Islam is a horrible religion and a terrible influence upon the world.

Every day I read stories about what is transpiring in nations dominated by Islam and think to myself “Yup, it could be worse.”  And then I blog about the lesser horrors of American Christianity because, well, that’s where I and most of my readers live. But I actually agree with Sam Harris on the point [Read More...]

I can’t wait to move to Kansas!

Oh man, I’m reading the articles on Reasonfest.  You know how some people say to never read the comments because it’s depressing?  Oh, not me.  These are our opponents. Take this one from the Lawrence paper: More than the defectives calling themselves ‘open-minded’. After all, how open-minded can one be if they deny the existence [Read More...]

Back on the job.

I got back from my debate on Friday and then took personal days Saturday and Sunday.  It’s ok, my boss gave me permission.  Thanks for bearing with me while I got some rest.  Today I take off for Lawrence, Kansas for Reasonfest!  Reasonfest is this weekend on the KU campus and I’ll get to do [Read More...]

FFRF FTW!

It’s great to win without even having to threaten to file suit. That’s what The Freedom From Religion Foundation manages to do on a regular basis. All it takes is a complaint and a little proof, and FFRF will contact an offending government entity and ask, firmly but politely, that the religious material be removed [Read More...]

In pursuit of magic.

Hey all.  I got in yesterday evening from the debate in Springfield.  It went well.  I think I won, but so does every debater, right?  Anyway, the Baptist Student Union told me they’d upload it to youtube and as soon as they do I’ll post it here. So I woke up this morning and started [Read More...]

Same Sex Marriage Update – The Week in Review

I don’t want to write about a whole week of legal fighting on this topic, because bigotry bores me today. Instead, I suggest we celebrate Uruguay, which just became the third country in the Americas and the twetfth in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. +++ But, in reality, I have to report how crappy [Read More...]

5 logical fallacies that aren’t always fallacious

Steven here… As skeptics, we strive to be as logical as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to learn what logical fallacies are and avoid using them. This is an excellent thing to do, however there is a problem: Many skeptics have diligently learned what the fallacies are, but end up [Read More...]

Reproductive Rights Update – The Week in Review

This year’s spate of abuses in state legislatures eclipses any other in recent memory. Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, North Dakota, Virginia, North Carolina… the dearth of responsible lawmakers is apparently a congenital disease spreading like a plague throughout the country. In an era where we still have to have commissions at the international level to discuss [Read More...]

The Hyde Amendment is Still Bad, Discriminatory Federal Law

The Center for Reproductive Rights voiced disappointment yesterday with President Barack Obama’s proposed FY2014 budget, which retains a ban on coverage for abortion in the Medicaid program except under extremely limited circumstances, a policy also known as the Hyde Amendment. However, the budget included two positive steps to promote equal health care coverage for some women, [Read More...]

Man arrested for trying to be with his husband in the hospital

Steven here… Roger Gorley is not allowed to see his husband. This is because Missouri is one of the states that does not recognize the marriage rights of same-sex couples. A Lee’s Summit man is fighting a restraining order that he says was issued against him after he says he was arrested for refusing to [Read More...]

Pseudoscience Activism – The Week in Review

Hell may have just frozen over, if it exists. I wish that was my headline, but in fact, the New York Daily News gets the credit. Why has hell frozen over? Because a majority of Republicans now accept climate change as real. Not that they think they personally will ever be affected, mind you, according [Read More...]

Want to win a book?

I’m once again on the road.  Today I’m flying into St. Louis from which I’ll be driven to Springfield, MO so I can debate Bill Victor tonight over whether or not god exists.  It’ll be fun to be back on the campus I attended for so many years.  The debate will be at 7pm at [Read More...]

The face of unrestrained fury.

Michaelyn texted me this picture with the text “It’s a cold and rainy day and I don’t like it.” I need to work on that face for debates. [Read more...]

Go see Shelley Segal in Tacoma!

Another one of the good (read: kind, humble, the type of person all celebrities should be in-person) famous atheists is Shelley Segal.  If you don’t know who she is, she’s the woman rocking out in this song: Anyway, she’s on tour right now and was scheduled to perform at a coffee shop in Tacoma called [Read More...]


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