Blasphemy in Russia may soon be punishable by jail time.

Russian lawmakers are trying to make blasphemy a punishable crime. Russian lawmakers are calling for jail sentences of up to three years for anyone guilty of offending religious feelings, in a move that could further tighten the bonds between President Vladimir Putin and the resurgent Orthodox Church. Why are they doing this? “All these actions [Read More...]

We need more than 2 parties.

DrB-   I got to thinking, what would the election look like if instead of a list of candidates and parties, the ballot was just a listing of candidates positions on various topics? I recognize this would likely make voting more difficult, and next to impossible to determine clear/fair language for issues, but I think [Read More...]

The JT signal.

Someone on facebook noticed I got tagged in threads with arguments a lot as a means to summon me to the conversation.  That prompted him to make this image, which cracks me the hell up. Sadly, I must ignore most online arguments.  There simply isn’t enough time to combat every crime against rationality, and certainly [Read More...]

Prayer killing people across the pond.

Even in more atheistic Britain, prayer is killing. Dangerous cases of faith leaders who tell people with HIV to stop taking their life-saving drugs have been identified by African-led community groups in a number of locations across England. Seven groups said there were instances of people being told by faith leaders they had been “healed” [Read More...]

Romney throws tantrum so he can bus in supporters.

I’m feeling cynical this morning, so how thumping on Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign? Mitt Romney packed the audience for a Univision forum earlier this week, BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins reports, busing in local supporters “after exhausting the few conservative groups on campus.” The campaign threatened to “reschedule” the event if organizers did not allow the “rowdy [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: lurkers.

I won’t divulge my blog’s traffic numbers, but they’re high.  Not PZ Myers, Ed Brayton, or Hemant Mehta high, but high.  Yet, the number of comments I get is much lower than even lower-traffic blogs. Why do you think that is?  If you’re a lurker, do you lurk all the blogs you read? I should [Read More...]

A 7 minute reminder of how awesome Legos are.

  DrB-   In case you forgot how awesome Legos are, here is the “LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC) Layout 2012.9″           You can find me on twitter, @DrDavidBurger I recruit in Kansas City, & [Read more...]

Skepticon 5 updates.

The Skepticon team just rolled out a bunch of announcements. First, Surly Amy has created a series of necklaces for Skepticon 5.  The top ten donors for the month of September will receive one.  The top 5 will get their pick, then the other five will be sent one at random. You may notice that [Read More...]

Lindsey Crittenden on the wastefulness of Curiosity.

I was poking around Patheos the other day and came across the Good Letters blog where… Every weekday, one of the gifted writers on our blogging team will offer a personal essay that makes a fresh connection between the world of faith and the world of daily life, spanning the gap between theology and experience [Read More...]

Michael D. Higgins defending the minimum wage (and human dignity along with it).

He’s done it before, and apparently that was not a one-time shot.  Here’s another great clip of Ireland’s President, Michael D. Higgins.  Even his name is delightfully Irish. Compare to Mitt Romney, or even our current President, to get a good glimpse at how politics in this country has lost any resemblance to humanity, and [Read More...]

Pennsylvania court finds some perspective.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has examined the photo ID law proposed and passed by the Republicans of the state.  They are now asking the question of whether or not the best way to handle the microscopic problem of voter fraud is measure that create the much more serious problem of disenfranchising gaggles of American voters. [Read More...]

Lack of forethought.

Many students and parents at Cranston High School West , the school once attended by Jessica Ahlquist, were shocked last week to find that the school is nixing the math team, the Academic Decathlon team, and the National Ocean Science Bowl team. When a handful of people got angry, one of the members of the [Read More...]

Register quick if you want to see me speak at Akron!

For the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner at Akron on October 29, they must have a final head count by this Wednesday, September 26th so they can order the proper amount of food! The price of admission is $15 for non-members of the group, which gets you the spaghetti dinner, access to my talk, and a [Read More...]

5 Atheists You Should Know About

Steven here… Every week I’m gonna highlight some of the people in this movement who deserve more recognition. They may not have the name recognition of Dave Silverman or PZ Myers, but the work they do is just as important.       1. Guy P. Harrison Whenever people think about books dealing with atheism, [Read More...]