Guest post: Dave Muscato on 9/11.

Yesterday Dave Muscato, the PR person for American Atheists, sent me the following guest post.  I spent the whole afternoon napping so I didn’t get it til late, but here it is today in all its glory: It’s September 11. This is a very difficult day for all of us here today at American Atheists [Read More...]

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Discovery Institute isn’t happy that Ball State won’t be teaching creationism.

One of the teachers at Ball State, a public university, was about to teach a course with creationist overtones (if not overt creationism).  The FFRF caught wind of this and stepped in, and eventually Ball State’s president said that no such course would be offered because creationism is religious and has been deemed so by [Read More...]

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Sudanese woman faces flogging for not wearing a hijab.

A woman in Sudan, Amira Osman Hamed, is about to go on trial for the crime of not wearing a hijab.  Should she be convicted she will likely be flogged, literally beaten, for not putting a piece of cloth on her head at the arbitrarily appointed times – as if the crime of beating someone [Read More...]

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Creationists on Texas board of education shoot themselves in the foot.

It used to be that creationists were sneaky.  They knew teaching creationism was against the law, so they tried to dress it up as science, or as teaching the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution.  It wasn’t exactly crafty, and it certainly wasn’t honest. And the reason they weren’t honest is because playing fairly would result [Read More...]

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Janet Porter: the IRS will kill conservatives.

There’s nothing I can say here.  There’s no rebuttal to this other than to say “the words coming out of your mouth do not even come close to describing reality.” Cheered on by a bunch of people who thinks someone rose from the dead and speaks to them.  Truly a party for the obscenely gullible. [Read more...]

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Björn Ulvaeus credits godlessness for why Swedish musicians are more creative.

Nobody can really question Björn Ulvaeus’ skill as a songwriter.  In that capacity he has always pushed the envelope of what is meta for songwriters at the time (no more so, I think, than with the musical Chess, which he co-composed with fellow ABBA veteran Benny Anderson).  In speaking about why Swedish composers tend to [Read More...]

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Religiosity continues to decline in Britain.

It’s declining in the United States too…just not as swiftly as across the pond. The number of Britons who are religious has declined significantly in the last 30 years and the number of adherents to the established Church of England has halved, a survey revealed on Tuesday. Just 52 percent of people said they belong [Read More...]

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The richest Americans have been looked after, and then some.

In case you were wondering who is in control of our government… The top ten percent of earners in the United States took home more than 50 percent of all income in 2012, the highest amount ever recorded since data was first collected in 1917, according to an updated report from economists Emmanuel Saez and [Read More...]

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Rally to defund Obamacare…wasn’t exactly a hit.

The enrollment date for the Affordable Care Act (Oct. 1) is drawing near, which means GOP lawmakers are driving themselves into even more of a frenzy trying to pass the same defunding bills that have failed FSM-knows how many times.  That includes putting pressure on Congress, which is what Ran Paul and Ted Cruz hoped [Read More...]

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September 11, 12 years later.

On the decade anniversary of the 9/11 attacks I wrote the following piece, which I’ve reposted every year (since my feelings remain unchanged).  Here it is again. When I got out of work on September 11, 2001, my father called me and told me to remember where I was that day and everything else about [Read More...]

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No thanks, Dana Perino, atheists will stay right here in America and protect it from you.

This story about Dana Perino at Fox News saying that if people don’t like the presence of exclusionary language in the pledge of allegiance for a nation that presumably values equality, that they can go live in another country. “I’m tired of them,” Perino complained on Wedneday. “I remember working at the Justice Department years [Read More...]

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Pastor caught having sex with young boys claims he was curing them of homosexuality.

A former Iowa youth pastor has been indicted on four counts of sexual exploitation of minors.  But it’s ok, because by having gay sex with underage boys he was helping them to achieve sexual and moral purity.  This is a bit like breaking into someone’s house to protect them from intruders. Brent Girouex was arrested [Read More...]

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Bachmann: this time, for sure, will be the one where god comes through.

In an interview with Jan Markell about the 2016 elections and the increasingly likelihood that Hillary Clinton will be elected president, Bachmann brought out the GOP’s secret weapon: god. Bachmann pushed back on Markell’s fera that Hillary Clinton will be elected president: “I don’t at all because I look at the story of David and [Read More...]

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A child has her childhood ripped from her and dies as a result of forced marriage.

Warning: Do not read this article if you have a weak stomach or have great trouble reading about sexual injuries or rape. In Yemen the marriage of child brides, in emulation of Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha, is pretty commonplace (as it is in several societies dominated by fundamentalist Islam). Activists in the region want to [Read More...]

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