Federal judge upholds lower court’s ruling: New Jersey can’t submit teens to ex-gay “therapy.”

This is a big win.  New Jersey remains the second state that prohibits religious people from abusing gay people (specifically teens in New Jersey) under the guise of trying to help them.  Judge Wolfson even referred to the practice as pseudoscience in his ruling: “Surely it is undisputed that a state has the power to [Read More…]

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Jaclyn Glenn on S.E. Cupp’s claim that conservative atheists are better.

Gajillions of people sent me the video clip of S.E. Cupp claiming conservative atheists are better.  I would rebut it, but Jaclyn owns it: [Read more…]

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Yahoo and Google join forces to make email host that government can’t spy on.

Good guy Google (and Yahoo) not waiting for the government to get its shit together on the 4th amendment. Yahoo Inc said it will join Google Inc to create a secure email system by next year that could make it nearly impossible for hackers or government officials to read users’ messages, The Wall Street Journal reported. The move [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: we’re outsiiiiiiide!

They’re outside.  It’s grand.   [Read more…]

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President and CEO of massive Baptist convention center arrested for trying to have sex with a dog.

Two days ago, Missouri police arrested a man for soliciting sex with a dog. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force on Tuesday arrested a 56-year-old Camden County man after he allegedly used the Internet to try to find a dog to have sex with. Jerald L. Hill of the 500 block of [Read More…]

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Pastor Rick Wiles: Ebola could solve atheism, homosexuality, promiscuity, porn, and abortion.

Man, it must be great to be a Christian and to be able to see the silver lining even in a tragedy like the more than 1,000 people killed by the Ebola outbreak.  Just ask Pastor Rick Wiles: Speaking on his radio show on Tuesday, Wiles said, “Now this Ebola epidemic can become a global [Read More…]

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After school shootings, preachers being invited into public school for “comfort.”

Let’s be honest: evangelists know their optimal targets are not content, intelligent adults.  That’s why they go into prisons, or to the bedside of dying people.  It’s why they put so much emphasis on convincing children who cannot yet distinguish between fiction and fact (see belief in Santa Claus).  It’s insidious, but it’s what they [Read More…]

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Provision in the Affordable Care Act has resulted in better mental health treatment for the young.

While this doesn’t count in Kansas thanks to Sam Brownback, on the whole this is a very, very good thing. A provision in the health care reform law allowing parents to keep their adult children on their health-insurance plans has led to millions more young people with mental-health and substance-abuse problems getting treatment, according to [Read More…]

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Matt Dillahunty’s talk from the Unholy Trinity Tour.

Looks like a bit of a slow news day.  It’s probably just as well since I’m operating on very little sleep.  No worries!  There are some stories to write about and new videos to be watched.  Here’s Matt Dillahunty killing it on the Unholy Trinity Tour. [Read more…]

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Communicating the odds of this universe.

While it’s certainly a goal of mine to understand the pro-god arguments, my primary goal is to be able to communicate why I don’t buy them clearly and to people who may not have four PhDs.  So I had a thought this morning about how to respond to a believer who says the odds of [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: this dog is content.

The dumb thing about depression: you can be chugging along just fine and within the space of a few minutes be in tears for absolutely no reason.  This was me yesterday.  I’d had a couple of good days, was contacted by a therapist (which I’ll write about when I’m ready), and was optimistic about everything [Read More…]

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Now this is flattery.

This is almost too much to be believed.  I’m flattered to all hell, but this tweeter must be confused: If you can’t tell, that’s me being lumped in with Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Bill Nye, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.  What do you even say to something like that?  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think [Read More…]

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Bill Donohue: CNN can’t criticize Catholic Church because their executives make millions.

There’s been an article from CNN making its way around the intertubes lately about how many top Catholic officials live in a fashion reminiscent of Baptist megapastors, i.e. lavishly.  VERY lavishly (as usual, Hemant has a great write-up).  There are presently 34 archbishops in the United States.  Of the 34, 10 live in a house [Read More…]

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Pastor Rick Scarborough: god would be justified in dropping nuclear bomb on America because we have gay ambassadors.

The people that look to this man for guidance are likely largely skeptical of scientists.  Let that sink in for a minute. Why do religious fundamentalists get a reputation for being dumb?  It’s because if you took the suit off that pastor and put him on a street corner instead of in a multi-million dollar [Read More…]

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