Kevin Swanson: Colorado is like North Korea.

Pastor Kevin Swanson in Colorado thinks the state is going to hell in a hand basket. You heard that correctly: a guy on a radio station criticizing the state, without the police busting in (and with no fear of the police busting in), is saying that Colorado a worse police state than North Korea. Here’s [Read More...]

Smurfs too atheistic for Collin Garbarino.

My life is a strange teeter-totter between lamenting so much rank and unrepentant stupidity in the world and being happy to have job security. Collin Garbarino at First Thoughts is displeased with the Smurfs 2 trailer.  At one point Papa Smurf says, “It doesn’t matter where you came from; what matters is who you choose [Read More...]

Man lops of his wife’s fingers as punishment for becoming educated.

Rafiqul Islam had a problem: his wife was pursuing a degree without his permission.  He’d told her to stop with all the learning but dagnabbit the woman just wouldn’t do as she was told. Rafiqul Islam, 30, blindfolded his wife Hawa Akhter, 21, and taped her mouth, telling her he was going to give her [Read More...]

Pennsylvania won’t defend gay marriage ban.

Pennsylvania was one of the many states that voted in a gay marriage ban with the influx of the Tea Party.  However, following in the footsteps of California with Proposition 8, it’s now likely they won’t defend it against a suit filed by the ACLU. Attorney General Kathleen Kane is expected to announce Thursday that [Read More...]

Placebo effect works in psychology too. God must exist.

Saw an article on Hemant’s blog this morning.  A recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders concludes that religious belief makes people feel better about their recoveries from mental disorders. Over all, those who rated their spiritual belief as most important to them appeared to be less depressed after treatment than those with little [Read More...]

My first zombie article! Squeeeeeeeee!

Ok, I’m heading out the door now, but I just couldn’t wait to post this.  But the site that hired me to write zombie blogs is now live and my first post is up!  Here’s an excerpt: …if you want to survive a massive zombie disaster, you don’t want to be a hero.  Guns?  Yeah, [Read More...]

You need this.

Ok, I’m on the road today and tomorrow.  Might sneak a post in tomorrow morning, but I’ll for sure be back in the swing on Thursday. In the meantime, enjoy this picture of a teacup pig eating an ice cream cone: [Read more...]

Pat Robertson: still a winner.

Pat Robertson got asked how one should deal with pictures of same-sex couples kissing on facebook.  Somehow the answer was “wish for a ‘vomit’ button” instead of “close the fucking picture if you don’t like it”. You’ve got a couple of same-sex guys kissing, do you like that? Well that makes me want to throw [Read More...]

God’s burning orphanage and the problem of divine hiddenness.

A while back, while I was preparing for a debate, Matt Dillahunty turned me on to a youtube channel called Theoretical Bullshit.  The guy behind the channel is solid, amusing, communicates well, and has produced arguments I’ve never heard before.  You should definitely check him out. [Read more...]

Joyce Meyer encourages people to let go of reason to be closer to god.

Joyce Meyer is one of the megapastor archetypes who lives a life of opulence on account of her ministry work.  I was recently directed to an essay Meyer wrote on her website titled Set Free From Excessive Reasoning. Oh boy.  Here’s the opening: Many Christians live in the shallow area of their soul—they live by [Read More...]

Resolution with Dorothy.

Remember my dad’s exchange with Dorothy?  I’m happy to report a happy ending to that discussion.  Dorothy responded with: This has taken me a while to respond because I wanted to read and ponder what you opponents to my argument had to say. I must say that I’m very impressed with John’s knowledge and passion [Read More...]

Thanks for being patient.

Hey all!  Thanks for being patient while I’ve been down here in Arkansas.  I know content has been light to nonexistent (especially when Michaelyn was visiting).  I’m very fortunate to have a job that allows me to make the most of my all-too-precious time with my family.  The time has been wonderful as it always [Read More...]

We had a lovely Independence Day.

The family had a lovely time last night with Michaelyn and her mother.  There were some pretty serious fireworks going on all around us.  We countered with sparklers and the pièce de résistance: the Magic Mushroom. [Read more...]

Dad vs. Dorothy.

The following exchange took place on a facebook thread between dad and Dorothy, whose name has been changed for the purposes of this post.  Dorothy opened with: Oops [NAME OF OP OMITTED]. Our Constitution says nothing of freedom FROM religion, only OF. The whole idea of FROM is simply that the government should not impose [Read More...]