Your morning happiness: better living through science.

The last three weeks I’ve had a lot of trouble sleeping.  I’ve been tired, just hardly able to sleep.  This is strange for me because I am a god damn all-star when it comes to sleeping.  Seriously, ask Michaelyn because it drives her crazy.  My head hits the pillow and five minutes later I’m sleeping [Read More...]

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Live-blogging tabling.

I can’t really read the news or write while I’m here because I’m spending time interacting with people.  But I’ll post some highlights to keep me from being bored. There’s a Christian group tabling right beside us.  The most challenging part of today is not interjecting myself into all their conversations. Tabling is like fishing: [Read More...]

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Hemant is more optimistic about the reaction to Christian law-breakers than I.

First: thanks everybody for being so patient with light and short content this week.  It’s hell week for Reasonfest so…yeah.  :P Second: Hemant wrote a post today about Carroll County (Maryland) Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier.  You see,  they’ve been opening their board meetings with sectarian prayers to Jesus.  Just last week the AHA won a suit [Read More...]

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New laws in Saudi Arabia designate all atheists as terrorists.

So I guess grad school in Saudi Arabia is out of the question… The interior ministry regulations include other sweeping provisions that authorities can use to criminalize virtually any expression or association critical of the government and its understanding of Islam. These “terrorism” provisions include the following: Article 1: “Calling for atheist thought in any [Read More...]

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Reasonfest is this weekend!

I guess while I’m sitting here gearing up to table, I should mention that Reasonfest is this weekend.  :) It’s Friday night and then all of Saturday and will feature Dr. Darrel Ray, Dan Barker, Ed Brayton, Sarah Morehead, Lyz Liddell, and Scott Clifton.  There will be a debate between a local pastor (Eugene Curry) [Read More...]

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You can never go home.

I’m sitting in the Union on the University of Kansas campus.  I’ll be here for most of the day tabling for Reasonfest.  When I’m not telling students about the event this weekend or indulging them when they wonder why anybody would allocate their time to challenging religion, I’ll be thinking about my talk for Friday [Read More...]

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Hobby Lobby’s 401(k) fund invests in, wait for it, contraceptives.

Just going to leave this here.  No need to even utter the word “hypocrisy”…it would be condescending to any reader for me to feel I needed to use that word. Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012—three months after the company’s owners filed their lawsuit—show that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement [Read More...]

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Did you know that Day of Silence silences conservatives and is medical malpractice?

Day of Silence is an annual day of protest against gay people being bullied into the closet.  Protesters remain silent all day in solidarity of closeted LGBT people, sometimes wearing tape over their mouths.  I participated every year in college and even helped organize some years. I thought I was making plain my opposition to [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: “Let It Go” from Frozen + Vivaldi’s Winter.

Have some music to start your day!  :) [Read more...]

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Working on Reasonfest stuff today.

Hey all.  It’s going to be a day of working on Reasonfest for me.  I will catch you guys tomorrow. [Read more...]

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Humanity, not just atheism, has lost a great man. Edwin Kagin lived well.

David Silverman has just reported that Edwin Kagin, the man who was the legal director at American Atheists, and my friend, has died. He was 73. While the “media” atheists get much of the attention, those close to the atheist movement know that most of the progress is achieved by the people working behind the [Read More...]

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The Onion cited by homophobic vice mayor in Arizona to praise Fred Phelps.

The Onion’s slogan is “The most trusted name in news.”  The irony is that The Onion is a satire news site, some would say obviously so.  But to some people elected on the supposed ground of being at least equally as competent as his peers, The Onion may actually be the most trusted name in [Read More...]

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Maryland lawmaker Jon S. Cardin isn’t messing around with stopping gay reparative therapy.

Jon S. Cardin is a badass.  Here’s the scoop: earlier in the month Cardin announced he was submitting a bill that would ban gay-conversion therapy in the state.  Christopher Doyle, founder of the International Healing Foundation (which ironically uses tactics that the American Psychological Association has said have the opposite effect of healing) went public [Read More...]

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Discrimination against transgender people about to be illegal in Maryland.

It’s a happy Friday, it seems.  :)  Michaelyn had a short day of classes, so I’m looking forward to spending a day with her. In even happier news, the legislature in Maryland has passed a bill that would make discrimination against transgender people illegal.  The governor has said he will sign it: Legislation barring discrimination [Read More...]

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