Dave Muscato on International Women’s Day.

The following is a guest post from Dave Muscato, the communications person for American Atheists. Today is International Women’s Day. Here at American Atheists headquarters, we’re celebrating. Women have played a vital role in the atheist movement, and today I want to profile several great activists in the movement who happen to be women. Women [Read More...]

Trapped in DC for the night.

Oh man, is today ever rocky.  The landing in Dulles was the worst of my life.  Plenty of wind shear and lots of rocking of our tiny plane.  For those who don’t know, I’m a very nervous flyer.  My hands were so sweaty I couldn’t white-knuckle the arm rest, despite my brain sending out the [Read More...]

North Korea throwing a worrisome tantrum.

So the UN passed harsher sanctions against North Korea, and even China signed on.  Among the prohibitions against stuff that could be used to enrich uranium, there will also be a block against shipping luxury items like yachts and jewelry to North Korea. The latter was kind of a “fuck you” to the wealthy class [Read More...]

Elizabeth Scalia is leery of experts.

The Obama DoJ filed a brief in the the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry in opposition the California’s ban on gay marriage.  Part of their brief rebutted the idea that straight marriages are the ideal place to raise children.  This is a superfluous point.  It wouldn’t matter if gay marriages were less optimal for raising [Read More...]

The road to evil on this earth is paved with good intentions.

Every single parent in this video loved their child as sincerely as you or I would, or do, love our children.  They wanted their children to be well. Good intentions are insufficient to keep a person from being a monster.  A responsible person must work to make sure he does not hold inaccurate beliefs in [Read More...]

Second comment: Rebecca doesn’t think the Cranston banner should have come down.

Our next comment comes from Rebecca: I’m a Christian and I think that looking at the majority of us from the few that do the wrong thing is misleading. I, as a Christian personally hate it when other Christians shove their religious beliefs down other people’s throats, and they goes for all religious and that [Read More...]

First comment: anonymous is illogical.

I’m getting an influx of religious readers to the blog.  Cool.  Welcome to all of you. These religious readers are leaving comments.  Cool.  I’ll spend today responding to some of them. The first comes from anonymous: as a Christian myself, your comment gave me goose bumps. It is true. We Christians tend to make fools [Read More...]

Sears and JC Penney cave to the AFA and pull ads from SNL.

Recently SNL did a hilarious skit that put Jesus in a Quentin Tarantino-like trailer.  This prompted the American Family Association to complain and two companies, Sears and JC Penney, pulled their ads from SNL. Two major retailers have apologized or removed their ads after receiving complaints about a “Saturday Night Live” skit about “Jesus” returning [Read More...]

Law and Secularism – the Week in Review 3/7/13

Reproductive Rights News Arkansas has passed the most restrictive abortion laws in the entire country. Both bills were vetoed by the governor, who said they were unconstitutional,  but the state legislature overrode both vetoes in quick measure. I ranted about this on my own blog earlier this week, and all the depressing details are there. [Read More...]

Global warming to be taught in public schools.

Holy shit!  Public schools are actually going to teach science in science classes! New national science standards that make the teaching of global warming part of the public school curriculum are slated to be released this month, potentially ending an era in which climate skepticism has been allowed to seep into the nation’s classrooms. The [Read More...]

Madison Freethought Festival getting clever.

The Madison Freethought Festival is this weekend.  It’s in Madison, WI (hence the name), it’s free, and it will be home to some of the most influential people in atheism like Dan Barker, Eugenie C. Scott, Hemant Mehta, Katherine Stewart, Greta Christina, Debbie Goddard, Darrel Ray, Dale McGowan, Amanda Knief, Andrew Seidel, and Chris Calvey.  [Read More...]

Way to represent, Polyskeptic!

Polyskeptic, friends of this here blog (or, I should say, a blog I’m friends with), were featured on Our America with Lisa Ling.  Amazingly, the story gives a positive, slantless, realistic look at polyamory.  I know I was shocked. I Love You & You… & You: How To Create a Polyamorous Family Philadelphia couple Gina [Read More...]

Anti-choice…because of compassion?

Here’s a terrible story that shows just how fucked up a person’s idea of compassion can be.  A woman named Crystal Kelley agreed to be a surrogate mother for a couple.  The couple would get a healthy child, and Kelley would get a $22,000 fee for carrying the baby and the joy that comes with [Read More...]

Rebecca Hamilton doesn’t like DoJ’s amicus brief to overturn DOMA.

Rebecca Hamilton, over at Public Catholic, is worried about the amicus brief filed by the Obama DoJ imploring the SCOTUS to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.  Her gripe is it twofold.  First, she complains that it would muddle the laws: The act does not prohibit states from allowing gay marriages, neither does it obligate [Read More...]