criticize Obamacare might have actually backfired and led to increased enrollment under the health care reform law, according to a study published Wednesday by the Brookings Institution. Brookings fellow Niam Yaraghi observed “a positive association between the anti-ACA spending [Read More…]

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US Bank fires woman for proselytizing on the job. She sues for “persecution.”

I just don’t know what to believe sometimes.  Christians are always telling me how faith in Jesus makes people better, stronger, tougher, etc.  But then I see Christians left and right screaming persecution practically every time they stub their toe.  They’re giving me mixed messages. The example that brings that thought to mind is of [Read More…]

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Arguments against Gay Marriage via Children

I thought we had some interesting (if not frustrating) debate about why the LGBT community generally shouldn’t be allowed to marry. Instead of allowing those discussions to be lost in the endless noise of the Disqus universe, I thought I’d catalog those arguments here (and their rebuttals) in a slightly less endless-noise realm of a [Read More…]

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