Matt Dillahunty drops the hammer on Lindy West.

Lindy West, who must’ve studied at the Chris Stedman school of activism, wrote an article in Jezebel titled How to Be an Atheist Without Being a Dick About It.  Matt Dillahunty went through it with a scalpel, opening with the obvious: We begin with the standard unsupported claim… “so many people insist on being such [Read More...]

National Atheist Party Drops the Name “Atheist”

In a press release Thursday, the National Atheist Party announced that for the second time in two years, it is changing its name. Perhaps you haven’t heard of the party. It’s a political party, but it does not run candidates for office. It styles itself as a “Constitutional movement … dedicated to the preservation of [Read More...]

Organizations behind the Magdalene laundries have plenty of money to not give to the survivors.

Yesterday I wrote about how the Catholic Church would not be paying anything into the restitution fund in Ireland for the survivors of the Magdalene laundries: a slave labor institution for women suspected of *gasp* having sex out of wedlock. It turns out that in 2009 the four nun-operated organizations culpable for running the laundries [Read More...]

LCS game to watch today: TSM vs. Cloud 9.

I have a new article up over at the Secular View (where I am a gaming columnist) about how important today’s first game is for Team Solomid.  While TSM, a team that convincingly won the spring split, has struggled in the summer with the exact same lineup.  In the article I recall the very first [Read More...]

My childhood cat is dying.

Mom messaged me on facebook yesterday to tell me that Rugby, my childhood cat, has stopped eating.  With pets this is a near certain sign that they’re not long for this world.  It’s ok, Rugby had a good cat life that was full of love and wet food every evening at 5pm. Of course, I [Read More...]

Catch me at FTBConscience this weekend without even leaving your house. :)

Freethoughtblogs is running a fully online conference this weekend.  I like the idea.  Frankly, I’m kind of pissed that I didn’t think of it first. Anyway, the lineup is pretty spectacular.  It includes every FtB writer along with some Patheos writers like myself, Hemant Mehta, and Dan Fincke.  There are also movement leaders like Dave [Read More...]

Psychic fail.

I love watching cold readings crash and burn.  That is exactly what happened to Char Margolis on WGN recently. Oh boy. I love her admonition that the skeptical anchor can’t be close-minded after she failed.  I wish he would’ve asked “What’s the difference, in this case, between being close-minded and just not accepting a failure [Read More...]

Why We Should Not Believe in Evolution

Anne here. I’m telling you up front and in advance that it’s me, emphasizing that the “by” thingie up there doesn’t lie,  so you won’t get mad at JT for not believing in evolution. Maybe he’ll thank me for that. Maybe he won’t. Maybe he’ll come out of his evolution belief closet, too, after he [Read More...]

Juror B37 in the Zimmerman trial does interview with Anderson Cooper.

I would provide my own thoughts, but Genk Uygur of the Young Turks pretty much sums up my position to the letter. I need to create a “sadness” tag for posts.  I’d probably do it if I didn’t think I’d use it too often. [Read more...]

Jesus Christ on pogosticks.

I used the expression in the title on my facebook wall the other day.  Jessica, a student in Northwest Arkansas, sent me these drawings. My life is awesome. [Read more...]

Percentage of atheists in federal prison is even lower than we had thought.

I’ll start off by saying that Hemant Mehta is the straight up shit.  Why do I say that on this occasion? For starters, the “atheists are 0.2% of the prison population” statistic is unreliable.  Even though it gets used everywhere, Hemant caught wise: The 0.2% number has also been cited in book after book after [Read More...]

Governor of Rhode Island vetoes “choose life” license plates.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island seems like a decent chap.  The Democrat-majority state congress did something really silly and Chafee just saved the state a lot of lost money in a lawsuit on account of it. Democratic Gov. Lincoln Chafee, citing a tradition of separating church and state, on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would [Read More...]

New papers from Goodman and Mueller.

Kathleen Goodman and John Mueller are two academics that kind of fly under the radar in the atheist community.  In 2009 they published a study in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled Atheist Students on Campus: From Misconceptions to Inclusion.  That paper influenced my life greatly and I used it repeatedly when I was high [Read More...]

Get time off purgatory for following the pope on twitter.

Michaelyn sent this to me the other day and it turned into the first fight in our relationship.  I spent five minutes chastising her: never send me satire articles as if they were real news!  It harms my credibility!  What is this from, The Onion? Michaelyn responded that it was from the Guardian. Oh.  And [Read More...]