Start your day with pictures, one terrible, one beautiful.

Lose-lose, sorry women in the Old Testament. Let’s face it: god doesn’t exactly have that whole “love” or “justice” thing down.  Thankfully, most humans have an appreciation for both when they’re not trying to emulate god: [Read more...]

What we’re up against. #StarkeContrast

There have been all sorts of funny/depressing pictures coming out of Florida at the unveiling of the secular monument.  Here are my favorites. The sign on the left reads: “If you don’t like our Christian culture, go back home! My home is America and I’m already here.  So, since that’s out of the way, I [Read More...]

Fifty more secular monuments coming from American Atheists.

Today American Atheists will reveal their secular monument outside the Bradford County Courthouse.  Here it is wearing a burka to protect the on-lookers from its sexiness: The monument will be placed as the result of a settled lawsuit that challenged the existence of the ten commandments monument on the courthouse lawn.  The secular monument, a [Read More...]

Creation museum’s dwindling attendance causing them to put Ark Encounter theme park on hold.

It seems the creation…*ahem*… “museum” is in a spot of trouble. In a developing story from Kentucky, the Creation Museum is running out of money due to declining attendance, bringing their “Ark Encounter” project to a stand-still because of a lack of funding. Admittedly I did a little tap dance off the edge of the couch [Read More...]

Conservatives on DOMA/Prop 8: the product of procedures laid out in the Constitution is unconstitutional!

The conservatives have their talking point on the gay marriage cases.  It’s being reiterated by pretty much all of the Tea Bag/megachurch archetypes and spoken nowhere more plainly than by Michele Bachmann: “This decision is one that is profound because the Supreme Court not only attacked our Constitution today, they not only attacked the equal [Read More...]

Daryl Metcalfe (R): keep your non-Christian opinions to yourself.

A House Democrat in the state of Pennsylvania was blocked from speaking on the two legal gay rights victories yesterday. Openly gay Pa. Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, was blocked from talking about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday on the floor of the Pennsylvania House. His comments to his colleagues [Read More...]

Richard Haynes’ 7 clarifications about “new” atheists.

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but Richard Haynes has a post up with seven important clarifications about the “new” atheists.  I love concise responses that hit all the major points, and Haynes lives up to that standard magnificently. My favorite was: Clarification #4: People do not become atheists because of [Read More...]

I’m with Ed Brayton. It’s time to email Time.

Ed Brayton has a post up about the fallout with Joe Klein’s Time article that dismissed the charitable efforts of atheists and Time’s double down on those comments.  Ed says that there is all the motivation in the world for Time to write about the problem of atheists being reviled, with the evidence of our [Read More...]

The best video on the entire internet.

My theory III teacher in college was a very clever, unconventional guy.  He knew theory IV, where we would learn about scary, scary 12-tone serialism, was on the horizon.  To make sure we got the ground work for that course solidly, he taught the entire theory III class out of The Beatles song book.  It [Read More...]

I’m a girl geeking out!

Yesterday I was invited to join The Secular View as a gaming columnist.  The tag line for the site is “girls geeking out” and this is how they describe the site: We have brilliant children who we love to play with, we are gamers, we ride on the back of our husbands motorcycles, we work [Read More...]

What the DOMA and Prop 8 Cases Mean

Anne here. It’s not over. Yes, we got a victory in the DOMA case. Mostly. We also – pretty much – got a victory in the Prop 8 case. But there remains much work to be done. For one thing, Same-sex marriage is not the law of the land. Each state can still discriminate. Some [Read More...]

Nancy Pelosi wins.

Lots of very religious people were very unhappy about the gay rights decisions handed down yesterday.  Among them was Michele Bachmann: “Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted,” Bachmann said. Now, I’m a guy who likes to keep things [Read More...]

Harassers of Stephanie Zvan, Rebecca Watson, and others are jerks.

Comments closed. I got linked a post by Stephanie Zvan where she talked about responding to a comment on my post about Greg Laden the other day.  The comment was: If you’re really about supporting Stephanie, why didn’t she tell her “husband,” Greg, that in the first place, since she wears the pants in that [Read More...]

Republicans thumb their nose at America to prove their patriotism.

Republicans have taken a break from producing jobs and fixing the economy through their ardent opposition to marriage equality and swaths of anti-abortion legislation to take a stab at fixing the economy by introducing a bill that would prohibit the burning of particular pieces of cloth – namely the ones with 50 stars and 13 [Read More...]